Sometimes I have lightbulb DIY moments and other times I just have to give a round of applause to some other DIY geniuses, like I did with this leather dresser pull idea that I got from Improvised Life. Let’s be real, is this not the perfect $10 Ikea hack solution to make inexpensive furniture perfectly impressive for holiday guests? I think so! Add a few extra tidbits like cookies (these are from The Cravory), your favorite candle, and a few refreshments and they should be set.
To make this version of pulls, I just folded two inch wide strips of leather from the craft store and nailed two gold nails to top portion of the drawers.
In case you don’t have the space for guests to have their own dresser, you can always opt for this stand alone floor length mirror with room for guests to hang their clothes on the back. I like to keep pretty patterns on mine for everyday, but if you’re into sharing, you can give them a rack and a few clothes hangers for their own.
Another cute idea for making guests feel welcome is by leaving a polaroid mini camera for them to snap their favorite memories!
I’ve had a lot of people ask about the polka dot board that was in this post
that I made for the Ikea Back to School DIY series that I taught in Houston, so I’m going to answer everyone’s questions right now! This DIY patterned magnetic board is actually really easy to make, and you can use the same tutorial for cork boards as well so you thumbtacks can just post right through the fabric.
Perfect for back to school, or just aiming to not be a procrastinator (the category I qualify for), you can make this project for any age group you want depending on what fabric you choose!
- Spontan magnetic board
- Magnets dots
- A yard of fabric (which you can buy inexpensively at Ikea as well)
- Spray glue
First, make sure you have just enough fabric layed out (and preferably ironed) to cover the board with about 3 extra inches on all borders.
Spray the back edges with glue and then fold the remainder of the fabric over the back, neatly folding the corners so that no fabric hangs over the edge. You can trim any excess fabric away as well.
Now you’re all set to organize your bits and pieces into one cute place! I even glued magnet dots to the back of paper flowers and a sewn envelope to add a little dimension to my board.
For those of you that have been regular readers of Sugar & Cloth, you may recognize this DIY. This was one of the projects I created for the Ikea Houston, which no longer exists (only Ikea USA), so I’m bringing this distressed wooden shelf DIY over here to live permanently. So let’s just all act surprised and really excited as if we’ve never seen this project until now. Here we go –
I’m really, really into the distressed wood look that’s been floating around lately, but the hefty price tag goes along with reclaimed wood isn’t exactly do-able. Luckily, a similar look can be achieved with a little elbow grease and a few key supplies for DIY reclaimed wood style shelving.
Using random tools and utensils, like screws, a hammer, sand paper, or punches, begin marking and scraping the unfinished wood pieces. Use the sandpaper to round out the edges a bit and smooth out any major bumps caused from distressing the wood.
Once the wood is distressed as much as you’d like for it to be, brush stain onto the wood, allowing it to dry to the touch in between coats. The second coat only apply in certain areas, and use the hand towel to blend the edges of the second coat into the first. This will make certain spots a bit darker than others giving a reclaimed wood effect by having a variety of colors and will give interest to the distressed areas. You can also use the Ikea clear glaze finish to seal the wood from water as well.
Once the stain has dried completely, install the EKBY shelving ends according to the instructions on the package. You’ll definitely want an extra set of hands for this part!
Now that your shelves are installed, decorate them with as many pretties as you’d like, and you’ve got yourself custom distressed wooden shelves for a fraction of the cost!
*rug tiles sponsored by Flor for this DIY project:
I seriously have yet to solve the mystery of why nightstands are so expensive. I get that they are relatively important for both hoarders and neat freaks alike, but eighty plus dollars worth for any kind of decent design is kind of crazy, let’s be real (not to mention when you have to double that number by two for the other side of the bed).
Coming from a girl on a budget, I try to be as guilt free as possible on my furniture choices without skimping on uniqueness (like this DIY project I had a few weeks ago). These Ikea hack DIY side tables that I made for my guest bedroom only cost me $35 each to make, and they’re pretty much one of a kind. I say that because I seriously doubt that anyone else has a side table in their guest room that refused to take the time to measure and mark where the legs go and they just winged it. If you happen to be one of the people that can say you’ve done that, please email me so we can be best friends.
- Ikea expedit shelving unit (shown in white, $19)
- Waddell 4in. wooden table legs (Ace Hardware, $3.49 each)
- Drill and drill bit
Honestly, the most time consuming part of this entire project is actually building the Ikea shelf. Not that we’re surprised, but I thought I’d go ahead and throw it out there.
Once you’re shelf is assembled, choose which side you want to be the bottom, and mark where the legs should go in all four corners. Use the drill to create holes on the markings just big enough for the legs to screw into while being snug. Twist each leg in, and you’re finished! Easy peasy.
Lastly, I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting to take DIY photos with my cowhide *Flor rug tiles in them, Seriously, I’m obsessed. And for once it’s not something pink, polka dots, or stripes (although I wanted that one, too).