Dani and I moved into our new apartment a few months ago and we were #blessed to find an apartment that doesn’t have white walls. They’re a nice cool grey, but they still needed decorating. In my living room style post, I had found a painting that I envisioned for above the fireplace. Dani really liked it too, but neither of us felt like shelling out almost $100 for something to hang up. We both really love arts and crafts and DIY, so that’s exactly what we decided to do – paint it ourselves.
Last Sunday, we headed over to Joann’s to pick up supplies for a crafty day to recreate the painting from Wayfair and a few other projects we had planned. For this project you’ll need the following:
A canvas – you pick the size. The ones that were the size we wanted to fill were expensive, so we got even craftier and decided to split it up onto two canvases. This also meant we could each paint one side! ($12.36 with coupon)
Paint – we picked purple and copper. ($6.75 each)
Sponges and brushes – we had 1.5″ sponges and whatever brush you’re comfortable with for the arrow. ($1.49 and $2.49)
Paint pallet ($1.50)
From there, it’s pretty straightforward. We pushed the canvases together and started from the middle with the sponges, mixing a little black in for the middle to be the darkest part. Pulling the canvases apart, we each took a side to paint. Adding water to thin it out and make the color a bit lighter on the ends, we painted the edges of the canvas as well so it looked like it was continuous when hung. After drying for about an hour, we popped out the gold paint and the brushes, then started on the arrows. For these we painted the edges as well.
I think it came out really well, and I also love that we both got to do different sides of the canvas.
Are you into DIY-ing your home decor? What are your favorite projects?
It was a long time coming, but Dani and I finally found a place in Chicago and moved to our new city (full time) at the beginning of the year! When I moved out of Nashville, I got rid of alllll my living room furniture, including my much beloved couch. As a result, we’re refurnishing the living room too, but it’s a bit awkwardly shaped without much room for a cozy couch like that anymore. Here’s my wishlist for what I would love to put in my dream living room!
Sofa: I had this guy in Nashville and I think it’s a little too bulky for our narrow living room, but I miss it desperately. It was long enough for my 5’11” frame to comfortably stretch out onto, super comfy, and hid stains really well. The microfiber fabric felt really great too. I miss this couch a lot.
Rug: Today we learned how to measure a room to pick out the correct rug size! I really like the different shades of blue and purple in this rug – it would look great against our gray walls.
It was a long time coming, but Dani and I finally found a place in Chicago and moved to our new city (full time) at the beginning of the year. One of the most fun parts of moving has always been decorating my bedroom – since I got rid of almost all my furniture when I left Nashville, I had to start totally from scratch. In bed I like really cool colors – black, white, and grey. The walls in my bedroom are grey, so I’m trying to bring in more white through my bedding, furniture, and accents. Through the miracle of Amazon and sites like Wayfair (and my much-suffering friends who got recruited to help after I had surgery) I’m refurnishing and sticking to my budget. Here’s my vision board for some clean bedroom design if you’re looking for inspiration!
Bed: I’ve always had this vision in my head of wanting a tufted grey headboard and siderails, but it’s been pretty elusive to find anything close to my vision under $1000 (apparently I have expensive taste.) After endless hours of browsing Amazon for something I liked, I saw this one and pounced. One of the wings did come without the pre-drilled holes, so I called the company and they’re supposed to be sending out the replacement part. Once that’s on, I’m going to feel like the fanciest princess in my bed.
It was a long time coming, but Dani and I finally found a place in Chicago and moved to our new city (full time) at the beginning of the year. Setting up our apartment has been really fun, but there are a few things that we seem to still be missing… or a few things we have too many of. Here are a couple of things that remain on our want list!
Print: It’s no secret at all that The Hold Steady is my favorite band, and I found this print a few years ago and have coveted it since. “Citrus” is one of my favorite songs of theirs, and I’ve always thought this would be really cute in a bar area.
Coffee station: We really like coffee. Like, it’s a problem. We have so many coffee mugs between us that there’s not enough storage in our kitchen, not to mention the varieties of coffee and tea we have tucked away. We’ve been on the hunt for a storage unit that will fit our needs, and I really like the Billy bookcases from Ikea – they have so many different combinations, we could easily customize something that would (hopefully!) fit our collections.
Bar cart: …we might also like gin and similar to our coffee collection, we’re out of space for our margarita and wine glasses, and the liquor bottles require a step stool to reach. Not acceptable. I love the bamboo style of this one – matches my favorite Framebridge photos!
Coffee pot: This is our coffee pot. These… are our coffee pots? We got matching coffee pots before moving in together, so now we have a match set of this guy. It features an autostart option so you can schedule it to brew your coffee before you wake up (I did this in Nashville a lot and it was great,) as well as a timer to shut the coffee pot off before it burns out.
Kitchen island: I really love islands, and this one serves a double purpose: not only would it increase our counter space (as we’ve found out, we don’t have nearly enough since we take food seriously here) but it would also give me a place to pull up a bar stool and perch to work at. For some reason I’ve always been able to focus better sitting in taller chairs (maybe because of my towering height) so the only disappointment for me in our apartment is the absence of a counter to hang out at.