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One Room Challenge Week Five – Ikea Rast Dresser Desk

Can you believe that it is week 5 of the One Room Challenge? That means that there is only one week left and oh my goodness, we have so much to finish up! Last week, I teased that we had an exciting build that I would be sharing this week and I’m happy to say that we’ve finished it! Check out our Ikea Rast Dresser Desk!

Ikea Rast Dresser Desk

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In the DIY blog world, completing a Rast hack is sort of a right of passage and there have been some really amazing variations done. So, when we started working on our tween daughter’s bedroom, we decided to use two unfinished ones that we had temporarily been using as nightstands.

Unfinished Ikea Rast 3-drawer chest


Even though she already has a small dresser, our daughter needed some more storage.  She also needed a desk for homework and such. Since she doesn’t have a large room (10’x12′), finding a way to fit so many different types of furniture pieces in was a bit challenging. So, after some brainstorming, we decided to donate our nightstands to the cause and make what we lovingly refer to as a “Dresker”.  That’s right.  A dresser and a desk in one.

Since our little dressers were already put together, it was just a matter of spiffing them up. We started by adding lattice pieces to the front of the drawers, a 1×4 piece of wood to the bottom front, and more lattice as trim around the bottom.

Rast Chest Lattice Trim

Then they both got a few coats of white primer/paint.

White Small Dresser

And some new, shiny cup pulls.

Brushed Nickel Cup Bin Pulls

We brought them in from the garage after painting so that we could set them up in the room and attach the top pieces.

Two Dressers One Desk

For the top, we used a 72″ x 15″ piece of poplar screwed in from inside the drawer and trimmed underneath with quarter round.

Poplar Desk Top Trim

Finally, the top was painted to match and the dresker was finished!

Ikea Rast Dresser Hack

Isn’t it glorious? We are so happy with how it turned out and think that this piece will work great for the various needs of a growing tween.

One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom

With only one week left, I feel like we are going to be super busy over the next several days trying to finish up all that we have to do. Here’s what is still on the to-do list.

  • Remove old carpet and replace flooring
  • Paint walls, trim, & doors
  • Replace old electrical plates, outlets, and switches
  • Add new lighting
  • Install window coverings
  • Create a workspace that can also double as clothes storage
  • Bring in color and textures with accessories
  • Organize craft & art supplies, books, toys, and clothing

See what we’ve done in previous weeks!

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Seasonal Character Door Hanger

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Woohoo! Today is the day that I get to show you my Halloween themed version of the Seasonal Character Door Hanger. It was so fun to actually get my hands on some power tools and build this project on my own!

Seasonal Character Door Hanger

You can build and style your own too!

If you enjoy creating projects, The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. There are three types of Workshops offered:

  • Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
  • Do-It-Herself (DIH)
  • Kids

As a memory refresher, here is the original image supplied by The Home Depot for this project. If you sign up for a workshop, customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions. Visit to learn more.


OK.  Here is mine.

I decided that I wanted to create a neutral skeleton look for my Seasonal Character Door Hanger to go with our light & neutral decor.

Skeleton Fall Door Hanger

I’m not sure if this cute guy looks more like a skeleton, a ghost, or a jack-o-lantern, but he is sure is happy and welcoming. Maybe he needs some teeth?

Neutral Fall Decor

The building process was super easy. (Click here to sign up to make your own at your local Home Depot store.) After putting this together, I stained the wood with a combo of Minwax Jacobean and Classic Gray. Next, I dry brushed the entire thing with white chalk paint. Then, with a pencil, I freehand the face and filled it in with a thicker application of my dry brushing technique, which gave it an airy, ghosty feel.

Dry Brush White Paint Halloween Face

I added my favorite black and cream ticking fabric around the top of the hat brim to finish off the look.

Black White Stripe Ribbon

Isn’t this guy a cutie?  If I wouldn’t get crazy looks, I would consider leaving him up year round.

Neutral Seasonal Skeleton Ghost Door Hanger

If you liked this project, you can register here to learn how to build your own in person at your local Home Depot Workshops. You should also definitely check out the other amazing and unique versions of the seasonal character door hanger from the participants in this Workshop Virtual Party!

Live Laugh Rowe
The Turquoise Home
Cherished Bliss
Refresh Restyle
The Creative Mom
My Sister’s Suitcase
My Love 2 Create
Sweet Charli
Not Just A Housewife
Domestically Speaking
Lovely Etc
Redhead Can Decorate
Yesterday on Tuesday
Elizabeth Joan Design
The Rustic Life
One Artsy Mama
Tonality Designs
She Leaves A Little Sparkle
Our Vintage Nest
All Things Thrifty
Our Thrifty Ideas
Junque Cottage
The Crafted Sparrow
Sweet Rose Studio

The Home Depot Workshops: Seasonal Character Door Hanger

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You guys! I’m so excited to announce that I am partnering with The Home Depot in their Workshop Virtual Party to bring you an awesome holiday project! Aren’t the seasonal character door hangers pictured below so cute? On Monday, October 17th at 1 pm, twenty-five bloggers will be participating in the party, building and sharing their own take own on these. (Hint: Mine is Halloween themed!) Plus, you can register here to learn how to build your own in person at your local Home Depot Workshops.

Home Depot Workshops


Did you know that The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels? That’s right!  You can totally join in on the fun. Participants can pick from three types of Workshops offered:

  • Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
  • Do-It-Herself (DIH)
  • Kids

Customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions The Home Depot Workshops.


I can’t wait to show you guys my take on this Seasonal Character Door Hanger! Join me back here on October 17th to see my version and view the other amazing projects by my fellow bloggers. Also, don’t forget to register so you can build your own!Click Here to Sign Up


Framed Wallpaper Panels

Several years ago, while my aunt and uncle were remodeling their home, they passed along to me some awesome wallpaper they had leftover. I was totally smitten with the design and had plans to use the wallpaper on the inside of a bookshelf, but later decided not to, for fear that it’s loveliness would get covered up. Then, one day, I came across a post from The Hunted Interior with the idea of creating DIY framed wallpaper panels. And I loved it.

Framed Wallpaper Panels
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I knew that creating the framed wallpaper panels was the perfect solution to showcase my amazing wallpaper. I followed Kristin’s tutorial with a few tweaks here and there.


I started by cutting the MDF board and trim pieces to my desired lengths (with a little help from the hubs). Mine measured 21″ X 49″, which was just a 1/2 inch wider than the original width of the wallpaper.

Wall Panel Measurements

Next, I measured and cut the wallpaper to fit on the board. Using the paint brush, I applied wallpaper paste to the back of the wallpaper and attached it to the board.

Wallpaper Paste Brush

While that dried, I painted the mitered trim pieces and then used wood glue to stick them on around the edges of the panel, creating a pretty frame. (Sorry, I forgot to photograph that step!)

Woods Wallpaper

Finally, using Command Strips, I carefully hung the panels on the wall (after measuring where they would go.) They only weighed about 6.5 lbs each, so hopefully they will stay up on the wall without a problem.

3M Picture Frame Hanger

The panels are now happily hanging in our bedroom and I love that I can enjoy them everyday.

Wallpaper Frames Black White

They were super easy to put together, but the most exciting part it that if we ever decide to move, we can easily take our framed wallpaper panels with us!