Wednesday, April 8, 2015

15 Cheap and Cute Area Rugs

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Okay. I admit it. I'm a rug hoarder. I seriously can't help myself. I have a rug in every room of my house. If it made sense, I would probably have three. My problem is so bad that I have had to enlist my mom to stash some of my rugs at her house. To me, rugs are the easiest and quickest way to completely re-identify a room. If a room is boring me, instead of wasting days painting, I just switch the rugs. Boom. Instant gratification :) So, with my little obsession, I am constantly looking at rugs...and looking for them at a decent price. So, here's this seasons installment of cheaply priced rugs ;) Mostly all of these come in under $150 for a 4x6-5x7 and usually under $200 for 7x10.. But, there's those times that you see something that you really really like and don't really care that it's a little pricey and they are too beautiful not to share with you...so, yeah, some of those are on here too.
As always...I haven't seen most of these rugs in person (yet), so do your due-diligence and check the ratings etc before you buy and make sure they are returnable just in case :)

Under $75
Room Essentials Circles Rug $69.99 ($129.99 for 7x10)
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!
Modela Collection Trellis Modern Area Rug (Dark Gray, 4'9"x6'10") $54.80
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!
Teal and Beige Contemporary Moroccan Trellis Design Area Rug 5x7 $69.99
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!


Under $100
Room Essentials Herringbone Shag Rug $79.99
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

Trellis Shag Area Rug  5'x7' $89.80
 Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

Ivory and Grey Contemporary Beni Ourain Inspired Trellis Design Shag Area Rug (5'0"x7'0") $97.99
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

  
Under $125
Safavieh Florida Shag Collection Cream and Beige Shag Area Rug, 5'3"x7'6" $109.64 This one I do own and love. I get questions about this rug constantly...so here it is!
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!
  Safavieh Florida Shag Collection  Cream and Smoke Shag Area Rug, 5'3"x7'6" $101.31
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!
  Safavieh Florida Shag Collection Beige and Cream Shag Area Rug, 5'3"x7'6" $109.64
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!
   Morrocan Diamonds Rug, Ivory & Gray Trellis Print,5x8 $119.00
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

Safavieh Cambridge Collection  Handmade Light Blue and Grey Moroccan Wool Area Rug, 4-Feet by 6-Feet $112.80
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

Under$150
Waverly Diamond Jute Rug $134.99
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

Nate Berkus Hand Woven Houndstooth Rug $129.99
Under $200

Modern Area Rug Design  (5 Feet 2 Inch X 7 Feet 1 Inch)$169.00
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

 Safavieh Hudson Shag Collection  Ivory and Grey Area Rug, 6-Feet by 9-Feet $199.06
This is my next rug. I love it!
Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

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Great site for inexpensive area rugs for your home!

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ikea Tarva Dresser Makeover

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I did this project back in October for the room I'm designing for my mom. I can't believe it has taken me this long to get pictures of it! It turned out better than I had imagined and am super excited to share it with you! This dresser is similar to the Rast dresser I did a hack/makeover with last year, but a little bit bigger and it has legs. I wasn't a fan of how it looked as is, but for $79 for a decent size dresser, how can you help but not imagine what it could become? :)
Ikea Tarva dresser makeover
This was relatively simple to take it from blah to cute. The main factor being the addition of molding both on the drawers and on the bottom.

So, to get this look....I'm going to spare you the boredom of how to put this dresser together. You can find that in the manual. Once it was all together though, I did have to do a little disassembling in the end to make the feet the perfect height for the molding. So, that's essentially the first step. I assembled the dresser and grabbed the base molding I wanted to use. I put it up against the dresser where it would overlap with the edge of the dresser bottom itself. Then marked the bottom of the molding against the legs. This is where I cut the legs to length so that the bottom of the molding would hit the bottom of the legs. Sorry no pictures! (bad blogger :/)

I then put the new sized legs back on and painted the whole piece (minus the drawers) white. I used this tutorial here for the drawers. It gave me that perfect heather grayish brown finish.

