Friday, October 31, 2014

Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into cute apothecary cabinet nighstand!

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Happy Friday! I hope you aren't getting sick of seeing my master bedroom yet :) I have a few more projects in there and here's just one of them. I showed you the complete makeover last week, but then realized how badly I wanted new nightstands. Mainly for more storage space. We have a complete lack of storage in our house, and it's starting to show badly. So, I figured a good way to gain extra drawers of space in the bedroom would be to get bigger nightstands.

I'm also in the middle of redoing a room in my mom's house, so we went to Ikea and saw this smaller dresser for $35 and thought it would work perfectly in there. But then, when I started redoing it, I thought it would work even more perfectly in my bedroom :) Not to worry, I got another larger one to redo for her bedroom.
Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into a cute apothecary cabinet nighstand
The dresser is called Rast. It's rather small, but perfect for a nightstand. And of course I couldn't leave it just bare bones :) And I can't paint it all white either lol. Well, I could, but then it would blend into the wall too much. Plus, I wanted to give it a little masculine look for my rather frilly bedroom.

To get this look, I put the outside of the dresser together first and then just painted it white.
Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into a cute apothecary cabinet nighstand
Before assembling the drawers, I divided the drawer fronts into thirds, and then got our router and routed out two lines. This gave the illusion of having three small drawers instead of one big one.
Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into a cute apothecary cabinet nighstand
Then I filled in the current holes with some wood filler.

Next was to finish out the drawers. I did a new technique that I'll show you next week on how to get this new wood looking old in just minutes. No sanding required this time...although I really do love my other technique also, but this one is a tad bit easier.
Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into a cute apothecary cabinet nighstand

Next was getting the hardware on. To match the drawer pulls I bought, I stuck a slew of screws into some styrofoam and spray painted them.
Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into a cute apothecary cabinet nighstand
To make sure the pulls were centered on each faux drawer, and to not lose my mind measuring each one, I did this little trick. I took a piece of paper and cut it to the size of the drawer (I had two separate sized drawers, the middle row is slightly smaller so I created a paper for that size also). I then folded the paper in half and then half again.I lined up the drawer pull on the folds so that it would be centered and marked where the screws would go.
Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into a cute apothecary cabinet nighstand
Then I lined it up on the drawer, and used a pen to mark through the screw marks onto the drawer. Then when I took off the paper, I knew exactly where the pull was suppose to go. Easy :)
Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into a cute apothecary cabinet nighstand
I got these pulls for $2 each at Hobby Lobby. I looked everywhere to find the perfect pulls. Even almost ordered some from China. But, I'm glad I stuck with these ones...they look wonderful :) ...and it helps that I don't have to wait 2 months to get them from China lol.
Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into a cute apothecary cabinet nighstand
They really brought some dimension into my bedroom...and interest. And of course, a little masculinity :) I'm hoping the hubs appreciates that.
Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into a cute apothecary cabinet nighstand
I was worried about losing the extra depth that my old nightstand had, but this made up for it in length. And now I have an empty drawer that I'm sure will get full of stuff real quickly :)
Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into a cute apothecary cabinet nighstand
The price to redo one of these was $53. $35 for the dresser itself and $18 for the hardware. I had the paint and stain already on hand.
Ikea Rast Dresser Hack -turned into a cute apothecary cabinet nighstand
Now I just have to get myself to finish making the other nightstand :) It's been sitting in my garage disassembled for like 2 weeks now lol. That's life for ya.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mondel Home Monday {UV Parade of Homes #15}

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Happy Monday! Today's home tour is one of the smallest one's..ever. Like 2 bedrooms small (although I think another one was being used as the builder's office). But it's still cute and has come fun design ideas. Finished size would be 3514 square feet, but the basement wasn't finished, so this was 1,047 square feet. Enjoy :)

Living room: I love this fireplace design.
 Kitchen:
 Dining room:
 Master bedroom:

 Master bath: (loving this striped tile)
Guest bedroom:

Credits:
Builder: Candlelight Homes
Design: In house design team

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Square Board and Batten Wall Treatment and Master Bedroom Makeover

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This post is in collaboration with 3MDIY.com. All thoughts, opinions and projects ideas are my own. 

