Home Decor: Black & White Dresser Redo.

I thought it only fair I share what took up most of my time from blogging last week. My husband and I decided we wanted to be dresser people (you know, people that have a dresser in their bedroom). These past two years while we lived in an apartment a lot of our clothes were stored in old suitcases and storage bins. Now that we are in a gorgeous town home we decided to finally cave in and become adults, adults with a dresser. There were two problems though.

1. Finding a dresser that fit my decor theme I have in mind.

2. That big ol’ nasty “B” word…budget. Makes me sick even thinking about it!

Solution: Take a dresser donated by my parents and give it a black and white makeover for under $25.

Before.

Before.

Voila. The finished product.

After.

The dresser had been sitting in my parents’ garage for over 15 years. My mom bought it when she was 12 from the Sears catalog using the money she made from selling worms to bait shops. It smelled a bit musty and there was a mouse nest in the middle bottom drawer but my husband and I were able to resuscitate this piece of furniture.

Primed and painting.

Primed and painting.

Painted drawers.

Painted drawers.

Spray painted hardware.

Spray painted hardware.

Rather than paint over the smell of mouse nest, my husband sawed the front of the drawer off and added hinges to make a door instead. All in all this project took 1 can of spray lysol, 1 piece of sandpaper, 2 cans of white primer spray, 1 qt of satin white blossom paint, 1 can of clear satin sealer, black spray paint made for metal, a hand saw, some hinges, and a large bottle of Pinot Grigio. I used all Rustoleum products since that’s what was at the hardware store and I was pleased with how they worked. Now we are officially dresser people and my mother’s worm picking did not end up in vain on this newly finished piece!

Do you like fixing up old furniture into something new again?

Shoe Wardrobe Basics.

Basics: Shoes.

 


Packing and then unpacking (ah, the joys of moving) has made me take a deep look at myself. I’ve had my spiritual journey, I’ve had my “you’re fabulous and to hell with those that don’t think so” journey (aka the self-acceptance journey), and I’ve had my hair journey (brunette to blonde to brunette to blonde to falling out from over processing to ending at “bronde”). Now I am on my fashion journey. I’ve already donated 5 large boxes of clothes and shoes that seemed fashionable when I was 23 and in my “GLITTER LOOKS AMAZING ON EVERYTHING AND THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY LOOK AMAZING TOO” phase. Time to get back to basics, starting from the bottom up with shoes. Here is my shopping list…

1. Basic black pumps. (The lbd of shoes.)

2. Black kitten heels. (I can see myself wearing these with joggers and over sized sweaters come fall.)

3. Sparkly loafers. (Glitter habits die hard.)

4. Patent leather ballet flats. (A bright red seems perfect for those cold and dreary months.)

5. Black leather riding boots. (Perfect with leggings and anything cashmere.)

I’ll post pictures of my shoe finds on my instagram as soon as I find each perfect pair! You can follow me @GoldenBonbons! What is on your shoe wish list?

Wine Review: La Vieille Ferme 2012 Rouge.

What’s In My Glass: La Vieille Ferme 2012 Rouge.

Type of Wine: Red (Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah).

Region: Rhône Valley, France.

Cost: About $9 a bottle.

La Vielle Ferme 2012 Rouge.

La Vielle Ferme 2012 Rouge.

My apologies for lack of posts over the last two weeks but…MOVING IS SO STRESSFUL! It has been a full time job unpacking boxes and trying to make this new house a home while trying to keep up the normal every day tasks as well (you know… gym, washing my hair, cooking, breathing…). I have a hoard of delicious and expensive reds hiding under the cupboard for when I am done with all of my unpacking and homemaking, but until then I have been sipping some delicious value reds including this French bottle. I finished my last glass of this rouge will turning the spare guest bedroom into a dressing room!

Sneak peek of my makeup vanity in my almost done dressing room!

Sneak peek of my makeup vanity in my almost done dressing room!

I’ve read some not so nice reviews on this bottle but I’ve loved all bottles of La Vielle Ferme I’ve tried. Perhaps I have no taste but I’m not embarrassed to admit I like what I like (and I like this wine!). It’s an almost a tart berry flavored wine with a pair of good legs. The finish is a mineral taste with spice. I’ve been sipping this wine on it’s own but it would pair lovely with a roast or my favorite, a spicy sausage flatbread.

2.5/4.

2.5/4.

I gave this bottle 2.5 out of 4 wine glasses. I don’t think I could ever find a wine I don’t like (unless it is Boon Farms which does not count as wine anyway). This is a great value wine but a bit more on the tart side. It’s still great for weekday dinners or unpacking a new home on a rainy evening. Do you like tart wines?