Tuesday, December 1, 2015

IKEA Hack: Leksvik Cabinet

black IKEA cabinet

Hey there, party people! How are you? I love a good IKEA hack, don't you? I've got to show you our Leksvik cabinet. We've had this thing forever. I have this to say about IKEA furniture: It lasts. A long time ago I painted our cabinet cream. It served many purposes...as a dining room hutch, as a place to store our printer when our home office was in the dining room, as a food pantry when our kitchen was being remodeled, and most recently, as a useless piece of furniture in our family room. Here it is, sad and pointless:

ikea leksvik cabinet

But then we decided to get a TV for that room because we hated not being able to enjoy the fireplace and watch TV at the same time. So we took the doors off the top of our old IKEA Leksvik cabinet, and put the TV in it. Unfortunately, the TV stood out like a sore thumb and it looked like we took the doors off an old IKEA cabinet. And if there's anything you don't want, it's for people to know your secrets. So, I painted it black and wow! It totally hides the TV. See?

ikea leksvik before and after

I love how it turned out! It looks so much more expensive now, don't you think? Painting the hardware gold helped with that, too.

gold cabinet hardware

If you have a piece of IKEA furniture you'd like to update, I highly suggest painting it black. And if you're scratching your head about how to hide your TV, check out my article over on About.com.

Here are more of my furniture facelifts:

campaign style tray table
Campaign-Style Tray Table

utility cart makeover
Bar Cart Makeover

industrial desk chair
Industrial Chair Makeover

Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Thanksgiving Wish

Hope you are taking the day off from blogging to spend time with your loved ones this Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy! You deserve it!

What I'm thankful for:

  • My husband, who can build stuff and looks great doing it, who is the best person in the world to enjoy happy hour with, and who is a world-class dad
  • Our girls, who are just super-cool, funny and kind human beings and bring immeasureable joy to our lives
  • Our house, which is warm most of the time, except when the furnace acts up
  • Our businesses, which allow us to make enough money to pay for repairs to said furnace, feed our family, and even have a little fun now and then...and keep us excited to "go to work" each day
  • Our health
  • Our family and our motley crew of friends, who stick by us even though we're crazy-busy and sometimes a little flaky
  • And the little things...like warm socks, dark chocolate, cups of coffee, a good book, a glass of wine, and chips and guac.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Tree Skirts

prettiest tree skirts

Hey, hey, how are ya? It's gettin' to be about that time to deck the halls! We typically get our tree right after Thanksgiving, how about you? I want to share my round-up of the prettiest tree skirts I could find over on About.com. Check out these gorgeous and unusual tree skirts here, but if you can't find one you like, consider these ideas:

tablecloth tree skirt
Make a Tree Skirt from a Tablecloth

basket tree skirt
Basket Christmas Tree Skirt

crate tree skirt
Rustic Crate Tree Skirt

present tree stand
Wrapped Gift Tree Skirt

galvanized tree collar
Galvanized Tree Collar

plastic tote tree skirt
Red Plastic Tote Tree Skirt

Happy tree hunting and decorating!

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