Thursday, January 14, 2016

New Look Nightstand: IKEA Rast Hack

I know I still haven't shared a full reveal of The Redhead's room yet, but I'll get to it someday, I promise.
For now, I can do baby steps. ha

When we had the great bedroom swap, The Redhead's nightstand got moved into The General's big girl room.  I temporarily had a little pedestal table to serve as a nightstand, but we all hated it.  I hated that I could see the lamp cord hanging around, it was too short and The Redhead didn't like it because there wasn't enough room for her to have a spot for whatever book she was reading at bedtime. 
The catch: I didn't want to spend a lot of money (shocker! ;) )

Enter the IKEA Rast 3-Drawer Chest:

It's not cute. 
It's unfinished.
It's boring.
It's also $34.99 and therefore hack-able and perfect.  I bought two. :)

When I put it together, I didn't even bother adding those silly little wood knobs.
She's not pretty, but she's got potential.

After a trip to Lowe's, some cutting, nailing, sanding, caulking, painting, and some pretty new jewelry, she's now a really lovely addition to the room.  And just what we were looking for!
To be honest, this after picture really is a terrible photo and doesn't do it justice, but normally The Redhead is camped out in here and the room/furniture is covered in artwork or some other creation she's working on, so I take what I can get in here. :)

I cut down a larger pine plank for the top of the nightstand to give it more surface area.  Under the lip of the top I added cove trim to cover up the gap (you can see from the before picture that the side planks are slightly raised above the top.  So, adding the piece on top left a small gap between the original top and the new.  The cove trim masks that nicely.

 I used lattice for the trim around the drawers to give it a little interest and dimension.  I mitered the corners for a more professional look, because I'm fancy like that. ;)

The color is Mindful Gray from Sherwin Williams.  I had some left over from when I updated the girls' bathroom a while ago and the color worked in this room so I just used what I had.
I love when things are free!

The knobs are from Hobby Lobby.  They add a little bit of whimsy and color without being obnoxious or too childish.  And also, SALE. :)

So, for less than $50, we'll take it!

 I've got another one waiting for its makeover, so we'll see what's in store.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sittin' Pretty in the Sitting Room

Well hello there!
I hope you enjoyed the holidays with your families and friends!  I know I did!

It's been a while, no doubt.  And while I can't promise posts are going to be any more frequent than they have been, I have some small updates to share and thought I'd visit my friends in the blogosphere.
So here we are. Hey. :)

 Today I'm sharing an update to the sitting room in our master bedroom.
It's been like this for a year+, but yeah, I'm just now getting around to sharing. Ahem.  Anyhow....
I love having the space, but ever since we moved in to this house I have struggled with what is the best, most functional use of this area.  After living here for oh, nearly 9 years now, I may have it finally figured out.

It started out as an empty place where the ironing board took up permanent residence.
And well I hate ironing, so that wasn't going to cut it. :)
This is pretty much how it had been for years and years.  Essentially, we just tossed in some furniture that didn't have a home elsewhere, plus some plants that needed a boost by a window, and made a halfhearted attempt to tie things into the rest of the room with pillows.

Whomp, Whomp.

Then we went through another bed upgrade for the girls (both are now in "big" beds, rather than twins), and suddenly I had this beautiful captain's bed without a home...
...and the memory of How. Freaking. Difficult it was to get up the stairs. OY, people.

I knew for sure I didn't want to get rid of it - it's too cute!  Too functional! Too......PERFECT FOR MY SITTING ROOM!

I did some quick measuring, some pushing, grunting and sweating...
and seriously, could it BE any more of a perfect fit?

I love, love, love this.  LOVE.
It's a sofa!  It's a bed!  IT HAS STORAGE!!!
The pillows are a hodge podge of some I made covers for, some I pulled out of storage (or pillaged from the guest room), and others were just collected over time (i.e. on sale ;) ).
It's become the perfect place to curl up and read, to work, to snuggle with my girls, and, speaking of those girls, it's been known to be a snuggly haven for at least one of them in the middle of the night during the occasional thunderstorm.

We have a guest room, but in the event we need more beds for visiting friends and family, it's an additional spot where we can move one of the girls for an instant additional bedroom.
I wish I'd thought of it even earlier.

In fact, with the snow we've gotten recently, this spot is looking mighty inviting with a nice cup of coffee.
Don't mind if I do.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Giant DIY Magnet Board

Happy New Year!

Updating The Redhead’s room has been a series of baby steps.  The major players are in and in use, but the details are coming slowly.  And as busy as these days are lately, that’s about all I can manage :)

The Redhead is my artistic child and is always creating.  *Always*.  And I’ve learned firsthand that she is positively WOUNDED if/when any one of those creations somehow finds its way into the circular file.
So, she has her own accordion file system for all her priceless works.  And while I love to display kid artwork, I needed to stop her from taping things up on the walls all over the house. 

I had an expanse of wall space in a corner of her room, which seemed the perfect place for a giant magnet board she could fill to her heart’s content.

I started with an old standby: a large, open-back frame from the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby.  It never fails, people. It’s a treasure chest of cheap (formerly pricey) frames.  A little bit of paint and it’s perfect.

