IKEA hack

How to make DIY monogram wall art for a nursery or kid's room with burlap, and Ikea frame and scrap fabric.
DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Make DIY Monogram Wall Art for a Nursery

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!
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DIY Home Decor

Whitewash and Seal a Butcher Block Counter Top

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.
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IKEA Kura Bunk Bed Hack by The DIY Mommy
DIY Crafts, DIY Sewing

Modify an Ikea Kura Bunk Bed

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by Christina Dennis

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.

IKEA Kura Bunk Bed Hack by The DIY Mommy

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!

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Paint an IKEA Cart

by Christina Dennis

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

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.

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy


  • a “Bekvam” kitchen cart (or any unfinished wooden furniture)
  • a pint of paint + primer (I used Behr’s new paint+primer)
  • Varathane wood finish (I used a satin finish which I love)
  • sander (my husband was kind enough to lend me his power sander)
  • mini foam roller
  • foam brush

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy


  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Let the paint dry for at least 2 hours.
  4. Repeat with a second thin coat of paint + primer and let dry for at least 2 hours.
  5. 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.
  6. Repeat with a final coat of Varathane. This clear top coat protects the paint and makes the cart feel smooth and finished!

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

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.