83. Plans for “new” TV stand.

Jason and I are in the process of getting ready to move (more details about that soon!), and I’ve been busy selling off a lot of our current furniture so we can upgrade to new(er) stuff.

I’m really digging this TV stand.

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South Shore Reflekt TV Stand

I am not, however, digging the ~$216 price tag.  You know how I love getting what I want for as little as possible.

My solution is to just update out current TV stand, which is an older Ikea Besta model:

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Ikea Besta Adal TV Stand

The shape is pretty close already, right?

The plan is to paint it white, add some wood veneer to the front of the drawers, and update the legs.  The hairpin legs I picked out were delivered yesterday, and they are gorgeous.  I’m planning to work on this project over the next few days, so I’ll hopefully have some before and after goodness ready for you lovelies by the weekend!

XO,
Gabriella

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74. Published on Yahoo! (plus, response to snarky comments)

So, remember when I wrote that tutorial for my bridal sash?  And then it got published to The Knot’s website and I freaked out?  Well, it’s happened again.  Yesterday, Yahoo! Makers reposted the Knot’s article to their site, and I’ve had so many new visitors.  Hi, there!  It’s nice to meet you.  Welcome to my craziness.  *waves frantically while flashing a cheesy/creepy grin*

Here’s the link to the Yahoo! piece: https://www.yahoo.com/makers/make-these-6-diy-wedding-day-accessories-108117394615.html

However, I made the huge mistake of reading the comments.  Why do I do this to myself?!  It never ceases to amaze me that some people just always have something rude to say and often will go out of their way to do so.  I don’t normally call people out over the internet, but I’m just so tired of seeing awful comments after EVERY article I read. *puts on snappy comeback hat* (Don’t worry, it’s a freaking FABULOUS hat.)

Exhibit A:

“You know what brides to be??? Sorry to be a negative nancy, no one is really going to remember your wedding but you, your groom, the parents and maybe the wedding party. They may remember that they think you spent way too much on stupid stuff. The only things I remember about the last few weddings I went to are the FOOD. Our niece’s wedding dinner was fantastic. The one before her’s? Horrible food- cold, over cooked, bland. That people remember. Skip the silly butterfly releases, overly ornate decorations, and go back to the basics. Get a pretty dress, find the best caterer you can afford, and get some serious pre-marital counseling. It’ll serve you better in the long run.” – Nancy

Gee, “Nancy”, thanks for letting me know that the whole purpose of my wedding is to throw a party for YOU!  And here I thought it was about getting our families together in one room to witness our commitment to each other.  But, hey, it’s no skin off my back.  I had a GREAT time at my wedding, and I’m sure that our guests did, too.  The food was good, the music was good, and the venue was beautiful.  I loved my dress and all the things that I made, and even if no one else remembers them, I do!  And it makes me smile! EVERY. DAMN. TIME.

Exhibit B:

“Unimpressed. Seems like a pain to make these when you can buy something better looking for not a lot of money.” – Kat

Actually, the sash I made literally took me 5 minutes and saved me about $200 on something I will definitely only use once.  Not a pain at all and seriously the easiest wedding project I took on.  And, frankly, I made the sash I made because I liked it, not to impress anyone else.  I just put a tutorial out there in case anyone might want to do the same thing.  You might have realized that if you had actually looked at my blog, but whatevs, only cool people come here anyway.  *z-snaps all up in yo’ face*

Exhibit C:

“Here’s some advice: Don’t go overboard. The only thing ANY of your guests will notice or care about is the food. They aren’t going to remember your dress, your hair, what the colors were, the ceremony, the music …. NOTHING. Twenty minutes after it’s over, poof … so is their memory. Unless, of course, the food sucked and there wasn’t enough of it. THAT they will remember for years.” – Karen

Again with the food.  Is that really all you care about when attending someone’s wedding?!  What if all I could afford to serve was cake and lemonade?  I would love to hear this woman’s response on that one.

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I didn’t do ANY of the things I did because I was trying to “impress” my guests.  I did it because it was what we wanted to remember! Of course no one is going to care about your wedding as much as you do, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend your entire budget on food and entertainment if that’s not what you want to do.  I guess everyone just wants to be an “expert” in wedding etiquette

Do what you want.  It’s your wedding.  If someone wants to get her panties in a bunch because your decorations are overkill or your food isn’t “up to par”, let her…and then go on with your awesomely wonderful day! #byefelicia

THANK YOU to everyone who has been supportive of my posts…I do it because it’s fun and I just want to share what I do!  I know not everyone will like my tutorials or projects, but I definitely appreciate when you go out of your way to tell me that you do. 🙂

In conclusion:

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XO,
Gabriella

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72. DIY Wedding: Table Runners

So, I haven’t done one of these posts in a LONG time.  We’ll be married three years this May, and I still have a few of these left up my sleeve.  I got an email the other day asking about our table runners and whether I had written up a tutorial for them…and I haven’t.  I decided to write up some easy instructions in case anyone else was interested!

