This week was all about getting some accessories done. I focused on my nightstand and worked to spruce up that little area of my bedroom. A nightstand is one of those spaces that can get messy fast. You know, the water glasses, magazines, books, lip gloss, hair ties, jewelry, etc. that just happen to land on the nightstand and never go away.
Because of the way our tiny bedroom is laid out, I'm the only one with a nightstand. My husband sleeps next to the door and there is zero space for any type of shelf or table there. He wakes up LONG after I do, so there was no real need for an alarm clock on his side.
I started my DIY projects with a tray. Shocker right? I do love my trays. I picked up this plain octagon shaped wood tray that was just the right scale to hold a few essentials on my nightstand and make them look more organized.
Since it was unfinished wood I gave it a coat of spray primer and then finished it up with a few coats of my go to white, Benjamin Moore White Dove. I intended to paint it some crazy color or pattern but once I saw it on top of my faux bois nightstand I realized that white may be the best choice. Since I was itching to paint it with something cool I taped off the top edge and used my new gold paint.
Next project I worked on was adding some much needed art above the nightstand. Since I'm still not sure if I want to buy new fabric for my headboard (which could turn out to be $$ depending on the fabric) I chose to keep this art project as close to $0 as possible. Plus, as we collect and invest in more art for our house it will most likely be replaced down the road anyway.
A few months ago I posted about some cross stitch coasters I was trying to make. Well, those suckers are taking a LONG time. Who knew all those little x's took so damn long?!? I put that project aside and worked on creating a little monogram for this space.
I had no real directions, I just used graph paper and mapped out a plan. And if you want to know another secret, it's not the correct type of floss you are suppose to use either. I just used 5 strands of sewing thread because it's what I had at home already. (I'm sure all you real cross stitchers out there are totally cringing, sorry!)
To make my Ikea Ribba frame look more custom I had a custom white mat to fit. But when I put the mat in the Ribba frame, the whites were just off. So out came my paint and I crossed my fingers that painting it would work.
To make sure I didn't end up with a streaky mat- I added water to the paint and it worked like a charm. No streaky mat here!
I thought about adding words, or initials, or even my wedding date to it but I was really digging how simple and plain it was.
Here are my two new DIY art projects
Lastly, I'm in the process of painting my rug blue. I don't have any after photos yet since it's not finished yet. In fact this is what it looks like on my family room floor as I type this
Stay tuned for the finished rug!
Want to check out the rest of the One Room Challange ladies? Here are the other bloggers taking part
Beth – Chinoiserie Chic
Sherry – Design Indulgence
Barbara – Hodge Podge
Kim – Kim Macumber Interiors
Lisa – Lisa Mende Design
Tiffany – Living Savvy
Jessie - Mix and Chic
Linda – My Crafty Home Life
Alison – My Little Happy Place
Danylle - Nana Moon
Nicole – Nicole Scott Designs
Julia – Pawleys Island Posh
Jennifer – The Pink Pagoda
Nancy – Powell Brower Home
Lindsay – The Pursuit of Style
Emily – Rue de Emily
Lindsay – Sadie + Stella
Lauren- The Cottage Mix
Lisa – Trapped in North Jersey