Weekend Reading

May 17th, 2013

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the sweet compliments on yesterday’s dresser makeover post!  What are you up to this weekend?  We’re celebrating an aunt’s 90th birthday and more than anything I want to catch up on some books I’ve been meaning to finish. I have a few sitting on the nightstand, but what would you recommend for a good summer read? 

  book letters

 

And a few other links I enjoyed this week:

50 designer tips for choosing a sofa

Oooh I want one: a mason jar coffee brewer 

Have you seen GeoGuessr?  You have five attempts to guess where you are in the world based on Google map images and get points based on how close you get. My high score was 8,561 after three tries and a lucky guess. Turning the image helps.

This lip sync battle on Jimmy Fallon is hilarious (via Iowa Girl Eats)

Which summer movie are you looking forward to? For me it’s a toss up between Star Trek and The Lone Ranger.

I had no idea there were this many Sherlock Holmes.

Here’s a gorgeous (and educational) print on pairing food & wine.

I’m taking notes for the future on this stunning Sonoma vineyard wedding.

A reflection on surviving divorce and the rainbow after the storm.

A not to miss photo dress up series for girls.

Hexagons are so hot in design right now. Here’s a fascinating look at the Honeycomb Conjecture and why bees create this efficient and elegant shape in their hives.

   

Have a fab weekend! 

 

top image + book letters via Design Milk

Textured Panel Dresser Makeover

May 16th, 2013

I was talking with my friend who wants to update her master bedroom and her style is coastal meets modern (love!) and she was saying she could use a new dresser in the space. I mentioned I had an idea for an original piece (my latest crush is furniture with fabric texture) and asked if she’d be willing to let me create something really cool for her and she agreed.

ikea dresser makeover with blue burlap panels

Last week I headed to IKEA to pick up a basic six drawer pine dresser I know they carry in stock. I brought it home, we assembled it, and then I primed and painted it, adding blue burlap inset panels to the front for texture, color, and dimension and satin nickel ring pulls. It’s quite a transformation and totally reinvented with a modern look!

ikea dresser makeover centsational girl

 

This project is in partnership with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape and The Home Depot to kick off the Summer DIY Blog Hop. To recreate a similar version, here are the supplies you’ll need and the step by step to go with it. All supplies purchased at The Home Depot (except the fabric, pulls, and dresser).

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