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  • 3 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Space

    Learn how to refresh your space without needing to make significant renovations. If you are considering changing the look and feel of a space, but don't have the budget nor a direction of how to make these changes, here are some easy tips to help you refresh your space with confidence. Tip #1 - Declutter the space One of the most simplest and effective ways to make a significant improvement in your space is to remove clutter. It is important to focus on removing things that are no longer bringing value to your daily life. If it continues to serve you, keep it. If you no longer love it, use it, or find it meaningful, remove it. Why is removing clutter important for refreshing a space? It not only adds more space in your home, but it also helps reduce stress which helps to support and enhance your well-being. Tip #2 - Clear the area By "clear the area," I mean literally clear the space in your home. Often, we need a blank canvas to work with to begin visualizing how to re-design the space. Removing the furniture and items in the space provides opportunities to rearrange the layout and placement of items. Tip #3 - Add contrast Do not be afraid mix the bold with the neutral! If everything looks the same such as using only light colors or only dark colors, the space can become bland. Incorporate neutral tones with warm or dark tones. Painting your walls is not the only way you can add contrast in your space. You can add contrast by using furniture, decor items, plants, and other home accessories. Final Thoughts Refreshing a space can be daunting and challenging at times. If you are looking to make simple and inexpensive changes to your space, we hope these tips are useful in helping you make your space how you envision it to look and feel like.

  • DIY Console Table

    If you can't find a console table that fits your design vision, style, or budget, make one! We cannot promise perfection, but we can guarantee that you can achieve a console table that fits your budget and design vision. After scouring the internet looking for a console table for a bedroom refresh project, we did not find any console tables that fit the design style and budget! Well, we did find one console table that fit the design style but it was definitely over the budget ($2,000). Below is the console table that was used as inspiration to create a custom console table for this bedroom refresh project. Materials + Tools Red Oak Plywood 3/4 4x8 (Quantity x1) Birch Board 1x2-R/L (Quantity x5) Aluminum Angle Bracket (Quantity x4) Drill Miter Saw Circular Hand Saw Orbital Sander Varathane Natural Wood Stain 1 Quart (Quantity x1) Behr Polyurethane Semi-Gloss 1 Quart (Quantity x1) Foam Mini Paint Roller 2-pack (Quantity x1) Foam Brush (Quantity x2) Building the Structure/Frame The structure/frame of the console table is perhaps the most important part of creating this piece of furniture. After purchasing all necessary materials and tools, we sketched the structure/frame of the console table with all necessary measurements to ensure that it would fit in the designated area of the bedroom. Once we finalized the sketch, we began building the structure/frame of the console table. We used a round hand saw to cut the plywood. From this single plywood board, we cut out the legs, table top, two side support boards, and 5 shelves for the console table. Once all the pieces were cut, we used angle brackets to connect the furniture pieces as well as provide strength and support. We drilled the angle brackets onto the wood. We used two angle brackets for each side of the table legs to connect it to the table top. Using two angle brackets for each table leg ensured the joint supports were secure, strong and firm. Building the Other Components of the Console Table After building the structure/frame of the console table, we cut and nailed the pieces of birch board over the thin edges of the frame to give it the illusion of using a thicker wood frame. This is a great hack to reduce cost but still ensure the furniture meets the design style and vision. Then, we began to add the side structure of the console table to hold and support the outer shelves. These side structures are necessary to support the weight of the items that will be placed on the shelves. We proceeded with adding the shelves and nailing them to the side boards. The birch boards added additional support to the outer shelves because they were cut to allow the shelves to be inserted into the birch boards. The remaining pieces of birch board were nailed to the edges of the shelves. After we finished assembling the console table, the remaining steps to finish the console table were to sand the entire console table, add one coat of natural oak stain and two coats of semi-gloss polyurethane. Total Cost of DIY Console Table Project The total cost of building this console table was $176.59! The cost of the project includes all materials and tools listed above except for the following: miter saw, circular hand saw, drill and orbital sander. Final Thoughts This project took approximately one week to complete! Initially, taking on this project was intimidating but once all the pieces came together, I definitely felt that it was feasible and achievable. I do have previous experience using all the tools listed above. Therefore, you may want to take on smaller projects first to gain the confidence and skills to use the round hand saw and miter saw. You definitely will need a helping hand. I was fortunate to have my dad help me with this project! I couldn't be happier with how this console table came out! Another DIY project checked off our list! We cannot wait to take on more DIY projects! Let us know what you think of the console table by commenting below. Thank you for reading! -Maria

  • Turn an Ikea Spice Rack into a Monitor Stand

    In need of an affordable monitor stand less for than $5 ? I purchased this BEKVÄM Spice Rack $4.99 (tax not included) at Ikea sometime last year. Sometimes the easiest and most affordable solution to our dilemmas are already in our homes. Since I never hung it up above my stove to hold my spices- I found a new purpose for this simple and inexpensive product. A pro to most of Ikea items. They can used or hacked into many things. Tools Needed Allen Key (should have been included in package) Optional: Drill or Screwdriver with Allen Key head (it's faster or perhaps you lost the Allen Key) Easiest DIY 1. Choose one side to remove both screws with the Allen Key. 2. Remove the shelf rod. 3. Place the screws back on the side you removed. 4. Your All Done! DIY REVEAL The natural wood color already matched my current desk. I was very happy that it can support the weight of my monitor. Additionally, this is a great affordable alternative, especially if you are saving up for the home office of your dreams. This was super easy, super affordable, and super cute! >>CHECK OUT THE DIY REEL HERE<< DIY Tip: Since this item was made with natural raw wood, the DIY options are endless. You can easily sand down this shelf rack and paint it to whatever color you like or use removable wallpaper for a funky design. Have Fun! -Liz

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