Monday, March 16, 2015

Ikea Cubby Hack

You know the Ikea cubbies you see everywhere?
I believe they used to be called Expedit but now are named Kallax.

When some of our old neighbors left their rental they left a set behind.  In passing, the cleanup crew offered them to my husband and of course (since we love freebies) he said yes.

We were using them to store the kids' toys but decided they needed a makeover.  Our littles were always knocking toys out the back and the cubbies were already a bit, dinged, dented, stained and falling apart.  It was time.

A particular set of cubbies floating around Pinterest caught my eye, so a plan was made to redo the Ikea cubbies to give them the same look.  Turns out my inspiration is the retired Mitchell Cubby Storage (x4) from Pottery Barn.

As inspired by the original, for now we are using our cubbies as dining room storage.  This may be short lived though since we have two other storage pieces in this space (a matching buffet and hutch) and to me it feels too out of place.  We will most likely be putting them up for sale in the near future or might save them for our workshop renovation.

I throw around workshop renovation as if it might happen soon.  Probably not.  We still have some house projects to finish first.  Not to mention my idea of workshop renovation is gut and redo whereas my husband wants to cover and go.  I've informed him cover = bandaid = not good enough for my future plans for the space.  He's informed me bandaid = affordable AND gut job = out of the budget. Blast.

So here they sit until we make up our minds.

This is a relatively easy hack and as an added bonus the changes sturdied the unit up quite substantially!

First, cut 1/4" plywood to size and nail to the back of cubbies.  Tack the plywood around the perimeter and then tack the plywood to the vertical cubby dividers.  We marked the verticals using a yardstick and pencil, which made it much easier to keep a straight line.

Next, cut strips of 1/4" plywood to cover the front horizontals.  

To create a 1" lip on each cubby shelf, the base board needs to be 3" tall and the rest 2" tall.  Each strip gets nailed on flush with the base of the shelves. 

Next, cut and tack strips of 1/4" plywood to the vertical spaces remaining between the horizontal trim (perimeter of cubby unit only).  No trim needs to be added to the vertical shelf dividers.

We chose to paint the whole piece with Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  It covered the smooth factory finish and the raw wood perfectly.

Lastly, we purchased and attached 16 antique copper (bronze) metal label holders from D. Lawless Hardware.  At only $0.53 each they helped keep the cost down.  The holders don't come with hardware so to make the silver screw heads match I sprayed some oil rubbed bronze spray paint into a cup and painted them with a Q-tip.  You would never know they didn't come as a set!

Even though we might not keep this piece in the dining room it hasn't stopped me from filling it full of fun finds and gifts!

Now I just need to figure out, if we decide to move it, what will take it's place.

Shared with:
Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday
Pneumatic Addict - Outside [The Box]

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Southern Honey Chawk Painted Mint Door

I think it's about time to share our mint bathroom door!  I've been holding off since our kitchen remodel still has a few projects left to complete and isn't quite ready for a full reveal.

Southern Honey Chawk Paint sent me some paint to test and immediately I requested their pretty mint shade, Evelyn.

The paint was smooth and thick.  Two coats was all it took for full coverage.  I haven't put on any sort of topcoat and the paint is holding up perfectly.

The minty color is so subtle and pretty!

Southern Honey has lots of other gorgeous colors.  I love the selection!  Perfect for a color loving gal like me.  Brights, pastels, darks, lights, and neutrals. A little something for everyone.

I tested out a few other Southern Honey colors as well.  A crewelwork piece in my daughter's room got two coats of Loretta, a pretty bright pink.

The boys' room got a pop of blue when I painted a cuckoo clock and framed map with Shirley.  I topped them both with dark wax to give the bright blue a vintage aged look.

To find out more about Southern Honey Chawk Paint you can visit the ladies behind the paint on their website or on Facebook.

I'd love to know which Southern Honey Chawk Paint color is your favorite.  Leave a comment letting me know which color you would try first!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Modern Masters Giveaway

***   This giveaway has closed. was used to select the winner.  ***
Congratulations #35, Our Pinteresting Family!

Every time I feel like life is slowing down and I'm going to get back into the groove of regularly posting here on the blog, life seems to throw something new into the mix.  
Here's a brief rundown to catch you up with what has been happening in our home this month.
My husband and I decided to join up with two online groups for a round of Whole 30.  It's been going very well.  I have been spending a lot of extra time grocery shopping and meal planning.  I even concocted an unstuffed pepper recipe of sorts that in my humble opinion was restaurant worthy.  I'm no cook so for me that's a big deal!
Additionally, the weather and various holidays and teacher work days has kept my hands extra full as the oldest two kiddos have been home more.
That brings us to the last few weeks when we had to say goodbye to my grandmother. She lived a long and full life and was encouraging and blessing the family up to the very end.  A large chunk of the extended family was able to spend time at her bedside for the final days.  We sang, read scriptures, and tried to encourage and support her through it all.  As much as we will miss her I will treasure the memory of this time together as a family.
I had planned on posting this giveaway the week after I shared our Modern Masters front door reveal but time got away from me so today is finally the day for this fun giveaway!

To enter:  Stop over at Modern Masters, and select one of the following products you would like to use for a project:
  • Metallic Paint Collection or Matte Metallics
    One Quart and One 6 oz. container – your choice of color OR
    Four 6 oz. containers – your choice of color
  • Metal Effects (kit contains all, unless otherwise specified)
    One Pint Primer
    One Pint Reactive Paint – your choice of color
    One 4 oz. Solution or Rust Activator
    One Spritzer Cap
    One Pint of Permacoat Xtreme [Rust Only]
  • Front Door Paint
    One Quart – any color
  • Dead Flat Varnish – One Quart
After you've picked your product of choice stop back here and let me know which product and color you would pick if you win!
Get an extra bonus entry for:
Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry.

*This giveaway is open to U.S. residents age 18 and over.  Giveaway closes on February 2, 2015.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Eucalyptus Highchair {Custom Mixed Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Recipe}

One of the fabulous things about milk paint is that you can mix up the powders to create custom colors.  It isn't an exact science but if you have some knowledge of color mixing, tints, and shades then you can play around with existing milk paint powders to create beautiful new colors.

Recently, I painted a highchair for my niece and I came up with a custom color I'm calling Eucalyptus.

This lovely shade of green was made from a mix of Boxwood and Ironstone Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.  The muted green blue is strikingly similar to the leaves of Eucalyptus.

I bought the highchair used and had always planned on painting it.

I never really loved the red toned wood and with the addition of quite a few more dings and scratches it needed some help before I felt comfortable passing it down to my sweet new niece.

So here's what I came up with.

(a custom mix of Miss Mustard Seed's Boxwood and Ironstone Milk Paint)

      1/2 cup Boxwood Milk Paint powder
   +  1/6 cup Ironstone Milk Paint powder

I originally mixed 1/3 cup Boxwood with 1/6 cup Ironstone.  I wanted it to be a bit greener so I added an additional 1/6 cup of Boxwood.

Needless to say, I liked what I saw!

Now the yucky scratched up arms look much better!

Since a highchair needs to be able to take some abuse AND needs to be safe for little hands and mouths, I sealed it with two coats of Toy Maker's Finish which is completely non-toxic when cured.

The pretty oil rubbed finish was the icing on the cake.

That and the fact that I now have a new favorite milk paint mash up!

Disclosure: This post contains an Amazon Affiliate link.  If you make a purchase through the Toy Maker's finish link I will receive a small kickback.  
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