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The MALM dresser and bed were my very first independent purchases. I bought them to coincide with my first attempt at living on my own, away from my parents and their protective, claustrophobic clutches.

Needless to say, I was crawling back home a little over a year later, begging for shelter, fully aware of how hard living on your own truly is! (It’s amazing how not having a proper budget in mind will screw you over… my downfall was being unprepared for the grocery budget… forgot to account for non-food items… so silly.)

But my MALM dresser stayed by my side. He never faltered. The bed, well she was unable to withstand the rigours of being re-assembled multiple times. She will be missed. Not MALM, the dresser tho… no, not he. He has lasted the test of time.

And so, in honour of his lasting ability he will be remodeled and re-invented. He will be given a stunning makeover the likes have never been seen before (altho the likes probably have been seen before, I’m just being hyperbolic).

MALM DresserThe original base of the dresser is IKEA’s black-brown, but in moving home the last time, instead of removing the drawers, we taped them in place. Bad idea. When we removed the tape, little bits of the varnish came off. If IKEA sells the black-brown varnish I will do touch ups. If not, I will sand down and re-paint a full black.

Otherwise tho, I really wanna do this up right. I’m going to invest a little bit of money in buying quality materials for this.

The drawers’ interiors will be fully decked out and the front of the drawers will have pulls (One thing I hate is the lack of pulls).

So here is my concept art:

MALM Concept Art

I’m going to start on the dresser on Monday, since it’s still at my parents’ place.

Sadly, as much as I love him, he didn’t fit in with my current decor.

I await to continue this saga.

Bye for now! 🙂

Kinda scared right now, not gonna lie.

Ozzy wanted to know if I could re-upholster my gross, cast-off, hand-me-down pull-out couch for him in his fave colours; blue and chrome (I swear he is obsessed with that combo a little *too* much).

I always get excited with these things and automatically jumped at the possibility of taking a whack at re-upholstering a couch. It’s a good starting point for beginner’s, non? (That was sarcasm, btw.)

Anyway, I know I can do it, I just have to take my time and triple-check everything as I go… make sure I do it right the first time. I’ll carefully strip off the old leather fabric, use it as the pattern for the new fabric and also use it to calculate how much I’ll need to buy. I will also need to purchase a new mattress for the couch as what is currently there is not only nasty, it’s old and you can fully feel the bar in your middle back when you sleep. Not fun.

Oh, random side point: My tables were “admired” on Etsy today! No, it’s not a sale, but it is the first step towards that goal. Very optimistic.

Anyway, wish me luck. Ciao!

Since this is the first project I’m selling, I’ve priced this really low ($25 each) and you can look at it in my new Etsy shop. The posting is here.

Table - Original

Table – Original

Table - In Progress

Table – In Progress

Tables - Front and Side View

Tables – Front and Side View

Table - Hardware Accent

Table – Hardware Accent

Table - Details

Table – Details

I’m Roxanne, a 27-year-old Torontonian, who is unemployed and fed up with my prospective employment options.

Recently I’ve had someone waltz into my life who is an insatiable dreamer, whom we’ll call Ozzy, for kicks. Ozzy is all about playing life by his own rules and on his own terms. He wants to be happy doing his own thing and has a million ideas on how to do that. Ozzy has reminded me of who I once was before everyone said I couldn’t do what I wanted to, because I had to grow up, because that’s what you do, because, because, because.

In a nutshell, I’m creative. That’s a very broad term and applies to my life in that I don’t like doing things the same old boring way… my wheels are always turning. Now that I have no job they’re turning and churning and looking for how I can make money while doing something creative and that makes me happy.


Before I lost my job I got on the kick of buying used furniture online and then revamping it to suit what I wanted; it’s cheaper than going to the store and it’s always going to be unique. So now… why not keep doing this and getting something out of it? It’s win win. I win money. You win cool, unique furniture that is still way cheaper for you than going out and buying it at a store.

And I’m done.

For now.