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I’m so excited to kick off this new year by partnering with Behr on a project for their Behr Designer Stories series on the Behr.com website. My project for the series was all about taking a $9 Goodwill dresser from drab to fab in one weekend with Behr paint, and I’m thrilled with the results. (I’m also hosting a giveaway so make sure you enter for your chance to win a $50 Home Depot gift card at the bottom of the post).

An easy DIY project taking a Goodwill dresser from drab to fab in one weekend with Behr paint. Chatfield Court

When we lived in Illinois I found this awesome vintage Ethan Allen dresser at a local Goodwill shop for just $9. Sadly, it sat in our basement for months and eventually made it’s way down to North Carolina with us, with the hopes that I would find the time to give it a makeover. When Behr approached me to do a project for their Designer Stories series, I knew that the old dresser would be the perfect candidate and that it would finally get a much needed facelift.

We live in a small home, with limited storage options, so the dresser is the perfect piece to makeover so that we could store our extra clothing. It was in fair condition, with a lot of surface scratches and it sat low to the ground, but it was solid (and did I mention cheap!), so all it really needed was a fabulous new paint color and 4 sturdy legs to give it a brand new look. 

Adding new vintage hardware to an old Goodwill dresser. www.chatfieldcourt.com

 

To get a fresh new look for this diamond-in-the-rough dresser, I chose Behr Premium Plus® Interior Satin Enamel Paint & Primer In One in “Sea Ice”. It’s my new favorite color!

Want to see the drab before? Head on over to Behr.com and check out how I turned my $9 find into a beauty. While you’re there, make sure you check out the page that the nice folks at Behr made just for me, with a few photos of the “fam”. 

Now to the fun part…your chance to win a  $50 Home Depot Gift Card!!! Good luck!

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Happy Monday, my friends! 

I don’t know about you, but this time of year always seems so busy. We spent this past weekend trying to play catch-up with all of our projects so it went by in a blink of an eye. The one big project we’re trying to get done is the installation of a new gas furnace. We have an oil burner now and we have to run the gas lines so we can get the new furnace installed. As always, we’ll do most of the work ourselves to save money, but we need to get a move on because we have don’t have heat. 

We worked our tails off while Finn parked his here all weekend…

Finn

Anyway, I’m in the middle of three projects and decorating the house for Christmas, so I thought I’d share something I completed a while ago and never shared, my IKEA Rast hack. Well…I kinda shared it because it was in the photos from my Fall Home Tour, but I didn’t share the details.

IKEA Rast hack - turning the IKEA Rast into an outdoor storage cabinet with wheels.

It’s my outdoor storage cabinet that I made from the IKEA Rast. I bought it when we lived in Chicago but never got around to putting it together. When we moved into this house, I needed something on the front porch to store odds and ends and I thought that the Rast would be the perfect solution.

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IKEA Rast-drawer-chestvia IKEA

To start this super simple project, I assembled the chest following the instructions. Then I painted it with Rustoleum spray paint in Gloss White, applying several coats and sanding in between each one.

Since it was going to live outside I didn’t want it sitting on the ground where it could get wet, so I added 4 wheels that I picked up at Home Depot (*affiliate link). There was no place to attach the back wheels so I attached a piece of wood to back so I could install them. 

IKEA Rast hack - how to turn the IKEA Rast into an outdoor storage cabinet with wheels.The new wheels also allow me to easily move it to sweep the porch. 

IKEA Rast hack - adding wheels to the IKEA Rast to turn it into an outdoor storage cabinet.See…easy so far, right?

The Rast came with 6 wooden knobs but I wanted a different look, and I didn’t want to spend any money, so I used some jute rope that I had on hand. I did have to drill bigger holes in the drawers where the jute had to go in, but it was a quick and easy process.

A couple of knots and I had new knobs…for free!

IKEA Rast hack - adding jute handles to the IKEA Rast to turn it into an outdoor storage cabinet.

All that was left to do was to fill the drawers. I store my garden tools, some candles and apparently…a sanding block. 

IKEA Rast hack - turning the IKEA Rast into an outdoor storage cabinet.It’s nice to have something on the porch that I can add decor to, like a lantern and a potted plant. 

IKEA Rast hack - turn the IKEA Rast into an outdoor storage cabinet with wheels.We also hung my old, chippy window above the cabinet. I’m not sure it will stay here but it’s ok for now.

IKEA Rast hack - it's so easy to turn the IKEA Rast into an outdoor storage cabinet with wheels.Not bad for under $50.

IKEA Rast hack - turning the IKEA Rast into an outdoor storage cabinet to organize and corral my garden supplies.Now I have to get back to those projects, and the Christmas decorating. Can’t wait to share them with you!

Hope you have a great week!

