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Sunday, June 28, 2015

DIY Gold Faux Bois Sawhorse Desk

Before we get started, have you checked out my black, white and gold office reveal? Pretty please do. I promise this post will be here while you check it out.

Last year I worked on my gold faux bois sawhorse desk. And then I did two things that screwed it up...so I had to redo it again. So, I've done this twice now.

A gorgeous DIY gold faux bois desk inspired by a $699 version from PB Teen. Tutorial and details available at monicawantsit.com

My idea isn't original-- I got it from the fab Martha Stewart. There's a video and full tutorial via this link. So, use that tutorial. What my post will have is information on how now to screw it up because I like to keep it real. I have DIY fails, too. 

The inspiration for this desk came from PB Teen. This desk had me SWOONING! However, there was, and is, no way I was paying that much. Ever. Especially because my tastes change quicker than a Britney Spears boyfriend. I'll love faux bois this year, and in 2016 want everything damask again. 

A gorgeous DIY gold faux bois desk inspired by a $699 version from PB Teen. Tutorial and details available at monicawantsit.com

I had this old desk back from our apartment days. Daniel used it while he was taking online classes. I believe we paid a whole $70 for it at Office Depot, and surprisingly it's held up well to painting and moving, etc.

A gorgeous DIY gold faux bois desk inspired by a $699 version from PB Teen. Tutorial and details available at monicawantsit.com

I painted the "sawhorses" with my trusty gold spray paint from True Value. It's seriously THE BEST gold spray paint. Unfortunately, there isn't any spray paint that can give the shiny finish of the PB Teen desk, but I'm willing to make sacrifices. Also, the gold spray paint doesn't work well with metal primer, so just use regular primer, not the one for metal. Do as I say, not as I do. I did seal the sawhorses with poly (this one to be exact) so that it'd hold up to daily use.

Total this project cost me about $30 of supplies (spray paint, wood-grain rocker, acrylic paint, poly), I had high gloss paint on hand, but if I include the original cost of the desk it'd be about $100. That's a $600 savings from the PB Teen version. 

A gorgeous DIY gold faux bois sawhorse desk inspired by a $699 version from PB Teen. Tutorial and details available at monicawantsit.com

The laminate desktop got painted with Zinsser primer and two coats of high gloss white paint. Finally, it was time for the faux bois treatment. 

Here are my tips if you're following Martha Stewart's tutorial:

-The paint mixture will be watery, uncomfortably so, but it all does workout and the pigment is still as strong. I promise. I was afraid the gold on my desk would be faint, but it truly does stand out.

-Inevitably you'll end up with spots that end up taking longer to dry (see below). DO NOT smudge or  touch them. I did on my first run at this and ended up with a finger print in the finish. I PINKY SWEAR it does dry. Let it go. 
How to apply faux bois to a desk top (or any flat surface). Tutorial available at monicawantsit.com

-Don't overthink it. Take the wood-grain rocker (I bought this one) and rock it. Vary your movements from one column to another. If you truly hate the pattern, use a paint brush to "erase" it while the paint is still wet and try again. 

-After it's done drying for about 48 hours, apply poly. I used this one, and it's held up really well. I'm totes rough with my desk. I leave water bottles and soda cans rings, and it just wipes off. To be honest, I probably did about three coats of poly on the desk because I didn't want to have to do this a THIRD time, y'all.

I love my desk, and I'd like to think it looks fancy schmancy. I'm happy every time I sit here and blog or work on a craft. Beautiful spaces are productive spaces, right?

A gorgeous DIY gold faux bois sawhorse desk inspired by a $699 version from PB Teen. Tutorial and details available at monicawantsit.com

A gorgeous DIY gold faux bois sawhorse desk inspired by a $699 version from PB Teen. Tutorial and details available at monicawantsit.com

A gorgeous DIY gold faux bois sawhorse desk inspired by a $699 version from PB Teen. Tutorial and details available at monicawantsit.com
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend- did you do anything fun?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Black, White & Gold Home Office Reveal

You guys, I'm so sorry this is a week late! I was wanting to hold off on the reveal until it was completely done, but I honestly don't know when that'll be because I am stumped on what to do for part of the room. This reveal will have a lot of pictures, so grab a cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea and enjoy! I'll list any applicable product sources under the pics.

Welcome to my home office:
This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com
The room itself is probably about 11x10, so almost a perfect square. The accent wall is Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams and the white walls are Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. I regret not painting the wall black like I originally intended to, but it's a happy compromise.

