Bedside Table Before and After {Ikea Rast Hack}

Last week, I shared a sneak peek at the $35 bedside table from Ikea that I gave a little facelift.

Today I get to share the finished product!

Let’s take a look at the old bedside table in the room…

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And an after shot of the room with the new bedside table….

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It’s the Rast from Ikea. Below is the assembled Rast, before my mini facelift.

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And a closer look at the after!

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Here’s a look at what I did…

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Using my miter saw and handy-dandy nail gun, I attached thin lath wood from Lowes around each drawer front {I’m not sure that this is exactly what the wood is called. But hopefully it’ll give you the idea …}.  Baseboard trim was added to the bottom.  And a larger piece of wood was added to the top.  To finish off the top, I added a thin piece of trim to complete the custom look.  Wood filler filled the nail holes, sandpaper smoothed it all and green spray paint gave me a fun bright color perfect for a little girls room!

What do you think?! I love it!  I find it amazing how just a little bit of wood can completely transform a piece of furniture!

Let’s take one last look at the finished product.

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I’m certainly not the first person to do something like this to the Rast.  Have you transformed this piece of furniture? If so, I’d love to see it!

jen

(if you’d like to read more about designing this girls room, click here, here, here, here, here and here.)

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New Bedside Table {Ikea Rast Hack}

Well, hello! Did you think I’d gone and disappeared!?  It’s been several weeks since my last blog post and I have no valid excuse for my absence.  I just let life get busy, I guess! {or maybe I got lazy?!}

So, welcome back!

I’d like to share a project I’ve recently completed.

Several weeks ago, I finished re-decorating Emmie’s bedroom. (You can read about it here, here, here, here, here and here.)

This is what the room looked like when I finished….

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I loved the green nightstand, but felt like it was a touch short for the space.  This little girls bedroom has an excessive amount of chapstick, rubber bands, pencils, notebooks and much more lying around.  And that single, tiny drawer in the nightstand wasn’t doing the job of containing all of those small items.

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money….so went straight to Ikea.

Below is the Rast from Ikea.  And it costs a whopping $34.99.  Not too shabby! But very simple looking.

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 I’m certainly not the first to re-create this piece of furniture.  Here is a peek at how some people have turned their plain purchase into a show stopper.

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Isn’t it amazing what a little TLC can do to an otherwise simple piece of furniture?

Here’s a sneak peek at my bedside table.  It wasn’t a difficult project.  And it fills the space so much better.

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I will post complete pictures of the room in a few days when I get the new remote for my camera.  My hope is that the remote will assist me in taking better pictures in low lighting! So come back soon for a final reveal!

jen

Building a Bed – the Final Reveal

It’s official. I built a bed from scratch….and it only took me about three years.  You think I’m joking, but I’m not.  I took me forever.  In fact, the partially finished bed was in the  garage for so long that Emmie thought it was scrap wood and drew on it.

But today we are celebrating a project completed.

I made a few last minute modifications because I was ready to be done.  You might call them ‘shortcuts’.  But for the sake of being kind to a gal who is ready to be done with a big project, let’s call it a modification.

I won’t be sharing any tutorials on this bed.  I used Ana White’s pattern, which was great.  She’s far more handy than I am.  And for me to try and regurgitate what I did would be nearly impossible.  So for more info, please visit ana-white.com.

And here it is….the bed!

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Dan was off yesterday so he was my handy helper while I put it together.

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It was a touch awkward assembling the bed…

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But this was probably the fastest part of the entire job!

Below you can catch a peek at my modification.  I was going to add big white side rails on the bed.  They were painted and ready to go.  But after attaching them to the frame/supports, I would have had to putty the holes and touch it up, which was something I did not want to do.

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I was so ready to be done that I just  decided to go with the bed skirt to cover the unfinished rails.

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So here it is one more time….the finished bed….finally.

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GIRLS ROOM REVEAL – ONE ROOM CHALLENGE WEEK 6

Week 6. It seemed so far away six weeks ago! But here we are at the final week of the One Room Challenge.

I have to say that my room isn’t truly completed.  It may LOOK finished. There actually happens to be a headboard and footboard in the room! But if you look closely, you will notice there are no side rails.  They were strategically propped up for the pictures.  {And I didn’t exactly win mom of the year award when the footboard fell over on Emmie’s foot!}.  But it’s 90% complete. So for today, that’s good enough!

As a refresher, let’s take a look at some before shots….

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And here was my inspiration board…

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And alas, some shots for you to get a final look at the {mostly completed} girls room.

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During this process, I realized her side table is too small.  The side table on the right side of her room isn’t balanced with the chair on the left.  I purchased the Rast chest of drawers from Ikea, but due to lack of time, I haven’t quite gotten to that project yet.

