How to create cheap sophisticated window treatments

I've been trying to spruce up my office lately to make it feel more cozy. I don't have a ton of extra cash for all new furniture, so I've made do with what I have. While I don't have a ton of extra cash, I do have a little to put towards some very inexpensive window treatments. Did you know you can make your own curtain rods for only a few bucks? If you add in the brackets too you are still less than $8 for the entire getup! My office is basically a bedroom on our main floor (the other bedrooms are all upstairs). This room has one large window and one small window. Yes, these … [Read more...]

35 uses for IKEA’s VARIERA plastic bag dispenser

As you probably know, IKEA is one of my favorite stores. They have so many great products and many of their products are perfect for altering or "hacking". IKEA's VARIERA plastic bag holder is no exception. This versatile product can be used in literally dozens of different ways. Here's the basic VARIERA plastic bag holder from IKEA. It's purpose is to hold plastic grocery bags. This item is great as-is, hung in a kitchen, mud room, or laundry room. BUT! There are also so many other really cool uses for the VARIERA plastic bag holder. This item gets pretty darn creative when you … [Read more...]

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...]