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Hello, everyone! I’m Krys Melo, the blogger behind Melodrama. You might recognize me from the “I Did It!” feature in the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. The article highlights my IKEA hack, seen above, in which I turned a VITTSJO coffee table into an upholstered and tufted cocktail ottoman. I couldn’t find what I desired in stores, but with an IKEA foundation and a little spray paint, foam, fabric, and buttons, I was able to create the perfect addition to my living room.

We all know IKEA is a great place to find inexpensive furniture for all of life’s stages, but the simple style can sometimes be too minimalist. This is why I tend to take IKEA pieces as merely suggestions. Now I’m no stranger to IKEA hacks. In fact, some of my most popular posts on Melodrama are low-cost and simple but highly effective ways to customize IKEA items.


The first IKEA hack I ever did was turn a EXPEDIT (now KALLAX) bookcase on its side to create a banquette seat for my dining room. I originally thought to use it as a bench seat but decided on adding an upholstered backboard for added comfort. This easy change created a lovely statement piece and added plenty of extra seating in my room.

Another simple way to transform items is with paint. IKEA’s DALFRED bar stools had the modern look I wanted but not the gold-dipped metallic finish I sought. I simply used a highly metallic paint to create the look.

But enough about me! Let’s take a look at some other every day staples from IKEA that can be transformed into useful decor with very minimal effort.

You wouldn’t believe that this copper side table from Poppy Talk was actually made out of a spray-painted IKEA serving tray and an ÄPPLARÖ outdoor folding stool! Think of all the color varieties!

The LACK coffee table is one of the most popular and inexpensive items from IKEA. Triple Max Tons took away the boxy legs and replaced them with retro-style tapered legs to create a much more stylish look.

This one really blows my mind. Erin from Style Me Pretty completely transformed a LOCKSTA chair with gold spray paint and leather fabric. Now it looks straight out of a trendy high-end furniture store.

Did you know you can decoupage with fabric? That’s just what Little Green Notebook did with this $20 SNILLE office chair. A touch of gold spray paint pulls together the rest of the transformation.

We can’t forget the outdoors! This simple project from Brady Bunch Remodel brings a little midcentury modern style to your plants. They were made by glueing together two Kardemumma pots base-to-base and filling with plants.

I hope this inspires you to think outside the box when it comes to shopping for home decor. With a little imagination even the smallest budgets can achieve big style. Thanks for reading!


Hi there! I’m Vanessa from the blog At the Picket Fence, and I’m so thrilled to be here with you today sharing my DIY Plate Rack, which is featured in the “I Did It!” section of this month’s issue of Better Homes and Gardens. I’m still pinching myself that a simple afternoon project for my kitchen is featured in my favorite magazine!

Do you ever have projects that you put off for … oh, say about five years? In our kitchen, there is a narrow wall that you pass by on your way to the dining room. Or if you are coming from the dining room, you pass it on the way to the kitchen. You get the idea! I liked to call it “the forgotten wall,” just something you pass by on your way to bigger and better things, like coffee.

Sure, I made half-hearted attempts at giving it some attention. There was a chalkboard that looked fine, but no one ever stopped to read all of my beautiful quotes carefully written with hopes of encouraging and inspiring. It is a wall you just pass by after all.

Well, I think it is safe to declare that “the forgotten wall” is now my favorite part of my entire kitchen. It is forgotten no more! It only took me five years and one afternoon to make a very basic wall rack and help the wall fulfill its destiny .

How to Make a Wall Plate Rack

1. Build a simple frame using the size of wood appropriate for your space. Because this is a narrow area, I went with 2×1s. I had Lowe’s cut the ledges to fit within the wall area, as well as two additional pieces for the top and bottom.

2. Cut molding to add trim to the top and bottom and add detail to the frame. Attach with wood glue.

3. Cut two rows of screen molding to size and attach with nails or wood glue to hold the plates in place.

4. Paint it in the color of your choice and attach it to the wall on both the top and the bottom of the rack using L-brackets. Because of the length, it could have a tendency to pull away from the wall, which is why it’s so important to attach it at the bottom as well as the top.

Download a FREE detailed plan for this project.

I think I might have actually heard the wall sigh when the plate rack was installed. It was a sigh of relief, of satisfaction. It finally looked the way it was always meant to look! This incredibly simple and basic plate rack that only took five years and one afternoon to make looked like it had always been there. It looked like it belonged; like it was special, remembered. And that’s really what we all want, after all, isn’t it? To know that we belong and that we’re special. We don’t want people to just pass us by without really noticing us. Because we all know how absolutely amazing it is when someone recognizes our capacity for great things and our ability to truly shine. And we also know (or we should know!) that it feels even better to be the one to recognize the potential in someone else, to speak it into their life, and to watch them shine! Who knew that I would learn such a great lesson from something as simple as a plate rack?

