Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ikea Rast Hacks

One of the things I've been shopping for in the master bedroom is a nightstand for my husband's side of the bed.  When we bought our bedroom set years ago, we were living in a two bedroom town home.  Out room wasn't big enough for the bed and two nightstands, so we only bought one.  So now that we are in a new home with plenty of space, we want another nightstand.  The furniture company no longer produces this set so I've been searching Craigslist for a mate and other furniture stores for something similar.

On my search, I kept coming across the Ikea Rast dresser.  It is a basic three drawer wood dresser that can be stained or painted to suit your taste.  I liked the price too at $34.99.

There have been so many people making this simple piece look fabulous.

The Turquoise Home attached trim to the bottom, painted it white, and stained the top.  I love it.

Why not make it one big piece of furniture?  That's exactly what Oh Everything Handmade did.

Little Red Brick House also did a two tone but stained the sides as well.

I like this simple gray Rast from The House of Lists.

Using a wood overlay, the Crafty Sisters created a fancy pair.

This one from Hello Boudreau looks chic with its linen wrapped exterior and nail trim.

Petite Vintage Interiors used decals to add some fun to a girls bedroom.

How about campaign style?  Classy Clutter added corner braces and pulls to glam up a pair of nightstands.

There are so many hacks out there, there's bound to be one for everyone's style.

I've ordered a nightstand online in hopes of it being a close match for my existing one.  If not, hacking a Rast is definitely on my list.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Look A Likes: Glass Pendants

I love a great light fixture.  It can really change the feel of a room.  I love the style of these lights.  With the version from World Market, you can get the look for a fraction of the price.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Gray Board and Batten

Good morning!

I showed you this gorgeous office with gray board and batten last week.  I believe it totally transformed the look of the room.  Check out her before.  I've done white board and batten in the foyer and the back entryway but adding the gray steps it up a notch.  It looks so sleek and modern. I decided to look around the web to see who else has added some gray board and batten to their home.

Bower Power did a feature wall in her master bedroom.

Thrifty Decor Chick also did a feature wall.

Chris loves Julia painted the entire room dark gray but added the molding behind the sofa.


The Shingled House paneled the whole bathroom.  Her space looks completely different.


Jenna Sue added board and batten to a wall behind the dresser.


Gorgeous right?  These rooms look extra fab because of the molding.  They're dark and moody.  I'm still deciding where I could put it in my house.
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Master Bedroom Progress

Well, things are moving slowly but they're moving.  I'm trying not to rush any of my decisions on the pieces in this room.  I tend to change my mind after I've purchased things and at that point I can't return them to the store.

I showed you last week the progress of the sitting room.  We're still not sure about the desk I chose so we're waiting on another option to arrive before we make the final decision.  Other than that, this area is pretty much done.

I would like to do some sort of wall treatment like this.  I can't get it out of my head.  I love the molding and dark gray together.  I think the gray would be too much for this sitting area though.  I want to keep it light and bright.

The new chandelier is hung over the bed and I love it.  It gives a warm glow at night.


Since I did a gallery wall in the sitting area, I don't think I'm going to add one around the television like I originally said.  We need to hide the cords behind the wall like we did in the loft.  I hate seeing them dangling there.

I'm also on the hunt for new bedding.  The last bedroom update two years ago, I showed you this duvet.  I liked that duvet, but with all things, they tire out.  We've got something different now that's about a year old but I'm ready for something new.  I was hoping for a new headboard but I've got a few DIY ideas I'm thinking about.

So you can see we're going places.  I've got so many inspiration pictures in my head, it's hard to sort through them all and decide what I really want.  I've ordered and returned so many pieces.  There are empty boxes and wrappers covering the sitting area floor.  I know it's driving hubby crazy but I can't get rid of the mess until the room is complete.

I've got a few more pieces ordered in hopes that we can wrap up this room makeover.

Have a great weekend ya'll.

Check out other projects in the master bedroom:
Master Bedroom Plans
DIY Fabric Trimmed Curtains
New Plan

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Friday, February 6, 2015

OMG Nail Strips

I'm not the type to get my nails done on a regular.  I don't like spending money on something I don't feel like I'll get the full benefit from.  I used to wear acrylics a long time ago.  They were pretty but are horrible for your natural nails.  After kids, I just cut the expense and went natural.  Every now and them I'll paint my nails myself and wear the polish until it starts to chip.  I've even gone to the salon to have the ladies there paint my nails, but again the wear only lasts a few days.  Between washing my hands all day, doing dishes, and projects around the house, the polish doesn't last.

I was contacted by OMG Nail Strips to review their nail polish strips.  I was skeptical about reviewing them on the blog since they are not home related, but I have been wanting to try strips for a while.  Like me, many of you use your hands a lot, whether doing DIY projects or everyday life.  According to their website, these strips have a resistance to chipping, tearing, and wrinkling during application.  They have a little stretch to them so application is easier.

