Friday, February 26, 2010

Making Ikea Wondey-ah!

Ok, since it's Friday and I don't have much going on besides German and enjoying the somewhat warmer weather, I thought I'd go on a tangent and do a little post on my favorite pastime... design blogs and DIY Before & Afters. You can find SO many online and they are kinda addicting. Totally instant grati.

This one I especially loved because I live in a land of Ikea only. Yes, there are other places, but they are hugely expensive and well, we aren't gonna invest in real nice furni over here. So...our whole apt. is Ikea. It works, but it's very...well...Ikea mock-room looking (and not even as good).

Being the design blog monster I am, I am often envious of people's great Target or HomeGoods finds or little crafty projects done with the help of Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I have none of this at my disposal. is unfair.

So, without further ado...a lovely Ikea DIY transformation:

Lindsay, from this blog, took Ikea Rast 3-drawer chest ($39.99):

And turned it into this:


Isn't that just clever? (The bed ain't bad either.) She basically just stained the outside, painted the drawers, popped on some new hardware and now has herself quite a nice little bedside table.

You can read about it on her blog here.

If you really like this kinda stuff (which just means you are a very well-rounded, cultured person) check out this blog, this blog, this one and this one. Ha! I'm pulling you into the trap! Fair warning: once you pop, you can't stop.

Schönes Wochenende!


alison giese Interiors said...

I share that envy...anytime someone posts great finds from fabric outlets, a particularly-successful trip to a thrift store or HomeGoods, I get the sads.
The Brazilian version of Ikea is called Tok & Stok - the store is about a third the size of an average ikea, and more than double the prices - it's downright depressing!

Hope to get a fix when I'm Stateside for twelve weeks with new bebe!
Take Care!!

Angela said...

I like the change in the tower icon in the header. HAPPY ANNIVESARY!!!! (I know, I'm days late, but I still mean it.) :)

The Tulley Family said...

I added all those blogs to my favs - thanks! perfect for when I'm bored at work. :)

Emily said...

I love before and afters!! Happy weekend! XOXO!

Cyprus said...

Greetings from Cyprus, enjoyed your blog,

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