Gift Wrap & Hardware IKEA Rast Hack

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Hello!!!  It's time for some fun with DIY and makeovers!  I have to admit to you that I'm a bit giddy about this project!!  I was lucky enough to be asked, along with 9 other bloggers, to work with Hickory Hardware on an IKEA Rast hack.  I was beyond happy to be able to pick new hardware, for my Rast dresser, from Hickory's vast collection online.  This girl was in hardware heaven!!!!

First off, Hickory Hardware sent me a blank slate, this IKEA Rast three drawer cabinet.

 This is a wonderful place to start!  The cabinet is only $34.99 at IKEA and is made of solid wood.



I'm sure you've seen lots of IKEA Rast hacks online and so had I.  I spent a lot of time researching other projects out there so mine wasn't exactly like another project.  I finally narrowed down my choices and found this gift wrap from Paper Source.  Once I found the paper, my decision was made, my hardware choices were easier and the color was a no-brainer!

I started by opening the box and putting the Rast cabinet together.  I used a drill instead of the wrench  included and this cut down my assembly time quite a bit.  Following the directions was a breeze and before I knew it I was done with the fist step!  I have to mention I'm normally not great at the following direction part so this was a shocker!

I went with library pull type hardware in brown windsor antique from Hickory Hardware.  It was hard to pick because there were so many perfect choices.  I also used a Key Hole Escutcheon also in brown windsor antique.  The antiqued brass hardware played off amazing with the paper and paint color I was using for this project.




I was provided with a gift card from Menards to use for supplies on this project.  I found everything I needed at my local store.  I used wood from their value section, which is wood that's been cut already.  I was able to get all the wood I needed for this project for about $8.

To add some interest, I added a piece of wood to the top and added trim pieces on the sides of the top piece.  For the bottom, I used 1X2's and attached them around the entire piece, but not the back.  I attached all the wood pieces with my nail gun.  I filled the holes and gaps with wood filler, then sanded the entire cabinet.

Once everything was sanded smooth, I dusted it off and gave the cabinet two coats of primer and I was ready for the final paint color.

Here's how the cabinet looked with two coats of primer.




I painted the entire piece in two coats American Paint Company, Born on the Fourth of July.  It was now time to decoupage my paper onto the drawer fronts.  I honestly thought this would be so easy!  Ummm no way, this was a pain.  

Here's the paper I used from Paper Source


The first thing I needed to do was line up the paper.  This made me cross-eyed.....it took ages, but was well worth it in the end.  I began the process of applying the paper by coating the drawer fronts with Mod Podge and placing the paper on top of that.  My first attempt was a huge fail.  


After this mess, I had to sand down the drawer and begin again.  Thankfully I'd bought 2 sheets of paper!

Once I was done with applying to paper, I applied three coats of Mod Podge on top to seal it all.  While that was drying, I sealed the rest of the piece with sealer.  





The last step was to add the hardware end escutcheon.  Once this was done I stood back and instantly fell in LOVE!  Like for real....I'm in love with this piece and it's truly my favorite ever.  I put a lot of work into this and I feel like it paid off!

Here it is all finished and staged for some pics!



















This project was a challenge, but I loved every minute of it. A huge thank you to Hickory Hardware and Menards for the gorgeous hardware and projects to make this happen!

Make sure you check out all the bloggers participating below!

Thank you for reading! 

Melody



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Something To Talk About Link Party #9 and Features

It's that time of the week, where I get to share my favorite projects from the Something To Talk About party.  You never fail to disappoint with all your creative projects!  You're all so talented and inspiring.

This week I've been busy putting the finishing touches on a special project for Hickory Hardware.  I'll be sharing the post on the blog tomorrow morning, so make sure to stop back by.

My first favorite from last week is by Eric and Megan of Two Feet First.  They took a ratty old chair that was in desperate need of a makeover and turned it into a beautiful piece of furniture.  Love the step by step instructions and the end result is fab!


Next up is from Deb of Lake Girl Paints.  I'm probably a bit partial to this because I love the letter H, since it makes me think of Hunter, but either way I love this project!  I want to make one for my home now!

The following are the most clicked links from our party last week:

Most Clicked

Southern State of Mind - Udder Madness Chair Makeover
A Junk Chick Life - The Silver Tuna
Cottage Fix - Prelude To Spring
Canary Street Crafts - Framed Dry Erase Board
White Tulip Designs - Grocery List and Bonus Project
Lilacs and Longhorns - Desk Makeover
Bohemian Junktion - Easter Mantle




Party Rules…please don't link and run 

1.  Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page. You may link up to 3 posts!
2 . Please leave a comment for your host.
3.  Cultivate new relationships…visit a couple of blogs and leave comments.
4.  No Etsy stores, giveaways or link parties.
5.  We would love a link back to one of our blogs with a text link or party button.
6. By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media.  Proper credit and a link back to your post will always be given. My Passion For Decor is not responsible for stolen images or the misuse by others who have found your image through mypassionfordecor.com
7Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all five of our blogs.  Features will also be pinned to our Pinterest Party Board  for even more exposure!  If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!

