Peel and Stick Faux Tile Kitchen Backsplash | SmartTiles Review

If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Snapchat you’ll probably remember that I installed a white tile backsplash in my rental kitchen a couple of months ago. I didn’t want to post details about it right away just in case the product didn’t live up to its promises, but I’m happy to finally report that it has been great!When deciding on a backsplash I had some important requirements that had to be met. I’ve mentioned before that I rent so anything I decided on needed to be temporary, easy to install, and easy to remove. I also didn’t want anything that looked too fake and wouldn’t hold up over time. I came across the Metro Blanco peel and stick tiles from SmartTiles that met all of my criteria and decided to give them a try.

Peel and Stick Faux Tile Backsplash in Rental KitchenThey’ve been AWESOME. We use our kitchen a lot and I was worried they wouldn’t stick for long with all of the cooking and cleaning we do, especially behind our stove. So far they’re holding on strong and have held up to steam, 500 degree oven temps, pasta sauce splatter, and daily cleaning.

Peel and Stick Faux Tile Backsplash in Rental Kitchen
I could have taken progress photos but honestly, SmartTiles has wonderful installation videos that do it better than my photos could. All you need is a utility knife and a ruler. It’s really that easy.

Peel and Stick Faux Tile Backsplash in Rental Kitchen

They really have transformed my kitchen for the better. It no longer looks super basic and boring. My kitchen doesn’t get a lot of light, but these add some reflectivity and brighten up the space. (I had before photos but they got lost on my dead computer. Sad.)
Peel and Stick Faux Tile Backsplash in Rental Kitchen
My friends and family couldn’t tell that they weren’t real until I told them. They’re usually brutally honest with me so I can trust them.

Peel and Stick Faux Tile Backsplash in Rental Kitchen
If you’re looking for a temporary, easy solution for your kitchen definitely check out SmartTiles Peel and Stick Tiles.

 

Yellow French Provincial Mirror Makeover

Something I do when I’m decorating a room is try to use what I already have. I’ve had this mirror in my dining room for a couple of years and when I decided to redecorate I thought about where I could use it rather than get rid of it. I got it for $20 on Craigslist and although it isn’t actually a pricey antique, it’s still a good deal for such a solid and large piece.

Originally it was painted an antique gold finish but that didn’t fit into my decor scheme at the time. To remedy that I did a silver metallic faux finish on it.

Mirror

I decided its new home needed to be in my living room above my fireplace and also wanted it to be a pop of color. I looked through all my spare paints and decided on a cheerful yellow. All I had to do was brush on some white primer, then a few coats of yellow paint, then a coat of clear polyurethane to give it a glossy, candy-coated finish.IMG_2572

 

I think it gives the wall a nice, bright feeling and ties in with the rest of the colors in the room. The best part is I spend no money because I already had all the materials! Yay! One project down…lots more to go.

 

Apartment Makeover Update and Plans

Hey, you guys, remember how I decided to redecorate my entire apartment instead of moving into a new one? Well, here’s a quick little update on what’s going on at House of Melodrama. I can honestly say that it’s taking longer than I intended and it’s kind of bumming me out. My husband and two dogs have all had serious health scares over the past several weeks and that has taken up a lot of time, mental and physical energy, and money. I have, however, been able to make progress in planning and prepping for some upcoming projects that I’m really excited about finishing.

First of all, I installed an easy and renter-friendly kitchen backsplash and it looks awesome! I wanted to give it a decent test run before posting about it so stay tuned for that. Here’s a little sneak peek…IMG_2585.jpg

This week’s project is what has been giving me the most anxiety. We’re ripping out our bedroom carpet in favor of a hard floor option and in order to clear out the bedroom to do the floor we had to put our bedroom furniture into the living room. At first it was kind of fun, but now after several weeks of pushing back the completion of the project I’m over it and can’t wait to have another useable room.

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Do you like the yellow mirror? I’ll tell you more about it tomorrow. By the way, awhile back I wrote a post about my favorite mid-century inspired couch options.  I picked one and I can’t wait to tell you more about it. For now here’s a picture of Mango giving it his stamp of approval. IMG_2833.jpgAside from finishing up those projects there’s a couple of new IKEA hacks, upholstery projects, a renter-friendly appliance makeover, DIY art, and room reveals coming up so stick with me! –DEEP BREATH– Don’t forget you can follow along on Instagram and Snapchat for more updates.

