DIY Makeup Vanity

Hope all you east coasters were able to stay warm during the so called “blizzard.” I enjoyed the extra days off building snowmen, making snow angels and even going sledding. Hopefully this is the last of winter and the flowers can start growing now. Ok fine, wishful thinking!

Today I am here to share a project I have been DYING to make! This one is strictly for the ladies! I’ve wanted a makeup vanity since forever! When I lived in my apartment there just wasn’t space for it and it wasn’t until we redid the guest room that I noticed the perfect spot to have one. Ladies, you are going to love this! The furniture itself is all from Ikea. The rest of the items needed can be purchased at your local hardware store. 

To create the storage part of my vanity I purchased two Ikea Alex 5 drawer units and one table top in high gloss white (47×23). After recruiting some help to put the drawers together, I had this. 

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Because of where the bed comes out to I couldn’t center it which is why it is pushed all the way against the wall. You can imagine how much that urks me but I have some ideas on filling that space to the right. Now the next part is the fun part. It requires a little bit of electrical work but I promise you can totally do it. Here is what you’ll need:
Ikea Stave Mirror
2 Ikea Musik Wall Lamps
2 Extension Cords
3 Packs of Crystal Clear Round Light Bulbs
Wireless Remote Light Switch or Power Strip
Wire Cutters (not shown)

Wire Caps (not shown)
Electrical Tape (not shown)

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Since the lights are meant to be hardwired we need to convert them to be plug ins. The first thing you need to do is remove the socket part of the extension cord.
With your wire cutters you’re just going to snip it right off.

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DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

Next, using the wire cutters or a wire stripping tool you need to remove some of the plastic coating and expose the wires inside. If you’re using your wire cutter be sure not to cut the wire, just the plastic coating.

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DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleOn the back of the wall lamp you will notice three wires, black, white, and yellow. You will be using only the black and white wires. You can undo the yellow wire (that’s the ground wire) and toss it.

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleOn your extension cord you will notice that one side (wire) is smooth and one side is rigid.

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DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleTaking the white wire, you’re going to wrap it around the wire with the rigid side. Once it’s all wrapped, cap it with the wire cap.

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DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleNext, take the black wire and wrap it around the wire with the smooth side. After this your lights should work once you plug them in! 

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DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2StyleOnce you’ve removed the yellow wire you can use some pliers to try to remove the piece of metal that is on the back.  Since you want your wall lamp to sit flush against your wall you’ll want it as flat as possible.

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DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

Repeat these steps for the second light.
Using electrical tape to hold everything down and making your marks you can now screw in your pluggable lights! Just hang the mirror and then place your lights on either side. I plugged the cords into a power strip and just hit the red button when I want to turn the lights on. To say I am obsessed is an understatement. I’m so happy to finally have a place to organize all my hair and makeup products and tools.The drawer units allow for so much storage it’s crazy!  I’m not even close to being done organizing it all but I don’t mind spending all my time here! 

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

DIY Makeup Vanity @ Made2Style

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Do you love it as much as I do! The best part is how affordable it is. The mirror and lights will cost you less than $80 which is great considering similar mirrors and lights like this one go for $400! If you decide to make one, which you 100% should, I’d love to see it! 

I’m currently working on a little gallery wall to go above the vanity as well. Stay tune for that!
xoxo 

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Guest Room Makeover

One by one we have been crossing off projects from our list. The first one to share is our guest room.  This room left very little to the imagination.  Green walls and dark brown curtains. Not exactly something that screamed please come in and take a load off in here.  I knew this would be the room that my old bedroom furniture would be going into so we needed to do a little fixing up. The plan was to paint the room and add all new trim (crown, base, and casings.) Here’s the room before we got started.

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This happened to also be the room where we kept Luna when I first moved in to ease her into the new environment, hence the litter box.  We cleared everything out and pretty much sold the furniture that was in there since we didn’t have a use for them.  After chiseling off each of the outlet covers (OMG! There must have been about 5 layers of paint on them!), patching holes in the walls, and fixing up a tape line in the ceiling, we got to work.

