Quick and inexpensive DIY chest transformation

Feb 25, 2015

Ikea chest transformation
My favorite part of this chest (besides its beautiful color) are the teardrop pulls from Hobby Lobby.
Making a budget friendly room transformation is not that difficult. With some inexpensive art, some paint and a new comforter set I was able to change the whole look of our master bedroom. On my previous post I stated that the the furniture was making this room appear smaller that what it really was: it was a dark chocolate color and the chests were too tall for the space.

Inexpensive Ikea chest transformation

I knew this piece of furniture had to go, but I needed a similar (perhaps smaller) option with a comfortable price tag. Knowing that Ikea never fails, it only took me a visit to find the perfect Tarva drawer chest. Because it was made of natural solid wood the painting options were unlimited.
To make the big change, I went with some wood stains; the first couple of coats were in Minwax "Classic Gray", and two more coats in Verathane "Golden Oak" both available at The Home Depot.

Inexpensive Ikea chest transformation
Inexpensive Ikea chest transformation
I love how the grains of the wood still show through the tint. 
A change of drawer pulls was all that it needed to be completed. I found some vintage looking ones at Hobby Lobby and they had this perfect teardrop style which I completely love.
Our new drawers look spectacular and the color went perfect with my HomeGoods lamps and Kenroy Home Reyes mirror.

Inexpensive Ikea chest transformation

Let me know what you think of this chest transformation. As always I LOVE reading all your comments.

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A bright and more spacious master bedroom

Feb 19, 2015

Bright Master Bedroom decor

When we first moved into our new home, our master room became my favorite place to hide leftovers from the other rooms. As you can imagine, this place became dark and crowded with barely any space to be creative. An organizing/decor intervention was more than needed in this room.
My first approach to make this space look bigger was to bring in a pendant lamp. I wanted it to be big but at the same time elegant. I found a great option from Kenroy Home called Apothecary with a curved form and a look reminiscent of an old time. Because of the clear glass, the light bounces around the room achieving that bright and spacious feeling this room craved.

Bright Master Bedroom decor

My old comforter also needed a replacement. So I took a quick visit to my nearest HomeGoods where I found a new set of sheets, the art you'll see over my nightstand tables, a set of bright yellow decorative pillows; besides the colorful comforter.

Bright Master Bedroom decor
Bright Master Bedroom decor

Besides the unnecessary stuff we had in this room, the furniture was also making this space seems dark. Changing the headboard to a fabric one from BHG at Walmart made all the difference. A new natural wood drawer chest from Ikea (and some wood stain) also helped freeing the room from all the clutter.

Bright Master Bedroom decor

Hope you enjoyed this room makeover and stay tuned for some hints on how to achieve some of the looks I used here.

Bright Master Bedroom decor

Apothecary Pendant lamp was provided by +kenroyhome for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Starburst mirror wall

Jan 27, 2015

Starburst mirror wall
Mirrors from the top: both from Target. Bottom: BHG at Walmart and ZGallerie.
Lately my days are filled with so many things to do; which is a good as long as I keep busy doing things that I love. If you missed my latest project (Fireplace Planter Facade) I encourage you to take a peek since I know Spring is just around the corner and this planter can become handy.
Because of this post, I'm sharing today my mirror wall since it had a lot of great feedback in My Instagram account. 

Starburst mirror wall

This wall was made out of a collection of sunburst mirrors I've been saving for sometime time now. The arrangement of them was set on the balance design principle to ensure a well proportioned and scale appropriate setting of objects. Although I used 5 mirrors, I incorporated the rule of 3 based on sizes; where 1 is the big mirror at the left, 2 the two medium size and 3 the smaller two. This will make this arrangement appealing while creating a drama effect on my wall... a focal point.

Starburst mirror wall

Starburst mirror wall

A similar method was used on my coffee table setting, you can find it in here.
Let me know what you think about this. Do you use any design rule or you like to break them? 

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Fireplace plant facade

Fireplace plant facade

As seasons come and go, I like to update my fireplace area with things I already have or that I can create. So far in this sealed area I've place some urns filled with Ivy plants for Christmas, recycled jumbo bottles in tones of amber and light brown for the beginning of the year; and now some ferns in honor of Spring.
To place these plants inside the firebox I've create a simple planter with some "Common Board" and "Sande Plywood" from The Home Depot.

Fireplace plant facade

The sizes I'll be using to make this planter are based on my firebox space. To start, I cut one piece of the "Sande Plywood" to 30" x 36", this was going to be the back of the planter. Using the same material, I cut 3 pieces of 33" x 8" for the front part that will hold the plants. For the corners, I cut 6 triangles from the "Common Board". Each of these was 6" x 6" x 8" (using a 45 degree angle).
Using these materials I was able to make 3 rows for the plants. For each row, I started accommodating the corners, each 1 1/2" from the edge of the wood that was going to be the back of the planter (as shown in the image). After these pieces were glued and nailed, I placed one of the 33" x 8" piece to finish the row. Between rows I left 3" for spacing.

Fireplace plant facade

After all the rows were finished, all I had to do was fill the planter. The reason I chose ferns, besides being so lush, was because they imitate the beautiful stone engraving of my fireplace. Also, when I was looking for options I took into consideration the fact that these plants were going to be near a big window, were they'll be receiving sunlight for the most part of the day.

Fireplace plant facade

I love having this pop of green in my living room. The best thing about this planter is that I can change the plants and hang it to the kitchen wall replacing the ferns for some herbs.
Do you like to keep plants inside your home? Which are your favorites?

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