Learn how to build simple shelves and industrial style iron pipe rods in this DIY closet makeover on a budget. I transformed a basic walk-in closet into a stylish modern industrial storage space with some inexpensive building supplies, paint & stain, plumbing pipes and some fun accents.Continue reading
We’re on the home stretch on Little A’s rich and magical bedroom makeover for the One Room Challenge, and this week I made a boho headboard from a vintage screen and painted her chandelier a soft gold. Come see how I did these DIYs and how they turned out!Continue reading
Just above Little A’s crib in her newly decorated bedroom, is a pretty monogram art made from an Ikea picture frame, some burlap fabric, an MDF letter “A”, Mod Podge, and some scrap fabric that matches her room decor. I made it in an afternoon (during nap time, of course!) and I’m really happy with how simple it was to make and what a big impact it makes in her room! I was inspired by this photo and this photo and I thought I’d combine the two ideas and make up the steps as I go. Would you like to make your own DIY monogram wall art for your little’s nursery? Read on! Continue reading
One of the goals for the decor in Our DIY House is to have NO orangey or golden toned wood ANYWHERE. I mean, I think it looks great in some houses, but I find it really mid-90’s-ish and we have it in our current Garage House (because it was the cheapest colour of laminate flooring and cabinets we could find) so I’m getting tired of it.
We are on a very tight budget for our house build (especially here at the end) and we simply couldn’t afford stone countertops. I considered laminate countertops, but I wanted something light coloured for our kitchen design and I couldn’t find a light coloured laminate I liked in our price range. Continue reading
We live in a wee little house (and by “wee”, I mean 880 square feet with no basement for the four of us). When it was time for my newest baby to graduate from her bassinet to a “big” crib, we had to get creative.
To maintain storage space in the girls’ tiny room that was now going to be shared, we purchased an IKEA Kura bunk bed for my 3-year-old daughter so that we could store toys and things underneath while she slept above. We could then squeeeeeeze a crib beside her bed!
There are several amazing, detailed “hacks” for these beds in the webisphere, but we had little time to pull something together so I stuck to something simple.
My hubby spray painted the MDF panels a nice, bright pink before he assembled the bed (they’re originally a medium blue). I purchased a tension shower rod and then made some simple rod pocket panel curtains using the following method:
measure the width of the opening and multiply by 1.5
divide this measurement by 2 and this will be the finished width of the curtain panels (there are two panels)
add two inches to the width and 7 inches to the height of this measurement (to account for hems and the rod pocket) and cut two pieces of fabric with these dimensions
hem the bottom and sides of each panel (by turning 1/2″, then another 1/2″ and stitching) and then make the rod pocket on the top by turning 1/2″ and then 3″ and stitching
Thread a tension rod through the panel pocket and hang just below the upper bunk. The curtain hides a mess nicely!
It’s a simple and sweet update to the IKEA Kura bed!
Yes. I do have a wee bit of an obsession with all things IKEA. The prices work well for my little decor budget, and I’ve been really getting into “hacking” and glamourizing items from there! A few weeks ago, I added a bit of excitement to a plan IKEA doormat with leftover paint from this project that I want to share with you today: painting a “Bekvam” kitchen cart! I’ve painted furniture before, but since then I’ve learned a few more tips on how to make painted furniture look even better. Plus, I’ve simplified the process here by using a paint+primer product.
sander (my husband was kind enough to lend me his power sander)
mini foam roller
Sand the piece well. I had used my cart for a few years prior to painting it, so I had to sand it quite a lot to get the dents and dings out.
Paint the cart with one thin coat of paint + primer. I used a foam roller on the flat parts and had to use a small foam brush on the hard-to-reach parts (in between the wooden slats on the shelves and the interior corners).
Let the paint dry for at least 2 hours.
Repeat with a second thin coat of paint + primer and let dry for at least 2 hours.
Paint the cart with a thin coat of Varathane using a foam brush. Use long, even strokes. Let the cart dry for at least 3 hours and then sand it very lightly if there are any brush strokes or bubbles.
Repeat with a final coat of Varathane. This clear top coat protects the paint and makes the cart feel smooth and finished!
Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.