Tag Archives: Painting

Designing on a Dime: Painted Wood Trunk

4 Sep

Just a quick post on my grandmother’s trunk. The wood finish on this amazing trunk wasn’t the prettiest and I had planned on using it as my coffee table. I could have left it in it’s original state (an old gunky faded stain) but if you’ve got gold paint WHY not use it?! :p

I used the Martha Stewart Antique Gold I had already purchased.

Since I did not have the time or energy to take my trunk outside and sand it for hours I used a Zinsser Cover Stain primer. It, too, almost killed me. The fumes were stronger than the spray paint!!



After first coat of paint:


Final product!!:



Designing on a Dime: Cabinet Edition

1 Sep

Weeks before I moved into my new apartment I decided I wanted to paint my 1950s hotpoint metal cabinets gold.  When I arrived on day 1 my property manager told me my cutesy Martha Stewart Metallic Antique Gold paint was not going to do the trick on metal and that the paint would just peel right of.  So… onto plan B = do some research!  I found a bunch of articles on painting metal cabinets and headed to Home Depot.

First I talked to an expert at Home Depot who told me I did not need a primer, but to make sure there were no grease or oil stains.  I cleaned the cabinets with dish soap and water, wiped them down and let them dry.

What the metal cabinets looked like before any paint, with handles removed, and counter and stove covered:


After the first coat of this 20120901-101910.jpgRust-Oleum Specialty Metallic Spray Paint for less than $5! :

I got this:


Smiles already!

Another shot of the first coat with the flash on to highlight all of the chemicals I tried I keep out of my lungs. It sure is pretty though:


After the second (and final) coat:


It’s not perfect but it’s my creation and I love it.

Replaced the handles and I’m done!  Booyow.


I’ve moved!

22 Aug

Okay. I’m posting way too infrequently for my liking. Since my last post I packed up my 925 sq. ft. apartment and, after a lot of sorting, donating, and trashing, moved myself and my things into a mmmaaaaybe 350 sq. ft apartment. It was a challenge. For the entire week before the move date, I was packing every single night. Trips to the local donation/thrift store felt wonderful. Trips to the trash felt even better. :p I even freecycled my kitchen table and chairs. #1 I had absolutely no room for them because as you will see I don’t have a separate kitchen, and #2 freecycling is the best thing since sliced bread.


The night before the big move I met the property manager of my new place and got the keys and started prepping to paint! This first photo is of the morning of move day. My old place is all packed up. My wonderful boyfriend and I started painting the living room/kitchen. Last shot is of the movers (slow) progress in the old apartment. I’m going to miss it (but not that much, especially those rent prices!)

Now comes the fun stuff…


These first shots are of the apartment before I moved in… actually they are old shots from before the last tenant who I learned had been living there for 4 years. And was obviously not a fan of cleaning. She must have loved cobwebs. (Yuck!) But as you can see the place has a lot of charm. The bathroom tile is original to the house and the little kitchenette is from the 1950s. Since I grew up in a house with cutest little robin’s egg blue kitchen, I decided to keep it retro and paint the walls a color called Mint Majesty.



My very nice property manager has been acknowledging how many things need to be replaced and I was able to get a nice, bright white new fridge! With the door that opens towards the kitchenette! I love this fridge 🙂 It has clear shelves and drawers so no more food lost in the abyss of the cooling drawer anymore!