Seeing Double

This post may look a lot like my last post, I swear I’m not going crazy, it was the intention. Let me explain, a very good friend of mine loved the dresser that my husband and I updated, so I decided to do the same thing to another dresser for her wedding gift. See, makes sense now, doesn’t it?

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We started with a dresser that my husband got for free. Boy has connections, right? It had great bones, but the wood was in bad condition. It was really dirty and the right side had unrepairable water damage. If that wasn’t the case, I never would have painted the outside white, but there was no fixing it, so it had to get covered. The drawers were in great shape though and we were able to just sand those and stain them. Continue reading

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95ยข Dresser

Yes, you read that right. That is how much I paid for this gem of a dresser. I found it at a local thrift store, it was unloved and a bit beat up. I think the main reason it was so cheap was that the drawers wouldn’t close right, but I figured we could deal with that later.

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It had great bones and I knew exactly how I wanted to update it. My plan was to sand all the paint off the outside section and stain that brown, while leaving the drawers white. That way the gold hardware would really pop (because I love gold). Well, my plan didn’t work. We started sanding the outside (by we, I mean my husband), and we sanded, and sanded, and sanded, and sanded some more (great job husband). There was no wood to be found, nothing worth staining anyway. So, change of plans. I decided to switch the outside to white and make the drawers brown. Once we started sanding the drawers, we could see the lovely grain coming through. It was looking good. Then we stained and sealed the drawers. We also sanded the hardware and the legs and repainted those in a fresh coat of gold. Below is the finished product. I think this is one of my favorite pieces of furniture.

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As you can see, I decorated it with even more gold. Because gold hardware just isn’t enough. Oh, and my husband was able to fix the drawers so they actually close! Very exciting!

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Not a bad deal, eh?

DIY Flower Pots

I have been on a long and exhausting search for a cheap, cute flower pot (this may be a slight exaggeration, it was about a day). I searched and searched and couldn’t find anything I liked, in a price that I liked. So, obviously, I had to result to gold. As you know, I have a bit of a love affair with gold (see here and here), and I decided that my plants should get to enjoy some gold too. These flower pots are super easy to make and look great.

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Materials: flower pot and gold paint pen (I got both at Michael’s)

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First, I came up with a pattern and drew it on paper, so I could figure out exactly what I wanted to do and to practice the design. Then I just drew the pattern on the pot free hand. I prefer a more natural, organic look, but if you prefer straighter lines, you can tape sections off. I chose a geometric pattern since my flower pot will be holding a pencil cactus, but you can do whatever your heart desires.ย  photo copy 3

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And that’s it! Easy, right? I’ll share another photo in a few weeks once I get my cactus in there.

// photos and design by Alyse Moyer //

The Story of a Mirror

That title just draws you in, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t want to read about a mirror? My thoughts exactly. So here we go…

I went to some yard sales with my mom and sister a few weekends ago and found a round mirror for only 75 cents. Obviously, I was sold. You can’t beat a price like that. It needed some love, there were 3 stickers on the mirror and it was pretty dirty.

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The stickers were easier to get off than I thought they would be. I just used some nail polish and scrubbed the mirror until my arms fell off. That may be a slight exaggeration, I still have both my arms.

Disregard my gross looking carpet. Oh, the joys of renting.

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I thought it would be fun to add a pop of color to this mirror, so I decided to paint it yellow. My fiance sanded the edge of the mirror (the white part is just plastic). Look at him go!

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Then, he taped it off and primed it. He’s a gem, isn’t he?

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Finally, we spray painted it yellow. We didn’t tape to the very edge of the mirror, so we could paint the inside of the frame. Once we pulled the tape off, we just scraped the extra paint off the mirror with a razor. And tada! It was done! It lives in my bedroom now.

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What do you think? Was my 75 cents worth it?

Bedding & Pillow Cases: West Elm | Decorative Pillows: Target (old) | Sidetable: handmade by my fiance (similar)

Bottoms Up: My Bar Cart

A few months ago I scored this cart at the thrift store for only $7. I instantly knew I wanted to use it as a bar cart and paint it gold. I’m going to be honest with you here, I have the uncontrollable desire to paint everything in gold, so it was no surprise. And who doesn’t want their alcohol on wheels? It can go with me anywhere in the house. That’s all anybody can ask for.

The cart was in pretty bad shape and with the help of my boyfriend (and by help, I mean he did almost everything), we were able to transform it into the lovely little bar cart below.

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Below is what it looked like before I jazzed it all up with liquor and other such things. It had to be sand blasted to remove all the paint, then primed and spray painted gold. There are probably a lot of other details, but I can’t help you with that since I didn’t do most of it.

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Paper Joy

I was feeling crafty a few weekends ago and decided that I need some tissue paper flowers in my life. So I made this.

Now it’s hanging on my wall. I’ll probably make a few more and string them together. Want to make some too? Here are directions.

// images by Alyse Moyer using iPhone //