A few weeks ago, I tweeted this:
So here I am.
At the beginning of the summer, my roommate and I naturally made a Summer Bucket List. We have failed miserably at accomplishing even the easiest tasks (mainly trying new restaurants and attending events around the city), but “Get Crafty in New Apartment” is getting checked off. Our predicament – what to hang above the couch in our new place?
Better believe I lost sleep over it!
Okay, it has taken a few weeks. but we’ve (actually, I have.. giving credit where credit is due!) turned some old windows into living room artwork.
1. Pull up your mom jeans on a Saturday morning. Stop for coffee – you’ll need it – and go antiquing and garage sale-ing for a few hours.
2. Wander aimlessly around the store. Buy three windows that fit the shabby chic theme (we got these for $22.00 each). Get home and realize you actually have to get crafty.
3. Prep for priming and painting by sanding all sides. Then you can begin taping the windows. Remember – you only need to tape the side that you will paint. #RookieMistake.
4. Take your taped up/turnt up windows outside to prime. A small can of primer costs about $8.00.
5. Now, If you’re like me.. you will tape the windows the day you buy them. Prime them one week later, and paint them one more week later. This is definitely enough time for that primer to dry, but overnight is probably good enough.
6. Next – let’s paint! I bought an almost full can of black paint (to match our living room decor) at the ReStore for only $8.00. Turn on your favorite country tunes and get to work.
7. Set your windows to dry on a flat surface, preferably on an anonymous hot tub type pool that’s been in your backyard for who knows how long… the landlord doesn’t know either. Also at this time, prepare for fall by admiring last year’s leaves.
8. Let these dry overnight, but check the weather radar. A good workout is sprinting home to save these babies from the rain. Apply your second coat in a day or so.
9. Now is the tricky part – so consult your neighborhood hardware store on how the heck to hang these. We bought picture hanging hooks for the walls (two per window) and two rings to screw on the back of each window for about $6.
10. Wait. Now is the tricky part: hanging three windows above the couch so they’re level and spaced evenly. Pretty sure I saw this tape trick on good ole Pinterest.
Finally… the finished product! It only took a little over a month and about $100, which is what I would expect to pay for three pieces of wall art at Target or Marshall’s/TJ Maxx.
Living room is finally complete! The downside of this room and our apartment is there is another unit on the adjacent wall so it doesn’t let much light in with just one window.
Happy with the results and that our home is coming together. Pinterest-worthy?