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IKEA RAST Dresser Hack

IKEA RAST Dresser Hack

Are you ready to see how to change the life of an IKEA RAST Dresser Hack?

IKEA RAST Dresser

IKEA RAST Dresser

I am not talking just painting the drawers and changing the hardware – but a true IKEA RAST dresser hack that converts into this beautiful new piece of furniture.

Ikea RAST Dresser Hack to Wine Cart

Ikea RAST Dresser Hack to Wine Cart

We were invited to complete the IKEA RAST dresser hack by Missy and our sponsors PPG (The Voice of Color Paint line) and Hickory Hardware.  They have completely paid to send us all the great items you will see in our hack.  A big thank you to them all.  We are so excited to have been chosen to design and create this IKEA RAST Dresser hack!

So…without further ado…lets show you what we did.

We took the Ikea RAST dresser from the package, and started to gather our ideas.  We used a majority of the piece sent to us and a couple scraps from our shop to make this beautiful Ikea RAST Dresser Hack become a one of a kind wine cart!  Don’t you just dig it!!!

We started by assembling the sides of the dresser.  Once completed, we added a bottom, and inserted a wine holder made of wood and metal from Marshalls for $9.99.  We cut the sides to fit, added a cute little trim piece and attached to the bottom.

Ikea RAST Dresser Bottom Shelf

Ikea RAST Dresser Bottom Shelf
Ikea RAST Dresser Hack Wine Rack

Ikea RAST Dresser Hack Wine Rack
Ikea_DryFitWineRack

Ikea RAST Dresser Hack – Dry Fit Wine Rack

 

Once we had the wine rack set, we moved on to the drawer.  Knowing we wanted to add stem wear holders, we decide to take the drawer front and cut it down, giving us a secret drawer to store cute little goodies like wine stoppers, pullers etc.  Isn’t the hardware from Hickory Hardware to die for?  We just love the affect it provides our wine cart.

Ikea_TrimDrawerFront

Ikea RAST Dresser Hack – Trim Drawer Front
Ikea_DrawFrontTrimCompleted

Ikea RAST Dresser Hack – Draw Front Trim Complete
Ikea RAST Dresser Hack - Completed Drawer

Ikea RAST Dresser Hack – Completed Drawer

Once we complete the drawer we then affixed the stem holders, paid for by our sponsors, to the top.  We were able to find and attach four wine glass holders that matched the Hickory Hardware.  How sweet is that 😉

Ikea RAST Dresser Hack - Four Wine Glass Holders

Ikea RAST Dresser Hack – Four Wine Glass Holders

Once our build was complete we selected an elegant Black Magic paint provided by our sponsor PPG (The voice of color line). This paint was a dream to work with and is 100% Latex with a zero VOC Low Odor control.  As the Black Magic color dressed up our Ikea RAST Dresser Hack wine cart, we could tell this was high quality and would provide just the look we wanted.  We added some light distressing and then used a top coat to seal the paint.

Ikea RAST Hack Dresser - PPG Paint

Ikea RAST Hack Dresser – PPG Paint
PPG painted side panels

PPG painted side panels

LOOK AT HER SHINE!

Completed Wine Cart

Completed Wine Cart

To complete the look, we attached the beautiful and elegant side and front handles from Hickory Hardware.  The sleek one of a kind look brought the wine cart to life – totally showing this little IKEA RAST Dresser Hack would never be recognized as anything but an elegant wine serving cart.  We completed the look with a piece of American Walnut which we food grade oiled the top to bring it all to life.

Ikea RAST Hack Dresser - Hickory Hardware

Ikea RAST Hack Dresser – Hickory Hardware
 Hickory Hardware

Hickory Hardware
 Hickory Hardware

Hickory Hardware

So – can you even tell this was ever a dresser?  I sure can’t.  We truly put our all into making this wonderful piece of furniture so you could see it does not just have to have a painted front and new knobs – it can become a completely different piece of new furniture with a little imagination.

IKEA RAST Dresser

IKEA RAST Dresser
 Completed Wine Cart

Completed Wine Cart
IKEA RAST Dresser Hack - Hickory Hardware

IKEA RAST Dresser Hack – Hickory Hardware
IKEA RAST Dresser Hack - Completed Wine Cart with accessories

IKEA RAST Dresser Hack – Completed Wine Cart with accessories
IKEA RAST Dresser Hack - Completed Wine Cart with accessories

IKEA RAST Dresser Hack – Completed Wine Cart with accessories

Well, that completes our IKEA RAST Dresser Hack.  We hope you loved the Wine Cart – and again we want to thank our sponsors who helped make our hack possible – PPG – The Voice of Color – IKEA  for the RAST Dresser and Hickory Hardware who provided the lovely bling that completed our wine cart.   Until next post – Keep on building!

Pst…Make sure you follow our great Sponsor PPG at the following links!  You will not be sorry – their site has valuable information!

