(another) ikea hack

I had the vision for these chairs before I even knew I could find the base so cheap *ahem* affordable.  First of all — chairs are not cheap people!  Seriously, a good dining chair is at least $100 and more like $150+ if you want something well designed.  And I have been in the market for multiple chairs for the studio.  Thank goodness for Ikea is all I have to say.  Once again, they completely delivered!  This fabulous little number is only $39 and completely versatile, and not too bad on the tush either.

The hack is super simple.  It involved a jar of mod podge (& sponge applicator), pictures from magazines or printed at home from the interwebs,  some scissors or an X-acto knife, and a little sandpaper to finish the edges.  I figured out my layout and then started gluing it all together.  Once dry I trimmed the edges with the knife and the put 9,000 layers of mod podge on top.  To finish I sanded down any rough edges and reapplied more mod podge.  It was all very decoupage-my-college-dorm-furniture-a-la-1996… and still just as fun!  I think I might just have to decoupage a few more things…

Ikea Chair Hack

**I feel that I must make a disclaimer that I was only comfortable using images from the internet because I knew these chairs were for my own personal use.  I would not advocate using someone else’s proprietary work for any resale. 

P.S.  Here is another simple Ikea Hack we did 2 years ago.

weekend scene

Life is definitely a series of setting priorities, and mine have kept me a bit scatterbrained lately.  I hate making last minute decisions, but the weather dictated our actions this weekend.  We purchased a new armoire several weeks ago but have not been able to make the 180 mile (round) trip to collect it.  This weekend was our window of opportunity: my parents were free (this = a big ‘ol truck to use + free labor) and there was maybe going to be a break in the weather on Saturday.  We spent the better part of the night on Friday working in my studio and although one would think that scraping walls and spackling would not be that messy, it can quickly get out of control…especially when you discover black (seemingly) toxic material on the floor that needs to be chipped away.

My plan was to have my crazy box painted (well, really just primed) before we head out of town for Turkey Day, but that is NOT happening.  Mostly because the best part of the weekend was spent hanging out with friends for a LONG afternoon/evening visit on Sunday.  There was delicious food, great conversation, cold air, a hot tub and there may or may not have been some pre-Thanksgiving holiday music!  I can’t believe that I never took my phone out of my bag (to snap a photo).  I’m so glad we lingered as it was totally worth not going back to the dirty box that is the studio.  It’ll still be there next weekend!  And I’m excited to make a little more progress.


Weekend Scene November Rain

weekend scene

How is it September?!  I honestly don’t like being so busy that when I sit down to type it dawns on me that the month is half over!  (Such a pessimist realist, I know.)  Well, this weekend was no different than the previous million.  But it was however the first weekend in a LONG time that they hubs didn’t have anything pre-scheduled so he was quite the dear and peered over the tower of laundry he tackled to watch me furiously work on my computer.  I have been busy designing my business cards, flyers for coffee shops, and mailers/info brochures.  And two out of those three complete is not bad.  He put down the vacuum long enough to help me out with a little graphic design project for church too.  We also managed to squeeze in there a beautiful sunset (power) walk via a new route.  Upon said route, I discovered a gem of a little street and a house with a solarium (and chandelier!)  This little street seems to have magically transported itself from our old home on Cape Ann in Massachusetts.  I love finding city treasures like that!  And one of the best parts of the weekend was that I got to go peek at my new studio space that is currently under construction.  As we walked through the metal maze of 30ft-tall beams, I had butterflies in my stomach.  I still can’t believe I’m doing this.  As we left my studio, we stumbled upon the studio of artist David Adickes.  Simultaneously creepy and amazing — and so inspiring to go big or go home!


1. Sunset walk | 2. Graphic Design Project | 3. David Adickes | 4. The view for most of my weekend | 5. A solarium on my secret street