Welcome to my first ever DIY project. I was kind of nervous when Patrick and I decided to go with the Ikea furniture but I am so happy with how they turned out.  (please excuse these awful pictures and the pinkish carpet).  We (I should say, Patrick) picked up these 3 Drawer TARVA Dressers and 2 of these six drawer TARVA dressers from Ikea in Pittsburg on his way back home from Christmas.  We (I should say, Patrick) put togther the big dressers and one of the nightstands.  As we were getting ready to build the other, we realized the other nightstand had duplicate part in the box, but I will get to that debacle later.

I purchased these brass pulls for $3 each to replace the ugly stock knobs and stained the dresser with a dark walnut stain, let it dry and TA DA- a nightstand for less than $100! We decided to go with the three drawer dressers for the nightstand in order to have some extra storage which I absolutely love.  My favorite part of the new nightstand is the contrast of the dark wood with our white bedding and headboard. 

So back to our debacle, if you were ever hesitant about buying Ikea furniture because you have to put it together… I will change that forever.  I PUT TOGETHER AN IKEA DRESSER on my own.  I want to shout it from the rooftop.  I honestly didn’t think I would be able to do it (let’s just say I am not so great with a hammer), but a couple hours later and some love, my little masterpiece came to life. 

xox- a dash of details

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Happy First Friday of the year. I feel like this short week at work has been the most productive week since the beginning of the holiday season. This weekend I am eager to continue to tackle some projects at home. I can’t wait to start sharing some pictures of our (somewhat slow) progress we have made on the blog.  Here is what we have completed so far: Last weekend Patrick built our beautiful farmhouse table, stained the bedroom furniture, painted the downstairs bathroom white and I was inspired by Little Green Notebook’s Ikea Hack Desk project (maybe one of my favorite additions to my office).  Let’s just say we made some major progress at the end of 2012. 

To kick off 2013, I have some big plans for this weekend: 

– Paint my office this color 

– Hang all of our artwork in the office and kitchen 

– Work on some DIY art projects for my new IKEA frames 

– Pick up my cowhide rugs (similar here) that are finally ready 

– Go antique shopping to find the perfect coffee table in the West Bottoms

– Clean out my closet and donate to one of my favorite local charities 

– Try to relax and refresh as much as possible 

I hope you all have a fabulous First Friday of the new year! 

xox- a dash of details 

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