Ikea Hack – Besta Cabinets

Besta Hack

Before I get to the cabinet... THIS IS OUR BATHROOM!!!! Can you sense my excitement??  After 2 years of this... Can you believe it???  A floor!!!  :)  :) We're on a roll, and I have a ton of stuff to do so that the project can keep moving - ordering a sink top and a tub (clawfoot! yay!), but I wanted to share this quick Ikea … [Read more...]

Office Makeover

office - from door

I finally finished the makeover to our office.  Although it's not really an office - it has a million purposes.  The reason that it's sometimes been referred to as the office is because that's where the family computer has always been.  Oh - and envelopes and paper.  Hence, the office designation. It used to hold a ton of toys, so it was also … [Read more...]

Entry Shelves – aka Where I Put All of the Recovered Bins

Entry Cabinet - with front door

I finally finished re-covering all 8 fabric bins.  It was a totally simple project, and actually didn't take long at all.  I just get impatient, and bored of the repetition.  If you missed the details of that project, you can find it here.   I was pretty pleased with how they turned out - I even managed to get all of the handles on … [Read more...]

Furniture Makeover – Glass Front Display Cabinet

glass cabinet side

The title is a little misleading.  The cabinet doesn't have a glass front - it doesn't have any front!  It does still have glass sides though, and I am sure that at one time it had glass doors as well.  And glass-sided cabinet didn't really sound right. This great, solid, old cabinet was left behind by the previous owner's family.  It was in … [Read more...]

Hoosier Cabinet Update – Entry/Pantry/Office Makeover

hoosier all open

Kevin inherited a beautiful Hoosier-style pine cabinet from his grandparents. We both LOVE the piece. When we first got it 2 years ago, I wanted to strip the original varnish.  Kevin resisted the idea (as usual - he hates change.  Funny that he married a chronic re-doer!!).  But it had to be refinished - there were stencils of Amish people on it!  … [Read more...]

IKEA Ektorp Slipcovers – A Rant


The furniture in our living room is nearly all from IKEA.  It's affordable and sturdy and has worked out really well for us. When we first bought the couch, I chose this slipcover... Wow.  That's a lot of flowers.  I like the print, but I soon realized that I didn't love sooooo much of it in one place! Now I have white slipcovers. Which I … [Read more...]

A Finished Project!


I feel like I've been spinning my wheels lately.  Working on bits and pieces and not finishing anything!  So today I am more than pleased to declare one project officially finished! We have had this entertainment armoire for at least 15 years.  I know that it probably makes me very old school, out of fashion, behind trend.... whatever you want to … [Read more...]

Soda Crate Footstool


In case you haven't heard, my house is small.  Up until recently, we've had a giant ottoman taking up precious space.  It was useful - the top came off to store blankets and it was great extra seating when we needed it.  But the space trade-off just wasn't worth it.  I half-heartedly looked for a new, smaller ottoman to buy; and whole-heartedly … [Read more...]

Favorite Finds – An Old Wooden Wagon


Once in a while you find something that you didn't even know you were looking for! I LOVE these old industrial carts used as coffee tables, but never considered one for our house because they are a taaaaad too big for my space and a taaaaaad to pricey for my wallet! contemporary living room design by new york interior designer Beth Rosenfield … [Read more...]