Tuesday, August 10, 2010

DIY Room Makeover..

I've been going through a very "unproductive" phase lately, a "stuck in a rut" sort of situation. So.. what better way to remedy this than a room makeover? Change always leaves me feeling fresh and productive. All I needed was a visit to the local hardware store, a few buckets of paint, and some creativity! No.. I didn't repaint the walls, just the bookcase, and dressing table/shoe closet thingy. I chose white because I wanted the room to appear bigger, and white does that..
Plus, its always nice to wake up in the morning and feel the whole room welcoming the new day with its bright cheerfulness. The walls are a very pale shade of pink, which I thought would look nice with white.

Here is a before and after photo of the dressing table/shoe closet.



I also painted the mirror frame white, it was brownish red, my least favorite color!




The bookcase.

before

Painting was the easiest part! Sanding? Well.. that wasn't so easy!




after

The poster on the wall is a present from my very talented friend :) its one of her photos printed on canvas. It's really nice to have pieces of original artwork on your walls, instead of some poster you got from IKEA..




I had so many seashells lying around, so I thought why not go for a seashell theme?
Some of those seashells were gifts from a friend, some were ones that my sister and I collected from Ain Sokhna beach, as well as Marsa Matrooh a few years back.




I broke this photo holder by accident a while back, I thought about throwing it away, but decided against this idea.. it might come in handy someday.. and it did! I removed the pink paint using sanding paper, and glued three seashells on, it looked even better than it did before it broke!

The rose photo on the right is mine, while the sea at sunset (or was it sunrise? I'm not sure) is my friend's.


One other thing I did to save space, and organize my "very messy" jewelry box was an earring chandelier. My jewelry box was always such a mess, I would have to spend a considerable amount of time looking for the piece of jewelry that I wanted to wear, so an earring chandelier sounded like a very efficient time saving device!


..and it was! No more having to rummage through piles and piles of sparkling objects to find the wanted earring! I also made a necklace stand, but forgot to photograph it..
This chandelier was actually a candle holder, it was golden, I used a sliver spray paint to make it silver.
A close up

the photo on the right is the only photo I took of the necklace stand


So if you're feeling depressed and in desperate need for change, I strongly recommend a room makeover!! It didn't cost much either!

7 comments:

Saba said...

Wow, it looks beautiful. Very creative! Masha'Allah!

I noticed your Vera Wang Princess, one of my fave perfumes. I'm actually looking for other perfumes. I'm pretty picky. Would love to hear any other suggestions you may have!

Mariam said...

Thanks Saba!!

Hmm... a suggestion, well.. I love Yellow jeans by versaci, very nice and soft scented! I'm not that much into perfumes, I get them mainly as presents :) Dior Addict is nice as well. Or Estee Lauder's White Linen..

Londoneya said...

I LOVE this post! LOVE the photographs as well ;) I love make overs too, even cleaning a room and re-arranging the furniture can do wonders to the mood! :)

Nevin said...

wow! huuge change!
i love it! i want to do something like that inshallah

Mariam said...

Thanks Londoney!! So true!! Change can do wonders!

Nevin, yes you should! It's so much fun!

Mustika Sari Sayuti said...
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Mariam said...

Thank you!! Yes.. definitely, white is the best!!