 

Sofa Shopping: Mid-Century Styles Under $2000

Now that I’m redecorating my apartment I have to find new furniture that not only fits my space but also fits my budget. Since I tend to redecorate a lot I don’t usually like to spend too much money on pieces that I know I may change out in a year or two, but sofas tend to be expensive. Up until now I’d been using a KARLSTAD loveseat from IKEA (now discontinued) as my main seating area. 

 At first it was meant to be a place holder until I found something else, but after I changed the legs and accessorized it a bit, it fit in perfectly and served its purpose without any problems. 

 I’m rearranging my furniture placement and plan to put a sofa against a larger wall in the room. The KARLSTAD loveseat looked tiny and awkward against the new wall so I figured it’s time to upgrade and get a new sofa. 

I’m all about mid-century styles, and luckily I’ve found some good sources that have several great options. Here are some of my current favorites. All under $2,000. 

Joybird– Joybird obviously has a love for design from the 50s and 60s. They have a large selection of sofas from straight and modern, to tufted traditional, to the wacky lines of the atomic era. Not only do they have a large selection of styles, but the selection of fabrics they’re available in is incomparable. They send you FREE swatches at the click of a button, and in my opinion their upholstery options are the most authentically vintage available. 

Some of my favorites:

  Eliot Sofa – $1699

 Howard Sofa – $1499 

  Roddy Sofa – $1749

  
Braxton Sofa – $1799

Bryght– Bryght is a new on my radar but I like what I see. They provide high-end style at a decent price. Although they don’t have a large selection of bright, colorful fabric options, they do have velvet options which is nice. 

  
Sven Sofa – $1299

  
Celosia – $1199

Wayfair– Wayfair doesn’t exclusively offer mid-century inspired styles like the sources mentioned above, but they do have a great selection of passable high-end designer styles and colors at deeply discounted prices. 

  
Corrigan Studio Kilroot Sofa – $1123

  
Segis US Cosy Sofa – $1870

  Gus Modern Switch Sofa – $1999
  
Moe’s Home Selection Rosilini Sofa – $1288

West Elm– West Elm has a couple of styles with a vintage vibe I like. The first has the modern, shelter frame, and the second has boomerang shaped legs that can give off an atomic vibe in the right color. 

  

Monroe Mid-Century Sofa – $1299-$1699

  
Brooklyn Upholstered Sofa – $1299

IKEA– Good old IKEA! Like I mentioned above, I’m upgrading from a KARLSTAD loveseat. I’m no stranger to an IKEA Hack and I’m confident that with a little effort and changes I could save a lot of money and turn this option into something more stylish. At only $400 it’s very tempting. Even as something temporary until I find a true vintage option. 

  
IKEA KARLSTAD Sofa – $399

Thrift Stores/Flea Markets/Craigslist- Another option is finding a second-hand, true vintage piece. I live in an area where vintage is a hot commodity and the good deals get swooped up pretty quickly. Often times between the cost of the couch and the cost to reupholster, it ends up way out of my budget anyway. I’m always lookout for an insane deal though! 

Here’s a couple that I missed out on this week

  $200

 $100
Which is your fave? Updates soon with the one I pick! 

New Minty Fresh Front Door Paint

If you read my previous entry you’ll already know that I’m trying to redecorate my entire apartment in an attempt at a fresh start. I’m happy to report that it has been going pretty well so far! A little slower than I would like, but it has been fun and we’re starting to make some real progress. Right now we’re focusing on cleaning, organizing, and painting. You know, the grueling stuff. 

Even though the apartment looks like a war zone it definitely feels like a new place. It’s amazing how much of a difference new paint and reorganizing can change a space, and with everything currently out of sorts it definitely has that “just moved in” feeling.  

 This is real life, people! It always gets ugly before it gets pretty again. 

Right now I’m working on the dining room. The first thing I did was pick a new color for my front door. I have this thing for colorful front doors, but I live in an apartment building so I can’t change the way the outside of mine looks. That doesn’t mean I can’t change the way the inside does! Here’s what it looked like before:  

Cute, but I was ready for change. I painted over the coral with a fresh coat of Behr’s “chilled mint”.  

I loveeee it! I really think it brightens everything up and makes it feel more fresh and airy. We also painted over our stenciled walls with new bright white paint and sold our dining chairs and bought new ones. I’m currently on the hunt for wall decor to finish off the space but I love the way it’s coming along!

Stay tuned for more progress updates soon! 