When I decided to create a dedicated home office space for MWI, Inc., I quickly decided I didn't want to spend much money. A lot of the furniture is up cycled to fit the black, white and gold color scheme. The photo below shows my color and pattern inspiration:
This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com
One of my first DIY projects was my gold/white console table, which I wrote about here. Originally the plan was to have a massive gallery wall, but I had this HUGE mirror sitting in a spare bedroom and I decided to use it. It bounces a lot of light and classes up the space.
This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com

This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com
bowl: IKEA // candle: HomeGoods // vase: Francesca's
This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com

This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com
letter holder: HomeGoods // journal: HomeGoods // spiral journal: Michael's 
This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com
baskets: Michael's // lamp: HomeGoods
This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com
To either side of the console table, I have a small cluster of frames. I love the typography/motivational posters, plus the gold foil prints.
This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com

This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com
My desk is truly one of my favorite DIY projects, even though I had to redo the faux bois finish twice. I'll be posting a tutorial on that this Friday. I think sawhorse desks have a modern, airy feel, and I wouldn't have wanted a clunky/big desk in this room. The placement of it is still something I struggle with, but I didn't want to stare at a wall. 
This gold faux bois desk is simple and looks like a high end furniture piece! Full tutorial is available at monicawantsit.com

An acrylic ghost chair looks light and airy when paired with a black, white and gold color scheme for a home office.

This DIY gold faux bois desk styled with pink and gold accents looks glam in Monica's home office. Tutorial and details available at monicawantsit.com

A DIY gold faux bois sawhorse desk is the centerpiece of Monica's home office makeover. Tons more pics + the tutorial is available at monicawantsit.com

A DIY gold faux bois sawhorse desk is the centerpiece of Monica's home office makeover. Tons more pics + the tutorial is available at monicawantsit.com

Girly accessories and glam finishes make this home office a luxe retreat. More photos at monicawantsit.com

Girly accessories and glam finishes make this home office a luxe retreat. More photos at monicawantsit.com
Below I have a clearance mug from Kirkland's, acrylic stapler and tape dispenser, Nate Berkus for Target gold scissors, and a gorgeous Kate Spade telegram gold foiled edged memo pad. The pencils, clipboard and pens are all from the Michael's Dollar Spot. And that fancy schmancy gold coaster is actually a lid from a holiday Bath & Body Works candle. I am all about upcycling. Girly accessories and glam finishes make this home office a luxe retreat. More photos at monicawantsit.com
I lusted after the VITTSJO shelving from IKEA for nearly two years, and a generous birthday gift allowed me to finally take a pilgrimage and pick up a pair of shelves. Some quick coats of my most fave True Value gold spray paint transformed them into beautiful shelves that hold things I love, find inspiring or find beautiful.  
Plain VITTSJO shelves from IKEA get a glam revamp into gold etageres fit for a luxe and chic home office space. More details at monicawantsit.com

Plain VITTSJO shelves from IKEA get a glam revamp into gold etageres fit for a luxe and chic home office space. More details at monicawantsit.com

Plain VITTSJO shelves from IKEA get a glam revamp into gold etageres fit for a luxe and chic home office space. More details at monicawantsit.com
print: HomeGoods // globe: HomeGoods
Plain VITTSJO shelves from IKEA get a glam revamp into gold etageres fit for a luxe and chic home office space. More details at monicawantsit.com
binder: Target // storage boxes: At Home // canister: Hobby Lobby IKEA storage boxes get a glam revamp using Scotch Expressions tape. More details at monicawantsit.com
 I have a penchant for wrapping paper, so this $6.99 Ross clearance basket serves a fabulous purpose. 
This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com

Black and white striped curtains are the perfect complement to all the black, white and gold decor in this home office (via monicawantsit.com)curtains: Overstock

I made this memo board out of thrifted frames (see what I did with the other ones here) and foam core board. This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com
And of course, I have a fluffy bed for my boy to come nap on while I blog. He's usually glued to my side and I wouldn't change that for the world. 
This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com
Now, I do need to finish the closet and the moldings. I have plans to revamp some old 1970's style doors, which I talk about in this post. I want the closet to have as much personality as the room-- chic, functional and glam. 
This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com
And on the wall to the right of my desk, it's an empty white wall/space. I'd love to squeeze a comfy chair or a daybed in here to read or lounge on, but I don't want to splurge or spend the money right now.  Monica is desperate for a vacation. 
This black, white & gold home office is filled with DIY projects and inspiration that is chic and cheap. Photo by monicawantsit.com
I'll have more pictures in a few weeks when I add a rug and some more storage. You'll have to check back in early July to see more pics of how this is all coming together.

So, what do you think? Any suggestions for what I should do with that empty wall corner? Should I move anything around or is there some obvious furniture arrangement I am missing?

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer House Tour 2015

Hi everyone! So thrilled to be here with my very first house tour! If you’re stopping by from Courtney’s blog, A Thoughtful Place, welcome! If you’re new here, I’ll tell you that my posts tend to focus on affordable glamour/DIY posts sprinkled with easy recipes that give me more time to play with glitter.

And again, thanks to the lovely and kind Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for deeming me cool enough to be included--thanks, doll!

It’s kind of odd that a home decor blogger like me hasn’t done a home tour before, but truth be told our house is under constant chaos from projects. Given that we work full-time (10+ hour days), we fit in projects as we can into our ranch style home in South Texas. We’ve lived here nearly five years, and it’s amazing how much we’ve done…and how much we have left to do.

