DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

Long before we moved into this house, when Ollie was still in a crib, I knew I had already put this DIY on “my list.” While visiting a friend’s house I complimented the pair of upholstered twin beds in his guest room and he informed me that they were DIY Ikea hacks. I was so impressed that I insisted that he send me the tutorial. So this project is based on that tutorial, it’s not completely original, but I did improvise as they did not have the bed frame in stock that I wanted to use, so instead I had to use the cheaper Nieden Frame. Seeing the before and after of this project proves what an anchor a headboard can be. This beautiful green-grey upholstered bed frame really makes the room.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

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DIY Upholstered Bed

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DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

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STEP 1. Screw plywood to front of existing headboard.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

STEP 2. use the 1”x3” lumber to build a “box as shown below.

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DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

STEP 3. Cut batting and wrap side rails and foot of bed. Use the staple gun to secure in place. Careful to keep the corners and edges as clean as possible. I took several photos below to best show my wrapping technique.

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DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed
DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

STEP 4. Cut and wrap the headboard with batting. I used the remainder of batting to wrap the top edge and corners with an extra layer. Use the staple gun to secure in place.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

STEP 5. Cut and wrap the head board with fabric or blanket. Fold the corners and trim to keep as clean as possible. Again, I added detailed shots to try and show how I folded and tucked the fabric.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed
  • I did not finish the back of the headboard, since I knew it would be hidden.

DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed
DIY Ikea Hack Upholstered Bed

STEP 7. Cut and wrap the side rails and foot. Secure in place with staple gun. Again, play around with folding and tucking at the corners to get the cleanest look.

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DIY Upholstered Bench

Today I’m excited to share the first of many DIY projects in our new home. The best news is that this project is really easy, I’m not exaggerating when I say that it took me about an hour to make this bench. Except for the batting I had all the supplies on hand. I even used the legs from a disassembled coffee table I made many moons ago for my New York City apartment. Chances are, if you’re not a borderline hoarder, like me, you may need to pick up a few items, but even for a novice, this project can be completed in an afternoon.

DIY Upholstered Bench
DIY Upholstered Bench

DIY Upholstered Bench

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Step 1: Cut your two pieces of wood to size and sand the edges.

DIY Upholstered Bench

Step 2: Layout the batting and cut to size of top of bench. You will only be using one piece of plywood for the next few steps.

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Step 3: Staple down the batting.

DIY Upholstered Bench

Step 4: Cut the fabric to the size of bench, plus about a 3” border around the edges.

DIY Upholstered Bench

Step 5: Staple the fabric to the bottom of the plywood.

DIY Upholstered Bench

Step 6: Trim extra fabric at corners and tuck in to achieve the cleanest possible fold at the corners.

DIY Upholstered Bench
DIY Upholstered Bench

Step 7: Layer second piece of plywood on top of the upholstered piece, sandwiching the stapled fabric. Drill in about one screw in the center of each of the four sides.

DIY Upholstered Bench

Step 8. Add the legs.

DIY Upholstered Bench

And that’s it! You can even have them cut the plywood to size at your hardware store. This project is super easy, minimal mess and no staining, so no harsh odors. I just love the little touch this piece adds to our staircase wall!

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DIY Cut Out Kids Art

If you've been following along this summer, you know that Ollie and I have been hanging out and doing a lot more activities than usual. It has been so fun seeing his creative side come out, and watching him gain fine motor skills. Last DIY project I shared with you was a color block painting, this project was definitely less involved and less messy, we created art inspired by Henri Matisse's cut out art. 

During the last decade of his life Henri Matisse deployed two simple materials—white paper and gouache—to create works of wide-ranging color and complexity. An unorthodox implement, a pair of scissors, was the tool Matisse used to transform paint and paper into a world of plants, animals, figures, and shapes.

You can read more about Matisse's methods here

DIY Cut Out Kids Art

DIY Kids Art

SUPPLIES: 

  • colored paper
  • white paper
  • scissors
  • glue

Step 1: I did the prep work and cut out the shapes, in completely random sizes and colors. Do not cut white paper.

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DIY Kids Art

Step 2. Lay out your shapes on white paper 

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Step 3: Glue shapes on to paper. That's it!

DIY Matisse Inspired Kids Art

Color Blocked Kids Art Project

I never quite understood what parents were talking about when they complained about finding activities for their kids to do during summer vacation, but now that I'm in transition and home with Oliver all day, I totally get it. I can't say I've been Martha Stewart mom, but I have done a few activities I'm proud of and I'm pretty excited to share this DIY color block art project with you. It was a team effort between my son and I, and a lovely way to spend a three afternoons.

