The blog has been a bit quiet but for good reason. I have been working hard to get my apartment ready for ‘Fashion Couch’ and great New York City stories. My goal was major DIY projects such as furniture remodeling. Due to shortage of time, lack of car and not many great finds on local craigslist and re-sale shops, I put the big fish projects on hold. I decided to focus on accents.
I am not sure why, but I always end up starting with the bedroom. It could be because it’s the first piece of furniture I buy. Revamping a basement’s ‘man pad’ with no crafting or styling experience is a challenge. Yet, the alternative would be living in a functional apartment with white walls, wood and mix matched furniture. No can do. Although I am not finished, I had to let you in on some of the progress I am making…
My first task was painting the walls. After painting an 800 Sq. Foot apartment in Chicago by myself, this is cake. I chose a beige for the main walls. Beige turned into more of a yellow when I finished. After all that sweating and sore muscles, I decided not to redo it. However, a contrast wall I painted an ugly shrub green, I felt I had to redo it. I was trying to avoid a fun house look or a University of Michigan look with yellow and dark blue with some leftover blue accent paint. I chose turquoise and it worked pretty well.
Studying wall stenciling, it’s amazing what people can do. I decided to try it on a contrast wall. I ran around Lee’s Art Shop and Michael’s in the city and picked up a bunch of random stencils. I really loved damask prints from the ‘Jones Fix’ in Chicago used in one of their projects. My goal was to stencil the whole wall however, after just a few lines took several hours, I decided to call it quits and do something creative to fill up the space.
Next, I decided to create some art. I saw that medium sized canvases in stores run about $20-$50. It would be more fun to do something myself. I ventured off to Michaels on 97th and Columbus and picked up canvases, Martha Stewart gold paint, fabric turquoise flowers, faux pearls and a glue gun. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do as of yet, but I knew flowers were going to be in the picture…
I prepped and painted my canvas with some leftover accent color I had and let it dry. Then, I laid all my supplies out.
I was thinking of something simple with long stems and flowers and went to work. I laid out all my flowers and attached them to the canvas. Using a ruler, I measured so that the flowers were evenly spaced out and drew gold lines for stems using a fine paint brush.
Unfortunately, due to untamed brissles on the brush, it was hard to get straight lines. At risk of botching it up, I decided not to redo it. I then started to stencil some petals in.
I kept going…
This flower garden needed something more. So I added some more petals and thought it would be nice to include some faux pearls as stars. I guess this DIY art became a nighttime garden…
I have never used a glue gun. I would have documented the process of attaching pearls but it was very tricky and hot. I ended up with gluey mess and slightly crooked stars from hot glue on my hands. Lessons learned!!!
Here is the final piece!
I decided to keep my bedding from Chicago including all my throw pillows from World Market. I wanted to make my own pillows since I learned how to make them at the Needle Shop in Chicago yet without a machine, I was stumped. I went to Pier 1 imports on 65th and 3rd Ave. and picked up a turquoise petal pillow, a sequined gold and flower petal pillow and a gold print pillow. All were under $30.
There’s a one-stop store a 5 minute walk away that sells everything from underwear to screwdrivers. I saw a couple of square mirrors for $2.99 each and picked up 2 to hang next to the painting.
I picked up a lamp at Pier 1 Imports on 5th Avenue that normally runs for about $180 average. The price for this particular lamp was $250 and I got it for $60!
So, here is the final look.
The next project will be coordinating a work desk area and a lounge area. Stay tuned!
© 2012 Fashioncouch.com. All Rights Reserved.