DIY Dresser Makeover! (+VLOG)

Last weekend I set myself a little project. It was my first weekend off since returning to work, so I wanted to make the most of my time even though I’d had the guts of 8 weeks off to do whatever I wanted…

The main reason for this is because I’d actually ordered the items I needed for this makeover on Amazon 2 weeks previous to returning to work, but of course because the way things are in the world, online deliveries are taking a little bit longer than usual.

I got the dresser about a month ago, after trading it with a neighbour for my older dresser (it came up in conversation that I was looking for what they had and vice versa, so we swapped), which was over 5 foot wide with six drawers in it, but it was just too wide for my room. As much as I loved my new dresser, it was preowned, so it had a few blemishes and scratches on it, so it was in need of some TLC. I got the idea when I got message off my cousin suggesting that I should paint it black and put some gold handles on it! I instantly loved the idea and hopped onto Amazon to see what I could find.

V33 110807 Easy Furniture Paint, Carbon Black Satin, 500ml https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KST827G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tau_A3oYEb9FXF76X

Finding the black paint was no issue— I got a tub of ‘carbon black’ furniture paint in a satin finish which is just what I wanted. My room is very industrial/rustic in style, so this was the perfect choice, as I have plenty of other black coloured items in my room for it to match with. When it came to looking for some gold handles to replace the old ones on the dresser, this wasn’t as easy. The few that I saw on Amazon were either really expensive and/or there wasn’t enough of them. I needed 10 handles in total, and handles seem to either only come in packs of 6, 10 or 12, which made it difficult as it narrowed down my selection. After a bit of looking around on Amazon, the site finally made a suggestion, like they sometimes do if they see you’re looking for particular items, and it suggested these white handles with an abstract floral skull design on it and I fell in love with them straight away. What was even better was it was a 10 pack, and it was super cheap too— £8.99 for 10 handles, with free shipping!

Kaizen Casa Cabinet Knobs Round Skull Skeleton Head Drawer Dresser Handles Kitchen Cabinet Round Pulls Hardware https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07TJJC2CZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tau_z6oYEbH3KS3VH

All that was left to do was wait for the items to arrive, which was last Thursday, if I’m not mistaken, and then I set to work on the dresser on the Saturday. It wasn’t too difficult of a job. The hardest part was sanding it down. I’m not sure what it was coated in previously, but it wasn’t that thick, but it was a bit shiny, so I needed quite a gritty sandpaper to get a good grip of removing it. Once the sanding was done, the drawers and old handles were removed, and the surfaces wiped down, I got to painting.

I think I’m about halfway at the point of this picture >.<

I didn’t have a primer to hand, and it was suggested that maybe I should prime it first, so what I did was first painted a thin enough layer of the paint onto the dresser and let that dry before then going in with the main coats of paint.

And voila, one complete makeover of a dresser! I absolutely love how it turned out, and it was so easy to do—I’m creative, but not the handiest when it comes to things like this—and it wasn’t too expensive either. It all came to a total of €30 give or take a euro or two, once you throw in the sandpaper, brushes, etc, which I either had in my shed, or picked up cheap in a local shop which sells anything and everything at really good prices.

That’s it for this week! Have you done any DIY’s or makeovers recently? Le me know in the comments, and I’ll see you all next week 🙂


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s been a while since I last checked in with you wonderful folks… I stopped blogging for a few weeks to do some painting, and then when I stopped painting, I forgot to come back to blogging, but alas, here I am! Why now? Because the world is starting to spin into an even darker hole of negativity, especially with this whole virus that shall not be named here on this blog came about!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, normally a big celebration here in Ireland, but we’re all stuck indoors because the whole world is currently diseased and the only way to get rid of it is to stop all social activities, which is primarily what St. Patrick’s Day is about–but this year it’s a very different state of affairs, as we all wallow in our houses dooming and glooming…

So here are a few of my favourite things that I have been looking at/watching/listening to, to help cheer you up this St. Patrick’s Day, especially if your self-isolating:

MUSIC/YOUTUBE:

Hobo Johnson — I found Hobo Johnson randomly one day on YouTube, and really like his style, it’s hard to describe–one of those you just gotta check him out for yourself, but I feel like he’s one of those you’ll either love him or hate him types…

Lizzo — who doesn’t love a little Lizzo, right? Ever since I heard her song Truth Hurts on a movie on Netflix, I’ve really liked her music, and just the other day I stumbled across her NPR Tiny Desk recording, which is basically a 15 min. video of her 3 most popular songs. It’s a really good recording and I definitely recommend if you’re looking for something to hype you a bit.

Becki & Chris — these two are some of my favourite YouTuber’s at the minute and they recently created a 6 part docu-style series on their channel called Cold Island, where they packed their bags and their camera gear and flew in a helicopter across Cold Island. They also do home renovation videos, tutorials and vlogs on their channel and I definitely recommend them if you’re looking for some creative inspiration!

