How to build your own closet built-ins using a Billy bookcase (IKEA hack)

Hey guys! Today I'm sharing a quick and easy tutorial from our last house, Kinsey's bedroom specifically, that can easily be applied to any reach-in closet. The tutorial of the day - how to build your own closet built-ins using a Billy bookcase from Ikea, a few pieces of MDF, several 1x2s, and a clothing rod. I've also got a great tutorial for installing shelving in a closet here. To complete this project you will need (affiliate links): Billy bookcase extra Billy shelves for the bookcase 1/2"x11"x{length you need to fit in your closet} MDF or shelving material wooden … [Read more...]

IKEA hacks galore! A roundup of all HOH IKEA hack projects

After publishing my most recent Ikea hack I realized I have quite a few IKEA hacks here on the ol' blog. Check out some of the amazing things you can do with cheap IKEA products, some elbow grease, and lots of creativity! *This HOH roundup includes hacks only. If I included every post with an IKEA product in it I may as well repost my entire blog! ha! … [Read more...]

IKEA Rast hack using wood shims || AMAZING DRESSER

I am so super excited about todays post! I haven't dug in and done a real project in quite awhile (unless painting every room in my house counts!). Finally I dug deep and created a project I am super excited about! Just when you thought you had seen every single Rast hack on planet earth, I have come up with one that I've never seen before! I am smitten with my Rast hack and love it so much I think I'm going to make a 2nd one so I have a pair! Isn't it beautiful?! I started with a basic $34.99 IKEA Rast dresser and transformed it into this grid shim weathered oak beauty. I pulled … [Read more...]

Our teenage son’s room is coming together

Now that we are getting settled into our new house, I have the very beginnings of some before and now pictures to share with you. Today I'm going to finally share our son's room which you got a glimpse of yesterday in our video walk through. Our son is 13 now (14 in January! Ack!) and wants a room that reflects him and his personality. I've been trying to put his room together and he has become so opinionated lately, which honestly, I think is great. I want him to love his room and enjoy spending time there. When we bought the house the room had two light blue walls and two dark blue … [Read more...]

More progress in the basement – the furniture is in!

The basement has furniture! Finally. I thought this day would never come. In the last two posts I talked about removing a wet bar and having carpet installed. You would not believe the difference those two things have made in this space. In the back half of the long narrow main living area in the basement we set up our Ikea sectional and entertainment center. And in the front half of the main living area we set up our foosball table and drum set. The space is not huge like you'd assume a basement would be, but it is big enough for our needs and we are happy with it. … [Read more...]

Buying one of everything at IKEA, oh, and we moved in!

Hi! Man, we have been so busy trying to get moved into the new house. When we left Austin we sold most of our furniture, so moving into the new house was easy because we only had one Pod to unload. However, we hit up IKEA for most of our furniture and between buying, moving, unloading, and assembling, our time is zapped! Here's Ben getting ready to unload the Pod last week. We hired a few guys to come help unload so the thing was unloaded in less than 2 hours. Ah, a nice empty Pod. Come take it away pod people! Like I said, we hit up IKEA for most of our new furniture. IKEA … [Read more...]

Chocolate Bar Toffee. Delicious easy to make treat for the Holiday season.

I served this Chocolate Bar Toffee to all the shoppers at the Kirkland's Grand Opening Event last week. It was a huge hit and I want to share the recipe with you guys now. (Don't forget to go enter the giveaway for a $100 gift card to Kirkland's!) This Toffee is so stinkin' easy to make. I don't generally enjoy cooking and baking, but I do enjoy delicious food, so when I do bake, it better be an easy recipe that is extra yummy. I have no patience for mediocre recipes. To make this Toffee, you only need 6 ingredients. It is that easy. The only tricky part about the entire recipe is you have … [Read more...]