Xoxo – Linda

DIY Storage Bench

DIY Storage and Bench

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser – Part II

Hi everyone!  Last night we left part one of our post showing you the old dresser we would take to a new DIY Storage Bench.  Well tonight we will show you part II – planking the back of our dresser to prep for the next step.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

The addition of planking to the back of the dresser will help build out decor focal point for our living room.  You can purchase planking in almost any size width you like.  I bought mine from the Home Depot.  I used a combination of 4 sizes because I wanted that wow factor when I move to the next part of my project.

DIY Storage Bench

Before I cut and attached the planking I did a washed paint technique of all the grey and white paint colors we have used in our decor.

DIY Storage Bench

I simply took a couple tablespoons of each paint, added water, and wiped on each board to create the finish I wanted for my room.  Experiment to find what you like – you can even use various stains.

DIY Storage Bench

Here’s what we used:

4 –.25” x 2” x 36” Plank

4 – .25” x 2.5” x 36” Plank

4 – .25” x 3.5” x 36” plank

4 – .25” x 5.5” x 36” Plank

Ryobi Nail gun (I use battery)

.5” nails

Liquid nails – white – extra hold power

Saw (radial or miter will do the trick)

Pencil

Dime for spacing

Your choice of paint or stain colors

DIY Storage Bench Now let’s get to work!

First, I mixed all my paint and set the water amount.

DIY Storage Bench

Next, I painted the planks, and wiped away the excess paint.  I did this by laying the planks on a flat surface to help avoid drips, and checking them to make sure they were the perfect color for my project.

DIY Storage Bench

After the planks dried, I cut them all too different sizes (this allows you to adjust your staggering lines so all the lines do not match up, giving that perfect overlap).

DIY Storage Bench

Then, I started installing the planks for our DIY Storage Bench with the largest to the bottom.  I added liquid nails to the back, then secured with my Ryobi Nail gun, making sure to leave expansion cracks which allows the wood to expand and contract with the room’s humidity.

DIY Storage Bench

As you finish each row you will have to cut the boards on the end where you stop to make it nice and even down each side of the DIY Storage Bench.

DIY Storage Bench

DIY Storage BenchKeep adding the plank until your project is complete.  Here’s the finish of ours 🙂

DIY Storage Bench

This one addition to this piece is going to help bring the rest of our project to life!  Tomorrow we will be completing the last portion of the DIY Storage Bench project – It’s going to be exciting to see the change of this piece and what it will bring to our room through its new design.  So meet me back here tomorrow for the final on our DIY Storage Bench.

Well, that’s the second half of our DIY Storage Bench project.  Thanks for stopping by – Hope you all have an awesome day!!

Until the final post– happy planking!!

🙂 Linda

World Market

World Market - Front Sign

How many of you are familiar with World Market?  Have you even gone?

I have to say this is becoming one of my favorite stores as of late.  They have been around since the late 50’s and import loads of great furniture to fill a good space with.  We are in the middle of changing to a more minimal theme for this villa, and are looking for a sofa.  Since I really can’t build anything right now due to my arm, I decided a field trip to see World Market was a great alternative to sitting around and feeling sorry for myself (no worries I have a driver – he’s called hubby who’s a great sport on his lunch hour). So in my opinion, World Market is a great place to get some great stuff!

World Market - Front Sign

This store is a destination for those who really want that unique, handmade look from any place in the world.

World Market - Door Knobs

Years later they are still bring us wonderful items for any style of decor and budget I know not all of our readers can or want to build their own pieces, so to me World Market is a great alternative to find that wonderful piece you crave, helping to set your space apart from your friends and families.

World Market - Furniture

These eye-catching trends, trend-setting home accents truly kept me in an awe-inspiring vision as I spent over 2 hours in this store going through everything from furniture to kitchen organization, to everyday home needs – and let’s not forget food and wine! – That’s right – they have it all – and for prices we can all afford!  If you change furniture the way I do, then you know what I am talking about! 😉

World Market - Food and Wine

Visit their page and do some online shopping at worldmarket.com.  If you want to visit a store, they have 259 locations nationwide.  Our adventure was awesome, and I think I found a sofa I can actually LOVE and some great outdoor entertaining items from World Market.

World Market - Stuff

World Market has a BIG one-day only sale planned for Monday, January 20th and you can take advantage of the great savings at World Market!  Go on visit them and see what great treasures you can find!

World Market - Front Sign

Until I build something new for you – here’s to embrace field trips for now!  Best wishes to all our readers and thanks for hanging in there with me!

Linda 🙂

Coffee Tables

Coffee Tables

Coffee Tables – Love Them or Hate Them?

Why is it we are all so fascinated with Coffee Tables?

Coffee Tables

New Life from Old Trunk

Coffee Tables can make or break a room with its style of long or short, modern or ornate, as this stumpy table is designed to catch our attention.  These little tables have a big job in our homes as they work hard to entice families to gather around it, hold our drinks and our great reading materials/trinkets.  Homes around the world are filled with these fascinating little tables that bring big style to life in front of any sofa available.  The two pieces together are like Fred and Ginger dancing their way into your living space.  It is the one piece of furniture that remakes itself year after year, style after style, and can hold or store just about anything.  That one piece of furniture we always invite to stay – like our coffee table turned ottoman.