Now it's time to share what you're working on!  I'm looking forward to seeing all the creative and beautiful projects you've got waiting for us!!


Thank you for reading and linking up!!

Melody






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Something To Talk About #9 Link Party and Features


It's that time again!  Time to show us what you've been working on.  I look forward to this each week!  

This week I shared my Distressed French Poem Desk.  I love how this one turned out!


Now it's time to share the features I picked this week!

First up is this gorgeous Paris, Table For Two makeover from Christy at Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer.  I love anything French and Paris so this table is right up my alley!


My next feature is from Lisa of 2Perfection Decor.  What she did with a Varde cabinet from IKEA is fabulous!  I never would have believed this was an IKEA cabinet without seeing the before pictures! 


Here are the most clicked links: 

Most Clicked

Canary Street Crafts - How To Paint Graphics on Furniture
Patina Paradise - DIY Faux Enamel Tags
247 Mulberry Lane - Sneak Peak of Spring
My Salvaged Treasures - Jewelry in Progress
Brepurposed - DIY Stencil Letter Quote
Sadie Seasongoods - Card Catalog Drawer Condiment Set




It's time to share what you've been working on!  I can't wait to see all your creative projects!


Party Rules…please don't link and run 

1.  Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's home page. You may link up to 3 posts!
2 . Please leave a comment for your host.
3.  Cultivate new relationships…visit a couple of blogs and leave comments.
4.  No Etsy stores, giveaways or link parties.
5.  We would love a link back to one of our blogs with a text link or party button.
6. By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media.  Proper credit and a link back to your post will always be given. My Passion For Decor is not responsible for stolen images or the misuse by others who have found your image through mypassionfordecor.com
7Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all five of our blogs.  Features will also be pinned to our Pinterest Party Board  for even more exposure!  If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!









Distressed French Poem Desk

Hello!!!  Welcome back for another round of Monthly Themed Furniture Makeovers!  In case this is your first time here, each month I take part in a themed furniture makeover with a group of talented blog friends  Every month there's a different theme and this month's is distressed furniture.  I had the perfect piece waiting for a makeover.

Not long after we moved to the Chicago area, I found this simple, oak desk at a thrift store.   I've been using the desk as a workbench for my miter saw.  I had a plan for the desk, but the timing was never  right, until now.

Here's the desk before:






I was excited about the theme for this month because it went right along with my plans for the desk.   I had a stencil from Royal Design Studio, Springtime in Paris Letter Stencil, that I'd originally bought for a wall in my master bedroom.  It's a stencil of a beautiful French poem about spring.  Since I hadn't used it in my bedroom, I thought why not try it on the desk?

One other reason I was looking forward to this project was the new paint I bought from my friend Jill of Weathered Pieces.  The paint is called Faux Mineral Paint and I'll be using and writing more about the paint in the future...I love it!!   

For this piece I used Faux Real Mineral Paint in Bella and Carbone.  Bella is a light off white and Carbone is a dark grey.  The desk is deceiving and looks smaller than it really is. Once I painted two coats on the entire piece inside and out I had used about 3/4 of my paint.  It's a lot of square footage!  

Here's the desk with the first color, Bella:



After I gave the desk two coats of Bella, it was time for the stencil.  The stencil was a bit bigger than the desk, so I had to play with the placement a bit.  The stencil comes in two pieces as well, which meant I needed to work in sections.  I lined it all up and then taped it into place with painters tape.  For the stencil I was using Carbone as a nice contrast to the off white Bella.



The only way stenciling works for me is to apply two thin coats.  I use a large stencil brush and pounce the paint on,  once I've dabbed off the excess on a paper towel.


This is how it looked after my first coat.


And after two coats on the first section.


Once the the stencil was complete, I painted the edges and shelf Carbone.





After the finishing touches on the paint, I lightly distressed the top and edges of the desk with 220 grit sandpaper.  Finally, I sealed the top with a coat of clear wax and I was done.  

Here's the finished Distressed French Poem Desk!

















The French Poem translated into English:

Look at the boughs,
How white they are,
It's snowing flowers!
Scoffing at the rain,
The sun dries
The weepy willow.
And the sky reflects
In the violets
It's pure colors,
The fly opens its wings
And the dragonfly
With the golden pupils,
And the wasp-like corset,
Unfolding its silky wings,
Has resumed its flight.
The water happily babbles,
The tiny fish wriggles
It's Springtime again!








I'm happy with how the desk turned out and I can't wait to use this brand of paint again.  The stencil was just right for the desk and the words are perfect for this time of year as well.  

I hope you'll stop by and visit all the different blogger's sites so you can see their beautiful makeovers.  

Thank you for reading!

Melody


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