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Fake It Til you Make It…

ENTRY shelf from IKEA
Truth: I don’t always love my decor choices. To be perfectly honest, we’ve been in this house just under 2 years, and I often find myself making a list of things I want to go back & change (don’t tell Matt). Sometimes, I even kick myself for some of the decor choices I’ve made so far. Don’t get me wrong here, of course I’m extremely thankful for what I have, but I think it’s only natural to make mistakes in your first house, change styles half way through, or totally miss the mark. You live and you learn, right? Take my entryway for example…
This is what our entryway looked like when we finally got settled in. At that time I felt like the space needed something other than the 2 large coral frames above the couch to make the entry area its own entity. I chose to put framed photos of Matt’s childhood home, my childhood home and our first home together to make that separation.
At the time, I liked it…. but quickly realized it didn’t offer any function in a place that needed all the function it can get its little hands on. And to be perfectly honest, there was always this looming feeling that this threesome just didn’t “flow” with the room. For awhile I tried to sell myself that it was meaningful and simple, but a year later… I still wasn’t sold.
The space needed function and I needed to ditch the threesome (pretty standard life advice in general… not judging, just sayin’…). Hooks, a shelf, and a piece of art…that’s exactly what this space needed and got!
When this piece of art grabbed my attention in the clearance aisle of HomeGoods… I knew it was time to take action. For $22, how could I say no?! (This specific art took a tad of extra convincing to win over Matt). I sold Matt by convincing him that this piece’s patterns seemed to be the perfect accent to the large framed coral pieces we already had. We could either spend $22 on this piece or change up the large pieces. You can imagine the alternative sounded like a lot of extra work (and shopping!) for the Mr, so he was quickly sold on the charming vintage suit.

I picked up this IKEA shelf for $7.99 (regular price), but had to paint it white with some leftover paint I had at the house. I used the brackets to hang the shelf from on the top side, but you can also flip the shelf around and put the brackets on the bottom for a whole new look! Since the shelf comes in natural wood, the color options are endless! The three hooks are from HomeDepot; I think they were like $3-ish each.

The pillows and striped blanket are also IKEA steals- a fun way to add a little more color, texture and coziness.

Overall, I’m much more content with the new look. It offers A LOT more function (which I love above all), and also makes the whole space “flow” much better. I can’t believe how a tiny $7 shelf can make such a difference in organizing the clutter that comes through the front door. Mail, keys, sunglasses, jackets… everything has a place to call home.

Like I said, I never hated the old look, I just love this one a lot more. I’m glad I finally silenced that looming voice of “just okay” by making some inexpensive changes.

This isn’t my first re-decorating experience, and I can guarantee it won’t be my last. My style, ideas, and our home’s needs are always changing so I guess it’s okay to adjust the decor to reflect these changes. At least that’s what I’m telling myself to feel better!
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But let’s be real here…is it just me or are you also feeling like some of your rookie decor decisions need a little extra attention these days? I need some support here!  
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10 thoughts on “Fake It Til you Make It…

    1. DIY Playbook

      You are so sweet, Tricia. Thank you so much for your kind words and all of your support!! And yes, it is an old pew that we had refurnished. Ironically, it’s from Dave Reilly’s mom’s quilt shop. She wanted to get rid of it so Dave gave it to us!! We absolutely LOVE it.

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a fabulous summer. =)

  1. clare @ fitting it all in

    I want you to come decorate my apartment. and my boyfriend’s house. but i’ll need you to do it for free 😉
    ya’ll seriously impress me every time!!!

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  2. Thistle

    So awesome to meet you at Haven! (totally love your style)! So happy that we ended up on the same floor!

    Have an amazing day!

    karianne

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Karianna,
      It was so great to meet YOU!! We’ve been big fans for awhile now, so it was great to chat with you. You are too darn sweet and so, so welcoming! Thanks for stopping by.

      Xo,
      Bridget & Casey

  3. Sage Grayson

    I really love the colors you’re using, and that bikini print is too cute. 🙂 I think this is true with they way most of us decorate our homes. It’s trial and error, and while something might not look horrible, it can always be tweaked and improved. Nice example!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much for the kind words Sage. Yes…home decorating is definitely a long process of trial and error. But we think that’s what makes it so fun 😉

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    1. DIY Playbook

      You are so sweet, Tricia. Thank you so much for your kind words and all of your support!! And yes, it is an old pew that we had refurnished. Ironically, it’s from Dave Reilly’s mom’s quilt shop. She wanted to get rid of it so Dave gave it to us!! We absolutely LOVE it.

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a fabulous summer. =)

  1. clare @ fitting it all in

    I want you to come decorate my apartment. and my boyfriend’s house. but i’ll need you to do it for free 😉
    ya’ll seriously impress me every time!!!

    Reply
  2. Thistle

    So awesome to meet you at Haven! (totally love your style)! So happy that we ended up on the same floor!

    Have an amazing day!

    karianne

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Karianna,
      It was so great to meet YOU!! We’ve been big fans for awhile now, so it was great to chat with you. You are too darn sweet and so, so welcoming! Thanks for stopping by.