I chose a couple strips I liked to review.  I decided to try the Pink and Black Stars pattern first.  Each pack comes in a set of 14 strips in varying widths so you can custom fit them to your nails.

I used the instructions on the back of the pack to apply them to my own nails. 

1. Soak your hands in warm water for 5 minutes. Dry hands, then gently push back cuticles. Carefully remove any excess skin around the nail bed. 

2. Moisturize your hands with lotion, and wait 1 minute.
3. Using a Q-tip, remove any leftover lotion from the nail bed, paying special attention to the sidewalls, cuticle area and tip of the fingernail. 

4. Select the appropriate sized nail strip for each nail to ensure the nail will be covered from sidewall to sidewall. Using a nail strip that is too large for a particular nail is not recommended; rather, trim the strip the scissors to the appropriate width. 

5. Peel off the clear coating, and then carefully remove the nail polish strip from the sticker backing. 

6. Start by placing whichever end on the nail strip that works better for your nails at the cuticle and  apply it by smoother the strip towards the tip and your nail, smoothing out and bumps and ensuring the strip is tucked neatly into the sidewalls. 

7. File away any excess nail strip by holding your nail file parallel to the surface you are working on, as filing the nail perpendicularly will cause tearing along the tip. 

8. After you have applied all ten polish strips, take a cotton ball the has been dipped in polish removed with the excess remover wrung out, and swipe each nail 1-3 times, paying special attention to the sidewalls, tips and cuticle area. This step is especially important, as it melts the strip to your nails, allowing for longer lasting wear. 

9. Apply a finishing topcoat, and wait 5 minutes for it to dry completely.
They were pretty easy to apply and once I got the hang of it, it went pretty fast.  I applied them on Saturday afternoon and this is what they looked like Monday afternoon.  Of course you can see wear on the tips from normal use.  There was also some lifting at the cuticles.  After cooking and cleaning that evening, they didn't last much longer.  A couple of them chipped so they all had to be removed.  The pack says to use polish remover but they simply peeled off for me.

Not sure if I would but these or not.  I like the ease of applying them and the various patterns but I don't like the thought of being extra careful not to mess up my nails.  Also, if one chips, you can't just touch up the color.  You have to use the extra strips from the pack to apply another one.
 OMG Nail Strips offer many patterns to choose from so there's something for everybody.  They offer free shipping and right now they have a promo for five packs of nail strips for $25 with the code 5pack or ten packs for $45 with the code 10pack.

What's your take on nail strips?

*I received this product to review for free but the views and opinions expressed are my own.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

January Month In Review

Happy Wednesday!  We made it to hump day!  Here's what went on around here in January.

I started the year off by adding more blue to our formal dining room.

Coral and Turquoise mixed together creates a beautiful color palette.

I shared our plans for the master bedroom makeover.

Online retailer Joss & Main has good flash sales but I showed you some tips to make sure you're getting the best deal.

New finds at H&M Home.

More model home inspiration.

Using fabric, I trimmed the master bedroom curtains to give them a more custom look.

In my search for desks, I came across a high and low version.

A master bathroom design that is luxurious and soothing.

I'm looking forward to more projects and getting things done this month.  Hoping to update you soon with pictures from the master bedroom.  I'm taking my time with things to make sure we're buying the pieces we really want.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

The Plans Have Changed

We are well under way with the master bedroom makeover.  It's been fun so far.  My husband is pretty much letting me handle this but I have to keep in mind the things he would and would not like.  We liked the initial design but realized a few things weren't going to work.

Here's the first plan.  

There were two chaise lounge chairs in the sitting area.  After much debate, we decided that we really didn't need two lounge chairs here.  How often would we be sitting in this space at the same time?  That, and the fact I couldn't find one cheaper than $250 that I really loved.  I wasn't ready to sink $500 for chairs alone.

I also really wanted an upholstered headboard but that requires a new bed frame.  That means selling our current furniture to buy new.  I would normally be all about that but I really like our bed and I'm not sure hubby is ready for the change either.

So things have changed a bit.

I want to incorporate a small desk in the sitting area.  This way I can check emails, blog, and pay bills without walking to the office.  I enjoy being on my laptop and not starting up the desktop computer.  This desk is one I showed you before from Target.  It's got an industrial look but is affordable and small enough to fit into the sitting area.  Instead of a normal desk chair, I want a cushioned chair.  I'm not a fan of the traditional rolling office chair.

I found a chair on Overstock that we've received already and I love it.  It's pretty wide and very comfy.  I gave you a sneak peek here.  For foot support, I plan to add an ottoman.


The gallery wall is pretty much done.  I am waiting on a few photos to arrive in the mail to put into the frames.

I'm liking our bedroom better already.

See the original plan here.

To see progress in the master bedroom:
DIY Fabric Trimmed Curtains  

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