Another furniture project we’ve done is our DIY platform bed.

diy platform bed pinterest 7DIY Platform Bed  

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I know I haven’t been around much since the holidays but I’ve still been busy behind the scenes doing projects. To be honest, I’ve felt a bit off lately and, as a result, I’ve not been posting regularly but I’m hoping that the fog will lift soon so I’ll be able to get back to a regular routine. All is not lost though because when I’m feeling like this I usually paint up a storm, as you can tell from my last 3 projects.

Giving a media cabinet a makeover, for the second time, using Benjamin Moore White Dove and cup pulls from Lowes. | chatfieldcourt.com

A few weeks ago I painted the back door, for the third time, last weekend I gave the front door a refresh, for the second time, and my latest victim was the media cabinet in the living room, also for the second time.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and brass hardware transform a vintage dresser turned media cabinet. | chatfieldcourt.com

When I bought the dresser 2 years ago, it was a putty color and I just wasn’t feeling it with the gray walls and the couch. After a lot of debate about color, I painted it with BM Hale Navy and added some awesome brass hardware that finished it off perfectly. I loved the color but my taste has been changing and paint is such an easy and inexpensive way to make a change to a room (plus that fog crept in), so I grabbed my paintbrush and leftover paint and got to work.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and brass hardware transform a media cabinet. | chatfieldcourt.comWow, not only has the paint color changed but so has my photography and picture styling, hopefully for the better. Anyway, this former dresser turned media cabinet is a beast to move so the living room was a mess of drawers, dvds and cds for a few days while I worked on it. This isn’t a difficult job but it did take a few days to do the usual steps…sand, prime and paint.

Using leftover Benjamin Moore White Dove and inexpensive cup pulls from Lowes to give a media cabinet a makeover. | chatfieldcourt.comI think that’s why I gravitate toward this kind of activity when I’m not feeling like myself. It’s easy, repetitive and not a lot of thinking is involved (well, you do have to decide on paint color and hardware, which can be a bit daunting, but the rest is easy).

Using Benjamin Moore White Dove and cup pulls from Lowes to give a vintage dresser turned media cabinet a makeover. | chatfieldcourt.com I used leftover paint from the kitchen cabinets, BM White Dove, and added a few cup drawer pulls that I picked up at Lowes.

Using Benjamin Moore White Dove to give a vintage dresser turned media cabinet a makeover. | chatfieldcourt.comI love the color change but the pulls make it for me. They are awesome!

Giving a vintage dresser turned media cabinet a makeover using Benjamin Moore White Dove and cup pulls from Lowes. | chatfieldcourt.comWhat do you do when you’re feeling off? Eat chocolate (I do), read books (I wish), chill out (do people even say that anymore?), go for a walk (in this weather? No way!)?

Giving a media cabinet a makeover using Benjamin Moore White Dove and cup pulls from Lowes. | chatfieldcourt.com

I will definitely be back on Friday for a small home tour that you don’t want to miss.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a great week!

 

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I consider our house to be a small space. We have around 1100 square feet of living area and it’s, by far, the smallest house we’ve ever lived in. I know that a lot of people live in much smaller spaces, but to us, this is small and it’s been quite a challenge for me to get used to. Even after living here for two years, I sometimes find it difficult to maximize storage and to find a balance between decorating using too much and not enough. Here are some tips I’ve found helpful for the challenges of small space decorating.

Tips For Small Space Decorating | chatfieldcourt.com

Mirrors. I know I’ve mentioned this before but mirrors really are a great way to open up a small space with added light. I have them all over my house and I feel like they do make a difference in making a small room seem more spacious.

Tips For Small Space Decorating | chatfieldcourt.comTips For Small Space Decorating | chatfieldcourt.comMulti-purpose furniture. Almost every piece of furniture that I have in my house is multi purpose. I really had to choose my pieces wisely and consider its storage capacity, its size in the space and surface area. I have very few surfaces to place decor and lamps, so I had to be very thoughtful with my choices. One example is my ottoman, which has storage for blankets and, with a tray on top, serves as a spot to place your drink or an area to place a few decorative pieces.

Tips For Small Space Decorating | chatfieldcourt.com

Knick knacks. When you have a small space and limited area to place treasured decor, you don’t want to have tiny knick knacks taking up valuable real estate. I try to choose larger items and place them in groups of 3 or 5 and I often use a tray. It really adds a little extra to a grouping of items.

Tips For Small Space Decorating | chatfieldcourt.com

Exposed legs on furniture. Most of my furniture has exposed legs and I think it makes a huge difference in our small space. Even in the bedroom, the legs on our bed are exposed and I don’t use bedskirts.

Tips For Small Space Decorating | chatfieldcourt.com

Tips For Small Space Decorating | chatfieldcourt.comSmall is ok. This is by far the most difficult one for me. I read a lot of blogs every day and looking at big homes with lots of beautifully decorated rooms, when mine is small, is sometimes tough. I just have to remind myself that small is ok and that I need to make the best with what I have (then I remember how much work it is to clean a big house with 3 bathrooms and I feel better).

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Have you ever been challenged decorating a small space? Any tips you care to share?

 

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