My First Major DIY

Monday, April 7, 2014

So this is probably nothing major to any of you but it was sure major for me! 

I mentioned in an earlier post that while my mom was here visiting from Denver we decided to do a little DIY project. I'm not sure I would have ever attempted this if she wasn't here. I tend to be the time that gets so emotionally invested in projects and get frustrated when they don't work out. It doesn't end up pretty, haha! 

I had been searching Craigslist for a couple weeks trying to find a few end tables and a dresser and could not believe how overpriced so many items were. I am definitely not about to spend several hundred dollars on used furniture. No thanks. Any of the good items were snatched up in minutes so I decided to go to basically every single thrift store on the peninsula. I found a little end table with drawers that I was excited about because we needed something to put all our electronic cords and wires in. 
^^ This is actually much better than it originally looked. This is after pulling off all the stickers and labels from it. ^^

We grabbed a bunch of sand paper, wood filler, and paint and got to work. Luckily my next door neighbor was gone so we used the space between our car ports to do the painting. It was pouring rain so it took a bit to dry with all the moisture in the air but I think they turned out pretty good! Luckily our cement in our parking area is already super old so hopefully nobody minds a few paint splatters. ;) 



^^ I forgot to take a before picture of this one but it was also a Goodwill find. It was just a blah unpainted assemble yourself type of piece. Those bars on the ends were a beast to get in there and paint but it will be nice to have some shelves and pillows. ^^




I am super excited about these. I think this is the first project I've ever really done where I have been pretty happy with the results. I'm not kidding when I said I was clueless. I went to Home Depot to find some paint and all 12 shades of white pretty much all looked the same. I love how this warm creamy color brightens up the room. Now all I have left as far as major furniture is to find a dresser. Maybe I'll even be brave and redo that too if I don't end up just settling on something from IKEA. :) 

11 comments:

  1. Looks so nice with that fresh white coat of paint!! I have repainted a piece of furniture before, but only once!

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  2. Way pretty, Kelsey! This is the best way to go as it's such a money saver. I'd do that more often if I needed the furniture but I'm OK for now hehe. Look at you all HGTV-star-like :).

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  3. I love it! We are doing our first DIY this summer! We will be redoing a Jenny Lind bed and I am so nervous! Lol

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  4. You did an awesome job! They look awesome!
    Furniture thrifiting/diying is the BEST, and it always looks so awesome. It's my favorite!

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  5. Those both turned out awesome! I think DIY projects like this are some of my favorite posts to read because I'm always so inspired to try and do some myself with how well everything always turns out for everyone else :)

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  6. Kelsey, these look awesome! I love sprucing up Goodwill/dumpster finds and you are making me want to do some good ol' DIY :)

    Amy | Club Narwhal

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  7. You did a great job girl! I love being able to look at an old junky piece of furniture and see the potential of a makeover

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  8. Wow, it's insane how great something can look with a fresh coat of paint!

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  9. Yay! You go girl! I love little DIY posts!

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  10. Congrats, you did a great job!

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