Ikea Malm Makeover

My current goal is to complete projects only using supplies I have on hand. This is allowing me to complete some unfinished projects and also save money on new projects. Recently I made over my Ikea Malm dresser and Billy bookshelf using leftover paint and primer.

Malm Dresser

Malm Dresser

Billy book shelf

Billy book shelf

My blond spare room furniture is from my university days and although it is in good shape it is dated and could use a facelift. I got rid of the bed frame with a similar blonde wood headboard recently when my parents gave me their queen size frame. I have an old door sitting in my garage that I have planned to use as a headboard (stay tuned).       

When painting laminate furniture with regular paint you have to prime it first. Typically, I use chalk paint so that I can avoid this step all together but priming allows you to use any paint which provides more colour options. In this case, I had Behr Poppyseed on hand from my master bedroom accent wall. I also used this last weekend to complete some DIY wall art. I used a small roller to apply the primer and then two coats of paint.

BEFORE

BEFORE

PRIMED

PRIMED

PAINTED

PAINTED

I sealed the dresser and drawers using Varathane Chrystal Clear Polyurethane which I had on hand from my chalk paint kitchen makeover. I purchased this which is meant for floors because it is very durable which is awesome in a high traffic area like the kitchen. Having done more research since completing my kitchen makeover, I would have used polycrylic instead as my white cupboards have yellowed slightly in some areas, despite the polyurethane claiming that it is "non yellowing". I applied it using a regular bristle brush. Had I of used chalk paint on this piece, I still would have sealed it with poly rather than wax. I am finding that a lot of my furniture made over with chalk paint and finished with wax is scuffing or becoming discolored. Poly creates a much more durable barrier and protects furniture better. Again, polyacrylic is recommended over polyurethane but it's what I had on hand :)

I found these vintage knobs at Homesense for $20 for 8. I used two on the linen closet of our downstairs bathroom makeover and the remaining 6 I added to the dresser drawers.

I haven't styled the top the way I want it yet, this will come with moving around some décor.

I haven't styled the top the way I want it yet, this will come with moving around some décor.

I also primed and painted my bookshelf white. I had Behr Ultra White semi gloss on hand which has more of a sheen than I wanted for furniture but I plan to distress it to match the bed side table. I also plan to add some barn board or stained wood to the back for an added look and stability of the shelf.

always fun to change up shelf décor !

always fun to change up shelf décor !

Another piece I painted is this side table in my office/2nd spare room. I had painted it previously using Annie Sloan Graphite but decided to freshen it up and give it some colour using Annie Sloan Duck Egg. I distressed it heavily with 120 grit sandpaper and really love the look of the black showing through. I sealed it using Annie Sloan clear wax, all products I had on hand of course :)

Both of my spare rooms were freshly painted and have gotten a few décor additions over the last 2 years but recently I have been itching to switch them up a bit more. I am planning to change out some of the décor and wall art to achieve the fresh look I am going for and the furniture makeovers will help achieve this.

Jess xx

How to Paint a Striped Accent Wall

For anyone on Pinterest, you have probably seen your fair share of striped accent walls. Last Summer I decided to paint one in our spare bedroom. The room was already beige and I used Benjamin Moore's White Dove for the stripes.

How to Paint your Stripes;

Step 1: Measure the height of the wall. I decided to go with thick stripes and determined the width based on how many stripes could fit within the height of the wall. My stripes are 13 1/4 inches. I started at the top of the wall and measured down, marking with my pencil every 13 1/4 inches. Then I repeated this step, moving over every 10 inches. I used my level to draw lines with pencil, connecting the marks horizontally across the wall. Once one line was drawn, I moved down to the next one. I ended up with 3 white stripes and 4 beige.

Step 2: Tape- I laid painter's tape along the pencil lines. *Ensure you are taping on the top and bottom of the stripe that you will be painting. Once everything is taped off, if will look like the stripes are different sizes, but don't worry, they will be even once all is said and done! I pressed a credit card along the seam of the tape to ensure it is sealed well. I also taped off the corners lengthwise

Step 3: Paint- to ensure you get crisp, clean lines follow this step; dip your brush lightly in paint and wipe off the excess (you want barely any paint on your brush!) Now lightly coat the inside edges of your tape. This ensures your paint won't bleed under the tape. Then use a roller to fill in the rest of the stripe. Once you are done painting, remove the tape before the paint is totally dry. I was so happy (and surprised) that my lines were perfect without any bleeding!!

