A simple post for a simple day over here. Quiet, and the sun is shining through all of our windows. I’m quietly working away in my office. But I had to take a picture of these….
I am just in love with these tulips. There is a combination of purple, pinks, and yellows. I like to buy a small bouquet of flowers at the flower shop down the street and split the bouquet into 2 small vases for beside our bed. For $7 each week it is my little splurge.
And then I was in the bedroom and realized I hadn’t posted about this new addition. So we talked about MY splurging on $7 a week on a bouquet of flowers. And then there is Aubrey’s splurging. 😉
Aubrey surprised me at Christmas with a TV for our bedroom. 🙂
With baby on the way, he realized that purchases for us will dwindle (and not likely be possible), so he did it without my knowledge. Why? Because I would debate the cost, fret, and feel guilty. So I’m glad he did it that way because I love it, and don’t feel guilty. And when pregnancy yucks hits me at night, I’ll curl up after a bath, and snuggle into the bed and watch old re-runs, or HGTV. It’s my bliss. 🙂
And also in the picture is one of my favourite finds from Frontier Sales. This dresser was tucked away in a corner, and fit perfectly into our bedroom.
UPDATE: What I forgot to mention was that we did have a TV in the bedroom before – but it was a mama-of-a-tv and didn’t look very nice. It stuck out like a sore thumb, which is why it never was photographed before. 😉
Last night I got a really sweet e-mail from Jenny over from one of my favourite blogs, Little Green Notebook, asking if she could use my pictures from my Ikea Hack of the Rast side tables in a post she was going to do. Of course I said yes, and I professed my love of her blog. 🙂 Titled Hacks of all Hacks (love it!) she did a really nice description on how to do the project. If you haven’t visited her blog, I do suggest you do, as her projects are inspirations to me, and I know also to my friend Erin across the street – we both regularily refrence her work when we’re talking about DIY projects. 🙂
Then, how honoured was I went I saw that (another favourite blog of mine) Urban Grace also did a post this morning after seeing it on the Little Green Notebook blog. The funny thing about her post is that she picked up on the one thing that I wished no one would notice…the twisted knob in the picture. Ha. I always considered it my little “where’s Waldo” aspect to the photo. And there is my TV remote on my bedside table…so you know where I stand with having a TV in the bedroom. 🙂 Two little reminders that this photo was not professionally staged. 😉 And this is coming from me, who has OCD dendencies. 😉
So pop over to these two blogs that I do adore, and thank you again to Jenny for the original blog post, and to Urban Grace for her sweet blog post as well.
In September 2008, I was looking for side tables for our bedroom. At the time we didn’t even have a couch, so dropping a lot of money on bedside tables wasn’t something that we could do. I was flipping through my September 2008 Style at Home Magazine and I came across a bedroom shot and in the corner of a page I spotted a bedside table that was PERFECT. When I quickly flipped to the source of the table (expecting to be yet-again dissapointed by cost) I saw that they were Ikea RAST side tables. Seriously? Ikea?
They had made over the Ikea Rast tables, and although there weren’t instructions on how to do the project, I decided to try my hand at recreating the tables myself.
I got these….
and the bedside tables turned out like so….
STEPS TO OUR IKEA RAST HACK
STEP 1 // WHAT YOU BUY
First you need to pick up an Ikea RAST table. For our table we used brass pulls from Lee Valley The size we used were the 51mm x 43mm ($2.80).
STEP 2 // ASSEMBLY
Assembled the table, except for the drawers.
STEP 3 // PAINTING + STAINING [a] PAINTING THE DRAWERS– I primed the fronts of the doors and then painted them in Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. I really love this white (it’s the same white that we’ve used as the trim colour throughout our house)
[b] STAINING THE TABLE– I found it easier to stain the piece fully built, instead of piece by piece so I stained the “body” of the table in Antique Brown by Duraseal (this was the floor colour, left over from when we installed new floors.) I did 1 coat, as I didn’t want the side tables to look too dark. I think the lighter the tone, the more modern it looks. UPDATE: Any stain, waterbased or not will work, we just liked the look of this colour. A deep walnut selection is my favourite.
Staining Part 2 – I did 2 coats of varnish after the stain had dried.
STEP 4 // THROW IKEA KNOBS OUT
I then put the drawers together on the built shelf, and threw out those ugly Ikea knobs, and put in the beautiful bronze knobs from Lee Valley Tools here in Toronto. They have an online shop, so you can easily pick up your own too. 🙂
FAQ ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Q: What is the quality like?A: I didn’t even think that quality would be questioned until a lot of people e-mailed me to ask. These are great side tables, real wood, well constructed and easy on the pocket book. We’ve been using them every day, and they don’t have any scratches or bump marks.
Q: The drawers don’t have rollers. Doesn’t that make it hard to open the drawers?
A: Rollers are good if you’re opening drawers that are (a) Big and (b) hold heavy items. Keeping that in mind these tables are small, and (for us) house things like bedtime reading, socks, pajamas, the missing rollers are not an issue. We’re not storing heavy stuff in these tables, so the drawers open easily. If you were to add heavier items (like lots of hardcover books) yes, it may be heavy to open the drawers, but they still open.
SHOPPING REFERENCES Inspiration (Thank you!) Style at Home Magazine, September 2008 Issue Knobs: Lee Valley The size we used were the 51mm x 43mm ($2.80) pulls Side Tables: Ikea Rast Table, Bed in picture: Colette Bed Our Bedroom Colour – Classic Gray (oc-23) by Benjamin Moore Drawer Colour: Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore, I used oil, and in semi-gloss
For a more complete shopping list from our bedroom, take a peek at our Before + After Bedroom post here.