Monday, June 27, 2011

DIY: Personalize your Furniture

I feel a little bit like a fraud. I've been showing off all my lovely dresses when I've actually moved six times over the last six months and have pretty much looked like this for most of that time:
body
Extremely fashionable, I know...
paint
mid shot
I also wanted to share a little DIY I did. The apartment that we are in now had two rather ugly chests of drawers in it. I'm a big sucker for personalizing furniture. I've always loved doing it but I think this is my favorite one so far.
before
There were two of these...
finished drawer
So I painted both super light green.
inside drawer
Lined them (actually just mine, my honey thought it would be embarrassing if his friends saw something this girly in his room..) with wrapping paper from IKEA.
close up drawer
My honey loves Monty Python so I thought it would be fun to paint the Ministry of Silly Walks on his drawers. I'm quite happy with the outcome. I'm usually too impatient to draw or paint anything this detailed...
I haven't finished my own chest of drawers yet but I'll keep you posted!

Do you guys individualize your stuff?


80 comments:

  1. this is too cute!

    love~mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh my gosh. I love that dresser! And I love the way you styled your chambray top!

    Ask the Duplex

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  3. I LOVE the lining on that drawer. So creative! Definitely inspires me to tackle some projects around my home.

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  4. Amazing*
    I love it <3

    xoxo
    Mariana

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  5. I love the ministry of funny walks chest! Awesome! I never customize anything as I'm basically not into decorating at all, but I do appreciate the efforts of others!

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  6. Omigod, this is amazing! The Monty Python theme is hilarious! I can't believe that those are the same dresser, it looks infinitely cooler.

    http://voicefromthewall.blogspot.com/

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  7. that's so cute! I like the Monty Python details.

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  8. These are SO cool! I love the lining and your painting are just excellent :)

    Love, vanilla

    http://notesfrommycloset.blogspot.com/

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  9. Fabulous denim on denim looks! and that looks like such a great art project! Very inspiring!

    Xx

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  10. Fabulous denim on denim looks! and that looks like such a great art project! Very inspiring!

    Xx

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  11. Ack! These are so cute! Love the silly walks drawer. I'm a big fan of walk cycles in general (nerd) this was a great idea. P.S. Way to look super chic while doing some messy painting. :)

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  12. Nothing "fraud" about posting dresses if you wear mostly cutoffs ;) My favorite part about being a style blogger is I can choose which outfits I post, so it looks like I'm infinitely more stylish on a regular basis than what I actually am, haha!

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  13. So awesome! i love personalizing my old furniture. Have you ever looked in steampunking/antiquing? I have found some really amazing tutorials for it and have done wonders to old drawers and such.

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  14. Oh my gosh! What an awesome job you did!! I LOVE it!!

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  15. Wow das hast du wirklich super hinbekommen. :)

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  16. Fantastic piece of work, my dear vanessa. I just love what you have done with that chest of drawers.
    Besos.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

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  17. lovely outfit!! love your shorts!! and love how the dresser turned out <3

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  18. How adorable!!! I adore what you did with it, especially with the little shadows for the Ministry of Silly Walks- brilliant!!! x

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  19. Ahhh so cute! I'm in the middle of redecorating/buying new furniture. Lovely inspiration xx

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  20. That dresser is amazing! Your boyfriend is a lucky guy!

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  21. what a lovely idea, these look amazing! xx

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  22. Oh my gosh, Vanessa!! I love it! I've been thinking a lot about repurposing some of my grandmother's old furniture as I get ready to move. Seems like it would save a lot of $ instead of purchasing all new stuff.

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  23. such a cute idea! I love the sillouettes!

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  24. Perfect use of the Ministry of Silly Walks silhouettes! Interestingly, I have a post in the works that looks like them :-)

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  25. OMG!! this is so gorgeous...ur one amazing crafty lady..
    love love it!!
    xx

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  26. wowwwwwwwwww so beautiful!!xx

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  27. Wow! This is such a good idea! I may have to steal it whenever I have my own place. haha.

    I don't personalize furniture, mostly because I lack any sort of artistic ability, but I do love adding pins to jackets and bags to make them a bit more personal.

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  28. Wow, I think you look absolutely lovely! Less is more sometimes, right:)? Great blog, darling! I am now following! Maybe you'll have time to visit my blog:)

    Kisses,
    Annabelle
    http://vivaluxury.blogspot.com

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  29. My first thought when I saw the paintings on the drawer: "Wow, that is so COOL!". It is really awesome, you did a great job. :)

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  30. excellent job!! I love individualized furniture!