DIY Fabric Table Runners

First, I picked out some fabric.  I decided to go with cotton, mostly because the print I happened to like was on cotton fabric, but also because it’s the easiest to iron and sew.  I purchased my fabric from fabric.com.

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I ended up making about a dozen table runners, each measuring 13″ x 72″ (please note: these are the final measurements AFTER the sewing was finished).  You can make yours narrower or wider, but this worked out well for me because the fabric I chose was 42″ wide and fit three runners across perfectly.

I cut out long rectangles measuring 14″ x 73″.  Next, I ironed a 1/2″ hem down each of the longer sides and sewed a seam down each side.  Then, I repeated this process on each of the shorter sides.  Finally, I ironed the table runners and rolled them up until we were ready to use them.  THAT’S IT.  Easy peasy.

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If you have basic sewing machine skills, and you know your way around a tape measure and scissors, this project should be a piece of cake.  It just takes up a chunk of your time!

Thanks for reading, I’ll try to post the last of my wedding projects over the next few weeks!

XO,
Gabriella

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61. Before and After: Vintage Dressers

So…yeah.  I’ve been really terrible at keeping up with this blog lately.  I blame the nice weather!  And going to the gym.  Both fabulous excuses, if you ask me.

Here’s the next post in my furniture series: a lovely makeover involving a set of vintage dressers.  Vintage Kroehler dressers!  That I found on Craigslist for $65.  (You know I’m patting myself on the back over here…)

Here’s what they looked like when we first got them home.

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vintage dressers

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I sanded them and gave them a couple of coats of Behr Popped Corn, which is a nice “warm” white.  I also gave them a bit of distressing with a sanding block and a cheese knife shaped like a miniature meat cleaver.  My tools known no bounds.

Don’t they look perty?

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I’d eventually like to switch out the hardware to something a little more modern, but they work for now.  Drawer pulls are expensive, and mama’s gots bills ta pay!

Happy Monday, fools.

XO,
Gabriella

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60. Before and After: Antique China Cabinet

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I’ll be joining the festivities later this evening, but first, a blog post.

I promised to make last week all about furniture.  I failed to keep this promise and only wrote one post.  Shame on me!  Let’s try this again.  Hopefully I’ll find the time to write up everything on my list!

Today’s before and after is a lovely antique china cabinet I found on Craigslist.  The young lady who sold it to me only wanted $35!

antique china cabinetIt’s hard to tell from the photo, but the wood was not exactly in great shape.  I decided to paint the cabinet, and decided on a deep turquoise from Behr called “Caribe”.

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Source: Home Depot

Jason ended up being the one who painted this cabinet; I had a lot of projects going on at that time, and we just wanted to get them DONE.  I think he did an excellent job.

antique china cabinetThis cabinet got painted almost two years ago.  I use it for storing all my yarn and knitting accessories, and the fact that it didn’t have a handle was super annoying.  Last month, I went back to Home Depot and bought an antique-style cabinet pull, drilled a few holes in the door, and installed the handle.  Much, much better.

antique china cabinetYou’ll notice that the paint job has gotten quite a few dings.  We moved since acquiring the cabinet, and it’s moved around a bit in our new place.  Battle scars, my friends.  Battle scars.  I think they add a bit of character, so I probably won’t fix them.  I also don’t have any more of this paint, so I’m sure that also has something to do with my lack of caring.

before and after antique china cabinetI seriously cannot believe it took me so long to show you this cabinet!  The worst case of procrastination if I ever saw one.  Make sure to check back tomorrow, because I’ll be showing you another furniture makeover: a set of vintage dressers!

XO,
Gabriella

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59. Before and After: Vintage Desk

I’ve decided to dedicate this week to furniture.  There are actually several finished projects in my flat that I haven’t showed you!  How terrible of me.  Today, I’ll show you the newest addition to our household, a beautiful vintage desk for my husband, Jason.

My husband recently started working from home, and he was in need of a new desk.  A real desk.  Something better than the cheapo Ikea tables we had sutured together like Frankenfurniture.  I stopped by our local ReStore on Friday afternoon, and found this handsome fella.