Additional step- I recently decided to repaint our spare room as I am totally sick of the beige that dominates our house. I chose Behr Dolphin Fin which is a grey with a blue undertone. I painted the three walls of the spare room as I normally would and then repainted the beige stripes. This time I didn't need to do any measuring, I simply taped along the lines of the existing stripes and painted over the beige with Dolphin Fin *I did use the step to ensure my paint did not bleed and filled in the rest using a roller.

This time I managed to snap some pictures throughout the process;

I taped off the edges of the existing white stripe to protect them from the new grey paint.

I taped off the edges of the existing white stripe to protect them from the new grey paint.

Painting along the tape to ensure the seam is crisp. Use a roller to fill in the rest of the stripe and remove the tape before the paint completely dries.

Painting along the tape to ensure the seam is crisp. Use a roller to fill in the rest of the stripe and remove the tape before the paint completely dries.

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I am so much happier with the colour and am loving my striped wall even more! I rehung the print above the bed but I have plans to create my own abstract painting. What do you think?

Jess xx

Master Bedroom Makeover + Accent Wall

I have been working away on our master bedroom since last fall to create a comfortable space for the two of us. I have shared my DIY headboard and nightstands so today I am sharing details on our accent wall and bringing the rest of the room together.

The makeover started with painting the entire room. The lower walls were painted a taupe colour and the rest an off white. Our house was built in the late 80's and the previous owners were not the best painters (paint all over the ceiling, trim painted to match the walls, etc). I completed some simple patching of minor holes and prepped the walls for painting.

I used Behr Toasty Gray for three of the four walls and gave the trim a fresh coat of Behr Ultra White. I love how much paint brightens and cleans up a room!

The frames above the bed were a gift from Chapters/Indigo and I printed some pencil sketches found online.  Our bedding is from Ikea and the throw pillows are from Homesense. The bench at the end of the bed is from the Real Canadian Superstore.

The frames above the bed were a gift from Chapters/Indigo and I printed some pencil sketches found online.

Our bedding is from Ikea and the throw pillows are from Homesense. The bench at the end of the bed is from the Real Canadian Superstore.

I wanted to do a navy accent wall and chose Behr Poppy Seed. My paint technique is improving but far form professional. After two coats, the wall looked a bit bare and blah despite the bold colour. I seriously debated painting over it or even matching it to the same colour as the rest of the room. Ultimately I chose against repainting and instead to hang a small gallery wall. I started accumulating pieces that coordinated with one another.

I bought the large canvas print, oval mirror and the yellow and cream frames from Homesense. The navy frame and arrow are from Walmart and the small gold mirror from Dollarama :). Again, I framed free pintables found online.

I hung the large print first and just sort of eyed up where I wanted the other pieces to go around it.

I LOVE the accent wall and am so glad that I did not paint over it!

I had dark, heavy drapes hung prior to making over the room that I replaced with a neutral, striped set from Winners. The lighter curtains let in so much more natural light which is great since our master is in the basement of our raised ranch home.

The canvas print of the two of us at Niagara Falls was a Christmas gift from TK :)

The canvas print of the two of us at Niagara Falls was a Christmas gift from TK :)

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I purchased the Ikea HEMNES dresser a few years ago which is a great piece with tons of storage. I styled the top with decorative storage for my jewelry, a distressed frame from Homesense and a lamp from Target. Oh how I miss Target in Canada!

Other plans for our bedroom include replacing the carpet, blinds and our silver tube TV, not shown :)

Our house guest, Layla loves our bedroom as much as we do :)

Our house guest, Layla loves our bedroom as much as we do :)

Our bedroom is complete (for now) and finally feels like the cozy space I wanted it to be! What do you think?

Jess xx