About half an hour after we hit “Publish” on this post, Gwyneth and I went for a walk that ended with us going back on our word to give the Dumpster Diving a rest. When Gwyneth discovered a chest of drawers next to our dumpster, we gave each other puppy dog eyes that said, “how about just one more?” Gwyneth was confident that y’all would forgive us for breaking our promise, and we had to make a snap decision – a garbage truck had just rounded the corner and was rolling to a stop in front of us.
We know y’all won’t be surprised with what happened next, but the NYC sanitation worker in the passenger seat sure was. Yes, we directed both of our pairs of puppy dog eyes his way, knocked on his window and asked if he’d wait for a minute while we ran to get a luggage cart from the lobby. A few minutes later, this was in our entryway:
And with a little love, this is what it looks like today!
You can tell right away what we did here – we gave our chest of drawers a little facelift with leftover paint from our Dumpster Dive Dresser and this adorable hardware from Home Depot.
So instead of focusing on the details of the makeover, we thought we’d use this project as opportunity to answer our most frequently asked question – “Where do you do all your painting projects?” As you’ll see in the next few pictures, our painting projects take up the entire apartment! We’re sharing these with you against our better judgement because on top of the paint-splosion, you’ll get a nice little view of dishes in the sink, dust on the baseboards and a bedroom that resembles the ones people have to be dug out of on Hoarders. Keepin’ it real here!
The actual painting takes place on our kitchen counter. (That’s an old shower curtain liner we’re using as a drop cloth.)
The bathroom, hallway and living room become drying stations or staging areas for parts waiting to be painted.
(Here’s where it gets scary…) The bedroom becomes a catch-all space for any items that have to be moved out of the kitchen, bathroom and living room. Naturally, we decided that the mid-point of this chest of drawers project was also the best time to start pulling the Christmas decorations out from under the bed. So the space between the foot of the bed and the closet was filled with boxes of ornaments, at least 10 yards of garland, two table-top Christmas trees, holiday gift wrap galore, a wreath and a partridge in a pear tree. We wish we had a photo so you could experience this scene in all its glory, but we couldn’t get past this spot to take the it.
Essentially, our apartment becomes a war zone with each Dumpster Dive project, but we think the end result is worth a day of living in a sea of clutter!
Lastly, the tassel you see here is also a DIY, and we thought we’d share this super-easy how-to with you too!
- Braid 1′ pieces of embroidery floss and secure both ends with a knot. We used one piece of pink ombre floss and one piece of silver thread for each section of our braid.
- Tape your braid to the top of a piece of cardboard. Your cardboard should be as tall as you want your tassel to be.
- Wind embroidery floss around your piece of cardboard. We used three skeins for ours, but use more or less if you want your tassel to be fatter or skinnier than ours.
- Remove tape from the braid and tie the ends in a knot.
- Slide your tassel off of the cardboard and cut through the loop at the bottom.
- With another piece of thread, tie a knot around the top of your tassel.
- Wind and secure more thread around the top of the tassel.
- If you want more embellishment on your tassel (and who wouldn’t?) Use fabric glue to add your desired trim.
We know the Dumpster Diving won’t ever be over for us, but it’ll be on hold for a little while now. We’ve got some holiday decorations out and ready to be worked on!
mk & Gwynnie
PS: There’s still time to vote in Ikea’s DIY contest! We and three other finalists are in the running, and you can cast your vote here!
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