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The Best Dresser Turned Sink Hacks

After a 6+ week break, this past weekend, Noel and I got our hands dirty and started working on the kitchen again.  We were able to finish framing out the bathroom wall, and even though there are only studs right now, I get so happy every time I walk into the room and see it.  Let me tell you, progress is a beautiful thing.

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Super awesome side note about the above picture: we were able to salvage the studs from the wall we removed between the kitchen and dining room and use them for the bathroom wall.  Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but the nominal dimensions of 2×4’s from 100 years ago are actually different than 2×4’s today.  SO, by reusing existing studs, there won’t be any funny jogs/bows in our drywall due to different sized studs. Hip hip, hooray! 

Now that it’s starting to feel like a real space, I find myself daydreaming about all the different ways we could finish it.  I often encourage my clients that if they’re going to take risks, to do so in their half bath.  I do this for a few reasons – one being it’s normally a small space, so it won’t cost as much to use a funky material in there, and two, it’s a room your guests will use a lot, so if you’re going to pack a punch into a room, why not do it where it will be appreciated.  And since I’d obviously be silly not to take my own advice, you can expect great things in this little room of ours.

Well today, as we were browsing the vanity aisle at Home Depot, Noel learned about one of those “great things.” And as always, he was incredibly enthused.

Riiiiight.  

This is how it went down.  I pointed out a vanity and said to him, “See, I want something that has this shape and looks like that in the half bath….except I want to make it out of a dresser.”

To which he stopped dead in his tracks, turned around, looked at me, and said, “why do you always have to make things 100 times more difficult than they need to be?”

Oh silly Noel, haven’t you learned after 6 years that if there’s a way to do things that’s guaranteed to take us 15 hours longer, that’s obviously the choice I’m going to make?  Yeah.  Cuz that’s basically what’s going to happen here.

Sure, we could buy a vanity, but that’s just too easy for this girl.  Truth be told, I actually have two different ideas for the sink in our half bathroom, and today, I’m sharing the first with you.  So without further ado, I give you some of my favorite dresser/sink hacks:

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Image Credit: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

What do you think about these dresser vanities?  Is this something you would ever try in your home?  Do you have any guesses as to what my other idea for our bathroom sink is?  Check back on Friday and find out!

5 WAYS TO USE COMMAND STRIPS IN YOUR HOME

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by 3M (local company shout-out!) and asked if I would be interested in being a part of a panel discussion for their Command Strip line.  I excitedly said yes, because how much fun would that be?!  Shortly before the discussion, they sent over a list of questions that range from “How do I use Command Strips in decorating,” to “How do I use Command Strips around the holidays,” and “What doesn’t work about Command Strips,” which really got my mind churning.

Although I use Command Strips a lot (one example: I hang my jewelry in our closet by them), I didn’t realize the amazing capabilities of these little guys.  As I was answering the questions they sent me, I browsed through the product line, and to my surprise, they seem to have a command strip for hanging everything.  Their main focus was how we use command strips for events and temporary holiday decorating, but my primary experience with the strips was when I lived in apartments where I could only put a limited number of holes in the walls.

Seeing as I was unaware of so many of the products they offered, I thought I’d share a few ideas of how you can use these sticky little guys for you apartment dwellers that want to make your space pretty without having to deal with an angry landlord.  Here we go!


1. Create a gallery wall using Command Sawtooth Sticky Nail Hanger

2. Create a plate wall using Command Picture Hanging Strips.

3. Upholster 12″ square pieces of wood to create a headboard, and hang them with Command Picture Hanging Strips.

4. Organize your jewelry using Command Hooks.

5. Hide unwanted cords using Command Mini Clear Hooks.  (As boring as this one is, it’s probably my favorite, especially when photographing your space).
Overall, it was so much fun to bounce ideas around with some fabulous members of their R&D team, plus I got to meet some fellow decorators and bloggers which is always a plus.  Now I’m off to go command strip everything in my house… :)

DIY TOILET PAPER CORE CHANDELIER

A few months ago, I was asked to submit a DIY for Seventh Generation’s Holiday .gif Guide, in which they featured my spoon ring tutorial.  However, I also submitted another project (which will be featured next year), and I figured it was about time I shared it with you!

I love our capiz shell chandelier that we bought from West Elm, and I wanted something smaller for either our bedroom or office, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  Enter: DIY.  I’ve seen people do a DIY knockoff of this chandelier using wax paper, but I wanted the chandelier to have more of a metallic look.  So I rummaged through the stuff we had in our home, and settled on toilet paper cores.

What you will need:
  • Toilet Paper Cores
  • Fishing Line
  • Spray Paint
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Hanger
  • Craft Wire
  • Lamp Kit
  • Scissors 
Step 1:
Using the wire cutter portion of the pliers, trim the hanger down to the approximate size you want.  Bend the hanger into a circle to form the frame of the chandelier.


Step 2:
Cut the cardboard toilet paper tube in half and lay it flat.
Step 3:
Cut the roll into 8 equal rectangles.

Step 4:
Spray paint both sides of the cardboard.
Step 5:
Using an Xacto knife, poke a small hole near one end of each rectangle.

Step 6:
Thread fishing line through the hole and tie a knot.

Step 7:
Tie three rectangles onto each fishing wire strand.

Step 8:
Tie the strand onto the frame you made in step 1.  Continue steps 6-8 until you have filled the frame with strands all the way around.

Step 9:
Take the lamp kit and securely wrap wire around it.

Step 10:
Wrap the wire that you wrapped around the lamp kit to the frame of the chandelier.

Step 11 (optional):
For a two tierd chandelier, repeat steps 1-8, but make the frame smaller.  Once the frame is filled with strands, suspend the smaller frame from the larger frame using finishing line.  Hang your chandelier and enjoy!

Step 12:
Hang, and then marvel at your latest creation.

I hope you guys enjoyed the tutorial, and as always, let me know if you have any questions at all!
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