DIY Dresser & Nightstand Update

some of my first big girl purchases were for my bedroom furniture.

while i was in college, sophomore year, one of my roommates and i decided to rent an apartment off campus together. like a real apartment. not an off campus student housing apartment that comes furnished with nasty old mattresses and plain dressers that probably came from the 70s. not that there’s anything wrong with the 70s, or vintage furniture.

but our new apartment was going to be ours!

ours to decorate as we wish and furnish how we decided. with the rise of affordable and modern styles at ikea, i purchased the Hemnes dark brown/black queen bed and dresser. i got an ikea credit card to pay for some of it, and to help build some credit. a cheap desk  dual purposed as my nightstand, and study area.

and to this day i still have the queen bed and dresser. this dresser has lasted me 7 years. and its honestly still in great condition. that’s why i’ve kept it this long. but my style has changed a little. where i was initially drawn to espresso colored furniture, now im looking to lighter hues and different textures. also D had a king bed so we moved my queen set into one of the guest rooms and it is the least used of the two now.

our current bedroom set is a mix and match of furniture and materials. the two dark nightstands match, but are missing drawer knobs and have scratched surfaces. my beloved Hemnes dresser has a few small nicks and different color knobs as well. the headboard we made has a different aesthetic than everything else and the 2 lamps but don’t really go with the furniture but match the bedroom wall color.

i’m looking to tie our bedroom look together especially with our upcoming move. i know our room will be a dark grey and i don’t want to have all the dark furniture making the space seem small. so i decided to start with the dresser and nightstand and do a little update/upgrade project.


 

it didn’t make sense for us to get brand new ones when we had perfectly good ones already. they just needed a little TLC.

i had this idea to cover the tops with marble contact paper.

i thought by covering all the tops it would look more like a set.as you can see the nightstands were not perfect and I’m sure if i sharpie-d the tops it wouldn’t make things any better.


the nightstands had an awkward shape that made covering them a little bit of a task, but i think with the design of the marble you can’t even see the imperfections that i know are there.


The dresser was an easier job, but a larger space. there are seams because the contact paper wasn’t large enough to cover in 1 piece but i love it.


and we changed the knobs so they all match.


We originally settled on these knobs, but I found ones I liked on hobby lobbys site better, so i ordered them. D was not happy because he said that he will be the one using the dresser more and he preferred the first set of knobs we chose. (to be honest when i received my online order it wasn’t what i was expecting either, the finish was a little duller and it just didnt give me the wow factor like the online picture did. )

but yeah our dresser & nightstand update is complete ! all under $75. (much cheaper than buying new furniture!)

we needed 18 knobs and they were about $3 a piece so that’s about $55 in hardware.

and i used 2 rolls of contact paper that i found on amazon $15.

 

 

after we move i’m going to change the lamps we currently have, and paint the headboard white. it’s going to be great.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fridge Organization

i am still slowing organizing my house.

my fridge was a pretty big offender that i finally did something about. it is not something that you would notice as it remains closed most of the time, but organizing it has made a world of a difference.


its not my ideal fridge, i would prefer something like:

or

something where i don’t need to bend down to see inside.i mean look at all the space in these babies ! the fact that you see everything when you open it, and the adjustable shelves on both sides, yeah that’s a win in my book.

but we rent so its not like i have an option of changing ours out; i make due with it, im not really complaining… although the middle door shelf keeps falling off and has now broken 3 times, and i had to replace the glass on the last shelf. did i mention this fridge has been discontinued? companies don’t discontinue their top products, know what i’m saying? -_-


alright, well there is like a scientific best practice for what to keep where. the airflow and temperature and way the heat rises to the top means you should keep certain things in certain places.

i always knew veggies and fruits should be kept in the bottom drawers, but i didn’t know its because those drawers experience a different level of humidity.

also you want to keep things like dairy items, the ones that go bad more quickly than other groceries, close to the bottom shelf. things in the door should be like condiments or things that don’t need to be as cold, as that is the warmest part of your fridge.


I’ve also tried to move all my leftovers to the top shelf. so i can always see what needs to be eaten first.

i got a couple of those plastic clear bins from tj maxx and burlington coat factory to create “easy pull drawers”. they work out great for the lower shelves, because i pull the bin out and grab what i need; instead of having to move all the items if what i want is more towards the back. it also helps with containing mess, cause i hate wiping down spills that have become cold and stuck to the glass shelves.

on the top shelf i have one bin for more savory items, like pasta sauce, chili sauce, a salad dressing that doesn’t fit in the drawer. then i have a bin for the sweet stuff, caramel, maple syrup, hot fudge sundae topping, etc.