The polka dots are from urban walls.  They were so simple to attach to the wall! And really reasonably priced too.  I love what they add to her focal wall.

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If you look at the before pictures, you may notice that the chalkboard used to have a chocolate brown frame.  Thanks to some pink spray paint, it now brightens her desk area with it’s new frame!

Here is a closer look at the headboard.

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I am absolutely head over heals in love with how the headboard looks in the bedroom!  Sadly, I had to remove the beast though until I finish that darn project! But for my little ORC week 6 photo shoot, it sure looks great!

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The windows need something.  I’m thinking a roman shade but can’t decide on a fabric.  So for now, it’ll stay as is until I find some inspiration.

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It always seems like we could use more room for coats and sweatshirts. So I made this cute little number above!  It’s behind her door and adds some great space for a girl with too many clothes!  Come back soon for an easy tutorial on making one of these coat hangers!

Even though there are still a few things left to do, I’m so happy with how it’s all turned out!

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Thanks for reading and following along for the past 6 weeks! Click here to read any of the weeks that you may have missed!

week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4 and week 5

jen

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One Room Challenge Week 5 – Painting Progress

Hello everyone! Here we are at week 5 of the one room challenge.  Only one week to go…and then, in theory, this room should be complete.  One would think 6 weeks is ample time to complete a room {and please note, I actually started on this project BEFORE the ORC even started! So I had a head start – and I’m still not where I’d like to be.} You’re probably not interested in the excuses for my lack of progress. You’re thinking, ‘show me some pictures!’

So here we go.

This week, I thought I’d tackle the the dresser.  It was stained in a medium wood tone.  And it needed to be lightened to match the gray walls and white furniture.

Here’s the before…

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This weekend, I dug out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.  A few coats of paint, some sanding and a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax, and the task was complete!

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Did you notice the little lamp got a bit of pink spraypaint?!  The first picture above shows it in dark bronze. And the next picture shows it  in all it’s pink glory.

Back to the dresser….I really hadn’t planned on going with a distressed look {or as Emmie is calling it, an ‘old time look’}.  But as I was sanding down the chalk paint, it started to rough up the edges.  It was hard to avoid since the bottom layer was a wood finish.  So….I went with it. I can always add more paint later if I get tired of it.  But for now, it’ll just disguise any bumps or scratches that it receives from its 7 year old roommate!

Here is a closer look….

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The old wooden drawer pulls were updated with a little glass pull.  Very feminine {and very cheap! $2.97 at Lowes!}.

I’m happy with it.  And I think Emmie has adjusted to the ‘old time look’.

You might be wondering how my bed building progress is going?!  Well, let’s just say it’s not.  I have to say, I’m not sure it’ll get completed in time.   But don’t give up on me yet! The bed WILL get done. It just may not be done by week 6.

Make sure you come back next week for the final reveal!

jen

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One Room Challenge Week 4 – Pillows

Things are progressing in Emmie’s room.

I picked up the pillows for her bed yesterday. And wow…what an addition!

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Last week, I mentioned the duvet that I {almost} finished  making for her bed out of two flat sheets.  By itself, the duvet was rather blah looking.  But when you add the pillows it really amps up the wow factor!

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The gray wall paint and polka dots from urban walls really help tie everything together.

The tufted chair was one I found at Marshalls.  It’s so feminine.  And I love the legs and castors too.

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Back to the pillows…. The fabrics coordinate nicely with each other.  And by using the same pink flat welting on both pillows, it ties them together even more.

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This is one of those projects that keeps me peeking in Emmie’s room to gaze at the progress.  I love how it’s coming along!!

Are you wondering when you’ll see a headboard filling up the blank space on the wall below the mirror?!  Well, I did finish painting the bed this week….

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And today I tried attaching the side rails. But the bed wasn’t cooperating so this is how I left things….

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That’s SUPPOSED to be an ‘L’ bracket.  However it now kind of resembles a twisted ‘S’.  The bed fell over and things got twisted and banged up.  So I promptly called it quits and cleaned up my mess until Dan is around to help me maneuver the beast of a bed.

I sure hope that my post next week features a completed bed!

Do you need one last peek at those cute pillows before you leave?!  I do!

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I love them so.

Two more weeks to wrap things up!  I’ve got to keep my focus.

To read my previous One Room Challenge posts, click here… week 1week 2week 

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One Room Challenge Week 3 – Bedding Update

Welcome to week 3 of the one room challenge!

A few people have asked me questions about this project.  So I thought I’d address them first.

* the challenge is just that….a challenge to transform a room * there is no prize….the prize is a finished room at the end of the 6 weeks. * it’s just meant to be fun {and motivate you to take on a project in your home or a clients home}*

So on to week 3. Yikes! Week THREE!  That means there are only three more weeks.  I have got some work to do!

