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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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If you missed it, last week we had the chance to complete a 30 minute White Box Challenge in front of 450 women!  It was so much fun and pushed our DIY skills to the max- 30 mins feels like 2 seconds when you’re working on an entire space!
Here’s the before and after- to see the full post about the challenge, click HERE.
Throughout the evening, we upcycled and hacked our way to a completed room, but there are so many other great ideas for these inexpensive pieces, that we just had to share!
So get ready for…
25+ Upcycles and Ikea hacks! 
First up… the Ikea LACK side table.
The Lack table is a DIYers dream because the options are endless!
Here are 3 of our favs…
(Click on the number to see each full post from the source)
 At the event, we turned ours into a tufted ottoman!  (Tutorial coming later this week!)
We LOVE the Ikea Rast dresser because it’s under 40 bucks!
 How fabulous are these hacks?
We combined two Rast dressers, added new hardware, some metal detailing and had ourselves an awesome buffet!
Here’s a generic accent chair.  Ikea has lots of different styles, but left alone, they’re pretty plain…
 These chairs went from drab to fab with a little DIYing.
 We paint dipped the legs a bold orange and added gold nail heads to add a punch of style!
Rugs can be expensive! One of our favorite places to get them cheaply is, but another way is to buy a cheap outdoor rug and paint it yourself!  This one was $19.99 at Home Depot!
 It’s amazing what a little paint can do!
 We added wide stripes to our rug for the white box, but in our hurry to get the room done, I may or may not have walked across the wet paint! Oops!  No pics for you!
Okay, isn’t this creepy art awesome??  Well, you might not have something this creepo, but you can score great art at thrift stores or upcycle a piece you already own!
 Each of these projects use paint to tone down the “creepy art” factor!
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Here’s what we did with our blah artwork…
 Target and Walmart sell book shelves so inexpensively! The problem… they look inexpensive!
 How about these ideas for fancying up your shelves?
We love every hack Kate from Centsational Girl has ever done!
 Almost everyone has a dated lamp around the house- and if you don’t you can get one any Saturday at a local yard sale!
 Here are three fun ways to spruce up those dated lamps.
 For ours, we replaced the shade, added some ribbon, and spray painted the base.
Pictures of family and friends are awesome, but here are some outside the box ideas for your extra frames!
I’m a huge fan of what Lindsay did with her open frames!
 And what would a post on upcycles be without mentioning pallets?  2012 and 2013 were the years of the pallets!!
Here’s a variety of ideas from walls, to plants…
 We used a pallet to make a simple shelf- unfortunately, we didn’t bring any mags, so in 30 minutes… scrap paper and Bibles it was!  lol!
So that should leave you on Upcycle and Hack overload!!  
Have you ever DIYed any of these items before?  Do tell!!

The comments +

  1. Oh my gosh! What seriously great ideas. I love this post!! Thanks. 🙂 I’m going to start with painting a rug.

  2. JC says:

    So inspired! LOVE this post 🙂

  3. Thanks for including our lack ottomans!! 🙂

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