Decor | My 1st DIY

April 30, 2013

So I am super proud of myself because this weekend was my first DIY experience! Mind you, it’s not something super high tech, but I am still proud of myself anyways!

I have been bitten by this decor bug … I am not doing anything SUPER big, but I want my apartment to look like a home. I don’t want people to think that because I live on campus, doesn’t mean that I cannot have a home. I just have to work a little bit harder to get my apartment to that point. I also have to invest in pieces that I am going to like 2-3 years down the line (I can be fickle at times).


Since I got my home office to a great place. I will probably add more wall art – because I love gallery walls and things like that! It’s so COOL! But I am now working on my bedroom. I have some things in mind what I want to do but I wanted to paint this first! I have a lot of little moments and things in my memory box that I could put on my bulletin board over my head. I can look up and be inspired by memories of simpler times! I may go back in my memory trunk at home and get some pictures of my K-12 days or MSU days!

Secretly, I have always been apprehensive about doing DIY projects because as a kid, I remember doing arts and crafts. I would work hard on a vision and then I would turn to the person next to me and their’s was SO much better than mine. Then I would try to replicate their creative vision in the mist of my failed attempted and it would just turn out UGLY (in my opinion). Even watching beauty gurus and home decor wizards do their thing on YouTube made me nervous because they were professionals and I was a novice. My mom eased my concerns and I dove into what is now my first DIY project.


I had paint left over from when my apartment was painted. The color worked nicely in my bedroom (way to pick complimentary colors). I went to Home Depot and bought some inexpensive (under a dollar) 2 inch paint brushes. While watching Jerseylicious, I taped the cork, matted my workstation (aka the floor) and began to paint.


It didn’t turn out as hideous as I expected. As you can see that some of black is peaking through; in a way, I like it. It makes the frame look more distressed and old. I may or may not go through another coat of paint.

I am no longer a DIY Virgin! LOL, now I looking at new things from Mr. Kate and other YouTube DIY-ers to see what else I can do!

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