I feel like I say "Bedroom Makeover" more than any homeowner should :) But that's what happens when you like to change things up and get bored quickly. My last makeover was just a little step to get it to where it is now since apparently new bedding, lamps, and a rug only kept me happy for a few months.

I was toying with the idea of doing something to the far wall for years now, but never quite decided what I wanted. That's why it took years :) I had like a gazillion ideas in my head and not one that I wanted more than the other. Well, there was one...a planked wall with real 12" boards which was going to cost over $300. So, of course, that was not going to happen...although I did measure out for it and was sooo super close to doing it :) But, my cheapness won lol. The next few ideas were board and batten type ideas, either go vertical or horizontal. Couldn't decide. So I did both :)
Square board and batten wall treatment. Great idea to break up wall with vaulted ceilings. Under $100 to do!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Model Home Monday {UV Parade of Homes #19}

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I have to admit, I contemplated not showing you this house. From my memory, it was just horrible. Lots of patterns and reds. Just not my style. But, going through the pictures, it really doesn't look as bad as the walk through. It probably doesn't help that all I remember is the guest/hall bathroom :) So, here you go! Let me know what you think. This house is 5,367 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and a theatre room.

Living Room:
 Kitchen:


 Formal Dining:
 Eat in kitchen:
 Guest/Hall Bathroom: (my words cannot express what I think about this)
 Master Bedroom:
 Master Bathroom:
 Guest bedroom:
 Guest bathroom:
 Guest bedroom:
 Guest bedroom:
 Basement living area:
 Theatre (most favorite decor for theatre rooms yet!)
 Laundry:
 Outside:
So, what did you think? I think while walking through it, it was just a lot of color and pattern compacted into a small area; so, it was a bit overwhelming...even though it was 5300 square feet :)

Builder: Ivory Homes
Interior Design: Ivory Homes

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How to rid your house of those pesky box elder bugs...the safe way

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I know this isn't decor related, but I like to pass along good tips whenever I think they might be beneficial. And if you are experiencing what I'm experience, trust me, this is beneficial ;)

It's that time of year again...for bugs. Box elder bugs. I don't know about you, but where I live, they come in droves and droves and build empires around the house. It's just disgusting. Especially when you go outside and they just fall down right in front of you from the door. Nothing like getting torpedoed by these bugs :) It seems like they come every other year, so at least I got a year reprieve last year. But this year, it has been the ultimate worst. Luckily, a few years ago I figured out how to take care of those buggers. My little secret weapon I keep in the coat 'closet' ready to use at a moments notice.

Meet soapy water.
Kill box elder bugs with two simple ingredients! Safe for children and pets

Yep, my best defense. I just put about 3 good squirts of dish soap into an old Windex bottle and fill the rest up with water. Shake it up a little bit and get to work.
Kill box elder bugs with two simple ingredients! Safe for children and pets

It's my understanding that the soap penetrates and brakes down their hard shell and then kills them somehow. Suffocates them maybe? I'm not sure, but it works whatever it does. The only downfall of this method? You have to spray the bug to get it to die. You can't just leave a trail of it and hope they take it back to the nest and spread it around. Each one needs to be hit, directly. (I feel like I'm combat talk here lol). But really, it's not that hard to do and only takes a couple of minutes. You'll have to come back the next day or two to get the ones that were hiding.
Kill box elder bugs with two simple ingredients! Safe for children and pets

I seriously killed hundreds of these the first day; they were nesting in our bricks. It was amazing to see how many kept flowing out of this hole....and just disgusting. Now I know where I need to caulk :) Every other day or so since I go out and squirt another couple. Now they are almost gone. Thank goodness!

Just an FYI, this will leave carnage all over your porch or the ground, so you'll want to sweep up afterwards and it does take a few minutes for them to die. But it's the best method I have found, and a safe method without putting chemicals all around the house. Now you don't have to worry about kids or pets getting into it...obviously don't let them drink it or anything, then that negates the safe aspect :)
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