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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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  • Furniture Makeovers,  Home Decor,  Tips & Tricks

    Lazy Upholstering

    A few years ago, I inherited this small bench from my parents and had big plans to make it over.

    Reupholstered Bench 1

    However, having a baby, making a cross country move and project procrastination led me to cram this little guy into storage and it was never seen again. A few weeks ago, while trying to come up with some seating options for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party, I resurrected him and decided it was finally his time to get a transformation.

    After a little searching online, I found {this bench from West Elm} which was inspiration for the leg color and fabric. Since I already had some gray and white chevron fabric, I just needed some paint. My husband was sent out to buy some black semi-gloss paint and this is what he returned with.

    Reupholstered Bench 3

    Yup, that is black satin paint. But I decided to roll with it and got to work.

    First, I removed the 4 screws that attached the seat cushion to the base.

    Reupholstered Bench 2

    Next, the entire base got a few coats of the black satin paint. (I sanded everything in between each coat to give it a super smooth finish and help the paint adhere.)

    Reupholstered Bench 4

    While the paint was drying, I started working on the “upholstery.” I just used quotes there because I didn’t really do anything special, besides cover the current seat cushion, tan pleather-y fabric and all, with my chevron stuff. Is that technically upholstering it? Or just covering up something ugly? I don’t know and I was just too lazy to do anything more complex, hence the title of this post.

    Using a manual staple gun, I secured the fabric to the underside of the bench seat. ({This tutorial on upholstering benches} was what I followed to figure out how to attach my fabric and attempt to make the corners look presentable.)

    Reupholstered Bench 5

    Then I placed the seat cushion back on top of the base and screwed it all together. Done and done. Not too shabby, right?

    Reupholstered Bench 6

    My favorite part of this project was that it was so easy to work on and finish. Plus, besides just being a bench, it is also a great place for unicorns and whale sharks to frolic. Or so I hear. Oh yeah, pants are optional too.

    Reupholstered Bench 7

    (Did you see the chevron and unicorn sneak peek photo we posted on Instagram and Facebook earlier today? If not, you can follow on Instagram {erinejd} or {click here} to find us on Facebook.)

  • Furniture Makeovers,  Home Decor,  Painting Projects

    Scoop Chair

    I did it again! (As if there were any doubts.) I hunted down a fun piece of furniture on the side of the road to redo. This time my victim was a mid-century scoop chair. With only a few bumps and scratches, repainting this chair was easy peasy.

    scoop chair 1

    1. First, using a screw driver, I removed the legs.

    scoop chair 3

    2. Next, I applied two coats of Rust-oleum Specialty Plastic white spray paint on the seat.

    I was a little hesitant to paint the seat because I kinda liked the original color, but the seat was so scuffed up it needed to be painted.

    scoop chair 2

    I chose white instead of blue because, well let’s just face it, everything in my house is pretty much black, white and gray.

    As I was painting, the seat started to get this interesting cloud look to it, but I have no need for cloud chair, so I continued spraying.

    3. Then, using Blue Hawk Rust Resistant spray paint in black, I coated the legs.

    4. Finally, after a little drying time, I reassembled the chair.

    scoop chair 4

    Yay! I Love how it turned out! That was as easy as 1, 2, 3… 4.


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    Painting Upholstery

    Have you ever found a project and thought to yourself “I can do that?” And then you tried it out and it was a complete failure? No? Me neither.

    Just kidding. The great thing is when you do a project and it turns out pretty awesome, even though somewhere along the way you may have wanted to set it on fire. What’s that you say? You haven’t wanted to do that either? Well, then you are lucky. Anyway, this is a story about awesome things that almost got set on fire. Enter the painted barcalounger…

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    Isn’t she purdy?

    I actually started out with two of these puppies. You may remember this photo from awhile back. (Don’t bother looking for the post. It disappeared into oblivion when we lost all of our blog posts {mentioned here}. That is a lesson on backing things up!)

    2 Green Chairs

    We scored both of the chairs on Craigslist for FREE. Yes, you read that right. And they were is great condition. No funky smell. No nasty stains. Only a small amount of dust and hair clung on for its life as I vacuumed them off.

