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DIY // Ikea Hack Stikwood Headboard

February 27, 2014

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

You know I’m always down for a good Ikea hack, especially when it involves adhesive wood and no dry wall screws. Granted, you may have to saw a few things but if you have a handy spouse, parent, friend, or a remotely friendly neighbor with some tools, you’ll be fine!

Now let me introduce you to the glory that is Stikwood. It’s reclaimed wood that’s already finished and with adhesive backing on it, which is perfect for those of us that aren’t exactly woodworkers (like myself), but still want the reclaimed wood look. My mind is pretty much swimming with things to stick this genius invention on, but for now I’ll just share my DIY Ikea hack headboard to not get too crazed on you right away.

Materials:

  • One case of Stikwood (mine is 20 sq ft. of the Reclaimed Barrel Oak) *c/o
  • Ikea Malm bedframe
  • Rotary saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen
  • Clear, matte polyurethane (you can by it for indoor use if constructing inside)
  • Fine sand paper (optional)
  • Black sharpie (optional for style)

DIY Ikea hack Stikwood headboard

Depending on the width and length of the Stikwood you choose, you’ll measure the individual pieces to be the same width as the Malm headboard (66 1/8 “) for each row and mark with a pen on the back of the piece of wood. In this instance, I left two pieces of Stikwood the original length for every row, and cut one smaller piece (4 1/4 “) and alternated the placement of the small piece so vary every row would be different, then peeled the backing off and pressed them firmly on the face of the headboard.

Because the Stikwood is made from real reclaimed wood, not all of the pieces fit quite the same. The best way to make sure everything lines up correctly is to test each row before peeling the adhesive backing off of the wood and placing it. You can always lightly sand rough parts of the wood to make sure pillows won’t snag the surface if need be.

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

The sharpie comes in handy if you’d like to have a more dimensional look by not making every single piece fit flush against each other. You can use the sharpie to color in a little line (as seen in the large tutorial photo) and then leave a small gap in between the two pieces.  

Once the entire headboard is covered , spray the polyurethane over the entire surface and let dry. This will keep the color of the wood from rubbing off onto pillows, and then you’re all set!

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

I absolutely love the finished product. I thought I might miss my all white bed frame, but it really makes it much more cozy. Now I just have to resist the urge to put it on everything!

What out of the box place would you use Stikwood for a DIY?

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

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DIY // Metallic Pendant Sconce

January 8, 2014

DIY metallic wall sconce DIY metallic wall sconce

After all of the Christmas decorations came down last week and the rearranging for normal life set back in, I decided I had a corner of my living room that was in need of a little brightening up. I know I’ve said this before, but not every DIY has to be super complicated or from “scratch” if you will. This DIY metallic pendant sconce that I made was as simple as combining a few store bought pieces to make them into something new.

Materials:

  • Metallic pendant light (mine is from West Elm)
  • Ikea Ekby bracket
  • Spray paint
  • Drill and 2 screws
  • Vintage inspired bulb

DIY metallic wall sconce

First, spray paint the bracket a color of your choice, I used a gloss white. Then using dry wall screws and a drill, mount the the bracket to the wall.

DIY metallic wall sconce

DIY metallic wall sconce

Next, wrap the metallic pendant cord through the inset triangle and then up and around the top bar, leaving just enough left for the bulb to hang down after it’s wrapped several times. You can play around with this as little or as much as you’d like, it’s totally up to you!

DIY metallic wall sconce

Once you have positioned how you’d like, insert the bulb and flip the switch.
It’s a super simple light that packs a big punch and has just enough sparkle, don’t you think?

DIY // Ikea hack dresser and prepping for guests

November 22, 2013

DIY Ikea hack dresser

DIY Ikea hack dresser

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.

DIY Ikea hack dresser

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.

DIY Ikea hack dresser and ikea clothing mirror

 

Another cute idea for making guests feel welcome is by leaving a polaroid mini camera for them to snap their favorite memories!

a polaroid mini camera is a way to welcome guests for the holidays

DIY Ikea hack dresser

DIY // Patterned Magnetic Board

September 16, 2013

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!
Materials:
  • Spontan magnetic board
  • Magnets dots
  • A yard of fabric (which you can buy inexpensively at Ikea as well)
  • Spray glue
  • Scissors

DIY patterned magnetic board by Sugar & Cloth

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.

DIY patterned magnetic board by Sugar & Cloth

DIY patterned magnetic board by Sugar & Cloth

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.

DIY patterned magnetic board by Sugar & Cloth

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.