New Basket Chest/Dresser/Thing

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…or whatever you call it.

I went home last week to celebrate our dad’s birthday (somewhat belatedly, since I had MBA class on his actual birthday). There’s a consignment store in our hometown that opened a few years ago and has been doing very well since (undoubtedly helped by the recession). Some of my favorite stores are TJ Maxx and Marshall’s, and Home 2 Home is similar–replace clothes with gently used furniture, often very nice furniture, and you can experience the same treasure hunting rush.

This time I picked up this basket chest/dresser/thing. I originally meant to use it as a TV stand–the melon has a distressing habit of playing with my Blu-Ray player since he learned it is touch sensitive, so I figured the baskets would help keep those naughty paws out. Only it turned out to be too tall, so I just have it sitting in my living room until I figure out where else to to put it. The melon likes it–he perches on it while I watch Too Cute! on Netflix (and yes, justtwomorethings, I squee-ed uncontrollably through the whole show).

Link Roundup: Decor

The Ikea Vittsjo Five Ways – The Expedit has been hacked five ways from Sunday, but what if you want something less geometric and more light industrial? Enter the Vittsjo

I would love to live here – The bay window! I die. Everything is so light and bright and clean-lined, I love it. I try and aim toward something like with my own place, but I am a little more playful with patterns, I think. (I also have cat toys strewn everywhere, courtesy of a certain feline)

Monday’s Pets on Furniture – in general has a lot of the clean-lined modern look I like (though sometimes they veer a little to minimal for my taste), but so does Apartment Therapy. I keep coming back to for the pics of the cuties every Monday. As every pet owner knows, if the pets want on, they will get on.

Design Seeds – My username, “entropyenator”, is an inside joke with anyone who knows me. I am probably one of the least spontaneous or chaotic people on the planet. So I would have loved this site when I finally had a place to call my own (though, admittedly, I suppose I did ok without it). Design Seeds creates color schemes inspired by just about anything in the world and a great starting off point.

DIY Project: Closet Shelves Remix

Alternate shelf processed

Following up on my first attempt, I tried using more prestain with my second shelf to see if that would help with the feathered edges and with masking-tape removal.  No difference that I could tell.  I think if I do this again, I’ll go with paint, since that should sink less deeply into the wood than tinted stain.  But overall, I’m pretty happy with my shelves.  Masking tape turned out to be a really cheap, easy, fast way to create striking patterns and I’m certainly smiling when I look into my closet.

DIY Project: Closet shelves

I recently moved into a new apartment that has about half the shelf-space of my last place, and needed shelves in the closet.  At IKEA I spotted some cheap unfinished nightstands, and, remembering that I still had a lot of tinted wood stain left over from another DIY furniture project, snapped them up.

Most of my current stuff is solid colors.  I’ve got some nice colorful pieces, but I wanted an actual pattern, not just color-blocking.  But I’m not that experienced with wood, so I looked around for an easy way to make patterns and thought of masking tape.  The first layer went down before staining, and then I stained, did a second layer of stripes, and stained again.  Somewhat mixed results: the stain leached under the tape, which both made that difficult to peel off and resulted in feathered edges instead of the clean stripes I was hoping for.  But after staring at it for a while, I think I like the imperfect borders.  They make the plaid pattern more casual and fun.