My Secrets to Finding Not-So-Boring Wall Art For Less Than $100

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Finding art that makes you feel some type of way can be a big, fat pain in the ass. It isn’t something you can search for 5-10 minutes and find exactly what you like – it requires time and commitment to find something you love so much that you’re willing to hang it on your walls … Read moreMy Secrets to Finding Not-So-Boring Wall Art For Less Than $100

The 10 Items You Need To Create An Instagram-Ready Coffee Table

coffee table

A coffee table as a standalone piece of furniture is rather boring, yet, styling this little table in front of your sofa can create a world of difference to your room and essentially make or break your seating area. I find myself swapping out items and styling my coffee table on a regular basis and … Read moreThe 10 Items You Need To Create An Instagram-Ready Coffee Table

7 Recent Purchases I Got For Our Home & The Tactics I Use To Prevent Impulse Buying

living room glamour

As per yooj, I’ve been itching to re-vamp some of the rooms in my house and with that itch…comes some shopping. Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying this thing where if I find something I love, I’ll actually sleep on it for one or two nights before deciding whether or not I want … Read more7 Recent Purchases I Got For Our Home & The Tactics I Use To Prevent Impulse Buying

Design Ideas: Style Your Space with Accent Seating Alternatives

When it comes to our home, I liveeeee for creating visions and executing ideas – it’s essentially the whole concept behind A Glass of Bovino. But achieving the look I want can’t be done without spendin’ some hard earned funds and sometimes, I have to compromise for the pieces I actually envision for our home. … Read moreDesign Ideas: Style Your Space with Accent Seating Alternatives

How Answering These Simple Questions Can Help to Establish a Color Scheme in Your Home

I can’t believe I’m admitting this but, less than a year ago when we were buying our house, I had decided that I needed a completely neutral home. It had to be filled only with an abundance of grays, ivories, and silvers to achieve that rustic glam look and the only pop of color I … Read moreHow Answering These Simple Questions Can Help to Establish a Color Scheme in Your Home

7 Ways to Style Your Office

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If by some random and totally out-of-the-blue chance someone were to ask me “hey girl, what’s the one room in your house that just consumes your mind? The room that will never be complete no matter how beautiful it looks?”

My response, without any hesitation, would be my office.

It’s the place that I can proudly call my own and in 9 months we’ve owned this house, I’ve redesigned it over four times. Paint and all (those transformations are coming in a completely different blog post, BTW).

In honor of my office being “finished” (biting my tongue because rooms are never finished in our house), I thought – what better time than to talk about how you can style your office and make it your own?!

black glam office

Let me preface these tips with this –you don’t need an entire room to call your office – all you need is a small space in the corner of your house. And you don’t even need to call it an office. It can just be “your space.” I’m just obsessed with having an office, so that’s what I’m calling my own space. Got it? K, here we go.

1. Stunning Lighting

I know, I talked about this last week. And I’m being a hypocrite right now because the only thing my own office is missing is a stunning light fixture. However, you can still achieve the stunning lighting look with one or two quality table or floor lamps. If you have a large enough desk, I would definitely recommend fitting at least 1-2 table lamps on there. They add height and bring personality to your space. And if you’re lucky enough to have the ability to install a stunning lighting fixture – bless you. But I can’t say it enough – stunning lighting is everything.

Some of my fav photos featuring glamorous office lighting fixtures:

glam office

dark office glam chandelier

colorful glam office

modern glam office

2. Luxe Office Supplies

I’ve been infatuated with office supplies since I was a small child. When I was 7, I asked my mom for an effing ROLADEX to run my little “Stationary Station” business, where I would draw scribbly lines on paper and sell them to my family for $0.25 each. Needless to say, I’m always looking for sleek, luxe office supplies. My favorite places to shop for quality yet reasonably priced office supplies are Cloth & Paper and (particularly for my planner), Sessavee.

Yes, new pens from Staples are neat and all, but investing in sleek, high-quality supplies gives you that “I’m luxurious AF and this to-do list is luxurious AF and now I’m gonna do all the things” feeling. And it adds that luxurious AF feeling to your space. Win-win.

luxe office supplies

3. Not-so-Vanilla Paper Filing/Storage

Offices typically tend to be the places where we store things – particularly papers. Lots and lots of papers *eye roll*. If you think a cold metal cabinet won’t kill your office vibe, think again.

*Before I move forward I should mention that you should set aside ~20 minutes to go through your papers and throw out everything you don’t need. Eliminate and THEN organize. Moving on.

There are plenty of ways to organize/file away papers while staying stylish. Grab some patterned file folders and a cute letter holder and voila:

gold file folder holder

marble file folders

If you need a bit more room, I highly recommend this linen file folder box from Target. I store all of our papers in there and still have room for so much more!

linen file box

4. A Comfy-Ass Desk Chair

Think of your desk chair the way you think about shoes. Style doesn’t have to be compromised with comfort. Take this chair from World Market, for example:

black gold desk chair

It’s swoon-worthy yet still looks super comfy. I think they’re having a sale right now o_O.

blush pink desk chair

Or how ’bout this blushing beauty from Wayfair?!

