Shannon Berrey

DIY dorm vanity

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


On the very top of Maris' wish list for her dorm room was a little vanity area. Luckily, they had the space for this, so I got busy thinking how to put one together. We found a small desk at Target in the Room Essentials Collection that was perfect.



I drew 2 options for Maris to decide all of the different color options she wanted to use. 

Next step was finding a seat. We lucked out and found a cute Eames-style chair on a trip to Screen Door. 

It was a little gross so I gave it a good bath in Pine Sol and then covered the legs in plastic bags and painters tape. The seat is plastic so I first used a clear plastic primer spray paint

And then it got covered in several coats of Emerald Isle blue spray paint.

After it was dry, I flipped it upside down, covered the seat with plastic and sprayed the legs in orange spray paint. The chair sat a little low so I made a super stuffed chevron pillow to sit in the seat to add a few inches. 

We already had this Ikea frame that was black.

I also covered it in the blue paint. I had a mirror cut and discarded the glass.

Then I used one of my favorite products-- a core door!  Here are a few of my previous core door projects: 

{Prom Board}

{wedding board}



I went with the 36" x 80" door and spent $25. This became the perfect backdrop to the vanity.



I measured up 30" and put down painters tape. Then I primed the edges and about 6" around the upper 30".


When the primer was dry, I painted it with semi-gloss white paint and then removed the tape.

We decided to cover the inside of the white paint with cork. This way it could serve two purposes -- to hold the mirror, as well as pictures, notes, etc.


The cork came in a 24"x48" roll. I used 2 rolls. Both rolls were cut to 33" which left 1 horizontal seam. I suggest using the cork from Michael's because it is thicker than the rolls we found at Wal-Mart and Lowes. I wanted to paint it the same color as the orange Premier Print Fabric. The fabric hadn't arrived yet so I looked at it on my computer and tried to color match it.


Not easy, but I think it's pretty close.



I also had 12" cork tiles that I primed and painted. I wasn't sure which would work better - the roll or the tiles. The tiles curled up a bit when they were painted and I was afraid they wouldn't attach great, so I went with the rolls. 

Using construction adhesive, I applied it to the back of the cork leaving a 1 1/2" painted white border on all sides.



Make sure that you lay something heavy on it as it dries because it bubbles if you don't. The next day, I drilled 2 wood screws right through the cork and into the wood to support the mirror and it was complete!


The door simply props up against the wall and the vanity sits right in front.


I really wanted to attach a sconce over the mirror, but I ran out of time.

I think it needs a sconce...

I think I need to back to Raleigh this weekend to install a sconce....

{back me up, peeps!}




Moving eastward and upward!

Monday, August 19, 2013

I'm back!! We moved my girl to NC State over the weekend and I feel so at peace that she has a fun comfortable dorm room, a great roommate and a giddy excitement about her new town, her classes and the upcoming Rush festivities. Before moving in, Maris' dorm looked like this:

Then we got busy sketching out furniture arrangements.


And we collected ideas


And here it is now! 

The giant Wolfpack I painted got command stripped {as many as I used, I have now turned it into a verb} over their futon {which came from Big Lots..and which I completely and thoroughly objected to. I tried desperately to find a gently used sleeper sofa. Didn't happen. Not to mention, sleeper sofas are ridiculously heavy and don't always fit through never-before-seen dorm halls/doors/elevators. Maris has lots of friends that will be visiting and she really wanted a futon. Futons are cheap,so we (I) sucked it up and bought a futon. whatever. The citron yellow pillows and throw came from Homegoods, the blue chevrons I made, the citron mirror came from Wal-Mart, and the 8x12 gray rug from Lowes.} 

In texts, the girls found out that they both loved chevron and monograms {and her roommate is not even southern!! score!} So, they selected coordinating bedding from Urban Outfitters and I painted them monogram pillows.   




There are no closets, just 2 large armoires. The girls hung a full length mirror on one door and I attached chalkboard contact paper on the other one. {This stuff actually works great!}   

Every room has their own bathroom! And, these girls some how lucked out and got a 'handicapped room' which gives them a really tall, super long 6' countertop as well as an enormous shower and bathroom.

They were also provided with a refrigerator and a microwave. Not my college days!


 {The chevron lamp is from Homegoods, the fabric is from Premier Prints, the corkboard is from Michaels and the frame around it is vintage} 


They can not put any nails in any walls so this was a huge challenge! I bet we went through more than 50 command strips! Did you know you can hang curtains with command hooks?? Yup, it works {she says as she looks for wood to knock on!}


 I made a skirt to cover up all of the additional shoes, toiletries, etc. with leftover curtain fabric. It is attached with stick-on Velcro. And yes, my sewing machine travels to all of my installs--you never know when you will need to do a little hemming :)

 12" cork tiles inserted into wooden frames creates the perfect necklace storage. The cabinet knobs came from Lowes {unfinished that we painted} and World Market.


Tomorrow I will show you how we made the cute freestanding vanity.  


Kicking it Wolfpack style

Monday, June 17, 2013



These big feet have got some new kicks!



Maris needed the appropriate shoes now that she is an official Wolfpack. I started out using paint pens, but they didn't work great on the black canvas. So, I grabbed my tiny brushes, craft paint and textile medium and started building up layers of white paint. When that was dry, I went back in with the red paint.  




She's collecting a lot of red and black clothes and accessories so I think these might get some good wear! 


Wedding Coloring Book

Friday, June 14, 2013


Thanks so much for all of your comments and emails about the wedding at Lonesome Valley. It's been fun sharing the details. During the appetizer hour, we knew the kids would appreciate having something to do {or maybe we knew the parents would appreciate it if the kids had something to do}. So, between playing cornhole, playing chase through the open fields, and coloring my little activity book, they seemed to have a really good time.       








 And obviously, all southern brides drive off on in a vintage car complete with custom plates and their brand new monogrammed decal on the back window, through a tunnel of sparklers! 



 And just in case you were wondering if those kiddos were entertained, this was happening while folks were getting their dance on...



well done, right???


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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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