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The color I chose was Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan. I had it color matched by Benjamin Moore. I didn’t choose to prime because I didn’t want to do more work than needed. In other words, I was lazy. I did all the cutting while Frank rolled. Since we were going to be adding crown molding I didn’t go crazy making the line straight on top which was so nice!
After the room was all painted we were ready to have the trim installed. Luckily, we have a friend who is skilled in doing this. The problem with friends is we work on their time frame. So as you can imagine the room sat and sat and sat a little more. But the big day did finally come. All the trim that was around the doors and windows came down and the new trim went up!

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And the rest of the room…don’t mind the patches, we noticed a few small holes we wanted to patch.

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The next step was bringing in the furniture.

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I’d love to say that since this photo has been taken the wreaths in the window have been taken down but I would be lying if I did.  The truth is it’s been way too cold to go out and take anything down so while Christmas is gone inside I can’t say the same for outside!DSC_0475Ah, much better. There is still more to be done like blinds for the windows and something above the bed. But my absolute most favorite part is the space to the left of the closet. That will be getting a little something special.  Something I have been wanting forever. I am putting in a vanity! A place to do my hair and makeup and if all goes well a place to set up my camera and start making some more beauty videos for you guys! I also have plans for the closet in the room as well but for now I’m enjoying walking by a room that finally looks like a bedroom! 

Linen Closet & More

So it’s been about 6 months that I’ve been meaning to write this post…oops! When I first moved in one of the first things I did was organized the closets in the house. Today I’m sharing 2 bathroom closets.  I couldn’t help but notice when I moved in that there was no set place to keep towels.  I found them all over the place and so I cleaned out one of the bathroom closets and made it a linen closet for us to keep all the towels.

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 I started by emptying everything out and wiping it clean.

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I also grabbed a few baskets and moved all of the first aid items in there since we technically don’t have a medicine cabinet. Here is how it looks now.

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While I was at it I also cleaned out another closet in our downstairs bathroom and decided to utilize it for all the cleaning supplies and paper items such as toilet paper/paper towels. Sorry for the grainy iPhone pictures.
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After:

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I love the feeling an organized closet gives me.  Just having a place for things to go makes life so much easier! Anyone make a resolution this year to be more organize? Starting with your closets could just be the way to get the ball rolling! 

Chalk Painted Buffet Makeover (RH Inspired)

For the longest time I have been wanting to try out chalk paint.  I have a serious love of redoing furniture.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many pieces I am hoarding with the intention of doing over. Many of which I have sanded and primed! If you’ve painted a piece of furniture before then you know how time consuming and exhausting sanding and priming can be.  This my friends is what drew me into wanting to try Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint.  I have heard so many wonderful things about it like, “no need to sand,” and “no priming needed”. Those words are music to my ears. So when I had a piece I was looking to redo I bit the bullet and bought some chalk paint.  I did a little research online as to what colors would give me the look I was trying to achieve.  I wanted a sort of grayish brown Restoration Hardware look. After settling on what colors would work I made my purchase.

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I went with a quart of French Linen as the base, sample sizes of Pure White and Paris Grey for dry brushing, and the Dark Wax to seal it all.  The reason I only purchased sample sizes for what I needed to dry brush is because what you will learn as soon as you open this paint is that it is crazy thick and a little goes a very very long way! It may be pricey but it is totally worth it!

So here is the piece itself before being touched.

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If you’re anything like me then you can clearly see the potential here.  The shape of this piece is what really drew me in and as soon as I saw the squares within the doors I knew I wanted to put some mirrors in there to update it.  Unfortunately, when I went to unscrew the hideous hardware I was completely taken by surprise to learn that they can’t be removed! When I opened the door to find the screw on the other side I only found that there was no screw. It seems that the door was half build, the handles went on, and then the other half of the door went on blocking the screw.

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This certainly didn’t stop me from continuing but I’m not gonna say I didn’t cry a bit over it! I do have some options just not sure what to do quite yet. Anyway to get started I simply wiped the entire piece down with a wet rag and then dried it. That was all I did to prep the piece before painting.  Using my trusty Purdy brush, I got to work.  The great thing about this paint is it’s really fool proof. For most flat surfaces I would use a small roller but there is no need, you can totally do it with a brush.

