DIY ’til ya die.

Inspiration is a wonderful thing. I got my paws on some about a month ago when I saw this amazing post on Manhattan Nest. Having just sold my old college desk on Craigslist for $150, I was in the market for something a bit more grown up and less cluttered. I went to a few of my favorite thrift stores looking for a desk or table that was just right, but prices were higher than originally anticipated. I also wanted to keep my filing cabinet, and wasn’t sure how I’d find something that both fit well and somewhat matched.

Then I saw Daniel’s desk, and the creative hamsters started spinning on squeaky wheels. That was it, I was going to build my own, and it was going to be perfect.

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Drool-worthy decor

Browsing flickr this morning, and came across these fabulous furnishings. I’m into collections, and I like the way this boring bookshelf has been transformed into individual nooks for knickknacks. Tiny deers, dolls, and other trinkets make this piece of furniture great! Not to mention, I’m drooling over that sandwich sign!! I love sandwiches, and now I’m on a mission to find some retro sandy signage for my place.

Before & After

Lately, I’ve been bitten by the home improvement bug, and I’ve been interested in refurbishing old furniture. Sometimes, I find something at Pat’s, my favorite North Park thrift store, but other times, I give an OG piece I already own a fresh look.

I found this shelf at my parent’s house while I was home for the holidays. This shelf used to hang in my bedroom during my youth. I remember I used to place mismatched picture frames and trinkets within its awkward-sized squares. My sister even mentioned it used to hang elsewhere in our house when I was too young to remember. I gave it a fresh coat of matte red paint and hung it in my apartment this week. I’m using an old mason jar I found at AMVETS to collect spare buttons, and I thought it fit perfectly in the center square. I’m going to take my time picking out something perfect for each compartment. I think it looks lovely in my room, and I enjoy looking at it every day. Breathing new life into something outdated is really rewarding.

Here’s what the shelf looked like before. Notice the pretty pink paint and the thin (and tacky!) wire screen behind the heart cabinet. Please try to ignore my messy desk and high school soccer photo!

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