The KEY to a dressed up Ikea dresser…

Remember this lovely transformation?

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Figure. Malm dresser 2.0 – The fabric Mod Podge project.

Well, I wasn’t satisfied! The color scheme and fabric print seemed too young and childish for someone my age, as much as I enjoyed decorating it. I wanted something a little more toned down to still be a showcase piece without clashing with my nightstand I loved DIY-ing together.

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So what did I do?

  1. Repainted: I threw on the complimentary color of my blue nightstand, a nice Harvest Pumpkin Orange using acrylic paint.
  2. Lines: I used 3M Painter’s Tape to create bold, black lines to outline and add a a little decor accent to the plain face of the drawers. I was pleasantly surprised how well the tape kept the paint from leaking under, which yielded very crisp lines.

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    Figure. Can you believe all you need is tape to make these beautiful lines? A great technique/artist tip from 2D art class from high school!

  3. Mod Podge: While Mod Podge plays a less critical role in this project, it was still my choice of sealer since I had it on hand at home.
  4. Feature Pieces: KEYS! I found this beautiful over-sized and ornate keys at Michaels’s craft store for $1.50 a piece. Of course the key designs that I liked the most and seemed to be able to lie flat the best were originally colored white. Luckily, I had some Liquitex acrylic black paint that easily covered these metal keys in about 3 coats.

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    Figure. I think that these antique looking keys have the potential to spice up a very clean and modern looking piece of furniture!

  5. GLUE! My trusty E600 industrial glue did the trick to hold up these heavy keys onto the drawers faces. The trick is to apply glue onto the key, wait 2 minutes to dry a little, and then hold down onto the surface of the drawer. Allow to dry over night.

The results?

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And up close!

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TADAAAAAA! Just goes to show that you can make Ikea furniture appear a little more grown up or at the very least a little more trendy with a bit of creativity.

While I think my color scheme was largely influenced by the fall and oncoming of Halloween, I think subconsciously my old video game loving self keeps creeping into my designs for DIY (sorta like my Yuna inspired key!). This dresser feels inspired by May from Guilty Gear, what do you think?

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Figure. Adorable and deadly! Would love to cosplay as her one day.

Ikea Hackers:

Special thanks to Ikea Hackers for featuring my project again on their website!
http://www.ikeahackers.net/2013/10/the-key-to-a-dressed-up-malm-dresser.html

If you want to learn more about Ikea Hackers, you can read my blog post about it here: https://chubbyriceball.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/ikea-hackers-interior-design-inspiration/

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DIY Beauty: The Side Swept Bang & Flower Crown

As you can see, I’ve had a lot of time to do some projects I have always wanted to ever since moving. Though I miss my family, friends, and familiar places, I’m really enjoying myself making things, especially to personalize my new home.

This entry, however, is a two-for-one DIY devoted to beauty!

I had gotten a haircut yesterday that was okay, but I wished I had made an appointment else. The layers turned out fine, she also put in these odd bangs that awkwardly part in the middle where my natural part is.

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Figure 1. Me looks rather unhappy with my new haircut. Looks like it is in the awkward growing out phase after having blunt bangs.

The stylist said that my hair would not be able to do a bang properly, but I had to interally disagree since I have done it previously. When I got home I was feeling adventurous, I took task in my own hands to give myself a side swept bang.

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Figure 2a. and 2b. Risk rewarded! Side swept bangs achieved

Not bad considering my hair cut gave me a disadvantage! A part of my hair I sectioned off to do the bang was actually a half inch too short, but I proceeded anyway. I think after a few weeks of growing out a bit, I think I will really enjoy these bangs.

All thanks to this awesome hair tutorial from SecretLifeofaBioNerd. I’m thinking of checking out her hair layering tutorial in a few weeks, too, depending on how complicated it is.

Inspired by my new hair, I finally made this next DIY.

I have wanted to make a flower crown ever since Megan showed me the video by Charismastar and after I found a Threadbangers segment on flower crowns (both links are below at the end of this post).  I really wanted one made before the summer ended so I can feel like a princess haha.

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Figure 3. Some flower crown motivation: Thumbelina & Rapunzel from “Tangled.”

Materials:

To make a groovy crown adorned with angiosperms (trying to keep the science-y up in this blog, but failing hard) aka flowers, this is what you will need:

  • At least 2-4 varieties of fake/plastic flowers (Dollar Store or Craft store)
  • Wire (the thinner the size, the easier it is to bend and wrap)
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Tape
  • Hot glue gun

Procedures:

First things first, it’s good to gather round your materials!

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Figure 4a and 4b. Craft supplies make me happy.

Next, pop off the flowers and leaves from the stems.

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Figure 5a. and 5b. Piles of pretty flowers and their respective leaves.

Go a head and take some of those stems and tape  to make a ring that can rest a top your head. I just used regular Scott tape, but would recommend something stickier like duck tape or floral tape. Remember to leave some wiggle room for the size of the crown.

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Figure 6a and 6b. The beginnings of a crown.

Use a hot glue to attach a stray leaf to a wire. Use that newly made leaf wire to wrap around your circle stem and reinforce it’s shape a bit. Make sure to wrap a good amount of wire tightly around the taped parts to secure it.