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Here is what the piece looked like after one full coat.

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You can see how opaque this paint is…it’s amazing! It’s super thick and you can also add water to it to thin it out and make it go even further.  I barely used a fourth of the quart to do this whole piece! After leaving it to dry for 24hrs I went in and did a second coat, allowed that to dry for a day and then went in with a small chip brush and my sample colors to dry brush.

Chalk Paint Buffet Makeover @ Made2StyleI began with Paris Grey by simply dipping the brush in the paint and rubbing the excess off on a paper plate.

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You can click this link to watch a hyper lapse video of the technique of Dry Brushing. If you can’t view it I simply just rubbed the brush up and down in each section. Remember that you don’t want to have globs of paint on the brush, you almost want to remove the paint from the brush before applying it to the furniture piece. Here’s what it looked like after going in with Paris Grey and then Pure White.

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You can tell the difference if you look at the inside square which is the base color and has no dry brushing done to it. Here are some more shots.

Chalk Paint Buffet Makeover @ Made2StyleA little before and after. The Paris Grey created an almost like haze on it whereas the Pure White really stood out. 

Chalk Paint Buffet Makeover @ Made2StyleChalk Paint Buffet Makeover @ Made2StyleThe next part is adding the wax. Now after doing some research online I read that it’s best to seal your piece with clear wax first and then go in with the dark wax after but I am a rebel and didn’t want to do that! I felt that the clear wax wouldn’t allow the dark wax to really seal its beautiful color into the piece so no clear wax here.  I purchased a wax brush online, I highly recommended doing so.

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I just dipped the brush into the can and just like with the dry brushing wiped off the excess onto a paper plate. Once you get used to doing it you might start skipping the plate part and applying directly on the piece. 

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Chalk Paint Buffet Makeover @ Made2Style

Now as far as technique goes I just went with the grain of the wood in an up and down or side to side motion, depending on the wood. I started on a side that wouldn’t be seen much just to test it out.  Here is a shot of the start of it.

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You can see how the dry brush strokes come through.  It made such a difference and I am in love with it.  The reason the door is missing is because I had brought it to a glass and mirror shop to have the mirrors cut. Once the wax was applied I went in with an old t-shirt and buffed it out. The more you buff the shinier it gets. I attached the mirrors using special glue and now it’s all done! 

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The sun was shining into the room when I took this next picture so the color looks a little more warm than the other pictures. 

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As far as the handles go I do have the option of sawing them off. If you look closely at the back of the door picture I posted you can see where the back of the door was attached which leads me to believe that the door is hollow and by a simple knock you can hear that it is hollow. If I saw the handles off then the plan would be to knock the piece that is still in the door in and it would fall inside the door…make sense? The problem with this plan is that there is no guarantee that the piece will fall in and if it doesn’t then I’m screwed (pun intended!) If anyone has any advice I will gladly take it! These handles make me sad and I will try anything to replace them! 

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I purchased some mercury lamps to go on either side and am currently redoing the frame of a mirror I had to hang above it.  The frame was black so I’m trying to lighten it up a bit, not quite happy with it yet but it’s getting there.

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So if you’re looking to redo a piece I highly suggest trying chalk paint! I purchased mine from The Purple Painted Lady, it came super quick and they are very knowledgable in these products! 

IMG_9784The color came out exactly like I hoped it would. Do you think you’ll give it a try?

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Christmas 2014

Happy Holidays everyone!! What an amazing holiday season! It’s been jam packed and I feel like I’ve been going non stop but I love every second of it! My hope was to get a little Christmas tour going awhile ago but cloudy days and early sunsets made it almost impossible to get any shots and then time got the best of me. Believe it or not my decorations went up the day after Thanksgiving which has now become a tradition of mine.  I am not a colorful Christmas type of person, my colors consist of silver and gold. I kept the tree silver, white, and green for a second year. We also hosted Christmas this year. I love to cook so I was excited to host everyone at our house but we also decided to redo 3 rooms right before the day…what were we thinking! We gave the hall bath a makeover, the guest room got all new crown and base molding as well as casings around the windows/doors and the kitchen got a much needed paint job. Everything turned out great and now we can finally sit down and enjoy it all! I’ll of course be sharing all the details but for now let’s still enjoy a little of Christmas! 