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He was a bit tired and had some broken hardware, but overall in great condition and very sturdy.  The price tag said $40, but lucky for me green tags were 20% off.  The final cost was $33.79 including tax.

I couldn’t bring this guy home that night (I had a performance with my dear friend Lex Allen), but I made a pit stop at Home Depot on the way home to pick out some paint.  I decided on “Curry Powder” for the main body and “Ethiopia” for the drawer fronts, both colors by Behr.

I bought a quart of the main color and a tester for the drawer fronts.  The total for paint was $19.24.  I wanted to buy new hardware while I was there, but I wasn’t able to measure the current hardware in order to purchase the correct size.

Jason and I picked up the desk on Saturday morning, along with some hardware from Home Depot.  Four new drawer pulls came out to $21.04, bringing the grand total for the desk to $74.07.  A steal, if you ask me.

I got to work as soon as we got home.  Jason helped me sand all the surfaces with medium grit sanding blocks.  After wiping off all the dust, I gave the main body of the desk three coats of paint; the drawer fronts got two coats.  I let the desk sit overnight to cure before adding the new hardware and moving it to its “permanent” position.

I really love how it turned out, don’t you?

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Make sure to come back all this week to see my other furniture transformations!  I’ll also be posting tutorials for our platform bed (finally!) and a cute ottoman I built from scratch.

Happy Monday!

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XO,
Gabriella

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58. Before and After: DIY Shoe Bows

Every good project needs a good back story…and this one is no different.

There is a pair of shoes from J. Crew that I absolutely adore.  Tell me they aren’t adorable?

I’ve teetered on buying these several times.  Problem #1 – They are $98.  NINETY. EIGHT. DOLLARS.  I’ve actually paid that much for a pair of shoes before, but not for a pair of flats (I wear them out too quickly).  They aren’t even real leather!  The J. Crew Factory website has sales quite often, sometimes when these shoes are already marked down.  Even so, I’ve never seen them for cheaper than $60, and that doesn’t include the cost of shipping.  Problem #2 – Even if I was willing to pay any price for these shoes, my size is back ordered until April.  They are SUPER popular shoes!

If you’ve been reading my blog at all, you obviously already know what I decided to do: make them myself for a fraction of the cost.  Whee!

Without further ado:

DIY Shoe Bows/Clips

Materials:

patent flats in the color of your choice
matching grosgrain ribbon in 5/8″ and 1-1/2″ widths, about a yard of each
shoe clips
hot glue gun and glue sticks
scissors
measuring tape

Directions:

1. Buy a cheap pair of patent flats.  I bought mine from ebay for $20 (with free shipping!), but the exact same pair is also over at ZOOSHOO (affiliate link).  You can save 15% off orders over $50 with the code 15OFF50 through 3/31/14, and they always ship free. 🙂

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2. Find matching ribbon.  I ordered mine from Ribbons and Bows Oh My.  I wasn’t sure what color would be closest, so I ordered two different shades.  For these particular shoes, the “oatmeal” color was almost a perfect match.  Sweet!

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3. Cut two 8″ pieces of 1-1/2″ width ribbon.  Glue the edges to the center as shown.

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4. Cut two 7″ pieces of 1-1/2″ width ribbon.  Glue the edges to the center as you did for the 8″ pieces.

5. Attach the smaller bows to the larger bows with a thin strip of glue at the center.

6. Cut two 3″ pieces of 5/8″ width ribbon.  Wrap around the center of the bows as shown, securing at the back with glue.

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7. Cut two 4″ piece of 5/8″ width ribbon and tie a knot in the center of each piece.  Center the knot in the front, and wrap the remaining ribbon around to the back, securing with glue.

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8.  Attach shoe clips to the back of each bow as shown.  Optional: Cover shoe clip with a small piece of ribbon to further protect shoe (especially if you plan to wear them at all without the bows).  I already had some shoe clips on hand, but they are fairly inexpensive.  I bought mine from Etsy.

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9. Clip bows onto shoes, put them on your feet, and prance around the house.

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I seriously love how these turned out!  I love the cost breakdown even more:

Shoes – $20.00
Ribbon – $2.90 + $3.15 shipping and handling
Glue gun and glue – $0.00 (already owned)
Shoe clips – $0.00 (already owned)
TOTAL COST = $26.05 (a savings of over 73%!)

The best part is being able to wear these shoes without the bows, too.  You could get even more wear out of these by pairing them with different colored bows; I’ve been thinking about making another set in gold glitter.  Ooo la la!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

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XO,
Gabriella

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