I hope you will come and visit me At the Picket Fence where you will not only find great ideas for your home but a little bit of inspiration for your heart too!


Hey all, I am Corey from Sawdust 2 Stitches, and I have a serious problem. I cannot  leave well enough alone. Have you ever started a seemingly simple afternoon project only to end up to your elbows in sawdust three days later? Well, I do often! My kids play space was no exception.

When moving into our home, there was a decent size closet under the stairs that presumably was intended as a storage closet. I absolutely intended to use it for storage! I planned for it to contain every single toy, book, action figure, car, and lego! Although it did solve the problem of where the toys would be stored, it still begged the question, “What about when they are in use?”

Thus, the playroom under the stairs. I knew full well that there was not nearly enough space for the kids to play and store their toys, but with some careful planning, anything is possible!

Luckily, in my adolescence my dad was a contractor and my mom was an artistic DIYer. In no time, I was wielding power tools and paintbrushes. In fact, my shop is my favorite room in the house! So instead of making do with the stair space, I decided to create more! I built a platform that would make it a split-level play area.

I had a general idea of the layout, but I was still a little  foggy on the overall appearance.  My sons happen to be infatuated with all things firefighting. So much so that  when I asked  my oldest son what he wanted for Christmas, he responded, “A fire alarm!” Yes, he wanted a fire alarm! “Are you sure you don’t want a drum, or an electric guitar?” I wondered. Coincidentally, a few weeks later I was at a garage sale and happened upon an old school alarm bell! How could I pass it up? I am so glad I snagged it because it became the inspiration for the entire playroom.

The “upstairs” has a fairly  open play area, but it also had a small nook.  It was the perfect space for lockers for the kids’ turnout gear and all of the necessary firefighting gear!

A fire station would not be complete without a pole! There is a pole and a ladder that serves as access to both upper and lower floors. The lower level contains most of the toys. I used our original storage bins and built a table top that would prevent the bins from toppling as well as provide a sturdy play surface. 

My husband and I also discovered some additional dead space under the stairs that was not being utilized. So we utilized it! I created a door frame, put up drywall, and laid down carpet. This space was shaped a little awkward, but it was PERFECT for laying down and watching a movie! I mounted a television above the door frame, so the kids could lay back and easily see the television without fearing they would knock it over.

There was only one small area of dead space remaining.  It wasn’t very big, but it was perfect size for a firetruck dashboard! As often as the kids pretended to respond to 911 calls, a “firetruck” seemed necessary.  I do have more detailed plans showing how I made the fire truck dashboard.

Overall, I walked away from this project feeling like I successfully utilized and maximized every square inch of space. Once it was complete, I put it to the ultimate test … my kids. The verdict? They love it! They spend hours in there, the toys stay contained, and it is set up in a way that is easy for them to keep it clean! A win-win-win.

This entire project was so much fun, and having the great folks from Better Homes and Gardens come out and do a photo shoot was a total dream come true! I can’t say it enough, it was one of the funnest experiences ever! See the entire tour of the play area here!

Thanks so much for reading! If you are interested in seeing more of my projects please stop by my blog, or you can connect with me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

 


 

Hi, I’m Haeley from Design Improvised and I’m excited to share some Easter decorating ideas on Style Spotters today! At Design Improvised, I’m always on the look out for easy home décor and entertaining projects that can make a big impact for minimal time and money invested. At the holidays, I particularly love creating a special table for our meal using inexpensive materials and everyday items. Easter is on my mind already and when I saw this table setting in a unique pale blue and pink color scheme, I fell in love. I decided to put my own twist on it for our upcoming Easter brunch!

For my table, I found some pretty ric rac, pom-pom fringe, and ribbon in the same blue and pink color palette and made them the stars of this simple tablescape.

 

 

These pretty notions just remind me of spring and Easter eggs! I used them to dress up some plain cloth napkins, make an inexpensive table runner, and embellish dyed eggs to use as place cards.

 

 

For the napkins, I just added a row of ric rac and pom-pom fringe to one edge of an inexpensive set of white cloth napkins. Affix them with fabric glue and/or run a stitch through them with the sewing machine.

 

One of my favorite tricks for a super quick and inexpensive table runner is to roll some sturdy wrapping or kraft paper down the middle of the table. For my Easter runner, I added a few rows of ribbon, securing them with double-sided tape every few inches. That way I can reuse the ribbons after the brunch (always save your ribbon scraps!) and just throw the kraft paper away. You could easily make a more permanent version of this by sewing the ribbons onto a plain cloth table runner.

 

 

For the egg place cards, I added a band of ric rac to pink dyed eggs with a little hot glue, and then wrote each person’s name with a metallic Sharpie!

 

 

It couldn’t get much easier and the only thing I had to purchase for the tablescape was a few rolls of ribbon – talk about my kind of project!

 

Have a happy holiday!

-Haeley

 

 


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