      Xo,
      Bridget & Casey

  3. Sage Grayson

    I really love the colors you’re using, and that bikini print is too cute. 🙂 I think this is true with they way most of us decorate our homes. It’s trial and error, and while something might not look horrible, it can always be tweaked and improved. Nice example!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much for the kind words Sage. Yes…home decorating is definitely a long process of trial and error. But we think that’s what makes it so fun 😉

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Ikea Hemnes Dresser: Hack

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Earlier this week, you guys got a glance at the new tall dresser that’s currently hanging out in our office. I showed you how I jazzed up the drawer sides with marbled paper, and today I want to show you how I jazzed up the outside of this ho-hum dresser.
I purchased this dresser from Ikea because I needed a decent amount of storage for our office, and I wanted it to be hidden inside drawers. This dresser is a great size and you simply can’t beat the price ($149!)
Ikea Hemnes Dresser
Side Note: My hubby-to-be and I have put together a decent amount of Ikea furniture in our day. This dresser was the absolute worst thing we’ve ever put together….by far. I guess dressers just take forever to put together. Lucky for me, I have a very patient fiance who enjoys putting things together while watching sports on TV.
The dresser was great once we finally got it together (albeit a little boring), but it just took a very long time to get from step 1 to step 35 (no joke…).
boring ikea knobs
After this bad boy was put together, I immediately knew that I wanted to trade out the hardware. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…hardware is one of the easiest ways to update any piece of furniture in your home. These boring knobs had absolutely no chance of staying… #buhbye
Ikea Dresser Hack
I ordered 5 of these silver pulls on Amazon and $25 later I had pretty new pulls for my dresser.
silver drawer pulls
I’m in love with the shiny silver. It adds a nice glamorous touch to the otherwise blah dresser.
drawer pulls
But my customization of this Ikea piece didn’t stop there. I’ve always been eager to try out the industrial, campaign-style look on a dresser and this white piece offered up the perfect opportunity! So I purchased some silver brackets (these ones to be exact) and decided to add them to each drawer front.
corner brackets on drawer front

This is just about the time that this project slowed down.  I was totally on a roll, and then boom…I had to install 4 brackets on 5 drawers. It took some major drilling time. Learn from me and take these tips into account if you’re looking to add brackets to one of your own dressers…

silver corner brackets
Rookie Tip #1: Use a drill bit to create pilot holes in the front of the drawer. This is very, very important. If you skip this step, then you risk splitting the wood. It’s also key when you go to put the screws in. I suggest using your drill for the pilot holes, and then just a normal screwdriver for the screws.
ikea hemnes dresser
Rookie Tip #2: Each bracket will have 4 holes and 4 screws. That’s 16 screws per drawer, and with 5 drawers that’s 80 screws to measure, pre-drill, and then screw in. Yikes. Instead, I recommend only putting 2 screws in to hold each bracket. The bracket will be plenty snug on the front, and you’re less likely to split the wood. I did all 4 on one of the drawers, and then immediately switched tactics. Learn from my mistakes…
ikea campaign dresser
ikea dresser makeover
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  1. clare @ fitting it all in

    i wish i had your design brain! i maybe be calling you for DIY help when I move to Louisville! xoxo

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  2. Mary

    I like the idea, but the pulls and brackets look really mismatched – different styles, different metal finishes…

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  3. Crystal Disbrow

    Thanks for the idea. We recently purchased two of the larger dressers and 2 nightstands from the Hemnes line. They were such a pain to put together, and I have done many Ikea builds before. I started looking for ideas to dress them up and I love the bracket idea. Do you happen to remember what length the screws you used were?

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Crystal,
      Totally agree that it can be a big pain to put together! Ha. But once it’s done…it’s totally worth it.

      The screws actually came with the brackets that I purchased. But if you need to purchase any, I would recommend doing very short ones…definitely less than an inch so they don’t go through to the other side of the drawer.

      Good luck!
      Casey

  4. Vicky ladlamme

    It seems that the screws in IKEA drawers are shorter than a regular pull handle/knob screw. I’m curious to what you did to accommodate the longer screw did you cut them or were you actually able to find knobs that had shorter screws ?

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  5. Shelby Handlin

    This dresser seems to come in white and white stain. Which did you purchase? And could you tell me if you saw them both and what the difference is in the two stain options?

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  6. Eileen

    Just found this, great idea. Completely transformed my dull, brown dresser for less than $30 in under 45 minutes. Thanks!

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11 thoughts on “Ikea Hemnes Dresser: Hack

  1. clare @ fitting it all in

    i wish i had your design brain! i maybe be calling you for DIY help when I move to Louisville! xoxo

    Reply
  2. Mary

    I like the idea, but the pulls and brackets look really mismatched – different styles, different metal finishes…

    Reply
  3. Crystal Disbrow

    Thanks for the idea. We recently purchased two of the larger dressers and 2 nightstands from the Hemnes line. They were such a pain to put together, and I have done many Ikea builds before. I started looking for ideas to dress them up and I love the bracket idea. Do you happen to remember what length the screws you used were?

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Crystal,
      Totally agree that it can be a big pain to put together! Ha. But once it’s done…it’s totally worth it.

      The screws actually came with the brackets that I purchased. But if you need to purchase any, I would recommend doing very short ones…definitely less than an inch so they don’t go through to the other side of the drawer.

      Good luck!
      Casey

  4. Vicky ladlamme

    It seems that the screws in IKEA drawers are shorter than a regular pull handle/knob screw. I’m curious to what you did to accommodate the longer screw did you cut them or were you actually able to find knobs that had shorter screws ?

    Reply
  5. Shelby Handlin

    This dresser seems to come in white and white stain. Which did you purchase? And could you tell me if you saw them both and what the difference is in the two stain options?

    Reply
  6. Eileen

    Just found this, great idea. Completely transformed my dull, brown dresser for less than $30 in under 45 minutes. Thanks!

    Reply

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