Today I have been looking back at last years blogging, sometimes done a bit intermittently I must admit, and noticed that the most popular posts always seem to be the DIY ones, so here is a round up of the ones that still get the most hits, and I only hope that as a result there are many Ikea hacks, Plaster Flowers and No-sew curtain pelmets floating out there now! More DIY ideas coming soon as I tackle a spare bedroom in the coming months.
Click on the photos to take you to the posts and tutorials…
DIY Plaster of Paris Flowers
No-Sew Curtain pelmets
Ikea Hack Bookcase
Ikea Hacked Bookcase
Slate Effect Painted Fireplace
Moppe Drawer Makeovers
Using Moppe drawers as wall art
How to hack a Kallax or two….
So it seems ages ago that I started on the Ikea Hack, which you can read my plans on here. I spent 3 afternoons at my sisters building away, and it took ages to get around to photographing it due to flu, distance and time! However, here it is finally. Apologies in advance for the photos not being totally crisp, but the room has very little natural daylight so my flash was needed a lot…
We went down to Ikea and spent ages looking at the bookcases they had available. On reflection, we decided to forego the breakfront effect and go for a freestanding simple piece that could take all of her LP’s, books and more. LP’s are deep, so they fit best in this type of storage system. Kallax units seemed the best as they are extra deep.
As you can see they are very modern and graphic. But they baskets are nice made from rattan and palm leaves, and give a future option for storage.
So we bough one 16 x cube Kallax and one 4 x cube horizontal Kallax. We then headed home and I put them all together (top tip, electric screwdriver…)
Putting the Units together and joining them
The larger Kallax went underneath and the horizontal one was put on top. This made the unit a good height. Obviously it needed to be secured into one safe piece, so on the rear I used fixing plates at regular intervals to keep it secure.
Once that was done, we also added simple 2 x 4 wood batons to the base at each end and in the middle so we had extra height for the base board we wanted to be attached. I also added felt pads so that the piece can be easily slid on the wooden floors without catching and causing damage.
Now this was done we measured the sections we would need cornice for; top and bottom would be the same piece but inverted. On the front of the piece is a double width horizontal section of front shelf where the two Kallax units meet, and so we measured this to make sure we got decorative moulding to cover it. You can see this wide section below.
Yesterday I was over at my sisters house. She has been working really hard recently on decorating, de-cluttering and generally removing the ravages of children over the years. She has a sitting room with a newly installed woodburner, (she enlarged the fireplace and taught herself how to lime plaster to help install this, bravo!), and her style is very boho. Lots of indian/ethnic furniture, kilims, fabulous battered leather armchairs and artefacts. The room is skinny with a low ceiling, and not much natural light, so it ends up like a tunnel with dead space at either end.
There are two very long alcoves either side of the fireplace, and one is very underused – in fact it is crying out for something more. So I suggested some sort of storage combination so she can get all of her stuff like LP’s, DVD’s, books etc into one dedicated place. Budget is an issue, and we always like to get creative and avoid shelling out a fortune where possible. So I came up with an idea for an IKEA hack that we will be making this week. Here are some very fuzzy images of the room and alcove, apologies for the quality!
Using an extended KALLAX as a central piece and two Billy bookcases either side, plus wood mouldings to revamp the front areas and to create some grandeur, we should be able to come up with a lovely break-front bookcase that will store a huge amount of things, fingers crossed! As the room has generally dark furniture we are going to use white Ikea units, but paint the backs of the shelves in a dark grey to highlight whatever ends up on the shelves. We will also paint everything else in white once the mouldings are attached.
The KALLAX units comes with great square baskets available made in rattan and palm leaves, so in some shelves clutter can be hidden in these.
So here are the basics we will be buying:
Two skinny Billy Bookcases
One central Kallax unit
One Kallax to add on top of the fiest one for the central section
Mouldings will be detailed with vertical rises like this:
And the top pediment moulding like this:
The base will also have a small skirting added to finish off the piece: