Saturday, April 29, 2017

The 19 Year Old's Bedroom Part 3

You might have thought that you'd be seeing pictures of the finished bed.  But not today.  Technically we are done with the bed.  But there are a few things that we are going to add to it for the time being that will make sense once you see how we built it.  So hopefully this weekend we'll spend some time up there and get it done.  It's like the room that never ends.  It just goes on and on my friends.  You are totally going to have that in your head now.  Sorry.  

Back to what you are going to see in this post.  Last Saturday we headed up to Emily's apartment to work on the walls and to put some shelving in her closet.  While we were there, Todd also hung her TV on the wall in the living room over the fireplace and we hung a 40 X 40 canvas in there as well.  Her apartment is really coming along!  I think she likes it.  If not, she's a really good liar.  Like- really good.  

A few months ago, we went out shopping, just Emily and I, to TJ Maxx.  After we narrowed down the color scheme she wanted, it was time to get some pretty things!  While we were there we found a couple of canvases that she liked.  If you don't know, you can find really inexpensive artwork at TJ as well.  Most of the canvases we purchased were between $12.99 and $19.99 each.  Not too bad for one or two, but after a while that shit starts to add up.  Remember that sentence in a few paragraphs. 

We also found a couple of really cute decor pieces for shelves or on her dresser.  But that's not for today.  

Now that I knew what her style was or where she wanted to go with the room, I went around shopping without her to find various other things.  My idea was to do a collage wall.  Every time we looked on Pinterest or anytime I Googled young adult bedrooms, college apartments or gold/teal bedrooms, I found collage walls.  You can put so many different things on the walls in various arrangements to make a big statement.  Especially when you don't have a lot of floor space- aka tiny apartments.

A few of the pieces of decor I got were definitely going to be changed- more because the color didn't work for her room.  Like this wooden "E" for example.  It started out with silver and white paint on the top and a white ash wood tone on the bottom (which you can see from this letter A- oops we got so excited to start on the E that we forgot the before picture).

 A little sanding...

...adding stain and gold spray paint and we've got this instead.

Or the arrow I found a JoAnn Fabrics when we were picking up the foam and batting for the bed.  We were in the checkout line and I turned to say something to Hot Toddy and out of the corner of my eye, I saw a black metal arrow.  I pointed it out to him and asked what he thought.  But I was already out of the line and going to grab it.  I knew once it was gold, it would go so well on the wall.  

At one point in my searching, I saw a photo of angel wings on a gold glittered wall above a bed.  

I hesitated sending it to Emily as I thought she was gonna gag through the phone at me and then fire me as her designer.  But I sent it anyway.  Her response- "Yes!  But now I want a glitter wall!"  Sorry, child.  No glitter wall for you.  But angel wings, yes.  I remembered seeing a variety of them at Michael's so Todd and I headed over there one night to check them out.  Emily picked the ones she liked-

...and we also picked up the script metal 'hello' and the gold feather.  Oh and I grabbed 4 letters from the craft section that she didn't know about until we got to her apartment to do the wall.  I wanted some of it to be a surprise.  

We waited for Emily to come down to my house and she and I painted the wings and then did gold glitter on them.  I didn't know how they'd come out- but they are actually very cute.  So she got her glitter- much to my dismay.

Another surprise we had was an idea that popped into my head last minute.  Remember how I said that the canvases were starting to add up?  Well, when we were at Michael's, we picked up a 10 pack of canvases that were 8X8.  I think they were like $10 for all of them after we used a coupon.  I had Googled some inspirational teen quotes and gold canvas quotes one day and printed out a few to show to Todd.  I thought it'd be cool to do some ourselves.  It'd be a little more personal than just going out and buying them.  Plus they wouldn't be nearly as expensive.  Hot Toddy was into it so it was a go.  We ended up doing 4 canvases to start out with.  One was ruined because the vinyl lettering was too thin and kept tearing plus it wouldn't stick to the canvas.  After getting disappointed, frustrated, mad, pissed off and deflated.... we tried to figure it out.   How could we make this damn vinyl adhere to the material?  Well first, I spray painted them white and let it dry.  Then I put a thick coat of Mod Podge on it and let it dry.  We then left the vinyl on overnight and the next day it seemed to be sticking pretty well.  Once we had all of the vinyl on the canvas and the paper backing peeled off, we then put another coat of Mod Podge over it.  Fingers crossed, these bitches stay on because we were really excited about them.  You'll be able to see the ones we did once you see the final pictures of the wall.  One will leave you scratching your head.  I'll leave that explanation for the end of the post.  It's cute.  It's sappy.  It'll bring a tear to your eye.  Not mine, cuz I have a heart made of coal.  But you'll definitely do an "awwwwww" once you read about it.  :)

Most of this stuff has been sitting on her floor in her room as she didn't want to hang things on the wall until the dresser and bed were done.  Some we brought up with us that day.  But it was finally time to get this wall done.  

She and I went upstairs to her room and I suggested laying it all out and figuring out how we wanted to arrange it before hanging it onto the wall.  She got excited and said she'd already started doing that- and she had taken a picture of it in case she forgot.  So she started arranging them on her bed- which we ended up moving it all to the floor because there was so much stuff.  We added in what I had brought up that day and decided that was how she wanted it to be.  I grabbed the hammer and level and started at it.  

Oh and you can also see she liked the 4 letters I picked up and painted gold.  Those are above the mirror.  I love the red L-O-V-E sculpture in Philly and Indy has added one now too.  I thought it'd be cute on her wall and gave her a few options she could arrange the letters in.  She went with the one I liked as well- with the slanted O.  It's almost like she can read my mind now.  

Can you tell which ones Hot Toddy and I made?  So much for "inspirational" quotes, huh?  Hustle and Get Shit Done.  I mean, she's way too cool for "You can do it."  She needed badass quotes.  

But do you see the other one?  The elephant and the high heels?  Well there's a story behind that.  It's totally their thing.  Even when they text they use the elephant and red high heel emoji's.  So what I gather from stories from them- if you say "elephant shoes" fast or mouth "elephant shoes" it sounds like and looks like "I Love You Too."  How it started, I have no idea.  But the two of them have stuck with that.  So much so that there's talk of a matching tattoo.  Hot Toddy's gonna have high heels tattooed onto him. (insert face palm emoji here)  But super cute right?  

There are a few more we'd like to make- whether with the gold vinyl or craft paint or gold Sharpie- so we'll be adding to the wall soon.  But I think it turned out pretty well!  She likes it for sure.  Todd thinks it's "alright."  ;)

But while we were there, she threw a bombshell on us.  She wants us to build her something else.  She showed us a picture, we said "OH that's super easy.  We'll TOTALLY make that."  and then we looked at each other and were like, "FUCK. Guess we'll need to figure out how to do that."  Luckily, I found plans on the internet so we'll be starting that soon and getting it installed, plus finishing her bed, and her vanity area.  Then the room SHOULD be done.     

Monday, April 10, 2017

The 19 Year Old's Bedroom Part 2

So this past weekend we got back up to Emily's new apartment to deliver her dresser and side table for her bedroom.  Once we found out she was getting the apartment, I started scouring Craigslist for inexpensive furniture.  I definitely wanted something wood and solid.  Not some cheap thing that would fall apart on her in a year or two.

She decided that she wanted a low dresser and since we didn't know how big her closet would be, we wanted to get her something with good storage in it.  After about a week's worth of searching and many emails back and forth with listers, we found one that I liked- as in it was sold wood and it wasn't a lot of money (since I knew we'd be painting it) and one that Emily liked as well.  Let's be honest, she was way less picky than I was.

Ummmm $50 make you holla?  Very plain, not ornate, and simple.  Just what we wanted.  The knobs weren't anything to write home about but the dresser itself?  Very nice.  And it came with a side table?  Not a nightstand but at least it had a drawer and a shelf.  Here they are in my garage ready to get sanded.

Emily had said in the beginning of this process that she wanted to help with everything so we made her help!  She got cleaning duty before the paint went on.  Sanding leaves a LOT of dust and the drawers needed to be thoroughly cleaned so the paint wouldn't peel off later on.

We let Emily pick out the paint color- seeing as though it's her room and all.  As much as it pained me to not have control over that, she picked a really good color!  I'm not used to not being the one in control making the decisions since this really is the first time I've done a project that isn't for myself.  But I promised her and myself, that I would let her make all of the choices since it was her room.  The original color she picked was a little too bright so we ended up going back for a slightly darker teal.  As you can see below.  The first color is the bottom swatch and the chosen color is the top.  Just a bit darker.

