I wanted to share with you a little project I worked on last night. I decided to cover our bathroom shelves with some cute polka dot contact paper.
Here’s what they looked like before. Pretty ugly.
I started by removing the the drawers and shelves that would come out.
Make sure you give each surface a really good wipe down. You don’t want any dirt getting stuck under your contact paper.
I then laid one of my shelves on the sheet of contact paper to measure it.
The instruction recommend leaving 3/8′ overlap on each side. You can cut off any excess after you’ve got it positioned just right.
I used a pen to mark where I was going to cut.
And then I cut four sheets of that same size out. One for each of the two shelves and two for each of the bottoms of the tall cabinet.
Then it’s as simple as peeling off the backing and positioning it on your shelf.
Don’t worry if you don’t get it just right at first. It’s easy to peel off and reapply, plus you have the excess from each edge to work with.
Then take a flat hard surface or a rag and slide it across your contact paper. Work from the middle out to the edges to smooth out any bubbles.
Now the drawers were a little trickier to measure so I made sure to leave extra on each side just in case. After you cut out your drawer piece then push it in to place inside the drawer. Use your flat surface or rag to smooth out any bubbles.
Use a razor blade to cut off any excess paper around the edges.
Smooth it down one more time to make sure it’s all stuck in every corner.
Since the bottom of the cabinets couldn’t be removed, I used one of the shelves as a template, cut a piece of contact paper to fit (leaving a little extra on each edge just in case) and then applied it right in place. I had to use the razor blade to clean up the edges.
Then I put my shelves and drawers back in place.
So much cuter than those dingy unfinished cabinet shelves and drawers! This was really an easy project and came together pretty quickly.
I love that there’s a surprise pop of color and pattern when you open the cabinets!
*Polka dog contact paper is from Kmart
We painted the room with Behr Lime Light and I love it! I was worried it would be too ‘minty,’ but it turned out great.
Hard to get a picture of the whole room, but the bathtub is opposite the toilet. We are extremely happy with this project. It has turned out so beautiful!
Hi guys. Today I wanted to share with you a little project I did a couple of weeks ago. I put it together as a housewarming gift for a friend of mine.
I picked up some red and yellow acryllic paint, cute scrapbook paper, red ribbon, wire to hang the flower from, and some yellow glitter.
What do you think? Would you try a project like this in your home?
Andy and I have been working hard to make our “house” feel more like our “home.” Part of that is remodeling and part of it is adding elements (ie furniture, accessories, art, etc) that reflect our personalities.
Last week we went shopping for new carpet for our master bedroom. Considering how long it’s taken for us to make decisions on other changes to the house, it was surprisingly simple to pick out the new carpet. In fact, the sales lady suggested it, we looked at it, looked at each other, and said, “We’ll take it.” It was perfect.
The new carpet will be put in this Wednesday. I also have some other things that I need to show you. Some old, some new. First off, I think it’s about time I showed you our new kitchen floor.
That’s Tundra IKEA laminate. We put it down ourselves and it was super quick and easy. So far we LOVE it.
Mauney loves it too:
Next up is the new duvet that I purchased for our king size bed. (Buying nice bedding for a king size bed can really hurt your wallet so I saved up for awhile and waited until what we wanted went on sale. I also used a coupon code and managed to rack up just under $100 off the original ticket price. Go me!)
Anyway, we went with the Parachute Duvet from West Elm. I bought it on last chance clearance and I’m so glad I did because they no longer sell it. Here’s a picture I found of it:
That’s not our bed. I have yet to get sheets and pillow shams for our bed, so I haven’t photographed it yet. Andy wasn’t quite sure what to think of my duvet plan, but he was willing to indulge me. We’ve been sleeping with it for over a month now and it is awesome. We both really like it, as it’s light weight but keeps us just the right temperate.
And while we’re on the subject of our new master bedroom, I’ve picked out some fabric for our curtains. It’s Premier Prints Annie Corn Yellow/Kelp Slub.
I’ll take another picture after I have them sewn up and hung. Lastly, I finally purchased some art for our kitchen. The black and white prints we had in there are going in the guest room because I’m doing a black and white color scheme in there. We wanted prints with some green in them for the kitchen. So this is what I got:
It’s a watercolor by Elena Romanova. Yes, it really is for our kitchen. I found it on Etsy a few weeks ago and have been crushing on it ever since. I hesitantly showed it to Andy and told him I wanted it for our kitchen. I completely expected him to laugh and say “No way are we hanging an octopus in our kitchen!” but he loved it!! Yay. I saw that it was 30% off the other day so I decided to go for it.
Also, we did a little organizing project in the bathroom. Andy installed these sliding bins so that it would be easier for me to get things out from under the sink.
I no longer have to get down on my hands and knees and fish around in there for what I want. I just pull the bins out, and everything is there. It’s so convenient! I love it. One bin holds my hairdryer, straightener and curling iron. The other bin holds bottles of hair products and my makeup. These bins came from IKEA and they are actually meant to hold garbage cans but they worked perfectly for this project. We only got a couple to try out but we will probably pick up a couple more for other areas of the house now.
So that’s what’s new around here.
What is upcycling? Upcycling is another way of recycling. It’s turning unwanted items or waste items into something that can be used again in a new way. Here’s a few of my favorite upcycling DIY projects:
Fork into handle
Books into bird house