Friday, July 31, 2015

Ikea Rast Hack

I have had my mind set on doing one of these for months.  You've probably seen a lot of these lately, since it seems like everyone is doing them.  In case you don't know what I'm talking about, I'll explain it a bit.  Ikea sells a small 3 drawer dresser called the Rast.  It's made of pine and looks pretty plain, but it only costs $35!  So, like me, many people have purchased them and used their imagination to create it into something that looks a lot more appealing and customized.

Finally, a couple weeks ago, I went to Ikea and picked up 2 of these guys.  One of them I will be using in my guest room as a night stand and the one I'm showing you today will be going into my booth at Caledonia Vintage Marketplace.

Just me holding my freshly signed contract.  I was a little excited.

I had been debating what color I wanted to paint this and was stuck between navy blue and a light blue.  As luck would have it, while we were in Lowe's last weekend I found a quart of the perfect Navy Blue on the oops shelf.  It's like it was meant to be!  So, I had my paint color, now for hardware.  Sometimes there are perks to working for a company that sells cabinets and the like.  I ended up grabbing 3 pulls that had been returned.

Once I was able to assemble the dresser, I primed it was a coat of  water-based primer. Once it was dry I went over everything with my new sander!  I gave the dresser 3 coats of paint, sanding between each one.  Then I went over everything with a couple coats of semi-gloss poly.
The bar pulls also got a coat of primer, several coats of paint and 2 coats of poly.  I drilled new holes to the pulls and that was it!

What do you think?  I'm really excited this turned out so well and can't wait to start working on the next one.

Even Teddy likes it!
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dining Room Tour

Today I thought I would do a small tour of what our dining room currently looks like.  Nothing too fancy going to, in fact, it is no where near where I want it to be but, I'm keeping it real and sharing what it looks like.

The table and chairs we picked up at a second hand store.  The table is solid wood and crazy heavy.  It has 2 leaves, so it can get pretty long, which is great for family dinners.  The chairs are padded, which I like, but most are stained and the fabric is faded.  I would love to have something that is much more my style, but this table is going to be our work horse for a while.  (like, until after we have kids)

The wall where that metal cross is, will eventually be my plate wall.  I've been working on collecting some plates and I think I'm almost ready to tackle that.  The shelves on the other side of the window I have been playing around with to give it the look I want.  It's still a work in progress and I change things out for the seasons.

I'm on the hunt still for a rug for under the dining table.  The rug that now sits in the living room was originally under the table but I didn't like hiding the pattern under the table.

So, there's the dining room.  What do you think?

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Headboard Makeover

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend.  We spent the 4th at my parents, relaxing, visiting and playing yards games.  Even Teddy got to join us and meet my sister's dogs for the first time.  He's still worn out from all the excitement that he's been sleeping in his kennel the last 2 days.

A couple months back as I was driving home from work I saw a little headboard sitting on the sit of the road.  It looked cute but I am not the type to grab stuff from off the road.  I mentioned it to my husband and said I wished I would have grabbed it.  I was sure it would be gone the next time I drove by.  So, the next day, as I was driving home I was convinced that it would be gone.  I drove past the spot I saw it sitting the day before but didn't see it.  Bummer.  But then I saw it!  I was lying down in the grass so it was really hard to see.  It took a bit for me to get it in my car but I finally got it in my trunk.  It's a good thing I lived just down the road, because I couldn't shut my trunk.

Teddy paws photo bomb
Thankfully, for sitting outside for a couple days, it was in pretty good shape.  The back of one of the panels had a crack, but other than that it was a solid piece.  I loved the floral detail on the 2 panels.  Knowing I was going to be refinishing it and didn't need a headboard that size for my house my first thought was that it was a great piece for a little girls room.

It sat in my dining room under the kitchen bar for weeks.  Too many other projects and tasks kept getting in the way but I was itching to get working on it.  When I finally got around to working on it my first task was to fix the crack in the back to make it more secure.  I filled the whole with wood glue and stuck some paint stir sticks in the gap to help the glue bond.  Then I took some wood shims and stuck them in the gap, marked how tall it needed to be and cut it down.  I applied more wood glue to the shims and stuck them back into the gap.  Once that was dry, I filled it all up with wood putty and let it dry again.  The repair was complete and I could finally prime the headboard.

Since my vision for this headboard was for a little girl, I wanted to keep it light and simple.  The whole headboard was painted with 3 coats Falling Snow.  The flowers were painted using acrylic paint in various shades of pink, green and yellow.  The final result was exactly what I pictured it would be.  I am so excited with how this turned out.

Wouldn't you have loved this bed when you were little?  I'll answer that for you.  Yes, yes you would have.  I mean, come on!  So cute!  Now that it's finished, I wish I had a little girl so I could keep this 

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