I thought she would have gone a bit darker but once she saw the color on the dresser, she loved it.  It's interesting seeing someone choose color that isn't used to it.  For me, I walk in and know exactly what I am looking for and get a gallon.  But for Emily, she really hasn't done this kind of thing.  So we grabbed every sort of teal color we could find and compared, and compared, and compared them.  I showed her how some were more "bright" than others, while some were made darker by adding black to them. Some came out looking a little more navy blue and some had more green in them.   After standing around the kitchen island for a bit, she was like "So this is your thing, isn't it?"  Yes, girl.  It is.  HAH!

Once I put on the first coat, I was a little nervous that she wasn't going to like it.

And I only say that since in the inspiration pictures, the teal was much darker.  I kept asking her if she liked it and she kept saying YES so I kept putting coats on it.  Above are the first couple of coats.  The more true color is on the drawers.

The side table was getting to be a bitch painting inside the slats on the side and I was really starting to get discouraged with how badly it was looking.  There was no easy way to get in between them without having drips or pooling of paint.  I finally decided to do something about it and I didn't think Em would mind.  Nor did I ask her if I could.  Fingers crossed she was OK with it.

I got out my Dremel and get rid of those pieces.  Not only does it look so much better but it's also much more simple- which I believe is what we were going for to begin with.  The slats gave it a country vibe and I can guarantee she didn't want THAT for her room.

So much better.  After I did that, I painted two more coats of paint onto both pieces.  In all there are 5 coats of paint on them.  Even with priming, they sucked up the paint on the first couple coats and since this color is so deep and saturated, you could see even the slightest difference in color.  So in order to get a really good and even coverage, the 5 coats were necessary.  Below is a more true to color picture of the drawers- without the hideous knobs that came with them.

So now onto the knobs we got.  Emily found some really really cute knobs at World Market.  They were a white ceramic with a rose gold design on the top.  They were adorable.  They were $3.99 each.  Let me repeat that- they were $3.99 each.  Did you see how many knobs she needed for this dresser?  See the original photo above.  SIXTEEN of them.  We're talking roughly $64 for knobs.  That's more than we paid for the dresser AND the side table.  I knew that I had just seen a ton of knobs at TJ Maxx a couple of days before so I "convinced" her to go shopping with me to "look for curtains" for the room.  While the entire time, I had ulterior motives.  So we headed to TJ.  Up and down the aisles she, Hot Toddy, and I went looking for decor and "curtains."  She stumbled upon the knobs first and I played it off like, "Wow! Look at THOSE Emily!  They've got knobs!"  I'm pretty sure she was onto me at that point, but let's see what we found.  Literally the EXACT same knobs that she had found at World Market but instead of the tops being rose gold, they were regular gold- which all of the decor we had purchased up to that point was.  And a set of 4 was $4.99!  What?!?!

We lucked out because they had two sets of the 4.  So that took care of the top two drawers.  Now we had to find another 8 knobs for the bottom drawers.  We lucked out again, because we found a jar of 12 knobs that were different but would coordinate so damn well!  The jar of 12 was $14.99.  So even with more than we needed, we paid roughly $25 for everything.  Much better than $64!

Now that we had the knobs picked out and the dresser done, it was time to put them together.  Unfortunately, I couldn't sneak a peek and see how good/bad they looked because she had the knobs up at her apartment while the dresser was with me. So we both got to see it at the same time together and we both agree....... we LOVE THEM!!!

Now onto the side table.  The original drawer hardware was not what we were looking for.  It also had two prongs screwed into the wood.  Ugh.  Nothing a little wood filler wouldn't fix.  Sanded down, you couldn't even tell there were originally two holes in the drawer.  We ended up bringing the stuff up to her apartment and drilled the hole there.  And by we, I mean we made Emily drill the hole.  She was very nervous.  She'd never used a drill before.  But she did a fantastic job.

We used one of the leftover knobs on this as well.

Emily's reaction?  She LOVES THEM!!!!!  That's really all that matters but just in case you were wondering, so do her dad and I!!

Her room is starting to come together.  Not sure if I shared this in the first post or not, but we are building her a bed.  From scratch.  Well when we brought the dresser and side table up last weekend, we started on the bed.  I'm hoping to have it finished next Sunday for her.  Then it's decorating time! She's getting really antsy to get all of the really cool stuff we've got up onto her walls.  But she's holding out until the bed is finished.