making this : ikea medicine cabinet

April 1, 2013

bathrooms / diy / the apartment

i’m not sure if everyone is desperate need of more storage at all times or if it’s just me forever. but like i’ve said before, we needed more storage. this time in the bathroom! i saw this adorable little medicine cabinet DIYed by door sixteen and thought hey i love first aid too. but we needed tons more storage. like medicine cabinet storage. so we bought a lillången cabinet at ikea.

before assembling the cabinet, we took the door out of the box a month after buying it. with a yard stick, a pencil, and siri my math wizard, we lightly drew out the pattern right onto the cabinet front.

until we finally got the perfectly proportional plus sign.

how did i do such a masterful job taping you ask? well i did damage the door front a little but i used a ruler as a straight edge and exacto-ed the corners of the tape. little scratches aren’t noticeable!

now i bet you’re wondering how’d you screw it up? here’s how! acrylic paint. we tried to prime it but using gesso – it was all we had. it didn’t work and you can’t REALLY tell but the paint job is horribly blotchy. every fix up coat made it worse. so we went back to the original plan that i didn’t mention of just spray painting. we should have done that in the first place and this would have looked perfect. but why would i want it to look perfect? ugh.

ok so here is the TEXTURE from the painting job. i don’t know, maybe the texture like adds a lot of oomph. i’ll go with that. at least my taping job was swell.


a white cabinet
exacto knife
painters tape
spray paint

1. remove the cabinet door from the box or cabinet if it’s already been assembled.

2. find the exact center point of the door by making an X from corner to corner, mark it with a pencil.

3. use the t-square to draw a cross through the center point at a perfect perpendicular angle. measure to make sure the lines are the same length on either side of the center point. make sure you’re happy with the size in relation to the cabinet.

4. use the t-square to draw the “tips” of the cross. make sure they’re all equal and centered.

5. swear and cuss when they’re not. fix if necessary. ask siri if you’re sizing up or down, she’s good at math and decimals. basically, the width of one “tip” should be one third of the entire line.

6. connect the ends, forming the cross. erase overlapping lines.

7. tape off. start with the easy lines, when  you get to the corners, overlap tape and carefully trim off excess with a ruler as your straight edge.

8. cover the rest of the white with a trash bag, spray paint. remove tape. be happy.

we can fit every product and then some in here! we don’t use a ton of products really, but it’s all in here! yay.

what’s been up

March 27, 2013

instagram / me

so it’s kind of almost summer but i refuse to not eat sweets everyday. if you live in la, go to gjelina and have the butterscotch pot de creme. if you don’t want to drive to venice, i don’t blame you. so go to mozza and have the butterscotch budino instead. i’ve been really wanting to try to make it at home, but the serving size is like 10. when the hell am i having 10 people over for dinner?! also, eating tacos almost everyday. it’s bad.

anyway, buying some stuff for the place like this fake eames hang-it-all. also that rug. that beautiful beni rug. i have been looking for the perfect one that i can actually afford for five years now. now that they’re super trendy, they’re much easier to find. the first time i saw one was my first visit to the parker palm springs where i called and asked if i could buy it and they said it was $5k. well it’s been years but i have my own now (and it was half off!!!!)

we painted our chalkboard wall in the kitchen. will take photos when we are allowed to chalk it. and i am loving living in a more natural setting with leaves and trees and it’s inspired us to garden on our balcony. we had a front yard at the old place and never bothered. i love echo park a lot.


oh… and forgot to mention i met SNOOP [dogg] LION!!!!!!!!!!!


eating this : breakfast sando

March 25, 2013

brunch / recipes

another breakfast recipe? hell yeah. i love me some breakfast.

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(for two)

2 english muffins
2 eggs
1 avocado
1/4 lb thinly sliced prosciutto
kosher salt + cracked pepper
butter, mayo or aioli (i used garlic aioli)

toast the english muffins while frying two eggs in a small pan. while they’re frying, chop up the avocado and in another pan, quickly heat up the prosciutto. don’t cook it like bacon, just heat it a little. spread butter or aioli on one side of the english muffin and compile that beast.