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October 27, 2017

Ikea Dresser Hack

I cannot believe we are already in week 4 of the ORC! This week was all about DIY, which is REALLY not my thing, but I became a DIY crazy lady with multiple trips to Home Depot, measuring, re-measuring, painting, cutting…you name it, I was in DIY hell heaven. And I will be the first to admit that despite my endless complaining this past week I am VERY pleased with the results. Maybe even a little proud of myself.

I had 3 projects in mind, one big one and two smaller ones. The big one involved transforming this plain Ikea dresser into a stylish masterpiece:

This is the Tarva dresser and a simple Internet search will reveal that many people are hacking it to create the dresser of their dreams. I was particularly inspired by Kristina Lynne’s version:


I simply followed her instructions and it turned out great! I did make one change, substituting the dark walnut stain she used for english chestnut (see why below).

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October 20, 2017

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge – Week 3: Mood Board and Painting

Welcome to week 3 of the 2017 Fall edition of the One Room Challenge, or the ORC as it is affectionately known. I’m so happy to be participating for the first time this year. If you’ve never heard of it, this event is hosted twice a year (Spring and Fall) by Linda of Calling It Home. It involves a group of invited Featured Designers and a group of Guest Participants (that would be me) showcasing the transformation of one room in their home in REAL time.

I have chosen our master bedroom for this event (click here if you missed last week’s post) because I feel like it’s been neglected for the past 2 years since moving here. It’s just a mishmash of items from our old house that don’t really tie into the space.

My first course of action was to pull inspiration from the Internet and create a mood board. Here is the vibe I am going for in this space:

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October 14, 2017

Fall 2017 One Room Challenge Week 2 – Master Bedroom Refresh

Well, it’s been a while since I posted but I figured what better way to return to my blog than by participating in this year’s Fall edition of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. I have been meaning to update our master bedroom for many months, so now’s the time to get my butt in gear and get this thing DONE. I missed week 1 of the ORC so bear with me as I catch up.

Our master bedroom is in the darkest part of our home. The sun seems to miss the room at most times of the day, plus there are a couple of trees right outside the window that block out any of the light. Keeping this in mind everything needs to be light and airy. So, white, off-white, and nothing too bulky.

This is our current bedroom situation:


Apart from those laundry totes, everything in here is a mishmash of items from our old house. I still like the bedding and artwork but it’s time for a refresh. And I’m ready to move on from the accent wall, in spite of my son’s objections.

Here’s the plan:

  • Paint everything white (Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore)
  • Update bedding, curtains and pillows
  • New artwork
  • DIY furniture – dresser and simple bench
  • *Maybe* change out the pendant light, and door hardware
  • Accessorize

I will be keeping the bed frame, bedside tables and sconces. I have tried some really gorgeous modern sconces in the past but was disheartened when the light they cast made the room intense and dreary. These ones are from Ikea and while they may not be the most stylish lights, they cast a warm, gorgeous light in the room.

Most of my day today will be painting the bedroom, but some of it will be figuring out how to use Photoshop to create a mood board to share here. If you have any tips, please feel free to share, because me and photoshop are not on friendly terms. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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