I’ll be upfront that today’s post isn’t a full on house tour, but I am showing you our most used spaces—living room, dining room/parlor, bedroom, and my NEW (nearly finished) home office. The torrential rains last month hampered my outdoor makeover plans, so you’ll have to stick around for those.

I’m usually a gray and white and beige kind of girl, but this season I really wanted to use colors that made me happy, so you’ll see lots of color today.

As soon as you enter my front door you’ll see the dining room to your immediate right, so we’ll start there.

 Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
I love, love, LOVE my Home Decorators Collection Aldridge Dining Table. It’s beefy and stunning.

Some brass candlesticks from Hobby Lobby ($4 for the pair) are adorned with some simple floral arrangements I made using Dollar Tree flowers. They’ve really upped their faux florals game. The DIY tutorial is coming up next week.

 Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
 Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
My dining room is super long and narrow, so at the end we have what Daniel calls “Pee Wee’s parlor." Pee Wee loves to lounge on the sofa with me while I read magazines. A pink tray from HomeGoods holds a fan that moves from room to room with me—it is so hot in Texas right now.

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 Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.  
Love the great ideas from Monica's summer house tour! She offers affordable, chic and glam ideas that are easy to implement.
Now, let’s head over to living room! This is definitely where we spend hours and hours each week. We love to watch TV, and we each have our spots around the room. Recently we splurged and had recessed lights installed, and I am in heaven. I truly wish we had done it sooner-- it makes the room feel brighter and more modern. The wood paneling used to be something I hated and painted (tutorial here), but now it's a trait I find charming. That being said, if someone were to offer to drywall this room for me for free, I'd jump at the chance.

A fun summer living room filled with bold colors and patterns.
I have been debating what to put over my sofa for over a year now, so it stays blank for now. I’m still waiting to find the perfect art piece or mirror. The black/white stripe pillow covers are from IKEA and the watercolor-ish ones are from Hobby Lobby.

We bought the Kingston recliners from Home Decorators Collection last fall, and they’ve held up beautifully. They were a total bargain and are SO comfy.

Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
I find mantle decor really, really challenging, so I opted for simple. Metallics and creamy white/ivory are set off by bright florals and bold patterns.

Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
Monica Wants It: Summer House Tour 2015
My Target bar cart is to this day one of my fave purchases. I snagged it on clearance in 2014, but I am glad they still carry it for anyone else who wants it. The top shelf is now glass in the 2015 version- fancy!

This Target bar cart looks chic with metallic and bright accessories. It fits perfectly with any decor style. 
This Target bar cart looks chic with metallic and bright accessories. It fits perfectly with any decor style.
The glassware is from HomeGoods, the lamp is from Target and the various other accessories are gifts and garage sale finds.

 This Target bar cart looks chic with metallic and bright accessories. It fits perfectly with any decor style. 
The curtains below are beauties from World Market, and those canvases are DIY projects from my Christmas 2014 decor

A bright, cheery summer house tour from monicawantsit.com
Decorating bookshelves is a challenge for me, but I tried my best. All are accessories I personally love (especially that Lily Pulitzer for Target plate), and I try to just show off items that make me happy. 

A bright, cheery summer house tour from monicawantsit.com
Pee Wee truly loves this couch, and I am happy to share it with him. :)

 A bright, cheery summer house tour from monicawantsit.com
Let’s move onto the bedroom…the one place where I despise color and I go for minimal decor and clutter. This is my retreat. I love for a bedroom to have a monochromatic, hotel room feel. It pretty much looks the same as when I did the reveal last year, but I did add some luxurious gray sheets from JCP to our linen repertoire, along with some fancy and uber luxe pillows from Brookstone.

A monochromatic bedroom provides a relaxing haven, especially when you add a tufted headboard!
 A monochromatic bedroom provides a relaxing haven, especially when you add a tufted headboard!
And now onto my MWI corporate head quarters…my almost finished home office.
I am in LOVE with this room. I LOVE IT! Today I'll give you a sneak peek. If you want to see all the beautiful details and DIY tutorials, those will go live next week. Squee!

A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting. 
A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting.
These M&M’s have Pee Wee’s ADORABLE little face on them. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat them. They were a very thoughtful gift from Pee Wee for mother’s day. I’m a lucky gal.

A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting. 
Below I have a clearance mug from Kirkland's, acrylic stapler and tape dispenser, Nate Berkus for Target gold scissors, and a gorgeous Kate Spade telegram gold foiled edged memo pad. The pencils, clipboard and pens are all from the Michael's Dollar Spot. And that fancy schmancy gold coaster is actually a lid from a holiday Bath & Body Works candle. I am all about upcycling.

A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting.
And one last sneak peek...I hope this is enough to keep you wanting to come back next week for the full office reveal that will contain oodles of photos.

A black, white and gold home office filled with thrifted, DIY and bargain finds. So many beautiful accessories makes the space feel glamorous and inviting.

Thanks for stopping by my house tour! I hope you enjoyed it and got a bit of inspiration. If you're new here, please subscribe for updates over on the right sidebar. Head on over to Rain On A Tin Roof  as the next stop on this wonderful summer tour of homes!



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