For those of you just tuning in, here is a look at the design board for Emmie’s room:

girls room mood board {athomeinthenorthwestblog}I couldn’t find a duvet that I liked {or that I felt was worth the money for a young girl that has been known to get marker on her bedding}. So when that happens, you make your own!  I purchased the blue and white striped sheet set from Target.

Using two flat sheets, I sewed them together to create a duvet.

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I took the lazy route….only sewing three sides and leaving the end open for now.  I need to sew buttons at the bottom to close it up. But for now, it tucks nicely under her mattress. Lazy. But functional!

Grossgrain ribbon was added to the corners of the down comforter…

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Then I sewed string into the top corner of my duvet…

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Now the down comforter can be tied into my duvet, which will hopefully eliminate the irritating shuffle that comforters often do inside a duvet.

This week I also received my fabric order!   The bed will be brightened up with a fun floral standard sham and green throw pillow.

So fun.

Well, fun until you unroll the fabric to find this:

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What?! Marker on my fabric?  Fabric that came straight from the vendor!? Frustrating.

But fortunately, the vendor is fixing the issue. But it was frustrating nonetheless.

After my little delay, I did get the fabric dropped off with my seamstress!

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These pillows will add so much to her room!  I can’t wait to pick them up hopefully later this week.

So that’s it for my week 3 progress! Not a ton of fun pictures. Nothing is quite completed yet.  But I’m hoping to have something more exciting to share next week!

To read my previous weeks of the ORC, click here…. week 1 and week 2.

 

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Bookshelf Project – One Room Challenge Week #2

Welcome to week #2 of the One Room Challenge!

Last week I shared my design board for Emmie’s room.

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The pink walls are now gray.,

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So today I’d like to share my bookshelf project with you!

Below is a picture of her current bookshelf.

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It’s too short.  Can you see books shoved under the bookshelf?  Lack of space means it’s time to upgrade to a bigger bookshelf.

I bought this simple bookshelf at Target with plans to give it a facelift .

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And after all my work,  here’s the bookshelf now!

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It was fun to watch the simple bookshelf transform. And as always, the project took longer than I’d planned.

First, I assembled the main structure.

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I left both the back and top off so that I could add my own decorative touch.

Lowes carries great wooden planks, which I cut to size and spray painted white.

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The bookshelf came with the cardboard type backing.  But by adding wooden planks, it made it a more solid structure as well as gave it tons of character.

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For the top of the bookshelf , I had a larger pieece of wood cut.  Then I cut crown molding (and re-cut it because I haven’t mastered cutting crown yet).

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Once I got my cuts right, I attached the crown molding with my nail gun.  {I’m not sure if the pro’s use masking tape to hold the crown in place, but it worked for me!}

Here is another closer look at the finished top:

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I also added decorative trim to the base of the bookshelf:

Here is the before:

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And a glimpse at the after:

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I so thrilled with how it turned out.  And am so thankful for more shelves to hold all of Emmie’s books and knick knacks!

Let’s take one last look at the after:

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Make sure you come back next week for more progress on my ORC!

jen


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One Room Challenge – Week 1

I mentioned yesterday that I am participating in the One Room Challenge {ORC} hosted by Calling it Home.  This is a 6 week challenge to makeover a room.  There are no winners. Just bloggers sharing their progress.

So today I get to share with you which room I’m making over!

Any guesses?

If you follow me on instagram, you will know I’ve been SLOWLY working on Emmie’s room. {You could argue that I got a head start on my one room challenge….but I haven’t blogged about it yet. So I’m hoping that counts! My goal now is to FINISH the room during these next 6 weeks.}

Here are a few before pictures:

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The pink walls will be painted {ahem….or already have been painted!} gray.

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And here is an inspiration board for the direction that I am headed with her room:

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I’ve been building the bed for, well, um, years now!?  But it’s almost done. I swear.  So you will most certainly be hearing more about that bed!  And several of the accessories have been purchased as well.

So make sure to come back each week to follow my progress! And in 6 weeks, you can see the finished product! {Did I hear an “AMEN” coming from my husband?!}

jen

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Building a Bed

I happen to be kid-free for about 24 hours.  So I thought it was high time that I got working on my unfinished bed project.  {Have I mentioned that I have an unfinished headboard and footboard in my garage?   It’s been there so long that my kids thought it was scrap wood and drew on it.}

Here is a look at what I started with today….

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I went to the lumber yard and picked up more wood to complete my project.  Then this afternoon, I got to work!

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I am using plans from Ana White, so I won’t be doing a tutorial.  {Click here for details on building your own.}

After several hours of working, and yet another trip to Lowe’s, I completely finished the headboard AND the footboard!

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I still have to do the bed rails to support the box spring and mattress. And of course, I have to fill all of the holes, sand and then paint the bed.  So I’m far from done.  But I feel good about the progress that I made today!

jen

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