May 27, 2014

Sooooo – the DIY projects in our bedroom are not yet complete! I have yet another project to share. Of course, our first big overhaul of bedroom furniture was making over an IKEA Tarva dresser to this glorious beauty. It still makes me happy every time I walk into our room and see it. I didn’t want the makeover to end there though. You see, we had a few problems when it came to our nightstands. First: we technically only had one. One side of the bed had a regular pedestal nightstand, and the other side of the bed was where I kept my jewelry cabinet. Not exactly a nightstand. The second problem: they were black. With the white and champagne colors we picked out for our dresser, the black furniture had to go.

IKEA Rast two tone makeover

Enter: yet another IKEA makeover. This time we tackled the ever popular Rast three drawer dresser. They make the perfect bedside table/night stand, are affordable, and are very versatile when it comes to redesign.

primer and champagne paint

As much as I thought it would be fun to go crazy with my design, I ended up going with a classic two tone combination of white and champagne. To start, we applied a primer. We’ve used theĀ  Zinsser Cover Stain Primer a few times before and have become fans of it. After the primer was fully dry, we applied two coats of Rust-Oleum Professional High Performance Enamel in Gloss White (the same as we used for our dresser) on the faces of the drawers with a small roller.

champagne gold paint

May 21, 2014

A little over a year ago, I showed off a little DIY project I was particularly proud of: a DIY tree stump table. It still remains one of my favorite pieces in our home, and is consistently a conversation piece for those who visit our house.

DIY tree stump table
Here’s the thing: although the tree stump table itself looked lovely, that chair sitting beside it did not quite match. It didn’t match our couch…it didn’t match the mood of our house…it just didn’t match. For months I was determined to locate the perfect replacement to our old armchair. I was just not having any luck.

tree stump table and tufted chair
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March 19, 2014

Today is the day – I teased our newest DIY project for our bedroom on Instagram a little over a week ago. Today – the tutorial (and pictures!).

IKEA Tarva makeover DIY

We have been on a roll with putting together our bedroom decor, and one of the big transitions is going from our black furniture to white. We recently added a small white table in the corner of our bedroom (thanks again, Marshalls!), and the next step was to replace our dressers and night stands (just wait: a tutorial for those will be coming up soon as well – they turned out pretty lovely, if I do say so myself).

old black dressers

February 25, 2014

Are there pieces of furniture in your home you’ve happened to own for a while, but just can’t seem to get rid of?

I happen to be at the point where I’m at my wit’s end with a few of these items and it has been well past time to PURGE! When I moved into my very first apartment post-college, I remember picking up a bright red couch, chaise, and matching coffee table and end tables. Along with those pieces, I accumulated a big black TV stand, a headboard for my bed, and dressers for the bedroom. It was great for a girl in her early 20s, but piece by piece I’ve been trying to upgrade. The red couch and chaise/matching tables were the first pieces to go. Next up: the TV stand!

Old TV Stand

The TV unit was a bit of a difficult piece to replace for a bit. It was large, sturdy, and solid wood, so that was a big plus. But, the black color does not match the color scheme for our living room (I’m changing over to white pieces instead of dark/black). So Mr. TV Stand had to go! But – finding a unit of similar size and storage capability was a bit of a challenge. I liked how our old unit fit the wall almost perfectly across. Oh – don’t worry about those Christmas stockings you see hanging on the old unit; I happened to take those photos back in December when we knew we wanted to replace the unit. The Christmas decor has been put away for almost two months now!

IKEA Hemnes TV Stand