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  31. You did a great job with the drawers while being totally stylish! :)



    Fashezine

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  32. wow, what a wonderful diy...I adore it so much xxx

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  33. Vanaessa you did an amazing job !! This is Perfect <3 I have to try it for sure, Im planning to move so I will have to wait a little bit.

    Im following dear... I really enjoy your blog
    amintasfashion

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  34. thats soo cool! i love it soo much!!
    http://youheartmee.blogspot.com/

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  35. This is sooooooooo beautiful!! I love a bit of monty python and you drew it so well!! I love painting furniture, it really does give it a bit of personality and life!!
    Jess
    http://pinkindielondon.blogspot.com/

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  36. I love your hair! you have a very pretty look, and the furniture is beautiful too

    on-this-side-of-the-moustache.blogspot.com

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  37. Great job! Love the light green, and anything that features John Cleese is adorable in my books.

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  38. Hahaha the funny walks silhouettes are amazing! And the lining papers looks wonderful.

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  39. Oh ... you are a visionary! Your "new" dresser looks great! LOVE the silhouettes :)

    ♥ Cat brideblu

    ps. you also looks adorable in your painting ensemble :)

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  40. cool idea!!!



    xoxo from rome
    K.
    http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

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  41. haha! what a great idea for painting furniture! so great!

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  42. Wow! Youre such an artist! Love it, so inspired! :D

    www.arty-heart.blogspot.com

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  43. That furnitures really look amazing. You are an real inspiration!

    Lots of love
    Madeleine

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  44. What a great idea! I love the colour of the paint and the little men!

    Girl about Town XxX

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  45. WOW! I absolutely adore what you did with the dresser! I can't wait to see the other one when it's finished!

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  46. Your Ministry of Silly Walks draw is unbelievable!

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  47. it`s so great
    I love DIY;)

    I have a new post, wanna see?
    kisses K&M
    fashion-ache.blogspot.com

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  48. If I had any talent whatsoever, I would personalize my furniture. I think it is a brilliant idea. If I could, I would ship my furniture to you, pay you to personalize it for me, and then ship it back to my house.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  49. You have a great style
    I love the pictures

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  50. I am so so so impressed with how the chest of drawers came out! The white paint and the little people is so classic and cute. Refinishing furniture is one of my favorite things to do. And these is nothing better than jean shorts and a comfy t-shirt! xx

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  51. i really love this post, really nice!
    have a nice day darling, nice to meet your blog!

    xx

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  52. This is awesome! perfect! I love this! :)

    thank U sweethear! :*
    U'll see - U go somewhere! :* :)

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  53. ahaha - i love this!!! thanks for visiting my blog!!!

    allister bee blog

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  54. Hey there thanks for the comment! cool post i really like this idea! follow me if you like and I'll do the same!

    RC

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  55. woah this is the coolest thing ever. Mint green is my favorite color in the world to look at. It's so... delicious? Yes. You did an awesome job painting that! It looks adorable. And you look adorable too =)

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  56. Love what you did! Great work dear! I love the monocrome look. I also love re designing furniture! Really gives a lot of character to a piece :) xx

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  57. That is such a cool idea! I need a new dresser - maybe I'll try something like this when I get it. I'll definitely line the drawers at least!

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  58. wow super cute, i love that! very creative but simple.. definitely adding you to my follow list, maybe we can follow each other? ok, talk soon!

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  59. no fucking way. you painted that. thats so cool

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  60. If i had even the smallest clue how to do such stuff- I would really do because I love seeing the results!These drawers are awesome and the monty python design is sooo cool!

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  61. So stinking awesome! I love the heart. By the way, you look adorable in any outfit!

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  62. Wow! This looks amazing! Love Monty Python. :)

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  63. It looks AMAZING!! Your honey is lucky to have you :)

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  64. Ohhh my gosh!!! I love this! You are so creative. You should submit this to apartment therapy or design sponge. I bet it would get featured!

    XO Lindsay

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  65. Really awesome! I never have the patience to see these things through but you did an EXCELLENT job! Loving your laid back look too :)

    www.plentyforpennies.com

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  66. I LOVE Monty Python! This is amazing!!!

    http://mandycrandell.blogspot.com/

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  67. Great job-I love the idea of lined drawers.looks so nice!

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  68. that dresser looks great! yes i try to individualize my stuff, but not nearly often enough.

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  69. The Ministry of Silly Walks is brilliant and inspired! I would love that motif painted on my furniture. xx

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  70. such fun ideas--love the heart one!!

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