Apartment DIY

DIY Apartment

Well hello friends! Its been awhile! I wish I had a better excuse for being gone for so long but I really can’t think of one…Hmmmm.  I guess I can blame it on renewing my Wisconsin teaching license and creating my individual goal for my school year,  but that is really it.

I am coming back with a little DIYing (I know not a real word) apartment style.

 Living in an apartment it is hard to make your space your own because if you are like me you are not all about making more work for yourself.  I am not about to paint walls and then 12 months later  have to paint them again, no thank you!  That is why I try do  projects that will work in the apartment but will also transfer when Mr. Blue Eyes and I decide where our family should land. 😉 Actually where we are led…

Here is an image of the photo box hanging outside the barn at our wedding! Ahhh seriously that entryway was so dreamy.....

Here is an image of the photo box hanging outside the barn at our wedding! Ahhh seriously that entryway was so dreamy…..

You can see the photo box in its original form on the far right.

Here are a few of the little changes that I made to turn my Wisconsin cozy, rustic, vintage apartment items into Florida, beachy and breezy.

First, my photo box.  This box was purchased at Goodwill when Mr. Blue Eyes and I were getting married.  I remember distinctly going with my mom to Goodwill and she put that into our cart.  At the time I was thinking, “Hmmm, how is that going to work at our wedding?”  Looking back I thought it was the best purchase, at $3.99 we used it at our wedding and I have used it in our homes ever since.  The gold color worked perfect in Wisconsin because I was using lots of golds, purples, and browns.  However, now that we live in the Emerald Coast I felt that it needed a facelift.  On a whim I headed to our local hardware store and looked at colors to paint the box.  I found Dresden Blue by Clark and Kensington.  I didn’t know the exact look I was going for but I knew that I wanted it to be light, so this is how it went down.

The paint color for the photo box.

The paint color for the photo box.

The photo box before the makeover.

The photo box before the makeover.

A view of the box after about 2 coats.

A view of the box after about 2 coats.

It took a couple of coats until I was completely happy with the color.

The after shot of our photo box.

The after shot of our photo box.

Here is the final look (for now).  I am not completely happy with it on our blue dresser but it is working there right now.  I am all about moving and shakin’ and I am sure it will be moved soon!

The next little DIY that I took on is a bit of a funny story.  At our old apartment in Wisconsin I was taking the garbage out to the dumpster.  When I entered the dumpster area I couldn’t believe what I saw… an amazing gold frame sitting there.  Now since this dumpster area was pretty guarded I knew that nobody put something the frame there wanting to get it back.  It was clearly garbage.  I was too afraid to take it right away so  I ran back to the house and told Mr. Blue Eyes.  Well, he is a chicken just like me and said, “No, don’t get it.”  I complained that we needed it long enough that Mr. Blue Eyes finally said, “Fine, lets get in the car and you can jump out, grab it and put it into the car.”  I know we are really not normal.  Well, the mission was completed and we ended up with a gorgeous gold frame.  Again the color worked really well in our Wisconsin apartment but the gold wasn’t working for me here in the sunshine state.

When I went to the hardware store I ended up picking out a color called, “Heavenly Sand” and seriously that name could not be more perfect for the beaches we live 5 minutes from.  I love the way the color dried and the frame looks great.

Oh my... the name is so fitting for the beaches here!

Oh my… the name is so fitting for the beaches here!

The before shot of my dumpster dive.

The before shot of my dumpster dive.

An in progress shot of the dumpster dive frame.

An in progress shot of the dumpster dive frame.

The frame after a bit of a facelift.

The frame after a bit of a facelift.

Ok, I know it is a little sad that that beautiful frame is sitting on ground behind a chair.  Mr. Blue Eyes is great at sooooooo many things…Being handy is not one of them.  Seriously he tried hanging a massive picture with a 3M Command strip.  Needless to say the picture was down that next day when we got home from work.

I have big plans for my Heavenly Sand frame.  I am just waiting for my dad or very handy brother in-law to visit in order to make those plans happen! 😉 I promise I will keep you posted!

Those are my big projects for now.  I have one in the works and will be sure to post when it happens.  I will give you a hint… it has to do with a bed and a skirt!

Vintage Vignette

This is an update on my adorable vintage cabinet.  Here is the original post.  Since then I ordered 4 dining chair from Target (On sale! Whoo Whoo, still no dining table, Boo :( ) which seriously brings new life to that cabinet.  Also, I painted two picture frames that I had in Heavenly Sand (of course) and hung them up.  I am very happy with it so far but debating whether or not to purchase a dining table…. What do you think?

Here is a photo update of our little dining nook.

Here is a photo update of our little dining nook.

Happy Sunday Readers! I am off to the beach with Mr. Blue Eyes and Baby Blue because I am on Fall break and don’t work tomorrow! Oh yeah! Enjoying the sunshine!

~C

Celia

About Celia

I am a blue eyed gal living with my blue eyed hubby and our blue eyed Weimaraner in Wisconsin. Teaching is my day job and I just love it! There is nothing that I would rather be doing for my profession. In my free time I love designing and crafting our little apartment. I also have a love of all things water like swimming and boating. Take a minute or two to get to know my blue eyed family.

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