Tips To Create A More Serene Bedroom With Downy Unstopables

Like for a lot of people, my bedroom is my retreat from the world. To me there’s nothing better than crawling into bed after a long day and snuggling up with my pups and husband. On weekends we spend a good amount of our days in bed bingeing on Netflix, taking naps, and basically hiding from the rest of humanity for a while.

I take my bedroom sanctuary very seriously, you guys. It’s easily my favorite room to be in. I’m sure this rings true for most of you as well, but believe it or not, I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t particularly like spending time in their bedrooms. I think it’s probably because bedrooms often get overlooked in terms of decorating. A lot of us spend more time and effort making the more communal areas of our homes comfortable but often ignore what’s behind the closed doors of our sleeping quarters.

Stop that right now!

I’ve teamed up with Downy Unstopables to give you a few little tips and tricks to help turn your bedroom into your ultimate relaxation station.

3 Tips To Create A More Serene Bedroom With Downy Unstopables

 

Color and Decor

Color and decor change our mood without us even realizing it. When decorating your bedroom, make sure you choose colors and decor that make you happy and relaxed. Have you ever been in a horrible hotel room and couldn’t relax because the decor was so gross? Oh, is that just me? Regardless of whether you go for a fresh garden scheme with florals and pastels or a simplistic modern scheme with muted and soothing colors, just make sure it makes you feel good. Try bringing decor pieces and accessories you love into your bedroom, like framed pictures from your vacations as art, things you like to collect, or your favorite family heirlooms. Make it your own personal happy place.

3 Tips To Create A More Serene Bedroom With Downy Unstopables

Bedding

The soul of the bedroom lies with the bed, obviously. I’ve slept on many mattresses in my life and I can tell you the one thing I’ve learned is that a bed is only as comfortable as the bedding on it. You’d be surprised with how new, good-quality bedding can make it feel like you’re sleeping on a brand-new bed. Clean, crisp cotton sheets and a nice fluffy duvet will keep you comfy and cozy in the best way. Don’t forget to make them smell nice! Downy Unstopables In-Wash Scent Boosters keep your sheets smelling fresher for longer. By improving the comfort level of your bed, you’ll improve your quality of sleep. It’s science!

3 Tips To Create A More Serene Bedroom With Downy Unstopables

Aromatherapy 

I can’t even emphasize the importance that scent has in a bedroom. I mean come on, how is anyone supposed to really relax in a stinky- or stale-smelling room? You can’t easily ignore unpleasant smells, and scent can change your mood drastically. You know that great feeling you get after you’ve just cleaned? You can have that all the time with Downy Unstopables. The line has plenty of scent solutions to keep your rooms smelling their best, from wall plug-ins, to room sprays, to candles for ultimate ambience. Remember that fresh garden decor theme I mentioned earlier? There’s a scent to match that. Want your room to smell like a fresh summer day? There’s one for that too.

I hope these quick and easy tips help you create the bedroom you deserve and desire. Sweet dreams!

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Unstopables through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Unstopables, all opinions are my own.

DIY Decor: Simple Halloween Living Room Decorating Ideas

My husband and I are pretty big fans of all things creepy so it totally makes sense that Halloweentime tops our list as the best time of the year. I wish I had a house that I could deck out for trick or treaters, but I have to make do with decorating my apartment for my own personal enjoyment.

Here’s what I’ve got going on so far.

Halloween Gallery Wall via MelodramaI have a colorful gallery wall above my sofa that features vintage illustrations. In honor of Halloween I kept it colorful and replaced the pictures with vintage Halloween themed advertisements and magazine covers.

Vintage Halloween Adverts via Melodrama Halloween Gallery Wall via Melodrama

Over on the other side of the room I used my DIY Halloween candles and hand painted IKEA FADO Jack o’Lantern lamp. I like to cast photography and art on our TV when it’s not in use. It makes it feel less like a big, black, empty square on the wall. For this I’ve been casting creepy photos and vintage Halloween greeting cards. Cuuuute, right?

Halloween Decor via Melodrama

And then there’s the bar (AKA my favorite corner). I kept it simple with black decorations. Because the room is already so colorful I didn’t want anything to clash too much. Black decorations bring the creep vibe, but don’t take away from the existing decor. I made black pennant garlands with Martha Stewart Crafts Pennant Garland Punch and used “Poison” and “Potion” bottles to Halloweenify the shelves. Oh and my DIY Ouija board tray!


Halloween Bar Decor via MelodramaHalloween Bar Decor via Melodrama

I tried not to go overboard this year, but still have a lot of fun with it. What do you think?! For more decor ideas be sure to follow along with me on Instagram @melodramablog.