DIY Kids Color Block Art Project

I am in love with this color block art trend I've been seeing around the internet. I am in no way claiming that our work of art is as good as Jesslyn Brooks or Ines Longevial, but I am very happy with the way it turned out. I may have inadvertently promised our son it would hang in house "forever." These are a inspiration pieces for this project.

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SUPPLIES: 

  • paint, I ised acrylic 
  • paint brushes
  • canvas
  • pencil

NOTE: I chose the paint colors

DIY Color Block Art

STEP 1: Have your little draw shapes on the canvas

Color Block art project with kids
Color Block art project with kids

STEP 2: He picked the placement for the colors, then I painted the outline of the shapes.

Color Block art project with kids

STEP 3: Ollie painted the inside of the shapes.

Color Block art project with kids

STEP 4: I cleaned it up and painted the sides. 

DIY COLOR BLOCK ART

Mood Board // Misty Marble Project

Most of the mood boards I share here, actually, most of the mood boards I make, in general, are for weddings and parties, this little beauty is for a project I have living in my head. It's been a while since I've really made something and this idea is big, I don't know where I'll it will live and there is a lot of experimenting to be done, but the nearly spring are has me inspired! Hope you have a wonderful and productive week. 

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DIY Round Leather Bag

I design handbags everyday for a living, but it's rare that I make one by hand. Why would I? I already have all the bags I could ever want. Almost all the bags, I wanted one of the trendy bracelet styles. I literally whipped up this bag in 30 minutes, it's super duper easy. 

DIY Round Leather Bag
DIY bracelet handle bag
DIY Round Leather Bag Supplies

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DIY Round Leather Bag

STEP 1: Fold cardboard in half and use the curve to make a U shaped pattern

DIY Round Leather Bag

STEP 2. Unfold and trace onto leather, cut 2 U shapes. 

DIY Leather Bag

STEP 3. Cut 2 - 1 1/2" x 3" leather strips, these will attach the handle to the bag. 

Step 4. loop the anchor around the handle and sew with two stitch lines. Repeat on the other piece of leather 

Step 5. Layer the front and back pieces on top of each other and sew along the edge. 

Step 6. trim away any visible back side of the leather.

Now you're ready to throw your phone and lipstick in and hit the town!

 

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Top two photos: A. Fatouros Photography

DIY Concrete Planters

I'm stoked to be sharing my first DIY on my new blog! Today it's DIY concrete planters I used on my Home Depot table top, you can see that post here.  These planters are a fairly easy DIY that add a touch of industrial feel as well as lots of texture to a tablescape. These vessels can be used as planters, vases or even candle holders. Keep reading to see to find out how to create.

DIY Concrete planters

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DIY Concrete planters Supplies

STEP 1: mix water and concrete a little at a time 

DIY Concrete planters

STEP 2: Use the drill and mixing drill bit to mix. Adjust the amount water and concrete until the mix is about the consistency as cake mix.

DIY Concrete planters

STEP 3: pour a small amount into the larger paper cup.

DIY Concrete planters

STEP 4: Pour a small amount of mix into the smaller cup (for weight) and place in the larger cup. 

DIY Concrete planters

STEP 5: Fill the larger cup almost to the top. Allow to dry and peel away cups. 

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Ikea Hack // Kid's Play Kitchen

Oliver turned 2 last week!  If you haven't been following along, we celebrated in Disney World!  More to come on that, but before we left we gave the birthday boy his gift, a play kitchen.  Every time we've gone to a friend's who has one, he runs right to it.  He also tells me literally everyday that he makes pizza in the kitchen at school, plus if you ever look at my Instagram stories, you will know he loves to help momma make dinner and bake cakes.  I knew I wanted to get him one for his birthday, and I knew it had to be a special one.  So I called in the DIY guns to hack the Ikea Duktig kid's play kitchen and styled it out with a few lovely details, including this felt letter menu.  Keep reading to find out exactly what I did and to see adorable photos of Ollie opening his present.  

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Before assembly, spray paint the the base and shelf pieces.  All pieces that are not already white, except for the counter top.  

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I sanded, pre-stained and stained the counter top to make it a few shades darker

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The subway tile backsplash is actually foam board with sharpie drawn tiles!  I was planning something much more complicated, but I had these supplies and it looks just as good as what I was thinking.  

Once you assemble, replace the plastic handles with the metal ones, using the extra bolts (not the ones that come with the knobs). 

Drill three holes under the stove to add the knobs.  

Style with charm!