my apartment

Decor DIY: TV Stand

As promised...a continuation of my last post 'my very first solo apartment' I am going to show you different spaces in my little place as I complete them! 

This week I finished a DIY project- painting an old tv stand I thrifted (can you call it that when it's been "thrifted" from craigslist? I'm going to go with yes because it sounds better). 

This was the $40 Ikea tv stand beforehand...unfortunately it was a grey day here when I took this photo so it's not easy to tell but it was an ivory/beige colour with an antique sanded look to it and that just didn't fit with other items I'd collected for my apartment. I wanted to give it a fresh coat of paint with a few personal touches.

I decided to paint it white, my desk, kitchen table and coffee table are white so that would fit best and give it a fresh update. 

After two coats of paint it was already looking more modern and fresh. But I wanted to make it a bit more personal and fit my apartment's asthetic even more. Because I was seeing pops of turquoise blue (or grlue) in my space, my desk chair, vintage plant pot, and so on, I decided to make this colour an accent for my place. So painted turquoise drawers it is!

The hardware store by my place was awesome and let me bring back the remaining half of my white paint can to be tinted turquoise for free! That way I was able to keep my budget even tighter and now I don't have too much paint leftover= perfect!

I bought new handles for the drawers at anthropology (finally had a reason to!) and they added and extra level of fun to the stand. The old handles were real boring and had to go.

Et Voila! The finished piece. Much more fun than the original and for a total of $82. The paint was $22 and the handles were $10 each. 

Above the tv I put up my first art in the apartment as well, another DIY project. A favourite magazine of mine, cereal, features minimal images of landscapes and cityscapes that I'm really drawn to. I wanted prints like these and instead I thought, why not take the pictures from my magazines themselves? It wasn't a fun thought to cut pages from this pretty magazine so I got photos printed of them instead. A cheap and easy way to get some of my favourite pictures for my walls.

Another corner of my apartment complete! I still have a long ways to go but I'm enjoying every project as it comes along. Now if only my walls weren't the drab beige ivory colour they are...but unfortunately that's gotta stay, my landlord tells me. Hopefully I will have some personal art projects for my next apartment post...I still need A LOT more art on my walls!

Home Office: Desk Styling

So as you may know, I've moved to Vancouver and am renting my very first bachelor apartment! And it's pretty exciting. I've been criagslisting hardcore (turned that into a verb over these past few weeks) to find interesting fix-me-upper pieces on the cheap. And so far it's been super successful! I'm going to share little snippets of my apartment as I complete them. The first thing I focussed on was my desk. Since I'm working from home at the moment I wanted to find a good size desk quickly and get it set up so I could continue my work soon after my move. 

I'm lucky to have nice big windows that overlook Stanley Park and the mountains in North Vancouver so I wanted my desk to face outside. Take a break, enjoy the view, sometime I can see swans swimming in the lagoon outside my window, it's kind of serene and stuff. And the nice large window ledge is perfect for framed photos of some of my travels and plants! I still only have one plant, but I plan on filling the ledge with many more. (Or at least a few more. I don't want to overdo it, especially with my less-than-green thumb). 

The desk and chair were both from Craigslist! The desk is originally from Ikea, I liked it because of the great size. I need lot's of space for my tablet, sketchbook and many to-do lists. The chair is my favourite find so far, it's from the Krug furniture company and still has a sticker on the bottom stating it was made in 1958! It has awesome metal button detailing on the back and the aqua colour (or grlue as my designer friend Belinda Love Lee has entitled it) has popped up on many different items in my apartment. My vintage plant pot, my desk organizer from Martha Stewart Home, it all fit together nicely, so it has become my apartment accent colour! 

Stay tuned for more updates and DIY's from my very first solo apartment! This weekend is going to be a rainy one (it started! rainy fall on the west coast) so I may try to complete a DIY paint project for my newest craigslist find, a tv stand/hutch for my art supplies. I'm really enjoying creating my own space and doing it on a budget is even more fun! There are so many great things you can find for a reasonable price that's used and in need of some love, it's a challenge!

Katelyn