Monthly Archives: September 2010

Campaign Desk Part 2, Priming

Since I’m especially taking my time on painting the campaign desk from Goodwill, I am only to the priming stage. The first stage was to Safely Remove all of the Hardware. My goal was to prime the whole desk in 30 minutes and that is about all the time it took! Priming should be fast, simple and not messy. My painting project is located in our second bedroom of our apartment. Tricky, but possible! All you need is a wide paint brush, quart of primer, and a sheet to set the furniture piece on. I tried to not let any drips occur to save me the hassle of sanding them out later. By storing my paintbrush in a plastic bag, the paintbrush will stay moist if I need to do touch ups or so I can wash it right before I start my new color. This way I won’t have to deal with a crunchy, crisp brush.

Part of the reason the painting is delayed is because I can’t decide what color the campaign desk should be! Gray, white and other variations of the two seem to be all great options! Hopefully within the next few days I will have a color picked out.


In My Own Little Corner

We moved to this apartment just over a year ago, and finally I have a little corner that I am perfectly happy with. So here is my before and after:



Chair: Target, bought on sale for $278

Side Table: Craigslist, before and after here.

Lamp: Salvation Army, before and after here.

Curtains: Ikea Vivan, set of two for $12.99

Curtain rod: Jo-Ann Fabrics, on sale for $14.00

Of course it would be better if the BBQ wasn’t peeking between the curtains. Maybe in our next home.

Five Dollar Friday: Week 4


A funny fall-friday week… Sarah and I visited Ikea together and I spotted some cork coasters for 59 cents! I did not intend for them to go with my fall decor, but I noticed they were sort of halloween-looking. The cork has a certain autumn feel to it and the tree only has a few leaves left. Honestly, I will use these coasters year round but I’m excited that they are festive, and maybe for spring I can decorate the coasters with green. I don’t usually like to spend much on coasters because they are so small and not usually cute. 59 cents was a steal!


My Five-Dollar Fall Decor decor this week consisted of 6 pumpkins (2 for $1, a total of $3) and a ribbon I had on hand. I love how they look tousled and tossed together next to last week’s Fall Decor piece, and bring a fall look to my dining room. It rings of spiced cider and piles of fall leaves.