2 hacks: Ikea Bygel rails as curtain rods & bed sheets into curtains

I can finally check another item off my should-have-done-this-a-year-ago to-do list. My son's curtains have been sitting in his closet since we moved in almost 2 years ago. Why has it taken me so long to hang them? Because I am the Master Procrastinator. But they are hung and looking fly if I do say so myself. I hung them the same way I hung them in our previous house - using two Bygel Rails from good ol' Ikea. They come in two sizes. For the curtains I purchased the shorter ones. These rails are made for the kitchen to hold accessories on. Ikea also suggests using them as a … [Read more...]

Two hacks in one post (curtains for my boy’s room)

Hiah my friends! I have been doing a little bit of tweaking in my son's room this past week and am very excited to show you! His poor room has been virtually neglected the past almost-3-years that we've lived here. Thank goodness he is a typical boy who could care less what his room looks like. As long as he has his legos and DS, he is a happy camper. Okay, so his room started like this: First off, I ditched the shelf below his window almost immediately. It's now on the other side of the room. And just for a refresher, here's the post I wrote about all his bedding. I'll just go … [Read more...]

The laundry slash mudroom is almost done

You guys, I am so close to being done with the laundry room renovation. And I am giddy with excitement over how it's turning out. So. Much. More. Awesome. than I could have anticipated. We've been using the laundry room while it's in transition, and even with missing trim and much needed paint touch-ups, the room functions as a laundry-slash-mudroom perfectly. Definitely worth the hard work and time I've invested in it. I started a few weeks ago by showing you how to hang beadboard and how to turn ikea furniture into a mudroom locker system. Then I dove into showing you … [Read more...]

Laundry room phase 2 + how to run a vent pipe through a shelf

Oh boy am I tired today. Pooped out. In addition to finishing the laundry room, I've decided it would be the perfect time to have a huge garage sale this Friday. Yes, I am insane. I have no boundaries. {If you live anywhere near NW Austin and would like to stop by my garage sale, it will be this Friday at 7am. I am opening it up to friends/blog readers Thursday night from 9-9:30pm so you can shop/snoop early. Please email me for my address. I don't feel comfortable just posting it online.} Anyway, I am so tired. Between tackling this next chapter in the laundry room renovation … [Read more...]

Laundry Room face lift + How to install beadboard

My laundry room and I go way back. We've been through so much together: floods, venting issues, stacking and unstacking the washer and dryer. It seems I just can't make up my mind with the configuration of this poor room. It's plenty big enough to be both a mud room and a laundry room, yet it feels overwhelmingly suffocating at the same time. Several months ago I got sick of the current placement of the washer and dryer, so I bought a stacking kit and a bunch of new hoses and power cords. The appliances were then moved down the wall about 8' and stacked. One thing about … [Read more...]

The finale to the under-cabinet lighting debacle

Once upon a time I tried to install some under-cabinet lighting in my kitchen. It was a total FAIL. I wrote a post about the huge lighting fail back in January. You should go read it. It was kinda funny. Besides the fact that it looked really dumb, it put off this horrible high-pitched noise. It was so awful I thought the fillings were going to rattle right out of my teeth. I would love some permanent under-cabinet lighting with a real-for-real switch on the wall and no visible cords showing, but I'm not ready to commit to that quite yet. (Spoiler alert: we might do a little … [Read more...]

Adding trim to ikea drona boxes for the expedit {girl room progress}

Are you sick of hearing me drone on and on about my daughter's room? I hope not because I've still got loads of little projects to complete before I call this room done. Check out today's project: I found these cool Drona boxes at ikea that fit in her expedit perfectly. The best part? They are only $5. Oh, and they come in hot pink! Which is pretty awesome if you ask me. (They also come in black and a few other colors.) The boxes are fabric and have what I assume is heavy cardboard inside to create the box. They are great as-is, but you know me, I can't leave … [Read more...]