After moving into our second apartment over a year ago, we quickly noticed this strange barrier between the living room and kitchen. This is a pretty small apartment as it is, and there’s still no explanation as to why it’s there. 🤷🏻 If we owned the place I’d say “knock it down”, but as renters it forced me to get creative. I had to do something with this strange space.
I had about a 2’x3′ space to work with, which didn’t give me a lot of breathing room. After some searching on Pinterest for some ideas, I discovered these sort of “catch-all” spaces, or “command centers” that were growing more popular, and thought it was perfect!
As newlyweds, we were on a budget, and couldn’t afford to spend a ton of money. I immediately got onto our local classifieds to see if there was a piece of furniture (like a nightstand or little cabinet) that I could use in that space as my base for a good price. I scored with this little dresser that was the perfect size, and only $20!
I mean, clearly it needed some help. The handles were terribly tarnished, and the “wood” was scratched on every surface. Not to mention, I wasn’t a huge fan of the color. So with a bit of paint and “tarnish remover”, voilà! We have a brand new piece of furniture that I LOVE.
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All I used for this project was:
1. Black spray paint (I used Rustoleum 2x Semi-Gloss)
2. Bar Keeper’s Friend
3. A Copper Scrubber
4. An old toothbrush
5. Some water, in a vessel of some sort (large enough to dip the handles into)
To remove the tarnish from the handles:
Step 1: Make sure you read the label on the bottle so you don’t harm yourself. I rarely read instructions… So do as I say, not as I do!
Step 2: Have everything out and ready to go, including your water in some sort of vessel (I used disposable Tupperware)
Step 3: Take your Bar Keepers Friend and squirt some of it onto your handle. Use the copper scrubber to work it into the metal. Give it some elbow grease.
Step 4: Use the old toothbrush to scrub in the smaller notches.
Step 5: Rinse well in the water.
Step 6: Repeat Steps 1-5 over and over until you are satisfied with the results.
I was pleased with how my handles turned out, especially since the solution was inexpensive, and the difference is pretty amazing!
Now for the top! I knew I wanted my calendar there, a magnet board, a place to put my keys, and a place for our mail. So here is what I came up with:
- $15 Beautiful Christian calendar
- $1 Used baking sheet from my local secondhand store, I spray painted black
- $10 Wall basket from Hobby Lobby, on sale for 50% off
- $3 Hooks from Hobby Lobby
- FREE (Not featured) a piece of scrap wood that I spray painted black
Add a cute boxwood wreath with a check ribbon and you’re set! Here’s the finished look. For around $50, I’d say this home hack was a success!
Until next time, à bientôt!