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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Good morning, everyone! Before we get into today’s post, stop everything and GO VOTE if you haven’t already! The ladies did not disappoint with their Round 1 Projects. You just have to see the creative upcycle projects they came up with. These contestants and their stars are gunning for amazing prizes and they need your help to get there!  Upcycling is kind of one of our favorite things to do. Last year for the contest, we turned an ugly, beat-up antique table into this:

Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to check out our upcycle project this week. We have to say that it feels quite lovely to get to do the projects without all that extra pressure. We just get to do projects that we’ve been wanting to do in our homes! So, here we go!
Isn’t that so fun? Unfortunately, the lighting in our basement is atrocious and my limited photography skills don’t do this space justice. It’s so cute and fits right in with the nautical basement makeover Monica gave me during our first Nate Show episode.  We were originally going to use this door as a headboard in our Superfab Guestroom Makeover , but it just didn’t work in the space.This door is over a hundred years old and has a beautiful, chippy, blue-green patina. It’s been sitting in my garage waiting for it’s new home and it finally found it! I could not believe that this door fit so perfectly in the nook under the stairs. It was most definitely meant to be!
This was a super-simple upcycle. We already had one filing cabinet on hand, and purchased another at Walmart for only $30. My hubs and I painted both with Valspar Paint + Primer in Beach Glass (a Benjamin Moore color we had color-matched).
The new filing cabinet was an inch shorter than our existing cabinet so Kevin built a base for it using leftover wood from our stash.
Once the filing cabinet was placed on the base, you don’t even notice the difference!
We placed the door on top of the filing cabinets and might eventually *wink* actually screw it in to the cabinets, but for now it rests securely right on top. I couldn’t stand the thought of making any holes in that gorgeous door.
I love that it blends so perfectly with the nautical lounge behind it!
Let’s take a peek at the dramatic before and after, shall we?
Woohoo! That’s quite the difference and I’m really happy with it.  🙂
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Now it’s YOUR turn!  We are so excited to see what you guys have come up with!
The winner will receive an awesome prize package from Belmonili and Perfectly Imperfect Shop, and we promise you’re going to love it! This link party will be open until Friday, March 15th at 10 PM EST. Monica and I are going to be choosing our absolute favorite upcycle project and revealing the tutorial for it on Sunday! If you win this week, we’ll be contacting you sometime on Friday for the tutorial, so be ready!
Please remember a few things before linking up:
1. Like us on facebook!
2. Make sure you link back to us in your post. Only those linking back will be eligible for the prize!
3. Only one submission per person.
4. Choose a project that you’ve done in the last 12 months.
Ok, let’s see what you’ve got!

The comments +

  1. Awesome desk! i have an almost identical door which I hope to turn into some wall art. Thanks for hosting the link party so we all can play along.

  2. Jenny Lynn says:

    The desk is amazing! I like that the desk top is an old door. Thanks for being such wonderful hostess and inviting me to link up. I did a little spotlight yesterday about Creating With The Stars…if either of you have two minutes to stop by to check it out, here is the link.http://jennylynndesignz.blogspot.com/2013/03/east-coast-creative.html I didn’t want any of my friends to miss out on the fun going here on your blog.

    Have a Terrific Tuesday!

  3. Very cool desk! What a fun contest you have going!
    Thanks for hosting!
    ~Liz@HoosierHomemade

  4. Too fun! LOVE that perfectly chippy door! I’m new here…I linked up for the party 🙂 Can’t wait to go check out the contestants’ projects!! Thanks, Laurel

  5. Just found you via Thistlewood Farm (I came to vote) and thought I’d join in.
    Thank you for the party – now I’m off to explore.
    Best,
    David

  6. The nook looks so much better now! I love the blue wall and the desk is just beautiful! Good job!!

  7. A perfect fit, a perfect office area. It is lovely.
    Thanks for hosting, I linked up earlier, then had to babysit the grandkids, and now it’s time to have fun checking out the links. 🙂

  8. The door made the perfect desk! I love what you did! Thanks for letting us link up!

  9. Jess, it looks phenomenal! I love it!

  10. Thanks so much for hosting this link-up party in addition to hosting Creating With The Stars! It’s really fun to be a part of the contest, even if it’s in such a small way!

  11. Kelly O. says:

    I can’t vote 🙁 it won’t let me in saying that I don’t have access. too bad… such great projects!

  12. love the desk! i just did something similar with a bi-fold door i took off my daughter’s closet. but i have to know – what is the blue paint color behind the desk? i’m looking for a blue for our bedroom and that is gorgeous!

  13. Shannon Fox says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to link up! So fun sharing in the upcycle party. Following the contest and the talent is AMAZING!!!

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