Once the drawers were dry, I added some character to where the knobs would be placed. I took some spackling compound and a stencil and placed it over the hole.
cute idea to dress up drawer knobs
 I then took a putty knife and scraped some spackle over the stencil.
cute idea to dress up drawer pulls
This gives the perfect raised and textured little detail.
Cute ideas to dress up drawer knobs or pulls
I then of course switched out the factory knobs with some cute little pulls from Hobby Lobby. I love how these look together!
Cute idea for drawer pulls!
Next was adding the molding onto the drawers. I used lattice pieces that I found at Home Depot. I believe I used 2 of the 8 foot pieces. I then cut them with mitered corners so they would fit each drawer. I then painted them the same color of the rest of the dresser.
As for putting them on the dresser? I used hot glue. Yep. I knew wood glue wouldn't work so I just went for the next option in my drawer lol. Haven't come off yet ;) And if they do, I'll just throw some more hot glue on them.
Ikea Tarva dresser makeover
Next was adding on the base molding. I mitered the connecting edges and then secured it to the legs and dresser using wood glue. I also secured it additionally with a nail gun onto the legs. I didn't mean to use the same molding that was already in the room, but I'm glad I did. This ended up looking really great against the wall.
Ikea Tarva dresser makeover
I love how all the elements worked so well together. It kind of reminds me of something you would find in a Swiss chalet.
Ikea Tarva dresser makeover
Here's a little sneak peak of the room that it's in that I'll share with you soon! It's taken almost over a year to get it done and it's finally almost there. Close enough that I think I'll share it with you next week :)
Ikea Tarva dresser makeover

As for the cost to take it from Ikea grade to beautiful? Keep in mind that I made this like 7 months ago so this is a definite approximate amount.
Dresser: $79
Base Molding: Free (had on hand) would cost up to $10 otherwise ?
Lattice: approx. $10
Paint: Free (had on hand)
Spackle: Free (had on hand)
Drawer Pulls: $12
So, total for me was just around $100.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Dining Room

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It's been awhile since I shared my dining room with you. It's gone through a few changes since a few years ago :) Mainly the chairs have been switched out and a new bench added. The old chairs were just too big...seriously. They fit two bums each :) And they were tall and just took up too much visual space. These new chairs are from Ikea. Yes, they are white and in a dining room with two kids seems like a disaster, but the slipcovers are easy to take off and wash. I've gotten almost every stain out of them so far :) Plus, if I need to, a new slipcover is only $10. I love Ikea :)
Farmhouse dining room decorating ideas
 Now for the bench. The old bench that was here was becoming a danger zone my little climbing 2 year old. For some reason, she loved to stand on it and has fallen off it two times too many. So, I opted to change it out for something a little wider and sturdier. Plus, the extra storage is always a plus! I got this bench at Ross for $99. Seriously. You can find some gems there sometimes :) I was concerned that the khaki color wouldn't match, but I really like the difference between it and the color of the chairs.
Farmhouse dining room decorating ideas
 I kept it simple on the centerpiece for Spring. The runner is once again just cedar planks painted white. Those lanterns were found at Home Depot last year for like $8 each at the end of the summer. I'm so happy that I bought four of these. Seriously, for such a great price, how can you not?
Farmhouse dining room decorating ideas
 For the buffet table I used another larger lantern and placed it with this cute candle stick I got from Target. On that note, I would like state that I have a Target addiction and should probably delete the app from my phone. I spend waaaay to much money there, in store and online. I should have never gotten the RedCard because everything ships for free and I can be lazy and not ever leave my house...plus when you get free shipping, for someone reason, it feels like the stuff is free too. I don't know why lol. Anyways...:) You'd probably only understand if you too have a Target addiction.
Farmhouse dining room decorating ideas
 The hutch in the back used to be in the corner of our new little 'kid area' in the living room. I thought it went perfect in here and probably should have moved it a long time ago. Plus, I love the addition of the lamp to the space, makes it more cozy. Lamp shade and base - another Target steal :) ..oh, and so are those pillows. lol
Farmhouse dining room decorating ideas
 Decorating with yellow is a semi new thing to me, and I can't believe how much I love it! Especially in here. It just makes me happy and adds the perfect amount of color.

Now, as for that table, I think it's growing on me. If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you'd know how much I wanted to get rid of it. My husband loves it though. I've tried lots of things to work around it, but I think changing out these chairs helped a ton. I now don't just see a big brown blob, I see the character and it's beauty. I really do love it. The only problem? That darn veneer is peeling up like mad on the two ends. Ugh. I have no idea how to stop it, it just keeps getting worse. Any ideas?
Farmhouse dining room decorating ideas
I love seeing before and afters, so here's the before of this dining room when we first moved in. See how big those chairs are? Yep. And the big brown blob? lol :) It's amazing what a little time and elbow grease can get ya.
Happy Spring ya'll!
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