TV SHOWS:

If you’re looking for some good, light-hearted TV series to watch, I recommend the following: (all are on Netflix btw)

Or for something a bit more serious, I recommend: (also on Netflix)

MOVIES:

There are lots of great movies out there at the minute, and I know it can be hard sometimes to actually just pick one, so here are some of my recommendations: (which can all be found on Netflix)

 

…and that’s all I’ve got for you for now! Hope you make the most of your St. Patrick’s Day, and hopefully I’ll see you all soon! 😉

TK Maxx Haul

Welcome back to the Dean Kealy Blog! I was out shopping the other day in my local TK Maxx (I think the US call it TJ Maxx?) and shared a few of the bits I got on my Instagram Story (@dean.kealy), when one of you lovelies suggested that I do a haul post of all the bits I got.

I never thought about doing a haul-style blog post before, which I find mad because I love watching them on YouTube (apparently they’re the thing to be doing) but never thought about doing a blog post-style version.

I love TK Maxx–I was out doing a few errands, and TK Maxx just happened to be beside the store I was doing errands in, so I just had to pop in. Bear in mind, I don’t think I’ve ever been let loose on my own in this place–I’m usually with friends or family, who usually keep me in check and accountable to all the ridiculous things I could potentially pick up–but none of them were there on this day, so… here’s what I got:

Black Panther POP

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Gold Black Panther POP

In all my visits to TK Maxx, I’ve never seen a single POP figure in there–I love these things, I have a whole shelf in my room dedicated to them, but I’m very particular about the ones I pick up, I won’t pick up any ol’ POP, it has to be from a series, movie etc that I like. So imagine my delight when I not only saw POP figures but the gold ones too!!!! Now, the selection was not great, but they did have this gold version of the Marvel Studios Black Panther so I had to get it. There was also a gold version of Thor, but I already have a regular version POP of him from Thor Ragnarok, so I didn’t want to double up. He was super cheap too–normally POPS vary from €12-16, and I got this guy for a mere €6!!!

Batman Gallery Wall Piece

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Classic Batman Framed Print

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been slowly but surely building a gallery wall in my room. Not just any gallery wall, but a super-hero/pop-culture themed gallery wall because I’m a huge nerd (as if you couldn’t already tell). The last time I was in TK Maxx I picked up a framed print of a classic Spider-Man cover and it was only €10, and it was a perfect fit for my gallery wall, so I was only chuffed upon discovering this classic Batman cover version of it on this visit, and at the same €10 price tag, it went straight into my basket (yes, I had a basket, because let’s face it I’m going to pick up at least 20 things I’m going to want–even if I put over half of them back in the end…). My gallery wall is 90% complete at this stage, and I can’t wait to share it when it’s done–let me know if you’d like a blog post about it!

Coffee!!!

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Coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee!

OK, so I’ve grouped the next couple of items under one header because they are all coffee related! I love coffee — wait you mean you didn’t know? 😉 — so when I stumbled across the next few items I was in my element! In my defense, they do have an aisle dedicated to tea and coffee, so I did go down that way looking to pick up some coffee, but the others were bonus.

The coffee I picked up is The Live Company coffee, from Brazil and I’m super looking forward to trying this. I also love how the packaging is very eco-friendly! The outer packaging seems to be made of corrugated cardboard, and the only little bit of plastic I can see is wrapped around the coffee itself to keep it airtight, which is understandable. On a side note, it was great to see a good bit of plastic free packaging on a lot of the teas and coffees, as the majority of them seem to come in reusable tins, which is great!

Next I picked up a coffee-syrup ‘sample pack’ and this was reduced to a fiver, which was an absolute steal! It came with 4 x 45ml bottles of flavoured syrups to add to your coffee: vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, and Irish cream. I’ve had all these flavours in my coffee before, except for the irish cream one, so it’ll be interesting to see what that one tastes like! The bottles are also glass, making them perfectly reusable once they’re empty–OK I’ll shut up about stuff being eco-friendly/reusable now…

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My €2 mason jar!

Lastly, and my favourite purchase of the whole lot was the mason jar I picked up! It was on clearance for €2 and it’s huge! Absolute bargain, and it’s perfect for having my morning cold brew coffee in!


That wraps up my haul! I’d really love to hear your feedback on this type of blog post. I know haul videos are popular on the YouTubes, but does it work in blog-format? Did you enjoy this? Should I do it again in the future?

Lastly I’ll leave you guys with the question: do you shop in TK Maxx, and do you love or hate it, because I think it’s fairly evident that I love it!

😉

My Commonplace Book

commonplace book
noun
noun: commonplace book; plural noun: commonplace books
  • a book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use.