A little entry table fun.

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I had attempted a Christmas craft by spraying these styrofoam balls with fake snow but when I forgot about them outside and then it rained they were ruined so I just threw them in the basket as is haha.

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The living room…

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Oh and just about the best smelling pine candle ever! Your entire house will smell like you’ve got a real tree! 

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My favorite part of this tree is how when it’s lit at night the twinkling lights reflect off of the windows to the left and right.

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The above photo proves you can’t have 3 cats and a tree skirt! 

For Christmas day we connected two tables since there were 10 of us and I went with a simple tablescape.  For dinner I made prime rib with a roasted garlic rub and a horse radish sauce, a mix of veggies that were roasted (carrots, parsnip, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, cauliflower), and hasselback potatoes. I sautéed garlic and then threw in about 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary and brushed the oil on the potatoes before tossing them in the oven…so good!  My dad also brought his lasagna. There was so much food, let’s just say after all the appetizers and dinner I’m not sure how anyone had any room for dessert! 

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And a daylight shot of the outside.

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DSC_0374I have to admit, the bright red on the wreaths outside has me thinking I might add some more in the house next year.  Hope you all enjoyed this holiday season and thank you so much for stopping by! 

{DIY} Tassel Bracelet

It’s Monday! I am excited for absolutely no reason what so ever. The good news is that I’ve got a really fun craft for you guys to try out.  As part of the Dare to DIY series: Give Handmade I’ve made a great bracelet for you to make and give as a gift! Now if you’ve been following me for awhile then you know that I am no stranger to making bracelets on here.

Like THIS Chan Luu

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THIS Leather Wrap Bracelet

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THIS Jump Ring Bracelet

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Well today I am going to show you another fun piece of arm candy you can easily put together and give to a girlfriend who loves jewelry!

DIY Tassel Bracelet

Tassels are all the rage right now so when I thought about what I wanted my bracelet to look like there was no question it would have a tassel! I started with a few pieces: A Leather Wrap (mine was purchased in Hong Kong when I had visited years ago but you can find something similar at any craft store), Jump Rings, and any Colored Thread to your liking.

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You’ll also need something to help close your wrap up. All of these supplies can be found at Michaels or any craft store! 

The first thing you’re going to do is start off with wrapping your thread about 15 times around two fingers.

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Next, you’ll open a jump ring and fit the loop into the ring and then close it.

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Then, with another piece of thread just wrap it around the top right under the jump ring a few times until it is nice and tight.  You’ll want to tighten that by making a knot.  I double knotted.

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To finish off your tassel just grab a good sharp pair of scissors and cut the closed loop at the bottom and make sure all your thread is even.

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BOOM…you’ve got yourself a tassel.

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All I did next was take a bunch of the gold jump rings (14 to be exact) and put them on the leather wrap. Next I placed the tassel on and then another 14 jump rings.

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I just added my clamps on the end to be able to close the bracelet and then added it to my collection! 

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Are you feeling the tassel craze right now?

Head on over to Maybe Matilda to check out some more awesome bloggers and their great ideas for handmade gifts for this holiday season!  

Posts of Christmas Past

Hello beautiful people! I hope everyones December has been off to a good start! Does anyone else feel like the past few months have been flying by? I mean Christmas is only 21 days away!! Crazy! But with that in mind it got me thinking about past Christmas projects and I thought I would do a little round up for anyone who’s in the middle of decking their halls and are looking for some inspiration! Just click on the number below the photo to bring you to the post! 

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I’m hoping to get a few more crafts done this season so stay tuned! 

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Are you DIYing any holiday decor? I’d love to hear about it!