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Photographs of my Bedroom

October 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bedroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

IKEA Rast Makeover: Updated

September 19, 2012 — 4 Comments

About two weeks ago I shared my IKEA Rast makeover which turned out to be more of a make’eh’.

I had problems with the staining and I couldn’t afford cool knobs so I sort of just left it in the ‘progress’ stage. This past weekend while I was shopping for my front door makeover job I wandered into the hardware aisle. Low and behold I found knobs that I liked! Okay, so I don’t love them but I like them and for a cheap nightstand that is good enough for me. Especially since they were only $1.58 each after tax.

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Unfortunantly, it wasn’t as easy as just switching out the knobs. When I took the wooden knobs off they left this ring:

LAME. Whatevs, I am over this dresser. I put on Jurassic Park and did a quick sand and repainting of the drawer fronts. It didn’t take that long and dinosaurs calm me down 🙂

I like the way the knobs look and it definitely looks more finished now. I’ve decided not to worry about re-staining it because I just don’t care enough and it doesn’t show that much. But I did do one other little thing to add personality to this piece…

Yay, happy polka dot lining! I’ve had this roll of red and white polka dot wrapping paper for about a year. I got in the dollar section at Target and I have seriously wrapped thirteen presents in it and it has still not run out… it is like the never ending roll of wrapping paper… (ironically I’ve wrapped a lot of Hanukkah presents with it so it’s apropos). All I did was measure and cut out the paper and then I used scotch tape rolls all over the back. I don’t know how long it will hold up but it looks really happy and I can easily replace it at any time.

The saga of the IKEA hack is o.v.e.r. Here is the cost break down:

IKEA Rast dresser: $34.99
Stain/Varnish combo: $12.99
Knobs: $9.48
White paint: $0 (already had it)
= $57.46

That is definitely more than I wanted to spend but it is a solid little dresser and I really like having all my stuff hidden in drawers, plus I could potentially use that stain on other projects (if I ever attempt staining again).

IKEA Rast Makeover

September 7, 2012 — 5 Comments

This past weekend I did an IKEA hack that turned out… eh. This post is more of a progress report than a finished product because I ran into a few bumps in the road. Here is what I began with:

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This is probably IKEA’s most hacked item. It’s a sold wood dresser that is only $34. It is very small only 2′ tall by 11″ wide, but it is the perfect size for a bedside table. My bedside table has been a point of style contention for a while. Here are some recent incarnations:

That first picture doesn’t really show the table I had but it’s an IKEA Lack table with wheels. I hated it because it was too low and my dog was always getting the stuff off the top of it. Then I moved the Navy chairs in there. I really like this look but it’s impractical. It never looked that clean and styled, it was more like tissues and books everywhere (exactly like in the first image).

I decided at some point that a small dresser would be perfect there for several reasons. One, it would balance out the bigger bed that I have and two, it would keep all my bedside stuff hidden (books, Kleenix, water bottle, ear plugs… apparently I’m high maintenance) and out of reach of my dog’s sneaky snout. I looked on Craigslist and at a few garage sales and thrift shops but didn’t find anything under $40. The Rast was always on my radar so I went for it when nothing more unique came my way. As you can see from the picture above it’s basically a blank canvas and a lot of people have done crazy cool stuff to make it more unique. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Pretty amazing right? But the one that really got me excited was the first one. I love the look of wood and white furniture. Plus the brass = AWESOME.

So after assembling the little devil I got to staining and painting. I already had white semi-gloss on hand but the stain was another story. After a little internet research I thought I knew what I wanted but then I went to the store and got something completely different. Yes, I made the classic mistake of second guessing myself and I got the cheapest option which was the varnish plus shellac in one. If you’re a big DIYer I know you are cringing because it is such a rookie mistake. But for all the DIY I’ve done I’ve never used stain before so I get my one mistake. My problem with the stain and varnish in one is that it didn’t go on evenly and it looked like this:

Looking at these pictures now it doesn’t look as bad as I thought, but it definitely wasn’t as dark as I wanted it to be so I did a second coat. That is when the real trouble started.

YIKES. But I’m nothing if not lazy and cheap so I just let it be for a few days. I finished painting the drawers and I went ahead and painted the wood knobs that came with the dresser just for the time being (I’ll talk more about the knobs in a minute).

It doesn’t look that bad because the sides and top are mostly covered but it’s so patchy that it bothers me. Maybe this weekend I’ll gather the energy needed to re-sand and stain it… but that sounds pretty terrible right now.

Okay so knobs need to be added to the list of things that are way more expensive than they should be. These things are like an inch in diameter and people expect me to pay $4-9 per knob?! That’s crazy. Here are the ones I want:

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But since they are $4.79 a piece it would cost nearly as much as the dresser to buy them. So I’ll probably end up with something more like one of these:

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Not as cool as a brass ring but what can a girl on a budget do? These knobs are $2.66 and $1.48 respectively.

So that is my almost-makeover of a Rast dresser. Hopefully, I’ll be back soon with more updates.