A DIY for The Books: {Gold Speckled Rug!}

Disclaimer: We are getting con-fi-dent in this creative DIY world. It’s like a semi-addiction- once you successfully conquer one DIY, you can’t stop. We can’t lie, our latest project makes us a little giddy inside- we consider it our most genius DIY yet. Brace yourselves!

Even though the office isn’t quite complete yet, we decided to share one of our favorite makeover projects that we’ve tackled thus far. We’d been searching high and low for a gold-speckled rug for the office ever since we laid eyes on the one in Freda Salvador’s San Francsico boutique. Unfortunately, theirs was from Spain {no thanks, shipping costs!}. We bookmarked a couple of other options online that were ok, but finding the right color hide with the added gold accents we loved was a challenge and not to mention, they were running close to $800!

Determined to do this on the cheap, we dug a little deeper and found this DIY that inspired us to gold speckle our own rug. We bought a super affordable one {under $300!} on Amazon and put our skills to the test- woot!

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Have no fear, we’re not pulling your leg when we say that this is the easiest DIY you’ll ever tackle- the results are ah-mazing! All you need is your favorite gold spray paint {we love Design Master’s in 24kt or 12kt gold!} and a cowhide {Amazon, Ikea, Overstock all have great, affordable options!}.

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Step 1: In a well ventilated space, spray paint into side of cap, in a heavy, concentrated stream. You’ll want a small puddle of wet paint in the cap.

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Step 2: From about 12 inches from the rug, drip paint quickly. You’ll start seeing a pretty even amount of big and small splatters.

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Step 3: To achieve smaller drips and splatters, stand up and “throw” the paint onto the rug. This technique creates nice movement on the piece.

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Step 4: Step back and take a look at your handy work! Go into areas that need specific gold spots and drop paint closer to rug, about 4-6 inches above. You should achieve bigger spots with this technique. Remember: the more paint in the cap, the bigger the gold spot.

We found the “drop” technique was our favorite in order to achieve the look we wanted. Take a few minutes prior to starting, practicing all three techniques on a scrap cloth to see which you like best!

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And 10 minutes later {you move fast when working with wet paint!} you have your finished product! We LOVE the way the rug came out, but you’ll have to wait for the full reveal in the office to see it all. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, is there a spot in your house that could use a little update? You have to try this DIY for yourself- for less than $300 you can achieve a look of a high end rug that would have cost three times the price. It looks like we’re slowly leaving the “DI-buy” team for the DIY team!

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick 

Office Makeover: {Ditching the Desk!}

Progress on the office makeover continues {albeit slowly!}. Things are finally falling into place though so we thought it was time for another progress update.

One piece we had to say goodbye to was my lovely desk. Now, I’m not actually ditching this prized possession. The beautiful petrified wood piece is sticking around, it’s just physically leaving the office. There are no ways around the fact that a single desk is just not big enough for four people to sit at and work efficiently. What we need is something communal, spacious and designed to help us all get down to business!

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Truthfully, we’ve already picked one of these beauties and it’s soon to be revealed with the rest of the office {woot!}, but all three of these tables are great options if you’re looking for the same modern, communal work space, or if you’re just looking to spread out your personal work station.

So we figured we could play a game {because we love games!}. Which desk do you think made the cut? Is it the mid-century style Parker table? The durable and sleek Strut table? Or the smooth Aqua Virgo table?!

You’ll have to stay tuned to find out!

image 1 via Line Klein // 2 via // 3 via Genbyg Design // 4 via ATWTP

The Houseplant Is Back {And Yes, You can Keep it Alive}

The plant is back in the building {woot!} and we’re loving the extra life and greenery it brings to a space. Any greenery really opens the environment up and makes it feel more livable- makes sense, technically there are more living things in the room now! After I jumped on the Fiddle Leaf bandwagon, I’ve been wanting to add a new plant or two to the loft.

Thankfully, I’ve had pretty good luck in the houseplant department thus far {miracle!} and am happy to report, I haven’t had to bury too many green friends in the plant cemetery. Don’t be fooled, by no means am I a green thumb, but sites like my new favorite, The Sill, certainly help me feel more like an expert. They break down the care of the most popular houseplants {they even break down plants by personalities so that you can find the perfect plant for your lifestyle!} and are my go-to reference for the current or future plant lover.

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In order to steer clear of the black thumb club, I make sure I’ve aced my one on one time with the employee at the gardening store before I even dare bring a plant home with me. There is something so depressing about watching the leaves on your plant turn yellow and then a whithered brown and feeling like you have no control over nursing it back to health. Isn’t it the worst feeling, ever?

We’re currently reading up on the care guides of these guys {The Sill offers PDF’s that you can download here!} because we want to bring some new life into the new office! Here’s a quick breakdown of our top picks:

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I vote for something like the Snake Plant which is cool and graphic, but it might be a good idea to have low maintenance guys around like cacti since we’re always running around and are likely to forget to water them! Oops. One thing for sure is that you don’t already, you must buy a Pothos for your home. It’s our go-to plant {besides our trusty Fiddle Leaf Fig tree!} and according to the plant experts, you can take a sledge hammer to it and it won’t die. We’ll see about that…

 

image 1 via Ferm Living // 2 via Lotta Agaton // 3 via Daniella Witte // plant images via The Sill