Antique Dresser DIY

Antique dresser diy

Antique Dresser DIY

After Mike and I got married we were lucky enough to live in a gorgeous furnished apartment so it was a bit of a shock when we moved down to the city and had to look for new furniture while at the same time think of creative ways to make all of our things fit {we downsized from a two bedroom to a one bedroom}. Within a few days of moving we were unpacked and settled in {everything fit thanks to my mom’s fabulous solutions!} but there were a few key pieces that we were missing. We specifically were in dire need of a dresser for the entrance that would add some colour to the corner as well as some extra storage space.

There were many dressers that we found that would have worked but they were in poor condition and ranged in price from $100-$400; we just could not justify it. With patience {it was not easy!} I finally found this perfect piece in Kijiji for only $40. We stuffed it into our little car and as soon as we brought it home I got right down to work.Antique Dresser DIY

After removing the handles I used an electric sander to even out the surface and get rid of some scratches. I then gave it a good wipe down and let it dry for a few minutes. After it was fully dry, I applied 2 coats of this paint. Although I was very excited about the colour, it turned out to be a little too nursery looking so after it dried I used an oil based burnt brown paint to give it a patina {if you do this make sure you use gloves- I did not and for a few days it looked like I had a mishap with fake tanning cream}.

Antique Dresser DIY

It took about 2 days for the patina to dry {again, patience!} but once it was done we put the handles back on and lined the drawers to give it a nice finishing touch. Originally I was intending on using these for the hardware and was so disappointed after I brought them home to find out that they did not fit. In a state of desperation I threw the original hardware on the drawers and was so pleasantly surprised to realize that they actually looked great. It saved me quite a bit of money and gives the dresser a very unique feel.

Antique Dresser DIY

Although it did try my patience at times, it was a surprisingly fun project and we are ecstatic with the final product. It would make a great project for a long weekend!

Antique Dresser DIY

Antique Dresser DIY

January Blues Cure – Wall Art Collage

Hello, how are you?! I didn’t mean to have such an absence on my blog for the past month but January has been tough. It never is an easy month for me: taking down decorations, going back to regular non-Christmas music, trees on the side walk – it’s usually just too sad. On top of all of that you add this polar vortex thing, two cabin fever crazed dogs that have short hair and can’t stand the cold and a bad and persistent case of strep throat to the mix and you get one grumpy sad month. I’m not super psyched for February either but I am done with this winter rut.

I decided to focus on the things that make me happy so this past weekend I went on a DIY frenzy. There is nothing that makes me feel more accomplished than finishing a project that has been on stand-by for a long time – for us, it was our wall art collage. I had already done months of extensive research, scouted out fantastic pieces and purchased the frames- they all were just waiting silently by the wall for me to take action. This past Saturday I enlisted the best handyman I know and we got to work (to be fully honest Mike did all the hard work).

wall art  collage prep - via blushed tapatia{When I was younger I was obsessed with making collages – on binders, notebooks, furniture- you name it. I loved looking at the different photos and finding what fit well together. It goes without say that the first step for our wall art collage was, by far, my favourite. We brought in all of the different photographs and random works of art that we have collected over the last few years and played around with the arrangements. It’s the best way to decide what should go on the wall and to see what you are missing.}

ready for a wall art collage - via Blushed Tapatia{Once we decided on the layout, we took numerous photos of it and transferred the pieces so that they sat right in front of the wall where the collage was going. Mike measured it all and we made last minute changes to make sure that it would look perfect and not too crowded}

Wall art collage DIY via Blushed Tapatia   Wall art collage DIY via Blushed Tapatia              {This meticulous handyman is the sole reason why the project turned out the way it did! The key- according to Mike- is measuring}

Afternoon light via Blushed Tapatia{While Mike was doing all the hard work I sat mesmerized by the beautiful afternoon lighting that was enveloping our apartment…can you blame me?}             

Wall art collage via Blushed Tapatia {The final product!}

In case you are wondering some of the pieces on our wall are family heirlooms that have been passed down, others were great finds at thrift stores, one of them is a handkerchief that has a pattern that we fell in love with (can you tell which one it is?) and the rest are illustrations I collected from old calendars.  

Do you suffer of winter ruts too? If so, what do you do to get out of them?

January Blues Cure – Wall Art Collage

Hobby Flirting

Blushed Tapatia Store{My first order for 2014!}

Blushed Tapatia

Although jewelry making was such a large part of my life during my university years I have been flirting with it on and off ever since. I’m not sure if I became uninterested because turning a hobby into a job while you have many other commitments and a full-time job became too overwhelming or because I was ready to try new hobbies and teach myself new things. When I started Blushed Tapatia a few months ago I decided to take things slower, to make and sell jewelry for fun and at my own pace, to not become obsessive with the outcome and just enjoy the process. It’s been nice, it’s been slow and I love the fact that when I feel a burst of creativity I can just pull out my beads, make something and share it with the world. Getting this order reminded me of the thrill that I feel when someone, somewhere, loves something that I took time and care to make. It helped me decide that although 2014 is full of new promises I have to make time to enjoy the older things.

Hobby Flirting

Wrap, wrap, wrappin’ and some hair.

I think I’m not alone when I say Pinterest is both a blessing and a curse. It can serve as an endless catalog of inspiration and a fantastic tool for passing time, however, it can also increase the pressure for us crafty people. When I was planning my wedding I just kept thinking – I like this but is it Pinterest worthy? Terrible and slightly embarrassing, I know, but when there are so many gorgeous and magazine-like photos of real events, real family pictures, and real home-made food, our own expectations are heightened {I’m not alone in this, right?}.

Earlier last week I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for some gift wrapping ideas and I stumbled upon this lovely photo.da363c40a50e7755e2c35a27826cc755

I got obsessed. It’s simple, creative, amazing – I had to make it!
Turns out, it’s a lot more difficult to find black paper in Toronto than expected and after scrounging different Michael’s and spending an excruciating 30 minutes in a Walmart teeming with anxious Christmas shoppers, I found myself at the verge of a nervous meltdown. Thankfully, Reason decided to kick in and rescue me from what would have been an incredibly embarrassing moment. I figured there was no need to be all Pinteresty, I  would just have to look through my craft closet and work with what I had.

It’s surprising how much inspiration you can get just from looking at pretty materials! I have a slight obsession with all things glitter and with Japanese washi tape so I gathered my small collection, used kraft paper as a nice blank canvas and got to work. I had glue stickers in the shape of different flowers that I had bought years ago and had never really found a project for, so I decided to decorate each brown package with a few flowers and make them more seasonal by sprinkling them with different shades of blues and grays. I then wrapped each package with some washi tape, sparkly tape and ribbon.

Gift wrapping via Blushed Tapatia

It turned out to be much more rewarding to come up with my own designs and I found that by challenging my creativity a little I became even more creative, more excited, and felt proud of what I had accomplished. {*Surprise, surprise!*}

My creativity was, in fact, so peaked this weekend that I didn’t only bake up a storm of goodies {my husband truthfully pointed out I only step foot in the kitchen when I’m feeling creative} but I also decided to change up my hair for the first time in a few years so today, I’m a little bit blonder! Blonde hair via Blushed Tapatia{A little uncertain about it but deciding to work it!}

Wrap, wrap, wrappin’ and some hair.