Last Friday, I finally made it to Ikea to grab the last pieces I needed to finish my living room and my little home office area. Naturally Ikea is always better with a friend (I find it overwhelming on my own) and of course, the day wouldn't be complete if we didn't stop at a little french bakery for cappuccinos and pastries before our long morning at Ikea.
My shopping list consisted of 1 Linnmon table top, 2 Lerberg trestles, 1 pair of the Vittsjö nesting tables, 1 Vittsjö laptop stand, and an assortment of Ribba picture frames. I also picked up some Metrik handles for a little Ikea hacking fun.
The first thing I wanted to do was liven up the wall behind my desk. I saw this amazing Lauren Conrad DIY weeks ago. It was super easy and the results are spectacular. It is a new wall for the price of contact paper and a circle cutter! All I did was cut contact paper into 10" circles and apply them to the wall (I planned where I wanted to put them with Post-its).
I also wanted to create an inspiration board on the same wall. I ordered a large but inexpensive cork board from Amazon and painted the cheap looking wood gold. Next I simply printed items, pictures, patterns, etc. that inspire me! The Essie and coffee prints I purchased from The Preppy Greek and the LOVE and ciao prints are from M. Kat Safar (both on Etsy).
Before assembling my new Ikea pieces, I spray painted the trestle legs, and metal bases of the nesting tables and laptop table gold. I also spray painted the cabinet handles and super-glued them to the nesting tables to create a Greek key design (I saw this on one of my favorite design blogs, Simple Details). Ikea hacks are everywhere and a great place to get ideas is Pinterest.
|Don't mind me, just the crazy lady spray painting all of her new furniture gold!|
|Ignore the empty Ikea frame, I'm still waiting for one last print to arrive!|
|I love the greek key detail. I can't believe they are cabinet handles!|
Such a transformation!
Ignore the giant cat tower. I am a bit of a cat lady in training, but look at that face, how can I resist?
So what do you think?