Your biscuits will thank you for a comfy desk chair.

5. CABLE CLIPS

Wires are a pain in my ass. I’m patiently waiting for technology to advance 31 years and I’ll never have to untangle or trip over a cable again. This tip isn’t necessarily about buying stylish cables or cable clips, but more so creating an office with functionality and hiding your cables the best way you can so they don’t eff with your office vibe. My desk has a cable organizer which is a Godsend, but you can buy cable clips/organizers for dirt cheap on Amazon.

cable organizers

Check these out – DIY holes at any position you want. Sounds like a game-changer.

6. Wall Art

When you think of an office, what’s one of the first things that come to mind? If you thought “to sit and procrastinate everything you should be doing” then you’re spot on. But really – it’s the space where you get shit done. Where you should feel inspired and motivated (eventually, after procrastinating) to check off your to-do list. After I hung the gallery wall in my office I immediately felt more creatively inspired – I swear it was like magic. There’s just something about art that makes you feel inspired.

You know I’m all about styling on a budget and I’ve recently been scouring Etsy because there are so many talented artists who sell printable art files for a good price. You just download, print and voila.

This whole gallery wall, frames and all – under $70.

office wall art gallery

I blindly hung these frames myself – no measuring or calculating because I have 000 patience. Don’t do that, friends. You’re not going to have a good time.

If you’re not into art, hang a (good lookin’) dry-erase calendar or board, like this:

white board calendar

7. Treat yo self to a Planner

louis vuitton agenda desk essentials

louis vuitton agenda

Everyone who’s close to me knows that one of my most prized possessions is my agenda. I’m sure some of you are thinking “totally unnecessary why do you need tha-” LET ME TELL YOU. Because with my agenda, I have my shit TOGETHER. Even when I DON’T. My world could be on fire but with my agenda, everything is OK. Because inside my agenda, nothing is on fire.

I lost you didn’t I.

Let me back up. You need a planner – or something to organize your life. Whether it’s a digital planner (boooorrrring) or a planner you can have all the fun in the world with (aka customizable ring or disc-bound planner) – you just need one. My life before I had a planner was filled with terrible grades, missed appointments and sorry-I-forgot-your-birthday’s. Now, it’s the first place I go to whenever I need to remember anything, which happens to be everything.

What does this planner have to do with a styled office? I’ll tell you. Put that stylish lil’ thing on your desk, take a step back and think to yourself “wow, not only is my space exactly the way I want it, but my shit is completely and totally together.” brb gotta write that down.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Monica Lenore, Interior Designer:

“Injecting personal style and items with a story are what turn an average room into a stunning home.”

Now go style that office (space)!

‘Till next time, friends <3

a glass of bovino

*The 7 oz Sunday Series is my own way of creating a diary-like post every Sunday about whatever’s on my mind at the time – what’s inspiring me, my current favorites, what room I’m thinking about styling next, design dilemmas, etc. So why the phrase “7 oz Sunday,” you ask? Well, since Sunday’s typically call for a littttle extra vino in your glass (like 7 oz versus the “recommended” 4 oz) – why the eff not.

6 places to consider using trays in your home (& quick ideas on how to style them)

I’m a tray hoarder. I mean, I’m a home decor hoarder in general but I’m particularly “triggered” by trays. Metal trays, marble trays, glass trays, wood trays, vintage trays – I don’t discriminate. I have a shit ton of trays and I will never pass up a beautiful tray when I see one. Have I … Read more6 places to consider using trays in your home (& quick ideas on how to style them)

DIY Kitchen Cabinet Transformation

Painting our kitchen cabinets: the biggest DIY project of my life (thus far).

I love DIY-ing. That “after” feeling is amazing and the process of DIY is therapeutic. However, this wasn’t completely therapeutic. At times it was stressful, exhausting and really damn hard. But I would do it over and over again if I knew that my kitchen was going to come out the way it did.

When we closed on our house last June, our realtor asked: “what’s the first thing you’re going to change?”

I knew without question that the first thing I would do is paint every single room… and then the cabinets. When we were handed the keys to our house the kitchen walls were yellow and the cabinets were an old oak brown. Who decided this was OK??

Here’s the kitchen the day we closed on the house:

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Anyway, after spending a few weeks painting the rooms (I insisted to Angelo that I wanted to paint myself because I actually enjoy it) and the kitchen three times (too dark, too light, just right) I confirmed with myself that I was a skilled and experienced painting professional and could absolutely paint our cabinets. So I began my research, read every blog and watched every Youtube video I could find on painting cabinets yourself. The total time it took from start to finish was 3 weeks (2 full weekends in a row followed by a full 4 day weekend). I should mention that there apparently there are many ways to do this, but I’ll be showing you how I did it and the products I used

PRODUCTS

PROCESS

PART I: REMOVE THE DOORS AND SEPARATE HARDWARE

Materials required:

  • Power driver
  • Small containers/ziploc bags

Using a power driver, remove all the cabinet doors and set aside the handles and hardware. I placed the hardware in separate containers so it would be easier to find each piece when I was done painting. If you’re keeping the handles/hardware, clean each piece with soap and water. I soaked mine in a bucket for a few hours then scrubbed with an old toothbrush. If you’re planning on getting new hardware, you can skip this step

PART II: CLEAN THE SHIT OUT OF YOUR CABINETS

Materials required:

  • TSP
  • Lint free cloth/old t-shirt
  • Bucket

I mixed part TSP and part water in a bucket (**read the label on the TSP bottle**) and old t-shirts to clean every crevice of the cabinets. It’s important to use a lint-free rag or an old t-shirt to ensure you don’t leave lint/residue behind. I recommend doing this in a ventilated area as the TSP chemicals are harsh. You can also use a mixture of dishwashing soap, vinegar and water if you want to avoid the harsh chemicals

PART III: CREATE A WORKING SPACE AND TAPE THE CABINET FIXTURES

Materials required:

  • Painters tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Long wood planks
  • Sawhorses
  • Thin nails
  • Hammer

Once you’re done cleaning the cabinet fixtures, use painters tape around the edges to protect surrounding walls/appliances/etc.

To set up a working station for painting the doors – choose an open area, lay down drop cloths and set up sawhorses. Place two rows of long wood planks across the sawhorses and hammer thin nails into the wood about 6 inches away from each other and all about equal height. Once the nails are hammered into the wood, gently place the cabinet doors on top of the nails leaving about 4-6 inches of space between each door

I actually didn’t place the nailed planks on sawhorses at first because we didn’t have any yet (my lower back definitely paid for it – I was bent over for three days straight). This was a dumb move on my end, and I highly recommend setting the doors on a high surface so you don’t break your back 🙂

Here’s what my setup looked like before sawhorses:

And here’s what it looked like after (unfortunately I had already primed with 2 coats and painted one coat before I had the luxury of the sawhorses):

PART IV: SAND THE CABINETS

Materials required:

  • 150-200 grit hand sander
  • Lint-free rag/old t-shirt

I was torn between sanding and deglossing. I decided to sand because I read mixed reviews on deglossers, so I bought a small handheld sander and 200 grit sandpaper. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing anything below 150 grit, otherwise you’ll start creating an uneven surface. Before you sand, you should fill in any small holes with wood filler. I didn’t do this, but I should have (oops). I spent probably 3 minutes sanding each cabinet door (front and back) to ensure there was absolutely no finish or shine left. The cabinets should look dull after this step.

Once you’re done sanding, wipe off excess residue with an old t-shirt or lint-free cloth

PART V: PRIME

Materials required:

  • Paint roller
  • Zinsser primer
  • Small foam brush
  • Rubber gloves

Put on gloves, grab the Zinsser primer, a paint roller, a small foam brush (I used a foam brush and noticed this made the angled areas look smoother versus using a brush which created stroke lines) or small angled brush for the crevices and start priming! I painted the backs of the doors first, then painted the cabinet fixtures. Once I was done with the fixtures, I flipped over the doors and painted the front. I repeated the same process with a second coat 24 hours later.

Here’s what the cabinets looked like after the first coat of primer:

Side note…we knocked down the wall between the kitchen and dining room a few weeks prior. It made the kitchen/dining area feel so much more open!

PART VI: PAINT

Materials required:

  • Paint
  • Paint roller
  • Small angled paintbrush/foam paint brush,
  • Painters mask

This step is similar to priming, except it’s the real deal. Using gloves, a paint roller and a small angled brush/foam brush (per above, I used a foam brush to avoid stroke marks), begin painting the backs of the cabinet doors, then the fixtures. Once you’re done painting the fixtures, flip over the doors and paint the front of the doors. Wait 24 hours between coats.

I painted 3 coats of paint on the cabinets. In addition to the primer coats, that’s 5 coats total…and many hours of painting/stress eating.

Look at the shine on those doors!

THE FINAL CHAPTER: Wait

This step actually requires the most amount of patience and is the most mentally torturous because all you’ll want to do is hang the doors up and gasp/cry/scream at the dramatic transformation. But let me be very clear – you must wait at least 1.5 weeks (the term is called “curing”) before putting the doors and hardware back on, or else you’ll compromise everything. I waited 8 days and wish I waited longer. At the time I painted my cabinets it was 1000% humidity outside therefore making the cabinets take a lot longer to dry. If you live in a dryer, cooler area then you could probably get away with 1 week but trust me, the longer you wait the better. I have -O patience and I can honestly say this was worth the wait. I noticed my cabinets didn’t fully “cure” until about two months later.

So, after waiting for what felt like years, here is the final product:

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DIY, DIY Kitchen Cabinets, DIY Cabinet Paint, Cabinet Transformation, Home DIY, Painting, Benjamin Moore Paint, Chantilly Lace

DIY, DIY Kitchen Cabinets, DIY Cabinet Paint, Cabinet Transformation, Home DIY, Painting, Benjamin Moore Paint, Chantilly Lace

Side by side comparison:

 What do you guys think? Would you ever paint your cabinets?