Coffee TableThere are many choices and styles, the Victorian Era, Anglo-Japanese style, Louis XVI style coffee tables and Georgian style coffee tables.  It used to be wood was the only choice for a long time for these low-slung tables and could be found in any shape or style your wanted, and the more ornate and heavy the more we fell in love with the table.  These lovely wood framed tables were found all the way back to renaissance days, and still invite your guest by being the show piece of your living space.

Coffee Table

Today’s trends bring to light more modern, wood, glass/metal choices.  We are also taking the time to make special coffee tables that represent our past loves out of recycled objects.

Mixed Tape Table

These squatty tables are a way for people to “Gather round the coffee table” by encouraging conviviality and light conversations over coffee or tea or just a great board/sports game with the people we love – like this game table found Quirky coffee Tables.

Coffee tables

So, why do we use coffee tables?  It’s simple, people love coffee tables.  These welcoming tables help us be ourselves, and help us show who we are through our coffee tables – like this beauty of iron and wood made by Hello I Live Here.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Heck, when we can’t find just the right coffee tables, many of us take on the task of refinishing tables from era’s past by painting, staining, and decorative finishes, or building coffee tables from recycled goods which enhance these wonderful little coffee tables lines that hold the daily stuff that gets us through life.  This one table can help hold our coffee or tea cups, books, magazines, and our small treasures we want our guests to swoon over like this claw foot done with Annie Sloan paint and wax treatments.

Coffee Tables

So, whether you love them or hate them, use them or replace them with an ottoman or other low feature, there is always something in front of our sofa that represents this beloved piece of furniture.  Here’s to the coffee tables of the world – without you, we would all be holding our own drinks or have no place for our feet – like this $3 coffee table frame turned bench!

Finished bench

Tell us, what is your coffee table style and how do you use your table?

Until tomorrows post!  Gather around your coffee table and enjoy that space!

Linda 🙂

DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench from Hello I Live Here

Hi everyone!  Hope you’re all doing great and keeping warm today! Sorry I had no post yesterday, but I was working on some Old chairs that became a beautiful DIY Chair Bench for our dining room.  I know, I know, I just ordered new chairs and your right.  If you remember not too long ago, I built a three pedestal table (since sold to a friend who just had to have it), but the awful thing, every chair I just ordered all fell apart and they were only 3 months old! 🙁  No worries, the company made it right by refunding my money, so all is happy with the world.

However, it left me with no chairs, and I could not toss the old ones until the new ones arrived.  Then, we received the notice our new chairs were not coming, back ordered until June of 2014.  With Christmas coming and a Villa full of guests, I took matters into my own hands and comb one of my thrift store haunts, I decided to look for thick ladder back chairs for the perfect DIY Chair Bench, which guess what – I found on the first stop – Insert happy dance here!

Hello I Live Here - DIY Chair Bench - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Once in the door it was like the light shining – there they were, six lovely all wood ladder back chairs staring right at me as I entered the door.  The construction was just what I wanted, and let’s face it for $40, and my time, I knew they would work 🙂   When I returned home with my great deal, Hello I Live Here got to work and made a new DIY chair bench first.

DIY Chair Bench

There were two tall back chairs for the head of the table.  It was my decision right then and there, to turn them into our DIY chair bench seating to fit the back of the table.  Here’s how we did it:

First, I removed the old bottoms and stored them away, and washed down the chairs to remove the sticky debris.

DIY Chair Bench

Then, I sat the two chairs side by side, and added 4 pilot holes with our Ridgid driver from The Home Depot to join the chairs with 3 inch wood screws purchased at Home Depot.

DIY Chair Bench

Next, I added the broken pieces to the bottom and sides of the chair (I only need 4 chairs around the table so the broken chair was used for parts.  I added these piece using Titebond glue and my Ryobi nail gun, both from The Home Depot.  What I did not use went to my scrap wood pile for later use).

DIY Chair Bench

After that, I added some beautiful molding purchased from Lowe’s to cover the joined lines in the wood, and carried the molding to each side of the chair, the front, and the bottom.

DIY Chair Bench

Using Elmer’s wood filler, I repaired all the cracks, then sanded it down with my Ryobi sander.

DIY Chair Bench

To complete the chair, I did an Annie Sloan Old Ochre chalk paint and brown wax mixture.  Once dry, I sealed the stain with Minwax quick dry polyurethane, and let dry.

DIY Chair Bench

While drying I recovered the chair bottoms.  Joining the bottoms together with two braces, and screws on each side between the seat cushions helped to keep them together.  Then I upholstered the bench with some great fabrics on sale at Hancock Fabrics, and reattached to the bench seat.

DIY Chair Bench

Flipping over the bench, and placing it into its new home why it waits for the three other chairs and new table to be finished.

DIY Chair Bench

I hope this post encourages you to try your own version of a DIY chair bench that would go perfect in a dining room or an entry way.  It was amazing just watching the piece come together.  Well, that’s our post for today – but remember, before you ditch those old chairs that have breaks, just remember the great DIY chair bench they all could make!  Thanks for stopping by – happy DIY everyone!

Linda

 

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