Super Ikea Hack Night Stand

Here is my Inspiration:

 

I love the wood texture mixed with the color and it will just be perfect in the twins room. I got the Ikea Rast dresser for only 30$. Once all assembled, I painted the base with two coats of the blue chalky paint from Lowes.

Tip: They can tint the chalky paint to any swatch in the store, so don’t get discouraged if the hand out does not show the exact color you want.

Next came the drawers… They originally came with pulls so I filled them in with wood filler and then sanded them down once the filler was dry. To get the notches for the drawers, I first created a template with a piece of paper so that the notches could be the same on each drawer. I measured the center of each drawer and traced the template. Now for the tricky part, cutting the notches out. I used a jig saw to cut out the notches which was fairly easy but being the first time using one I was a little worried. They looked a little rough after I first cut them down but that was all fixed by a little sanding.

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Then I stained the drawers (sides included) along with the wood I cut down and sanded for the new top. For the top I got a small lodgepole pine panel from Lowes that is wrapped and ready to go (less than $10). It matches the wood on the dresser perfectly and only needed a few inches cut off.

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Now for the fun part, adding the letters! I wanted a similar look to one of my inspiration pictures shown but I want the letters to be wood grain and the rest to be blue. If only I would have ordered my paint mask decals correctly. I needed my decals to be reversed from what I got so that the wood grain would show through where the letters are. Instead of abandoning my original idea, I decided to use the decals as stencils. I traced around the letters and peeled the decals off. I of course had to choose some of our favorite places to stencil on each drawer.

Tip: When you use decals for painting projects be sure to get the paint mask material. Regular vinyl decal material is too sticky and will take off the paint and finishes underneath.

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I then hand painted around each letter. Two coats of paint on each drawer and I was almost done. This definitely took me much longer than I planned but will be worth it in the end.

After all the paint was dry, I sealed the drawers and the dresser base with the clear Chalky paint sealant and sealed the new wood dresser top with a one coat polyurethane. I screwed the new top in through the bottom of the original dresser top in several areas, anchored it to the wall between the boys beds and put the drawers in. Now its ready for decorations! I had so much fun on this project and can’t wait to share more with you!

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Let me now what you think! I so enjoy this project, its by far my favorite!

Patio Chairs

My chairs look a little rough and are in need of some attention! I headed to Lowes with the boys and had them help me choose what colors to use. So we of course ended up with green and teal (my favorites). For the paint I would recommend using an outdoor paint with a high gloss to it. Otherwise, the paint can quickly chip away form the weather.

I first wiped down each piece so that it was free of cob webs and any dirt, lightly sanded everything down and wiped them down before painting. With out a drop cloth my yard would look like a Jackson Pollock painting and I want to keep my grass alive. I bought 3 cans of each color just to be safe since I had little tables to paint as well. If you have any left, you can use it for touch ups when needed or for other pieces to accent your space. I painted the bottoms of each piece, then moved to the tops. I did all of this in one day and added a much needed pop of color to my back yard.

Vintage School Desk

I was pretty excited when I saw that a friend was selling this desk and I had to get it. I was of course unsure where it would go at first until I realized my youngest has a rocking chair in his room that I could switch it out with. The desk is in great shape but needed just a little love. My first step was to strip the wood which I did with Citristrip. I only had to wait an hour before removing it. While I was removing the gel from the wood I noticed that the metal it self was painted and the paint was coming off as well. My original plan was to paint the metal with dark metal paint so it would have more of an industrial look. Now I can just remove all of the paint from the metal and save myself the time of taping off all the wood to paint it (so I thought). Yippee!!

With all of the stain removed, I lightly sanded all of the wood to prep it for staining. With the  metal being left dark, I wanted to keep the wood fairly light to go with the the metal and wood accents in my sons room.

Your projects will not always go as planned and this is one of those. After stripping the wood, I began to strip the metal because it appeared that all the metal underneath was dark, as I was hoping. It turned out to have many layers of paint and I ended up with two different colors of metal.  Now I’m back at the beginning and will have to really clean and prep the metal so that I can do what I was planning from the beginning (paint the metal). I learn something new from every project I do.

Never underestimate the importance of prep work. This project was full of it. Not only did I strip and sand the wood and metal but in order to paint the metal I had to mask off the chair with tape since the whole thing didn’t come apart. The picture below shows how just a little light hand sanding can make a big difference. The wood on the chair has been sanded and the desk top hasn’t.

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For the metal I applied two coats of a metallic spray paint which is exactly what I was picturing. The wood on the other hand did not exactly turn out as I envisioned but I still love it and the desk looks adorable in my little mans room. It’s imperfectly perfect with notches and scratches still left from previous owners.

 

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Faux Wood Shelf Accents

We are turning this drab shelving into bright and fun shelves in what will be the boys playroom. I originally wanted to put wood behind the shelves on either side of the entertainment center as an accent and then decided to update the faux wood that is already behind the shelving. This not only saved some money but lots of time. I also painted the shelving white and created a little reading nook on one of the bottom cabinets.

