Entryway Reveal: Gold Triangle Wall Decals

In my last apartment, I added gold polka dots to my entryway. I wanted to do something similar in my new apartment, but decided to go with triangles this time. I found this great shop on Etsy, Happy Valley Goods, and loved their connected triangle wall decals. I ordered them in gold (no surprise) and just finished adding them onto the walls a couple days ago. Spoiler alert: I love the result. Dare I say, even more so than the polka dots in my last place!

As with the dots, the triangles were easy to put on and the measuring took more time than actually placing the triangles on the walls.

Just a few things needed to complete the look!

  • Step stool
  • Tape measurer
  • Pencil
  • Decals

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I started at the top and measured the spacing between each decal and the height on the wall and made marks with the pencil (that could be easily erased later).

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After the top row was done, I decided to just estimate the rest of the triangles going down the walls. Each wall was a different size and each had a couple pieces of art so there wasn’t an exact number of inches or particular way I could calculate each section.

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I  changed my mind a couple of times on this wall below but the great thing about the decals is that they just peel right off and I could adjust the placement easily when I realized they were too close together. This is the result of three tries:

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I got a handle on the spacing and applied the same technique to the remaining walls and was finished in no time!

Final results below!

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There were a few triangles leftover and I had a random idea to put them on the little jut-out beam between my dining area and kitchen!

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Check out the Happy Valley Goods shop here and purchase the connected triangle decals here.

*I received these decals at a discounted rate but all images and opinions are my own. 

Kitchen Hardware Update: Brass

I adore my new kitchen but I loved my brass knobs so much in my last apartment that I couldn’t help but make the switch in my new one as well! The knobs were perfectly fine, but I really wanted the brass touch with the white cabinets and light colored granite countertops. My old knobs don’t fit on these particular cabinets so I purchased some affordable (and gorgeous) brass bin pulls and cabinet knobs from Amazon for the new kitchen. As with the last hardware upgrade, this is a quick and easy project that makes a huge difference! Check out the pictures and process below.

Before: 

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Tools required:

  • Red wine
  • Screwdriver
  • New hardware

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Happy Friday and hope you all have a great weekend! Check back next week for lots of new posts and updates to the apartment.

Miracle Grout Pen

Inspired by Young House Love and Apartment Therapy, I decided to give the miracle grout pen a try. My rental bathroom is in great shape and I love the vintage black and white tile. However, the grout was in serious need of TLC. I’ve tried scrubbing, spraying, cleaning and nothing will get rid of the dingy, dirty look:

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Enter: the miracle grout pen (that’s really the name of the product). I’ve heard positive reviews and it was under $15 so I figured I had nothing to lose.

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Starting off with the icky before pictures (I swear, it’s clean. Just looks dirty and gross)

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I started off with one test square to make sure it would work and the results were amazing!

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I applied it all from the furthest corner of the bathroom and worked my way across and out. Then I let it dry for a couple hours and went back with q-tips and nail polish remover to tidy up any spots I made on the black diamond tile (if you look closely below you can tell) and any other mistakes.

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Finished product! It’s not totally perfect and some areas look better than others but it’s a huge improvement from where I started. And it finally looks clean. Overall, an easy, affordable solution and only took about two hours (not including drying time).

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Before (left) and After (right)

After:

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I would definitely recommend this if your grout is looking dingy and dirty!

DIY: Marble Dishwasher Cover

I had a ton of marble contact paper left after yesterday’s project so I wanted to find a creative way to use the rest.

After staring at my kitchen for a couple minutes, I remembered a recent post on Young House Love where they switched out the panel on their dishwasher.

That spurred on the crazy idea to apply the marble contact paper on my own dishwasher. I measured to make sure I had enough and figured I had nothing to lose. Here’s the before photo (yes, I have a very tiny apartment-sized dishwasher):

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After:

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Surprisingly, I love how it turned out! And it’s stood the test of several cycles running the dishwasher. I was afraid the contact paper might peel off if the dishwasher got too hot, but it looks like it’s here to stay. My kitchen used to be one of my least favorite rooms in the apartment but it’s quickly making its way to the top with these updates.

One last before and after which includes the new brass knobs and the marble additions:

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

(Check out my marble utensil crock DIY here)

Gold Polka Dot Entryway!

Posted my plans for the gold polka dot entryway on the blog a few weeks ago and finished the project this weekend.

Thankfully my wonderful mom was in town last week so she helped measure and place all 71 dots! The preparation and measuring took longer than expected but she was a champ! The actual process of adhering everything to the wall was quite easy.

First: Cut out all dots individually and place masking tape on the “front.”

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Second: Start from the ceiling and measure down, creating pattern or grid as you go. We went with the “dice” 5 pattern so the walls wouldn’t be too overwhelming.

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Third: After ALL dots are taped in place, it’s time to start peeling! Pull half of tape off while keeping the other half in place so you don’t lose your perfectly measured spot. Peel entire back off and stick to wall. Gold dot is now sticking on the wall, but needs to fully adhere. Place tape back on wall and keep front on. Use credit card, fingers, etc to rub top layer so dot is completely stuck to wall. Carefully peel back the front layer at 45 degree angle and slowly peel off.

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Hot mess. I just dropped the tape and front/back layers on the floor until I finished.

And here’s my first one!

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Looks perfectly painted on the wall; you would never know it was an adhesive. Repeat the process for every dot. Ideally, starting at the top and working your way down is easiest.

Finished! End result= amazing. Even better than I imagined.

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Love the dots peeking out around my art as well.

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Project was right at $30! Only bought two items: the dots and one roll of masking tape. So glad I decided to go out on a limb and do this project. Even more thankful that my mom was in town when the dots arrived in the mail! It’s definitely a “two man” project.