ikea rehab

IMG_4931Looking around my bedroom, I realized I had a problem.  While the rest of my apartment is filled with awesome inherited mid-century furniture, where I sleep is obviously in Ikea.

In honesty, I can’t hate on it.  We don’t have kids or pets to beat it up, it’s held up the last few years, and works into our budget.  When we can actually buy a place, the Ikea furniture may not come with, but it’s been fun to personalize the pieces to work into my aesthetic.

We moved into our apartment last August, upgrading to a bedroom with enough space for two more dressers (this is huge in the apartment-living realm, am I right?!)  After searching online for decent dressers, I was inspired by this post from the lovely Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio.  So, here’s the not-so pretty shot after the dressers were put together:

IMG_3500Gross.  Hubs loved the map, so that was staying.  I had loved the gray quilted blanket, but it was not working.  It was time to spruce up our room, along with the dressers.  So, for the dressers I sanded them down, painted with a white acrylic-based paint I found at home depot with a foam roller and foam brush for the harder parts, and stained the knobs and legs with a cherry to match our existing Ikea furniture (later used on the desk I made).

So, here’s my dresser, in all it’s glory!

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Around this time I also started paying close attention to Emily Henderson’s blog.  She’s got that fresh-but-retro, West Coast dreaming style down.  Looking through her blog, even if you have already, she rocks.  The bedroom will continue to evolve…I’m taking inspiration from there images:


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One day I’ll get some flowers, make a badass gallery wall and really spruce it up.  For now, it’s working!

Products breakdown: Ikea Tarva Chest |  Ikea Ribba Frames | artwork found at the Piazza Nuovo in Rome | desk lamps on side tables from Home Goods, not my favorite so I’m looking having more fun with this copper fixture or this rosy glass one  from CB2 | Ikea Grundtal Mirror  | plant from good old Home Depot, wrapped in canvas drop cloth that was also from Home Depot | Bedding and Pillow  from Target | Amazon navy blue grommet curtains

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