Eye-Popping IKEA IVAR Cabinet Makeover

IKEA IVAR Cabinet before
Photo: IKEA

This isn’t the first time Anika’s IKEA IVAR cabinet has undergone a transformation. The first time involved a can of white spray paint and knobs that matched those in her kitchen, as she used it as an extension  of her countertop. Here’s what it looked like after it’s first makeover:

IKEA IVAR cabinet after its first makeover
Photo: Anika’s DIY Life

For its second makeover, Anika pulled out all the stops. Juicy red paint (specifically, Red Bush by Olympic), gold spray paint and some very sexy mid-century modern chevron cabinet pulls and a vision what it took to make the old IVAR into this beauty:

IKEA IVAR cabinet after its second makeover
Photo: Anika’s DIY Life

To read more about the project and to see detailed pictures of the transformation, visit Anika’s DIY Life.  Continue Reading

Roundup: 20 DIY Projects Using Reclaimed Materials

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Is there anything more rewarding in the DIY world than using reclaimed materials to make something? Seriously. A dejected object on a layover to a landfill is spotted by a keen eye. The object is swooped up and turned into something marvelous, getting a second chance on life and love. (We should all be so lucky.) The reclaimed materials featured in these 20 projects were the main characters of such fairytales. They now act as inspiration to us all…and hope for those yet unclaimed materials awaiting a keen eye to spot them. Continue Reading

Roundup: 8 Unbelievable Dorm Room Makeovers

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It’s almost time. Back to school, or college as the case may be. You can tell by the scent of #2 pencils in the air and Bed Bath & Beyond ads for dorm room doo-dads. It’s no wonder BB & B and Target and such push dorm room decor this time of year. Back in 2012, the National Retail Federation estimated that dorm room  decor was a $50 billion a year industry. That breaks down to $907.22 Continue Reading

Seriously Awesome Mid-Century Modern Furniture and Accessories You Can Actually Afford

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories

I love buying vintage furniture and I often am asked where to look for affordable mid-century furniture and decor. Today I will share with you all the places I look to shop for vintage and reproductions of great MCM pieces. 

 

Vintage Mid-Century Sofas:

Shopping Guide: Mid Century Furniture and Acessories
Chairish

1. Chairish

I always check Chairish for vintage mid century sofas. They have both high-end and affordable options. I like Chairish better than Ebay for all vintage sofas because Chairish has shipping options and most items are returnable. Continue Reading

IKEA Hack: A Crazy Creative RAST Dresser Hack

IKEA Hack: A Crazy Creative RAST Dresser Hack
Photo: IKEA

The RAST dresser is one of those basic, unfinished pieces of furniture from IKEA that just begs to be redone. So there are a lot of RAST hacks out there. But every now and then I run across a super inventive one… like the one I’m sharing with you today. Click through to check it out.   

 

IKEA Hack: A Crazy Creative RAST Dresser Hack
Photo: House of Hepworths

Allison from House of Hepworths used wood shims to create a stunning new version of the RAST, with a textural surface and a darker look. Continue Reading

Quick and Simple Guest Room Makeover

Emily Henderson guest room makeover before
Photo: Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson recently took her friend and client Susanne’s ho-hum guest room to new heights with a few simple changes that didn’t break the bank. New curtains, linen, and bed (courtesy of World Market) add much-needed personality, yet the room still maintains the neutral vibe Susanne  prefers. Here’s an after shot of the room:

Guest Room makeover by Emily Henderson after 1
Photo: Emily Henderson

Emily has detailed other tips in her article profiling the guest room makeover, which includes thoughts on curtain mounting height, working with prints, and her take on ceiling fans. Continue Reading

Before & After: IKEA Tarva Dresser Gets Room & Board Treatment

Room & Board Inspiration
Photo: Room & Board

When Lauren found her dream dresser at Room & Board, it came with a nightmare price tag. At $1,599, it might make a lot of people balk. Not deterred, Lauren turned to IKEA’s TARVA dresser to bring her dream dresser  to fruition.

IKEA Tarva Dresser Before
Photo: IKEA

Some stain, new stainless knobs and a shot of spray paint and this is what the TARVA looks like now:

Room & Board inspired Tarva Dresser Makeover
Photo: Pop Sugar

What I particularly LOVE about the TARVA is that it’s a chameleon. Continue Reading

Makeover: Kid’s Room to Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom Makeover

When we bought our house the above room was the previous owners little girl’s room… in the 1970s. Everything had to go in this room – especially the air conditioning duct running up the corner wall. This bedroom, for now, is our guest bedroom, and I think you’ll be amazed at how it turned out.   

 

Guest Bedroom Makeover

This was a complete and total renovation project that started with removing the wall paper, radiators, and matted down carpet.

Guest Bedroom Makeover

I actually kind of think this room was really stylish when it was renovated 40 years ago. Continue Reading

IKEA Hack: Rast Dresser With Wood & Leather Handles

IKEA Hack: Rast Dresser With Wood & Leather Handles
Photo: Vintage Revivals

The IKEA Rast dresser is one of those raw pieces that has so much potential, but really needs a little something to look good. Like, for example, a set of long, horizontal leather and wood handles! Keep reading to find out how to transform your Rast into a gorgeous show stopper that everyone is sure to love.   

 

IKEA Hack: Rast Dresser With Wood & Leather Handles
Photo: Vintage Revivals

Doesn’t it look great?! Wooden dowels are placed inside long pieces of leather to form these unique handles. Continue Reading

How to Transform a Baby Changing Table into a Bookcase

changing table before
Photo: Project Nursery

 

Courtney and her husband cleverly turned an IKEA Gulliver Changing Table into a much-needed bookcase. Although they used a very specific changing table, I can imagine something quite similar could be done  to ANY changing table. Also, they fabricated the dresser you’ll see in the “after” picture, but that might not even be necessary if you happen to find an appropriate pre-made alternative of the correct size. Now take a gander at the outcome:

changing table turned bookcase
Photo: Project Nursery

 

To see how they did it, visit Project Nursery. Continue Reading