November 4th, 2012
Images from: House Tweaking
Came across this neat little DIY project on my favorite site, Apartment Therapy. Dana at House Tweaking painted a cheap rug from IKEA and made it look similar in style to the rugs that currently cost upwards of 100-200 bucks! Check out her blog for more images and the how-to. I’ve been looking for a new rug and may go this route and come up with a neat graphic. Never would have thought of actually painting a rug!
April 4th, 2012
Image from: Refreshed Designs
Rast hacks are always fun because they start out with an inexpensive blank canvas. Check out this makeover from Refreshed Designs. I am a fan of the industrial look but real industrial files and drawers are rare and expensive. So here’s a great little idea that can give ya the look on the cheap! Love the pulls and I’m sure you can use them on quite a bit of other things as well to achieve this look.
January 25th, 2012
Images and idea found at: Take the Side Street
I found this neat, inexpensive DIY project done by Anna at Take the Side Street. It’s simply the IKEA RAST dresser with molding details added and then painted! It looks amazing and considering that the dresser base is only $35, it’s a great little hack if you are needing a short dresser for a child or nightstand! Head on over there and see how Anna did it!
January 15th, 2012
Remember my black lowboy dresser from last week? The makeover is complete! I think the white really goes well in contrast to my dark wood floor and brick wall. Here is what I did to transform this dresser into my new entertainment unit!
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January 9th, 2012
My second project for January (along with reupholstering a chair) is turning this old dresser I found into a television stand. I can’t decide whether to repaint it or not. The person I bought it from on craigslist painted it black, but I think it’s too dark… maybe? If I paint it, I’m going to go with an antique white. I’m also going to change out the knobs and take out the top two drawers and replace them with wooden inserts so that cable boxes can go in those slots. I may keep it or I may sell it depending on how it turns out! Any suggestions or opinions on it? I’m torn about the color! Part of me wants to practice painting on it as I’ve never painted a furniture piece before…
Update: I am going to paint it. It’s too dark, I’ve decided!
Here are some examples of dressers turned television stands:
Lowboy Dresser #2
This last dresser has a neat idea for using magnets to attach the top drawer fronts so that they can hide your electronics when not in use, but then can easily come off when you need access!
January 9th, 2012
Image and idea from: IKEA Hackers
Just came across this neat IKEA hack, and I love it! Looks very sharp in my opinion and is quite simple. All it takes is some cover stain, new paint of your choosing, and some raised surface wallpaper/covering… the final touch is some skinny molding. I think it definitely adds something unique to the Hemnes dresser!
January 7th, 2012
I really wanted a neat accent chair for my new place, without paying an arm and a leg. So I decided I’d probably have to re-upholster an ugly chair in order to get something decent for my price range. Well today we went snooping around at some antique thrift stores and found this! The fabric is terrible obviously, which I’m guessing is why it was so cheap… gold/yellow velvet, I will never understand this trend. But, the chair itself has potential! And it looks simple enough to try upholstering for the first time ever. And best part is it was only $80! I don’t think it’s a real antique piece or anything but as I said, I think it will be perfect for learning how to upholster without the risk of ruining a real nice chair. I’m excited to see what becomes of it! It will be difficult deciding what fabric to use but I’m excited for this little thrifty project!
Have any of you ever tried reupholstering a furniture piece? Google will be my guide unless anyone has any advice!
December 2nd, 2011
Image from: IKEA Hackers
This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love a mix of contemporary and rustic design. This hack from IKEA Hackers takes the Klubbo coffee table base and some 2x4s to create a perfect minimalist table with character! I love wood pieces and think that this hack provides a functional, natural accent piece for your living room.
November 26th, 2011
Image from: IKEA Hackers
I plan to build this piece for my apartment as soon as I move! I’m thinking this would be a great multi-functional piece for hiding my cat’s litter box and acting as my television stand or an entry way bench. Love the modern, minimalist look.
Cost would be approximately $79 for the Besta Shelf unit, the Besta door, and the Capita legs. You simply cut a hole on the inside to link the shelf units together and place the cat litter box inside the unit with the door. Very efficient design that does more than hide the box… many of these types of designs end with a large bulky box that is just extra surface space, but this one can be used for other purposes as well. Check out IKEA hackers for more images! Some comments do bring a valid point that it is a pretty tight space for a cat box, but it’s up to you to judge it for yourself and see if it works for your home and cat. Hopefully I find it big enough for mine… if not, surely there are some alternative units where we can apply the same ideas found on this one… Such as using this taller Besta unit with this Besta door.
Let me know what you think or if you have found any design-worthy alternatives!