Thursday, February 21, 2019

Affordable and large neutral rug!

Are you looking for an affordable neutral rug? Look no further..

We had been on the hunt for a rug that matched our room and didn't break the bank. It's so hard to buy online, since I like to look and feel the rug, but this one had great reviews, the colors we wanted and all at a price that was affordable. 

Shipping was quick and it was packaged so well. As soon as I got it inside, I unpackaged it and rolled it out. It took very little time for the wrinkles to flatten out, and I am so happy with how it looks!


It was on sale for $162. What a great deal!


The colors are so good, if you are looking for a cream/gray carpet.


It is surprisingly soft under the feet for the price. 


Also loving the distressed look that it has.

 At first we were looking for a rug that had some blues in it, but we decided to go with something a bit more neutral, so that we can mix up our pillows and accent pieces, without having to change out the rug. This will work for all seasons and colors we decide to accent with. 

I have another smaller foyer rug that will be coming tomorrow. That one was less than $20! Be sure to check back next week on how that rug works out. 

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to find me on Instagram @ onesimplebliss for more pictures. 
XX


Thursday, February 14, 2019

DIY nightstand from IKEA dresser!

Have you seen these IKEA Rast dressers? I bought two of them when they were on sale for $27, and followed a tutorial on how to make them into this nightstand. 

First, you will need to get your dresser. You can find them here
IKEA RAST dresser

Once you have your dresser, you will need to get the trim pieces. 


I bought my trim pieces from Lowes, but you can find them at Home Depot too. I bough six trim pieces per dresser. So 12 trim pieces for both dressers. 

Buy your top piece. For the top, you'll need to get a 1x16 inch board and have it cut down to 12 3/4''. You can ask the people at Lowes to cut it for you if you don't have a saw to cut it yourself. Once you have your trim, and your top (cut to 1x12 3/4 x 26 5/8''), it will be time to cut your trim to size. 


You will want to cut your trim pieces as follows: 
For each drawer, cut two 20 inch pieces and two 7 7/16 inch pieces. 

Once you have them all cut, secure them with wood glue and clamp down. You can add brad nails if you'd like, but I just used the glue, and they are holding up great.


Once you have finished gluing all trim down, you can fill the existing drawer pull holes with some wood putty. Fill your holes, let the putty dry and sand it down smooth. then you are ready to paint!

Prime and painted!

Close up. I love how it looks!


As the paint was drying, I went and worked on the top. I bough MinWax stain in Dark Walnut and used an old rag to apply the stain. I applied it in the same direction as the grain. 

This stain had a strong smell, so I would use it outside or in the garage. 

Here is my 1 x 12 3/4 x 26 5/8 top piece. 

After the stain had dried, I applied a white wash over it. To white wash, you mix water with white paint and paint the mixture onto the top of your board. Then I immediately took a rag and wiped the paint mixture off. Depending on the look will depend on the water to paint ratio. 
You can find different tutorials on pinterest on how to white wash. 

Here is what mine looked like after the white wash. I was going for a weathered look an am happy with how this came out!


If you aren't going to white wash, you may want to pre-stain your wood, with a wood conditioner. This will prevent the wood from taking the stain unevenly. But since I was going to add the white wash to the top, I wasn't worried about how uneven the stain was going to come out. 

I attached the top with some wood glue and finish nails, then attached my new pulls.


I got my pulls from Hobby Lobby when they were having a 50% off sale. they ended up being $2.50 each. They always have sales, so don't buy them full price. You can find my pulls here, but they have so many different ones you can pick from. 

This is a super simple DIY, that anyone can tackle! It was my first time using a miter saw, and if I can do it, so can you! 


All done! I love it so much and especially since it was so cheap to make!

Look at that before and after! Pin this to make it later!





Friday, February 1, 2019

DIY $100 kitchen makeover

I've wanted to have our cabinets painted white for so long now, and with some push from my sister, I finally tackled the project. I heard form a lot of people that it was going to be a huge and difficult project. It took me three days to do this section and it wasn't all that bad.

Here is what I did to update our kitchen on a budget. 


This is what I started with. These outdated cabinets. 

My first step was to clean them. I used TSP and gave them a good cleaning; boxes drawers and doors.  You'll need gloves and a rag. Just follow the directions on the box. 

After cleaning them really well, I took the doors off the boxes and sanded them down. i was able to scratch them up and get the shine off. Then came the fun part - priming! This is where I actually saw some progress. I used Kilz primer, and painted one coat on with a good paint brush. I let it dry and added a second coat of primer. 

Once the cabinets were all primed, I started painting! I used some left over Dove White paint by Benjamin Moore, that we had used on our fireplace remodel. 

This is the brush I used, along with a small detail brush to get into the routed sections of the doors. 

I used long even strokes and applied thin layers of paint. I used a fine grit sandpaper to sand down any brush stokes or drips, after each coat was dry. This method worked so well, that I have very minimal brush strokes. 

You can sand down any strokes once each coat is dry. If you don't catch the drips right away, do not try to smoothen them out. Wait for it to fully dry, then sand it down with a fine grit paper. I had one spot that I didn't notice and was able to sand it down once the coat dried. After you apply your final coat of paint, you won't see it!


Once you get your final coat of paint on, let it completely dry and rehang your doors. 
Here is what they look like all painted. I think they look really good for painting them with a brush. 
My cabinets took two coats of primer and two coats of paint. 

I din't take the hinges off the doors, I just taped them and used my small detail paint brush to get around them really well. 

Once everything was fully dry, I hung the doors and couldn't believe what one weekend of painting did to the kitchen. It looked so much better and so much brighter. 

so much better!

After all this hard work, I needed to add knobs, so that we wouldn't touch the cabinets to open the doors, and ruin the paint. I bought knobs and pulls off amazon, and waited for them to come. But in the mean time, I also found some lamps that I wanted to have in the corner window. That area was looking really bare. 

Amazon for the win! Two lamps for less than $40!

Seriously, those lamps make a huge difference! I am so in love!

Two days later, and my hardware are in. These were really easy to install with a template that I bought from Lowes. 

Another great Amazon find!

Love these! 

The template comes with a drill bit to use to make your holes. If you don't buy the $8 template, the hardware you buy should list the size bit that you will need to use.

LOVE!

The kitchen looks so much bigger and brighter. It is a different feeling having it white. 

Here it is with everything all together. I can't get over how different it looks and how easy it was to paint and attach hardware! 



Don't those lamps make a huge difference? What do you think? 

This project was so affordable because we had the primer and paint from our fireplace remodel, so all it took was some time and hardware. This project was less than $100! Best $100 I have spent on a project. 

Pin image for future reference.

I hope this helps anyone that wants to tackle this task too! I was so hesitant to start it, but am so happy that I did.

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