DIY Lamp Re-Haul

It’s happened again, my restlessness to leave things be has encouraged me to re-haul another one of my past projects. Specifically, my DIY Mosaic Lamp. After its makeover last year I wasn’t very convinced that using resin was the best option for the lamp. However, I decided to live with it for a while before deciding to completely ditch the new design. Well, I lived with it for about 6 months, moved it from room to room (it even lived in the basement for a bit), and now, a year and a half later, I decided it was finally time to fix it.

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How to Tile the Top of a Small Dresser

Alright, I know. I seriously have an obsession with tiling furniture. But I just love it too much! Beautiful tile beats a new paint job any day in my book (depending on the piece of furniture, of course).

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So, when a family friend recently gave me this adorable blank slate of a dresser, the wheels began turning. Should I… paint it, tile it, wallpaper it, stencil it, remove the doors? Maybe I could leave it at is? Nah, I don’t have that much self control when there’s a plain, white piece of furniture in my house. With so many ideas in my head, I needed to ponder this one for a few days. Rather than jump in feet first, I decided to live with it for a few weeks. Fortunately, I knew exactly where it belonged in our house. So I plopped it down in the entryway to begin its new life as our place to leave keys, mail, work schedules, etc.

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It didn’t take me long to accept my first instinct to dress up the top of the dresser. Tiling it was! So I grabbed my tile and grout and got to work!

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Decorating on a Budget

The first thing on my mind when considering a potential project is the budget. How much money should reasonably be spent on this project? How much am I willing to spend? Is this project really necessary? Is there a cheaper way? Admittedly, I have been obsessed with saving money my entire life. When I was a kid, my dad and step-mom gave all the kids $100 to spend at the mall for Christmas. Their only rule was that we had to spend all the money that day. Such an easy gift that every kid loves right? Nope, I agonized over my purchases and fought with them in an effort to get away with saving the money. I was worried that I would purchase one thing only to find something better. (I always spent it all on candy in the end anyways. Being a kid is awesome.) Now, a decade later, I still have the same problem — spend or save?. As I decorate my first home on a shoestring budget, I prefer to stick with simplicity for my decor. Using books and special trinkets that I’ve collected throughout my entire life, I’ve styled my bookshelves with pieces that make me feel comfortable. I would categorize my style as eclectic.

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Colorful Pillows

The last project to complete my newly decorated office was to make new colorful pillows for the twin bed. Using the rest of the fabric from my other projects I made 5 bold, colorful pillows that seriously make me smile every time I look into the room.

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DIY Picture Wall

I’ve had posters on my walls my whole life. When I was young I had “Cute Kitten” posters that said things like, “Hang in There” or “Smile Everyday.” In high school I decorated my room with photos of best friends, posters of my favorite bands, and keepsakes I had collected.

In college I managed to mesh my style with my roommate’s including art posters, band posters, pictures of friends, and collages.

Now that I have graduated, moved in with my boyfriend, and fully matured to an adult, at least I like to think I’m an adult now, I have cultivated a homey style of sorts. We still have a few posters here and there.

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