I was first introduced to the commonplace book format a few years ago, back when I first got into bullet journals, and was looking up other forms of journaling. At the time, I decided to start my own commonplace journal, which was in a sketchbook style of journal, but I ended up not using correctly and ended up just doing regular ‘dear diary’ style writing in it, and ended up quickly scrapping it shortly after.

Skip forward to a few weeks ago, I came across a video on YouTube by Jordan Clark called ‘You should start a commonplace book’. It was from this video I decided to revisit the concept of the commonplace book, and I decided to start my own. Please check out the video if you would like to see another perspective/more visually pleasing description.

I had just been to my local TK Maxx, and picked up a small A6/pocket sized notebook, and was really looking for a use for it, and then I came across this video, and decided that the notebook would be perfect for this little project.

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My first entry in my commonplace book was a passage I found while looking a little more into commonplace books, from Jonathan Swift’s ‘A letter of advice to a young poet’:

A commonplace book is what a provident poet cannot subsist without, for this proverbial reason, that ‘great wits have short memories’ and, on the other hand, poets, being liars by profession, ought to have good memories; to reconcile these, a book of this sort is in the nature of a supplemental memory, or a record of what occurs remarkable in every day’s reading or conversation. There you enter not only your own original thoughts, (which, a hundred to one, are few and insignificant) but such of other men as you think fit to make your own, by entering them there.

Since then I’ve been slowly adding a few little bits, including a quote I really liked about accountability, a photo from Instagram I found really inspiring and a few passages from one of my favourite books ‘A Note to Self’ by Connor Franta. No doubt I’ll surely go on to add more, but like Jordan talks about in her video, there is no pressure with a commonplace book. It is simply something that is there, something for you to add to whenever you feel like you might like to look back on that at some point in the future, or if you come across a photo of something truly beautiful that you know you just have to capture it somewhere.

That is my/the commonplace book, and hopefully this was enough to inspire or encourage you to start your own.

See you in my next post

😉

HOW TO: Cut Your Phone Usage by Half!

*This is a long one, so maybe make yourself a cuppa before you sit down to read this one!*

This blog post all started after a series of videos began appearing in my YouTube suggested videos feed. Whether it was by coincidence, or by design of the YouTube algorithm, who knows, but what I do know is it struck a chord with me and ever since I’ve cut down on my phone usage by at least 50%. Continue reading HOW TO: Cut Your Phone Usage by Half!

Recently Read || April Edition

Great Scott, Batman! A book blog post! Yes, it has indeed been a hot minute since I made a book related blog post! The reason for that, up until recently I actually hadn’t read any books since that last book blog post. Continue reading Recently Read || April Edition

Am I Content With My Content?

Alternative Title:  I Don’t Like My Content — A Response to Grace Helbig

Hey everyone! Yes, it’s me, I know it’s been a hot minute since I last posted here on the blog–to be honest, it’s been a hot minute since I posted anything anywhere other than on my Instagram (@dean.kealy). Even my poor art Insta and blog has been neglected recently.

I’ve been itching to getting back on here, but not sure as to what sort of content I wanted to share, or what sort of stuff you guys would want to see. If I’m completely honest, I kind of backed down from blogging because I got myself into the rut that I had to create content that you guys would want to see, so I would make a list of posts that I could potentially work on, but when it came to it, I didn’t want to make them, because that’s not the kind of content I like making.

Then, today, I saw a video by one of my favourite YouTuber’s, Grace Helbig, called “I Don’t Like My Content”, and I’ve never related so much to a video in more recent times. I recommend you watch it, because whether you’re a content creator, or someone who just watches other peoples content, it’s so frickin’ easy to get caught up in what people want to watch, that you forget why you create. For those of you who just watch, I urge that you watch the video to get a perspective on why your favourite content creator isn’t uploading all the old great videos or blog posts that they used to, because people change. You change, we change everyday, and sometimes we get bored.

Here’s the video link, and if you don’t watch Grace’s videos/don’t like her, skip to 3:40 and watch until 4:35 in the video to see where I most relate to and kind of where I’m at at the minute. Even if you watch the whole video, it gives an idea of a content creator struggling to defy the norm of creating what people want to see, and deciding to create something because they want to and love to do it, which is what I want to strive to do more of.

Idealistically I’d like to get back to creating a weekly blog post for here, and I’ve also neglected my art Instagram over the last few weeks, so I would very much like to get back to posting more regularly/frequently there too, so here’s hoping that by even writing this blog post that it will kick start me back into gear into doing just that!
Now I’m going to throw a question to you guys, well those of you who are still reading anyway:

Would you stop following a content creator/blogger/YouTuber because they changed they decided to change the type of content they were creating, or would you stick with them regardless, because you liked them as a creator/their personality more so than what they produce?

I’d also love to hear any other opinions on this that you might have, or what you thought of Grace’s video, feel free to let me know in the comments.

🙂