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Yesterday we shared 25 awesome upcycle projects and Ikea hacks, but we wanted to give you some of the juicy details for a couple of the projects we actually tackled during our crazy Women’s Night Out White Box Challenge. Wall Paint Colors
First, the paint colors. Everyone always ask us what colors we use and we never remember to share! Well, this is going to change! We’re even going to try to get our acts together and post our color palettes for each of our Knock it Off episodes. One of these days!! Anyway, our bland room started off with Oxford Tan (from Lowes) walls, lightened by 25%.  In our 30 minute intermission, the top portion quickly got covered in Classic Teal, which is a gorgeous, rich blue. I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw us use that color again- loved it!

Furniture Paint Colors
The dresser got decked out in four different colors, which really added a lot of interest. We are in love with the color-blocking trend and were excited to give it a go with these inexpensive Rast dressers from Ikea. We used Tuxedo Tie on the frame, English Tea Party on the bottom drawers, Mountain Smoke on the middle drawers and Bamboo Leaves on the top drawers (all from Lowes). Such fun colors that matched our fabrics perfectly! We definitely would have liked to build a base for our new buffet so that it would sit higher, but unfortunately, we ran out of time. So, take note if you’re planning on giving this upcycle a try. 🙂

We shared a whole bunch of fun ideas for painted rugs, but this one that Monica did last summer is definitely our favorite: quick, easy and cute! Check out her Stenciled Outdoor Rug for the step by step deets!
Spray Paint Stenciled Rug
This tufted Lack table turned ottoman was a big hit with the ladies during our event and it’s a super simple upholstery project that any one can handle.
This past spring, I made this Ikea Lack Ottoman using the same method as above. The only difference is that we added tufting to the one we made during the White Box Challenge. It looks so good I might just have to add some to mine!
 Here’s the cheater way to add tufts:
1. Follow steps for upholstering the table.
2. Mark where you want to place your tufts.
3. Use a button-making kit to create some cute buttons using your fabric, or buy pre-bought buttons to use.
4. Using a staple gun, shoot a 3/4 inch staple through the fabric, batting and foam on the mark you made. This creates the tuft, without having to drill through the table and bringing sewing into the equation.
5. Hot glue your buttons in place. That’s it!!
We love the way this nail head trim dressed up our plain, old white chair. They were so simple to attach and took this chair to a whole new level!
In fact, it wasn’t our first time using nail head detailing- we upholstered a chair and added nail heads for one of our Nate Show episodes!
Finally, this upcycled art was definitely the fan favorite of the night. You wouldn’t believe how easy it was to do and what an awesome impact it makes.
If you want to know how to make your own, Monica took this old piece of art and made a completely custom canvas for her powder room using a stencil, spray paint and her silhouette machine.
Phew! I think we touched on everything, but if you were at the event and still have questions, leave us a comment! There aren’t many things that are as gratifying and budget-friendly as upcycyling. I’m serious, people. Go give it a try!

The comments +

  1. B.K. says:

    Love these projects, thanks for sharing all of the details! I definitely got a few ideas for how to ‘upcycle’ in my own home. Just one question – where can I find the ikat material (or something similar to it) used on the lack ottoman? I’m new to sewing/upholstery and am not sure where to look for great fabric beyond my local JoAnn’s. Thanks!

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