I measured the inside, and in the interest of being cheap frugal, I looked through our scrap pile to see if we had anything already on-hand that could be cut to fit.

I found a winner with a leftover piece of pegboard!

We cut it to fit, then layered on these two sheets of galvanized sheet metal (yeah, I dinged that one up getting it into my car, but it’s going to be covered in fabric so no big deal).  The sheets were around $9 each at Home Depot.

I used liquid nails and just adhered them right to the pegboard and let it dry overnight for good measure.  The metal didn’t 100% cover the board, but that was all right with me: The Redhead can’t reach the top, and since I wasn’t planning on investing a whole lot into this project from the get-go, I wasn’t about to take on shearing metal and trying to make it fit, all without slicing off a finger or two.   

Nope, this will do just fine. :)

Once it was dry, I just wrapped the entire thing in this cool greek key/geometric print (make sure your lines are straight and you pull your fabric tight!).  I just secured the fabric with hot glue on the back (the back is a hot mess but who’s going to see? :) )

Because of the weight, I used heavy-duty hangers on each side – no hanging wire here.

 She has loved having it in her room!

I made the glittery magnets using a roll of magnet tape that I just stuck glitter tape to and then trimmed (with regular scissors).  The magnets add the perfect amount of “bling” to the board without being obnoxious, and the board itself provides a ton of space for masterpieces :) 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Last Little Bit of Fall..

Well, Thanksgiving is about 48 hours away, which means I still have time to share some fall decor before we go full-on Christmas up in here.

This year I pared things back quite a bit.
I'd like to think I was making a conscious, intelligent commentary about simplifying for the season, but the truth was, I was busy.  And, I didn't really want to haul a bunch of stuff out of the storage room, so we went fairly minimal this year. 
And I've kind of loved it.

Adding a $2 mum from Lowe's gave me some sunshiney color on my kitchen table, and I didn't have to dig through a single box.  WIN. :)

This time of year is when things start to get cozy and I love that.
You don't have to use fall colors to get across a warm feeling.
I love pairing different textures for an overall snuggly feel.

Whoooooo are you lookin' at?
(sorry, I'll show myself out. :) )

Fall decor shared, and it's still November.
Made it under the buzzer. ;)

Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Hosting: Making it Personal

The holidays are here, and it’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
If you’re hosting, it might be the most Stressful time of the year.

Everybody wants to create the perfect holiday for family and friends.  And it’s so easy to cruise online to look for ideas… only to end up having a minor heart attack seeing all the beautiful, lavish ideas—picture-perfect holiday dinners with every perfect detail in place…it’s overwhelming!

But I’ll let you in on a little secret: you don’t have to have a Gwenyth Paltrow-styled table and a feast that looks like it leapt off the pages of Food & Wine magazine in order to have a lovely, memorable celebration.
The easiest way to make your holiday meaningful?
 Here are a couple super-simple, inexpensive and super-EASY little touches to your holiday table that will leave your guests feeling the love (perfect turkey or not!).

Photos are a no-brainer way to personalize pretty much anything.
For these projects, I just uploaded all my photos to Shutterfly and had them printed in one chunk.  (They always seem to have about a hundred sweet promotions going on, and delivery right to my door was another no-brainer—it saved me a trip to pick them up at the drugstore. Because ain’t nobody got time for that! ;) )

 I picked up these inexpensive clear glass ornaments at the craft store.


From there, this project took about 14 seconds, so pay attention:

Simply cut or crop your photo to size, then use Modge Podge to adhere the photo flush to the back of the ornament (it will dry clear and invisible).

Add a name tag and some ribbon, and voila!  For some added pizzazz, I poured some every day table salt inside the ornament to create “snow.”
Winter Wonderland! :)

These make the perfect place cards for your holiday meal, and your guests will love to take them home and hang on their own trees!

Here’s another way to use your photos to make a memorable, personal holiday:

A Photo Table Runner

Again, going back to your stack o’photos from Shutterfly, choose your favorites and arrange the pictures in a collage – use a glue stick to lightly adhere the overlapping portions. 

Once you have it arranged how you want, I strongly recommend having it laminated to protect it from stains and spills, and so you can re-use it in the future. 

You can buy laminating sheets from an office supply store, OR you can make friends with a teacher—they have access to all the good stuff. ;)

These projects are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making your holiday celebration special and adding personal touches, and using photos is such an easy way to do that! Remember, you don’t need to break the bank this holiday season. Keep it simple and sweet.

Make custom picture gift tags!
Blow up photos into placemats! 
Make your own personalized gift wrap!

See what I mean? :)

Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

More About Me ;)

Because really, who doesn't want to know more about ME?
(HA HA HA, she said. ;) )

I'm working on a post about an addition to The Redhead's room that's rather large (in size) but small (in effort needed to complete it) with some fun fabric.  Stay tuned!

I'm still finishing things up, but in the meantime you can check out an interview I did with Floor Coverings International if you're interested to learn more about my style, my philosophy on DIY and Home Decor, and how On the V Side came to be.

Fun stuff!


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