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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. 

goodwill dresser before makeover

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.

dresser prepped for paint

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 legs too goodwill dresser

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!

vintage dresser hardware

I love that I was able to completely transform this beat up $9 Goodwill dresser into a beautiful piece of furniture with paint. Not only is it beautiful but it gives us the space we need to store extra clothing. A win-win! If you head over to the Behr website you can see my completed project, here

 

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I’m in the middle of three projects right now, 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 wasn’t any room 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.

The only thing left for me 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 decorate. My lantern and a potted plant are fun additions.

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. 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. 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

I bought this dresser 2 years ago to use it as our media cabinet. 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 removed a drawer so we could access the cable box.  I also added new brass hardware that finished off this piece perfectly.

Instant media cabinet. So easy to do!

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

While I loved the navy, it just made this side of the room look dark. Since paint is such an easy and inexpensive way to a change to a room, I decided to use leftover paint to give it a makeover.

Wow, 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 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.com

I 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, 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 the 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.com

I 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.com

I love the new color! It really brightens up this side of the room, and it needs all the help it can get. 

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

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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.com

Small 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).

guest bedroom #2 reveal 12

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

 

 

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Even though I’ve had “kitchen reno on the brain” I’ve also been doing the “decor shuffle”. You know that thing you do when you want to make some small changes to your rooms? That’s what I call the decor shuffle. Anyway, with winter in full swing here, I just felt like some change and I started with the bedroom armoire.

I’ve been trying to find the right pieces for the top of the armoire in our bedroom for about a year and I think I finally found what I was looking for…at least for a while. There’s no shortage of inspiration online to help you gather ideas and what I learned is that you want pieces that aren’t too small (they’ll get lost on a tall piece of furniture) and you don’t want too much clutter.

Love this look with the warmth of the wood tray behind the picture.

Decorate the Top of an Armoire | chatfieldcourt.com

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Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse always adds such beautiful touches to her home.

Decorate the Top of an Armoire | chatfieldcourt.com

Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Pretty and simple is a good way to go, like this basket with dried flowers and clock.

Decorate the Top of an Armoire | chatfieldcourt.com

Cloth and Patina

How about using a collection like these beautiful green demijohns.

Decorate the Top of an Armoire | chatfieldcourt.comThis is how I decorated the top of the master bedroom armoire. I used two demijohns and the pic is from my house in Florida. I took it out of the much smaller frame it came in and used a larger mat and frame, instant new picture.

Decorate the Top of an Armoire | chatfieldcourt.comDecorate the Top of an Armoire | chatfieldcourt.comSimple but each piece is large enough to see and it’s all very much my style.

Do you find yourself doing the “decor shuffle” to chase away the winter blues?

Now that the “shuffle” is done in the master, I’m going to get back to my kitchen cabinets. 🙂

Beautiful and inspiring examples on how to decorate the top of an armoire | Chatfield Court 

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Guest Bedroom Redo Info | chatfieldcourt.comLast week I shared the reveal of my 2nd guest bedroom makeover. I overloaded it with photos so now I thought I’d share some of the details on the decor I used and the platform bed that Mr. C² built for me. This is what the bed looked like before paint and bedding.

Guest Bedroom Redo Info | chatfieldcourt.comAnd this is after…

Guest Bedroom Redo Info | chatfieldcourt.comGuest Bedroom Redo Info | chatfieldcourt.comDidn’t he do a great job? I was the lucky one that got to fill holes, sand, prime and paint this baby and let me tell you…painting MDF is a huge P.A.I.N. It just soaks up the paint, which raises the grain, so I ended up doing a lot of sanding. I used the same color paint that I used on the rest of the trim and doors in this room, BM White Dove, and we ended up spending about $200, which includes the wood and wheels. It’s definitely a solid piece of furniture that can easily be taken apart, in case we move,  and it allowed us to use the expensive futon mattress that we already had.

I had a hard time finding baskets that were big enough to sit in the bed cubbies without looking lost but I found these at Ballard’s and, compared to some that I saw, they were well made at a good price (more than I thought I would have to spend on baskets though).

Guest Bedroom Redo Info | chatfieldcourt.com

The pillow covers on the bed are all new. The large white euro shams and the red velvet I bought at Pottery Barn, the cream and tan pillows were an Etsy purchase, as was the crocheted pillow cover. I’m so glad that I went with the pop of red…I really love it with the wall color, BM Palest Pistachio, and the other light colors I used.

Guest Bedroom Redo Info | chatfieldcourt.comI knew I wanted to use brass accents in this room so when I saw this brass lamp in Home Goods months ago, I brought it home. I wrestled with the idea of wall sconces or a standing lamp because I knew that I wouldn’t have room for night stands (and lamps). I ended up with a standing lamp because it’s easier to move around with the bed. If I want to move the bed to the window wall, the lamp can go with it.

Guest Bedroom Redo Info | chatfieldcourt.comThe *red wall pic and the *steer pic on the barn wood shelves I made were all bought on *Minted. It was the first time I ordered anything from them and, I just have to say, I was really impressed. From the website to the packaging of my items, I had a great experience and loved everything I got. I would definitely recommend them and will be buying from them again. All of the other items on the shelves were things I already had.

Guest Bedroom Redo Info | chatfieldcourt.com

 

I had several comments about my armoire, a piece I’ve not shown on the blog before. I bought it at a little shop in Georgia when we lived there (about 8 years ago). It’s got antique hardware with an old key and lock and it’s made out of reclaimed pine. My husband tries to convince me to get rid of it every time we move (he hates it) but I love it so it will come with me where ever I go. 😉

Guest Bedroom Redo Info | chatfieldcourt.comI’ve already shown you my hanging light that got repainted. I’m so glad that I went for the change because it blends so well with the room now.

Guest Bedroom Redo Info | chatfieldcourt.comI’ve also shown you my red chalk paint cabinet redo (it’s how my pop of red came about).

Guest Bedroom Redo Info | chatfieldcourt.comAnd finally my planked wall. It’s subtle but it adds just a bit of texture to the room. It’s such an easy, inexpensive project and hope to do it in another room.

Guest Bedroom Redo Info | chatfieldcourt.comThat’s my whole room. Seven long months of work but we are loving how it turned out. I’m still working on accessories and I would like to get a small rug, but this room is a wrap. Now it’s on to the kitchen, and the husband is not very happy to be there. He is going to have to help me out some and he’s not looking forward to it. We I have lots of things planned and I’ll be sharing all of that very soon. This is the room that needs the most work so I’m excited to get started.

Come back tomorrow and check out a fun, green and super easy recipe I want to share with you (and it’s not salad 😉 ). It’s something we use to have all the time at gatherings when I was growing up and I always remember it on Thanksgiving. Do you have any recipes from your childhood that you always make for Thanksgiving dinner?

  • walls – BM Palest Pistachio
  • trim, doors – BM White Dove
  • ceiling – BM White Dove
  • platform bed – made by us
  • red velvet pillows – Pottery Barn
  • white Euro shams – Pottery Barn
  • cream, tan pillow covers – Etsy
  • barn wood shelves – made by us
  • steer picture – *Minted
  • red wall with ampersand – *Minted
  • large bottles on armoire – Ballard’s
  • brass standing lamp – Home Goods
  • red cabinet – painted in Americana Decor chalk
  • hanging light fixture – made by me

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