Having a nice home can get expensive. I’ve been known to throw myself down a Pinterest-fueled rabbit hole, furiously pinning fabulous home decor and then getting depressed when I realize I can’t even afford one pillow on that velvet-tufted couch. I am the definition of unhinged (p.s. want to follow me on Pinterest?)
I’ve been wanting to share an apartment tour video with you guys for a WHILE and I’m happy to announce that it’s finally here! As you probably already know, we’ve been living in our (new) apartment out in the East Bay for about a year. I firmly believe that it takes at least a year to feel settled and comfortable in a new space. We’ve been mostly situated for a while now, but one of my goals for 2016 was to put the finishing touches on our apartment. I’ve been doing a bit of sprucing up and rearranging for the past month or two and decided it was FINALLY time to take you along with me! We really love our space and feel comfortable and settled. I tried to include links to the products I featured in the description box of the video, but please leave me a comment if you have a question about anything I forgot to include!
P.S. One of my other 2016 goals is to build up my YouTube channel. It would mean to world to me if you show me some love and click ‘Subscribe’!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware. All thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever owned or currently own a certain shelving unit from a certain Scandanavian homeware retailer. Yeah, you know, the square little cubbies that always seem like a good idea when you’re browsing the aisles. So versatile! Great as a bookshelf/bar cart/room divider! Now, keep that hand raised if that shelving unit is currently serving as a junk table/dust collector/eye sore in your apartment. There’s just something about the piece that makes it look unfinished, and no matter how hard you try, the darn thing just looks like it should belong in a dorm room.
So… it’s time I just come out and say it: #ihavethisthingwithcopper. You may have noticed my Insta feed has been inundated with copper errythang recently. For the past month or so, I’ve been helping my brother shop for home decor for his new apartment in the South Bay (p.s. if you see him, make sure to give him a warm California welcome!). Much to his dismay, every time I spot copper home decor I immediately forget all about his apartment and make a beeline. My rationale: you know who would love this copper tray/basket/dish/trinket? Me.
If you have an
obsession appreciation of copper, then learn how to make these tiny + adorable DIY copper planters! It takes under a minute, which I think is a DIY record!
Coming atcha with another super easy home decor DIY! I stopped into IKEA this past weekend to pick up some plants and was inspired to create a little hanging planter for the bathroom in our apartment. We have a second towel bar underneath the window that rarely gets used, so I thought it would be the perfect spot to hang a few plants and brighten the space up. Keep reading to find out how to make this cute planter!What you’ll need:
Place the plants in the utensil holder, slide on the S-hooks, and attach to the towel bar! Voila – a cute and functional hanging planter that adds some color your bathroom! The grey cart and white basket are also from IKEA and help keep our bathroom organized.
February has come and gone and Sawyer and I have officially been in our new apartment 2 months. I’ve been dying to make a headboard for our bed since we moved to SF over a year ago, but alas, no car = no home improvement DIYs. We have wheels now, and since I’ve had this rustic headboard DIY pinned on Pinterest for about as long as we’ve lived on the West Coast, I thought it was about time I tackled it! It was a fairly easy project with only ONE TRIP to Home Depot (!!!). I’m so happy with the way it turned out.
Supplies you’ll need:
- 5 1x6s of whitewood cut to the width of your bed (we have a California King bed, so ours were cut to 72″)
- 1 1×3 of whitewood cut into 30″ sections (we needed 3 30″ sections due to the length of our headboard)
- 80 grit sanding block
- Rubber glove
- Small can of Minwax in Jacobean
- Rag or old sock
- 12 1.5″ wood screws
- 9′ hanging wire
- Stud finder (and if you buy a new one, also buy a 9-volt battery)
- String of twinkle lights (optional)
1. We closely followed the direction of this tutorial, but needed to make a few tweaks along the way. First, lay down all of your wood and dry fit (make sure all the planks fit nicely together). With each plank, decide which side is going to be the front and which side is going to be the back. Since we used whitewood (which is cheaper than pine), one side of every board had machine markings on it, making it pretty easy to figure out. Place all the planks together, good side down. Note: I would suggest staining the wood prior to screwing it together. We didn’t and wished we had.
2. Evenly space the 30″ pieces of 1×3 on the planks. Since we used 3, we placed two on either side and one in the middle. If you’re making a smaller headboard, you’ll probably only need two pieces. You’re going to drill a screw through the 1x3s into each of the planks on both sides, so it helps to drill pilot holes first so the wood doesn’t split. Carefully drill the screws in, taking care not to drill through the front of the headboard.
4. Once everything has been screwed in and the headboard feels secure (doesn’t wobble or twist), prop it up and give it a quick sand with the sanding block. The edges of our boards were still quite rough, so be sure to sand those thoroughly to prevent accidental splinters.
5. Put on your rubber glove (I wrapped my hand with a plastic bag and it didn’t work very well…). Cover your gloved hand with an old sock or rag and dip directly into can of stain. Apply the stain to the wood in a buffing motion. We only ended up needing one coat of Minwax Jacobean, so definitely buy the smallest canister of stain available. Allow to dry in a well-ventilated area for an hour or two.
6. I didn’t include photos, but once your stain is dry, string the hanging wire onto the top screws of your headboard. Once the wire is on as tight at you can make it, use the drill to finish screwing in the top screws. This will anchor the wire and hold it taught. Using the studfinder, find two evenly-spaced studs above your bed. Drill two screws into the studs. Carefully hang your headboard. The first time we did this, our wire wasn’t tight enough and the headboard drooped lower then we wanted, so it might be a little bit of trial-and-error.
For a glam touch, string up some twinkle lights. This DIY really was fairly simple and headache-free! I only spent $63.07 total for all my materials and tools (not including a drill). Our bedroom has finally been elevated to ADULT status! Not bad for a Sunday afternoon.