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The most extensive and laborous part was painting all of the shelves and cabinets white. Two coats and several months later I discovered that the paint I purchased was no good and would easily roll right off when wiped down. UGH! There will be many paint touch ups in my future (which is evident from the pictures) but the shelving is now perfect for my little guys and all of their toys and books.

For the reading nook, I removed the cabinet doors, cut out the front cross bar and added a little cushion for them to sit on.

For the wood grain backdrop, I simply brushed on the paint color of my choice and then went over it with water to tint the faux wood to the color I wanted.  I repeated this a few times until I was satisfied with the color. After it was all dry I placed the painted shelves in place and started adding toys. Now my boys have super cute shelves to hold all their treasures and a fun reading nook. The colorful cloth bins have held up pretty well but are in a little distress after being used as race cars, boats and everything else.

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I know, you are thinking how dare I post this picture of clean and perfectly organized play room. If only you could see the mess behind me right now. I did some staging and had to pull things off shelves and move several toys out of view. With three boys, the only time the playroom is this clean is for the three minutes it takes them to run down the stairs after their nap (because I have just cleaned and organized it during their nap). Then it’s destruction all over again.

No Sew Curtains

I don’t sew but I wish I did. My mom has made every one of my elaborate costumes as a child (all from scratch)! I took one class if you count Home Economics in High School. I know how to use a sewing machine but it’s just not my thing (maybe someday). For the boys playroom I wanted some fun curtains without the work of sewing.

I ordered the fabric I wanted online along with my supplies. this project was so easy and I did it all while the boys were napping. Once I decided how long I wanted my curtains and had all my fabric cutdown all I had to do was hem all the edges with peel and stick fabric fuse that comes in a roll from Hobby Lobby.

I would first measure how much fabric I wanted to fold over and then went over each edge with my iron. Now that all my edges are ironed down I just simply have to cut my fabric fuse down to size and place it between the fabric I pre-ironed. Now all I have to do is iron over the seam I created and the fabric fuse fuses both pieces of fabric together. I repeated this for every edge. On the ends where the  corners will be, I made an inwards cut so that I wouldn’t have to worry about bunched up fabric.

To hang them I used the hoops that have clips on them that can easily just clip to the fabric. The clips work great, however if you have young children who like to hang and pull on your curtains the fabric may be yanked from the hooks from time to time. This is such an easy and inexpensive project.

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Custom Keepsake Shadow Box

One of the first things I bought when I found out I was pregnant with twins was two pairs of adorable shoes with sugar skulls on them. I had decided that if one or both were girls I could add glitter or diamonds. I of course had two beautiful baby boys and didn’t have to change a thing.

Once they grew out of them, I just couldn’t let them go and wanted to display them in some way. I bought shadow boxes from Hobby Lobby (on sale of course) and spray painted each with a fun bright color. I lined the insides of the frame with burlap to give them a rustic feel and used a hot glue gun to adhere it. For the back of the each frame I chose scrapbooking paper with fun patterns.

Depending on what size frame you chose, you can really put anything in it. I went with a fairly small size so I only used a picture, their shoes and a wooden letter for the first letter in their name. I found the wooden letters at Michaels. There were only a few left but I managed to find the three I needed. I used a hot glue gun to attach the shoes and letters so that they would frame their pictures and then they were done.

This would be a great gift for friends/ family and you could customize them to match the babies room. You can do as little or as much as you want.

DIY C3PO Jewelry Tray

If you are new to crafting and DIY projects, I encourage you to check out Darby Smart. The have tons of materials and have project kits that you can purchase with all of the supplies needed along with directions. It’s great if you want to do something quickly and don’t want to go searching for supplies. I purchased a kit for this project from there but added my own twist to it. Here is the link to the kit if you want to make your own.

Why C3PO you ask? First off why not and second, my husband is constantly losing his wedding (I mean once a week), and he loves Star Wars. The kit included a gold Sakura paint pen that I love, super glue, a spray sealant, white ceramic tray and little plastic dinosaurs. We just so happened to have a tiny C3PO figure that the boys never really played with that I had to dig out of the abyss (their toy box).

I recently updated the decoration in our master with gold accents so this tray would fit in nicely with the other decor and be masculine enough for him to want to use it. Because what Star Wars loving man wouldn’t want a shiny golden C3PO to hold his wedding ring? I first used the gold paint pen to color the C3PO figure gold. Yes, I know he is already gold but I need my golds to match. Then I sprayed the figure with the sealant to keep the shiny gold from wearing off.

For the ceramic base, I used the paint pen to make a thin gold line on the top edge. I wanted it to be simple and as masculine as possible. This is where you have the freedom to add as much or as little gold as your heart desires. You could also get creative with the plastic figure or toy you choose to place on top. I then sprayed the ceramic dish with sealant as well before gluing the C3PO in place. Hopefully having a designated space for his ring will lessen the number of times it ends up lost. I also made one with a golden dinosaur for me.

Another plus to this project was that I fell in love with the golden paint pen and started using it to accent everything in my room that could use a little gold. If you have used this type of pen before, what did you use it for? I would love to know!