Category Archives: DIY

Easy DIY Dresser to Changing Table, Wickeltisch

Like lots of other couples living in apartments, we knew right away that our dresser would need to double up as a changing table. The IKEA Hemnes dresser, ended up being a great option for us, I am quite leggy, and wanted something that I didn’t need to constantly hunch over, and it has such great storage possibilities! Half the drawers are actually still empty (which apartment dwellers know is very very rare). 😛 I will use the half empty drawers to stock up on diapers. But first, I need meet Baby H to see how big he is before I stock up. 🙂

Hemnes Diaper Storage

 

So to help protect the dresser a bit, I bought a simple colorless and odorless Beeswax. You can purchase this from any hardware store or if you do purchase your dresser from Ikea they also sell it. Then with a simple paper towel, I rubbed (pretty hard) the wax in. I was just going to do the top layer, but then I thought about my friend’s children and crayons, and decided it wouldn’t hurt to do the entire dresser! 😀 The entire process took only 10 minutes.

Beeswax protection

The only other ‘extra protection’ I did, was I slipped a disposable changing pad mat underneath the 3 layered cloth changing pad. I chose a cloth layered pad because winters can be pretty rough here and I can not imagine putting Baby H on a ice cold plastic pad. Plus, everyone knows what they say when you change baby boy diapers with cold air! 😛

I still have a lot of finishing touches and more art & photos that I need to put up… but here is the result of the repurposed dresser:

Changing Table/Wickeltisch

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It’s all in the details: Knobs, Handles, Knöfe, Griffe

Usually its the small things that make a big difference!

I absolutely loves KNOBS! I wish sometimes that I had more dressers/closets, just to be able to browse, search, and hunt, for beautiful knobs. It is one of the easiest ways to update and improve an existing piece of furniture.

Things to consider before purchasing:

  1. Size of existing hole (not that you fall in love with a new piece and it doesn’t fit – been there done that).
  2. Cost! Sometimes they seem cheap but if you need 10+ knobs it can get expensive fast.
  3. Make sure it always comes with a washer and a fitting bolt. Otherwise the knob will randomly spin and drive you nuts.

Where can a knob make a big difference?

I think, if you are re-inventing a piece of furniture or need it for a new purpose it can make a huge difference. For example, I purchased this Hemnes Dresser a few years ago, and the gray brown color with simple knobs was perfectly suiting for the living room. I lived with a good friend, we had a great color combo going on, and this helped tone the room down. Now, 3 years later, I want to use this Hemnes Dresser in place of a changing table in the nursery. And it simply stood out like a sore thumb. Looked way too ‘adult like’, color clashed, and needed some TLC. By adding colorful and varying knobs from ZARA Home, it breathed new life into the dresser and makes it much more suiting for a nursery.

Dresser w:new knobs

Sounds humorous, but always double check before you buy, just because a knob is beautiful doesn’t mean it will make your furniture beautiful. 😀 I made a mistake on one of my small DIY projects that I already featured, namely, I chose pretty knobs without considering the background of the vitrine.

Pretty knobs, bad background.
Pretty knobs, bad background.

A general rule of thumb: if the furniture is light darker knobs will look better, if the furniture is dark lighter knobs will look better. Of course there are always exceptions to this, but in this case it is definitely true. On a happy note, it means I will get to go shopping and look for new knobs to replace these ones!!! 😀 AND find a new home for these knobs.

Here is the final result of the updated Hemnes Dresser for the Nursery:

New knobbed Hemnes!

DIY Sister Entry #2

So my sister is totally getting ahead of me with the DIY projects 🙂 I figure she has two large advantages:

1. She has access to my mom’s attic- endless supply of potential and fun to hack furniture.

2. She is not pregnant 😛 (lol, seriously my motivation at this time is trying to get all the laundry done before the baby enters our lives).

This is her lastest project that I am trying to attempt her to give to me as a gift! She found an old night table in the attic, removed the drawers, sanded it for hours, and then primed it. She was debating what color to paint it, and finally decided on a colder white with very light blue undertones. She then put the original handles back on the dresser.

Almost finished!
Almost finished!

 

Still not 100% satisfied with her project, she spray painted the handles a brassy gold color! The result is awesome! Dresser still looks vintage but with a nice modern and clean vibe.

Final Result
Final Result

Now I just need to persuade her to ship it to me! 🙂

DIY Sister

To celebrate my baby sister’s Birthday, I decided to dedicate a post just to her! She has also caught the DIY/Pinterest bug, but is too shy to share some of her handiwork, which is why it is great that she has got a big sister to do it for her 😉

The original chair she found at Goodwill for under $10, she then stripped the old fabric off, cleaned the chair, and using a staple gun and numerous attempts at folding, (while distracting her dog, Nahli who for unknown reasons has an obsession with this chair) fixed the new fabric to it. In one day a complete chair renovation! Pretty impressive! I will add more of her DIY work as it comes in!

Before and After of the chair:

Baby Sister's Handiwork!
Baby Sister’s Handiwork!

The chair, and a happy Nahli, in its new home! 🙂

New Chair + Happy Dog

 

Starting the nursery….

So at 35 weeks, I am getting a very late start on setting up the nursery! :-O Of course, I am blaming this on the move 😉

But actually I am struggling because I have seen so many amazing and inspiring nurseries featured all over the web! One of my favorite resources is Apartment Therapy. I could stare at their website for hours on end. Etsy, because Etsy is just cool, and has too many vintage items that I want, and lastly everything under Ashley Ann’s website, Under the Sycamore.

http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2009/06/30/entering-the-girl-world-the-nursery/

So I decided to make a list of what was most important to me and then go from there:

  1. Whimsical and vintage
  2. Boyish (but not over the top)
  3. Practical in sense of storage, changing, etc.
  4. Colorful but not matchy matchy

Besides those things on the list I am just taking it as it comes! Here is some preview photos of what I have started with.

DIY Projects haves started... sneak preview of Nursery
DIY Projects haves started… sneak preview of Nursery

The white Vitrine is an IKEA hand-me-down that I am hacking to turn into a baby closet. I sanded down the shelves, changed the knobs, and removed the first shelf to place a clothing rod on the top to hang a few items. The blue chest is also a hand-me-down from my in-laws, it was a handmade gift from their landlord! I love refurbishing items.

I will post more about the nursery as I get closer to finishing! 🙂

Hanging up paintings with bobby pin!

So I am mildly obsessed with Pinterest and always tumble on to the most inspiring pins. A few weeks ago I saw a pin taken from Real Simple for using a bobby pin as an assist to hold a nail when hammering…. for some reason it seemed to stick in my mind. 

Could be because: 

1. I am terrible at hammering and always seem to hit my fingers more than the nail. 

2. Always seem to have bobby pins laying around although I don’t use them! 

Anyways, long story short, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to try it. And guess what? It actually worked, and even better, it was really easy to do! Only additional tip, would be to slightly squeeze the bobby pin while holding the nail. Otherwise it wiggles just slightly! See my photo below! 

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For more surprising tips on how to use bobby pins check out the original link from Real Simple:

http://www.realsimple.com/new-uses-for-old-things/new-uses-accessories/bobby-pin-nail-holder-00100000116763/index.html