My DIYs – how have they held up?

I was surveying our apartment last week sprawled out on the couch when I had the idea to do an update on some of the DIYs I’ve done and show how they’ve held up over time. For the most part, they’ve all stood the test of time! Hurrah! But for a small few, they haven’t aged as well as I would have liked. 
Since I’m big on keeping it real, I wanted to do a little update to show you exactly how things have worked out. Because let’s face it, not everything goes according to plan #CestLaVie …


Considering I made my first round of deceptive dust covers close to 4 years ago, they’ve held up almost perfectly with the exception of the occasional label corner needing to be re-glued. I could not have imagined this project would have held up so well considering it’s just construction paper. A+ in [or on] my books.


Since installing black construction paper to the back of our landlords shelves in April of last year, they’ve held up relatively well. On the odd occasion, one section of paper will fall down. But as it only takes about 20 seconds to fix them, I won’t mark them down too much as for the most part, I still find them a great design solution as a renter and more importantly, so easily reversible. 


As someone who suffers from dangling legs because I’m kinda short syndrome, this little foot stool is something I use every single day. And since reupholstering it 2 years ago, it’s still in near perfect condition. Not bad since it gets stood on on a daily basis.  


Oh lawd have mercy. This project is what prompted me to write this blog post. At first, the drip wall was perfect. It was such an accent in our living room. About a week later I noticed one of the main drips had cracked and split. Simple enough of a fix, I’ll just repaint that section, and I’ll touch-up a couple more drips while I’m at it. NOPE. Queue domino effect and soon the cracks were out of control. I think for the most part this had to do with me using [cheeeeap] left over guache paint in stead of going out and buying a sample pot of wall-appropriate black paint. I’ll definitely be doing this project again, but with appropriate paint. I have well and truly learned that lesson. 


Our little refillable tissue box is an absolute trooper. It a massively complex DIY, if you can even call it that, but it has held up remarkably over the years [and tears]. It has a few scuffs here and there, but nothing a Sharpie can’t remedy. 

When I first revamped my charity shop lamp, it was perfect! And it still is. It hasn’t aged at all and is still in perfect condition. Then, the following year I added tassles to the lamp shade. That in itself  has worked out great, with one exception – Juniper. I found out the hard way that our soon-to-be-11-year-old cat Juniper was sneaking up onto our desk and EATING THE TASSLES, which is incredibly bad for cats as anything string-like they eat can get tied in knots in their little guts and the idea of that makes me want to cry. So for the sake of Juniper, that’s why I moved the lamp up onto our shelves. I am much more tassle-aware now. 


One of my very first hardware store / budget hacks is still a raging success; covering ugly stuff in electrical tape. As electrical tape is quite heavy duty, any of the pieces I’ve used it on have stayed the exact same. Even our cat food containers, as seen above; we’ve used them twice a day for the past 2 years and they’re still in perfect condition. That’s a total win in my books. 

Hire me!

Sorry for the radio silence last week – since Friday, Ireland has been going through kind of a big deal, so celebrations were had and sitting in front of a laptop kinda wasn’t an option. But I’m back, and with vigour 😉 

Over the past while I’ve realised it may not be all that obvious that I’m more than open to the idea of taking on new projects; in the form of writing, design and the likes. So I finally got around to adding a ‘hire me tab detailing what I offer and more! So if you’re interested [or just plain nosy, which is cool] check out my new HIRE ME tab for full details! xx A

p.s. When it comes to me taking photos of myself, I’ve found the only way to ensure a genuine smile is made, I have to be within arms length of a cat. Every picture I took sans cat, I looked like I was being held hostage. So, crazy cat lady picture it is. 

Working on my shelfie

I recently vented about wanting to paint over our burgundy feature wall. I love burgundy, but for some reason it was really getting to me. I was being driven insane [I know, total #FirstWorldProblem]. It was, dare I say, too much burgundy?

But in reality, the last thing I want to do was to paint over it. Even though feature walls are a bit of a faux pas these days [I’m not one to stick to trends], I still love ours. I sat down and stared at it; trying to figure out what irked me so much about it. Then I realised there was simply too much – a burgundy wall, burgundy books, red books, purple books and burgundy accents all over the shelves [which you can see a bit here]. It was too much of the same colour in such a small space. So I gave our wall one last chance before getting my paintbrush out. On Monday evening I took everything burgundy off our shelves and went strictly black and white with little pink and viridian highlights …

While I was de-burgundying, I tried to take a fresh look at our shelves. It’s tough though when you’ve been staring at the same shelves for 5 years [and can’t do much because they’re your landlords], so I tried mixing up the monotony of the layout by removing a couple of shelves to fit in larger pieces [cloche and desk lamp]. I wish I did this years ago …

I of course had to reintroduce the kitty nook back into the shelves as part of making the layout simpler and sassier. It was quite sad when I got rid of the kitty nook by putting books on that little shelf; Juniper would walk up to it and stare at it longingly. To say she was excited when it returned is an absolute understatement. She clambers onto the chair and up into her cosy nook once again.

I’m hoping you’ll also pay special attention to my obvious pairing of the pillow with the spine of Abigail Ahern’s Decorating with Style book under our Robert’s radio. Marvel at my sublime coordination skills and including a new colour in our home! I’m breaking out. Aren’t you impressed? Next I’ll be trying socks with sandals.

I’m not sold on the layout of the right shelving unit yet [as seen in the second picture]. I need to put a bit more effort into that one, but as for the left unit, I am completely game. The burgundy wall no longer fights with what’s on the shelves. The pink and minuscule amounts of viridian compliment it nicely.

You’re safe for now, burgundy wall. I’m glad we’re on speaking terms again.