Monday, March 30, 2015


You may or may not know that when I started this blog I was doing mostly DIY projects...

It wasn't until about 3 years ago that I started to focus more on my scrapbooking and memory-keeping...and that part of my life has pretty much taken over the content I post here.

Until today.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Belwith Products (manufacturer of Hickory Hardware) to see if I wanted to take part in a multi-blogger IKEA hack. I immediately jumped at the chance...and then thought to myself..."oh man...can I still DIY???"

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This was our "assignment:" Take a plain old ordinary IKEA Rast dresser and hack it.

Sounds simple enough right? Well, it was...until I started thinking about exactly how I wanted this project to turn out.

There are a ton of photos of these hacks on Pinterest...a ton. But I wasn't "feeling" any of I started searching for pins of dressers and end tables and I found something I loved. I'd found my hack inspiration.

Below you will see my inspiration's of a Danish Modern end table...and I instantly fell in love with it. Which is weird, because Danish Modern looks an awful lot like American Mid-Century Modern and if you'd asked me a month ago what I thought about the Mid-Century Modern style I probably would have made a gagging/puking motion. But I gotta tell ya...I think my furniture style may be a-changing.

So awesome, right?

I started by assembling my dresser. IKEA is truly the master of build-it-yourself furniture and the whole process took me about 30 minutes. Now came the fun part...

**I feel I have to give a little disclaimer husband is an avid woodworker. So I did ask him for his advice on how to do a few things...and he did help me with advice and setting up machines and stuff...but I did the work. And it was so fun.**

My husband suggested I dye the drawers the dark color I wanted instead of painting (which would take away the look of the grain) or staining (which is more difficult and messy & has a great chance for screw- ups). I was totally on-board for the easier way.

The thing is...wood dye can be really expensive. Like $20 for 2 oz. expensive. So my husband suggested trying food coloring. Genius idea. Only after about 15 tries I still couldn't find the right mix of red, blue & yellow to give me the dark brown I wanted. Then it dawned on me. Fabric dye.

And a quick trip to Michaels later I was set...

Here's how I dyed the wood...

I filled a little bowl with some water...then I poured in some of the Rit. I grabbed a paint brush and brushed it on...I let it dry and sanded the wood (the water & dye make the wood kind of "furry"). I brushed on another coat of dye, let it dry and then did it again. 3 coats. That's it. Easiest color job ever. And with every coat of the dye the wood got darker and was awesome.

I haven't done this yet, but eventually I will need apply a few layers of shellac to my drawer faces so that the dye will stay put.

I patched the holes that were drilled for the original pulls and re-drilled holes for the new handles I chose and received from Hickory Hardware.

A few coats of white paint to the outside of the dresser and I was almost done.

I knew I wanted to add legs to the bottom...but the Rast, as it comes, has no bottom. So I measured and cut one...screwed it into place and added some legs. I dyed the wood on those, too...the same way I did the drawers.

And that's it.

I am sooooo happy with this piece. I love how it looks in my living/dining room, and now I want to re-design that entire space around it.

And I'm so grateul to Hickory Hardware for giving me this opportunity! I had a blast with it...

Wanna see the rest of the Rast hacks that were part of this project?

DISCLAIMER: In exchange for participating in this project, Hickory Hardware sent me IKEA Rast dresser, a Menards gift card and the drawer pulls of my choice. Although I was compensated for this post, all design choices were mine, and at no time was I asked to state anything except my own opinion. I adore my new dresser...and I'm so happy I was chosen to participate.


Friday, February 6, 2015

20 minutes...

Last night, on my way upstairs to bed, I passed by my scrap space and suddenly got the urge to make something.

Usually I would just keep on walking and head to bed...but this time I didn't. I stopped, turned on the light at my desk and sat down.

And 20 minutes later I had a layout.

I didn't pull out a bunch of stuff, I didn't search high and low for the perfect photo. I just sat down and grabbed whatever was close.

And I love the result.

My girl Sarah will kill me for using this photo...but it's totally worth it.

I think it's my favorite layout right now...

So here's my challenge to you this weekend...

Just sit down and make something. Anything. Don't worry about making it perfect. Don't worry that you don't have the perfect color combos or photo or embellishments or whatever. Just create. It's good for you.

Happy weekend!

all products used are from Studio Calico February kits...
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