    A while ago, while perusing {Pinterest}, I found a photo of a beautiful upholstered wing-back chair {by Kristy Swain of Hyphen Interiors} that had been painted with latex and acrylic paints, of all things, and immediately knew I wanted to work that kind of magic on my own set of twins. Plus it is a much more inexpensive option than reupholstering.

    I decided to see if anyone else had painted their upholstery and there were a ton of tutorials out there, so I figured that this was totally a project I could pull off. I gathered my supplies.

    These included:

    – One quart of Glidden Satin Latex Paint in Granite Gray
    {Ceramcoat Textile Medium}

    Painting Upholstery 2

    – a spray bottle filled with water
    – a disposable cup to mix the paint in
    – a paint brush
    – white semi-gloss paint for the legs (already owned)

    These supplies were based mostly on Kristy’s process, minus the acrylic paint, after I read about several successes using only latex.

    Then it was time to get to work. I started by removing the head and arm rest covers (do those things have a real name?) and pulled the seat cushion off as well so that I could paint it independently. Next, I mixed my paint with the textile medium and some water in a 1:1:1 ratio. With the spray bottle, I spritzed the water onto the fabric of the back rest and used my paint brush to spread the mixture onto the fabric. You can see below that the first coat looks like it is going on decently, considering I was painting a light color onto a darker fabric.

    Painting Upholstery 3

    I spritzed and painted until the entire chair was covered, making sure to get in all of the nooks and crannies with my brush. Then it was time for a break so that everything could dry and I could make lunch.

    One salad and five gluten free pretzels later, I headed back to check on the drying process and that’s when I started to freak out. It looked like there was the slightest bit of dust on the chair, but not any sort of noticeable difference in color. I didn’t even take a photo because there was nothing to photograph. The chair literally looked the same, like the right side of the photo above.

    I mixed up some more paint, medium, and water, this time changing things up a bit and using a 1:1:1/2 ratio and hoping that this would allow for a bit more coverage. Spritz and paint and wait. Again, when I came back, it only looked as if someone had sprinkled a light dusting of baby powder on top of the chair. Grrrrrr. It was time for someone to light the fire, because this chair was going to burn. I could only imagine how many more coats I was going to have to do to make any sort of impact.  10? 20? 100? So I waited. And waited. A couple a of days actually.

    I knew I couldn’t give up on this chair, so after some whining to my husband and sister, I again mixed up my paint, medium and water, but opted not to use the spray bottle with water. That, my friends, was the secret to my success, because the next coat was definitely showing some decent coverage. Just a little green showing through.

    Painting Upholstery 4
    One more coat after that and I was done. Finally, my green chair was gray. I slapped some white paint on the legs and once that was dry…

    Painting Upholstery 6
    I used a hair dryer to heat set the medium, which seemed to make the finish a little more pliable.

    Painting Upholstery 5

    This chair is so lucky that I had a little perseverance and with a little more, it’s twin sister will get the same treatment so that we will have two GRAY barcaloungers.

    Painting Upholstery 1
    We love the way this chair turned out, regardless of the blood, sweat and tears that went into it. Parent approved and kid tested.  Hmmm… I wonder how spill resistant it is???

    Painting Upholstery 7
    Things to note:

    1. I would describe the texture of the chair as being similar to waterproofed outdoor fabric. It is a bit plastic-y, but still squishy and very comfortable to sit in.

    2. My theory is that the final texture of the chair has a lot to do with the beginning texture. My fabric was fairly stiff and rough to start out with, so a more plush fabric may produce a softer finish. No guarantees on this though.

    3. I used four 8 oz. bottles of fabric medium and one quart of latex paint, which equaled four grueling  coats of paint. This amount would have been less had I done fewer coats with my newly figured out mixture. (1:1:1/2 ratio of paint, medium, and water with no spray water bottle added.)

    4. Use a coupon. I could have spent around $12 less if I would have utilized coupons from my local craft store. Doh! You can even load a lot of them onto your phone with the right apps!

    5. The kind of chair I chose to use may not have been the best candidate for this project. Barcaloungers move and lounge (duh!) and have foot rests, so a stationary chair may be a better choice because it will have less surface area to cover. This will definitely be something I take into consideration in my future upholstery painting projects.

    Moral of the story:  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  We would love for you to share your upholstery painting stories with us if you end up trying this out!