 

 

 

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Figure 7a and 7b. Wrapping along nicely. I made about 6 leaf wires for my crown.

Next, arrange your free flower pieces the way you want it on your crown. Make sure to snip off the little plastic bit on the back so that the flowers can lay flat (but don’t snip off too much or else the flower may fall a part!).

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Figure 8. Arrange, snip, and hot glue!

 

Fire up your glue gun and start gluing flowers to your crown. Use left over stray leaves to fill in blank spaces and for the inside of the crown to act as some cushion.

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Figure 9. TAAADAAAAA!!!

All done! I just want to throw on a flowy dress and run through a field or something. I think they are super cute and fun, although I don’t know how I would ever incorporate it to everyday fashion. I feel like it’s appropriate for a picnic or an outdoor music festival haha.

And of course, no project is complete without the source (or sources) of inspiration. I used a combo of these two YouTube videos to make my crown.

Enjoy and good luck!

Easy, Cheap, & Fast DIY: Display Stand

Another quick DIY project by the power of E600 glue and a few items I got for about $1 a piece. I have this wonderful bathroom vanity in my apartment, and I wanted to make the space functional without looking cluttered. So I thought displaying my wonderful collection of colorful nail polishes on a display would be a good start. Here’s how it turned out!

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Figure 1. Tadaa! My display stand made of plates and glass candle holders held together with E600 glue. A no paint project!

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Figure 2. Display stand in action! Doesn’t it look lovely in its corner?

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Figure 3. My vanity work in progress 🙂

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Figure 4. Yes that’s a Thor cup! I got it from Walmart just in case you are curious.

Since the stand is by my bathroom sink, I didn’t want to paint any part of it. Plus, I think keeping the glass candlestands transparent lets some light bounce off of it and elongates the entire piece. I got the candlestands from the Dollar Store and the plates on sale from Michael’s . Full of whimsy and functional!

This DIY was inspired by the following YouTube video. Enjoy!

DIY Jewelry Stand

Remember this groovy nightstand I reworked? Well, I had some leftover supplies, so I  made a custom jewelry stand. I really wanted something that was brightly colored, but simple and able to hold my bracelets and larger rings that don’t fit in my jewelry box. Here’s how it turned out!

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Figure 1. Tadaaaa! My bracelet/ring jewelry stand!

So what did I need to gather and do to make the following? It was really simple and cheap actually!

  • Hot dog holder (Target, $1.49)
  • Glass candlestand holder (Dollar Tree, $1)
  • Small plate (Dollar Tree, $1)
  • Primer paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes

Aaaand to bind it all together I used E600 industrial glue, which I got at Walmart for about $3. This stuff is heavy duty!

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Figure 2. E600 visual. Image from Amazon.

What was surprisingly hardest for me to find was a plain wooden dowel thick enough and correct in length to hold my bracelets. I ended up not finding a wooden stick, but decided to use a hot dog holder I randomly found at Target. Not only can it stably attach to the candlestand, it has a cool edge design and has space for me to put tinier bracelets inside!

This DIY was inspired by the following YouTube video. Enjoy!

Everyday Teratogens – Another Video Project

Remember this Nitric Oxide video I made for Toxicology I class in Fall term? I made another one for my Toxicology II class! This time it covers “Everyday Teratogens,” a topic about chemicals in products normal  folks like us come into contact with on a daily basis, but may not realize have the potential to cause birth defects in future generations. Please enjoy!

DIY: Toilet Paper Roll Scrapbook

Do you want to create a scrapbook for someone, but short on time to decorate and populate a large one? Don’t want to dish out money for a small photo album? Feeling crafty because you have tons of toilet paper, towel paper, or gift wrapping cardboard tubes? Well I got the DIY for you!

I was trying to think of what to give my sister for our sisterly holiday, and then I realized “I wonder if she has any pictures of us when we were kids?” At first I wanted to initially scan some old photos and then put it in an album, but there was too much funny commentary in my head going on that I wanted to share.

All the supplies I needed were:

  • cardboard
  • cardstock
  • 6 toilet paper rolls, flattened (I actually cut up a long gift wrapping paper tube)
  • ribbons
  • scrapbook paper
  • stationary paper
  • old magazines (to cut out letters and decor)
  • stickers
  • glue (I ended up using rubber cement to paste my photos)
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • photos

Here is a nice and short tutorial to give you an idea of how to make one:

Here’s some photos of what I made:

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Figure 1. Cover of my mini scrapbook made with some extra stationary paper I had around the house, cardboard, and binded with a few ribbons.

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Figure 2. First page! Just an extremely simple layout: A photo and a little embellishment with scrapbook paper in the background.

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Figure 3. Back cover where I made a paper pocket to keep notes for my sis.

My TP mini scrapbook album is pretty simple, and I don’t have any cool tools like that double sided tape or cutting machine. However, it was a lot of fun trying out this hobby. You can YouTube for more beautiful and intricate albums, however below is one of my favorites, which is also very simple. It also shows you all the possible space you have for photo mounts on the pages and tabs that are kept within the flatten tubes.

I hope you enjoy this recycling project as much as I did!

IKEA Hackers: Interior Design Inspiration

Post inspired by Kristina Mirasol’s Interior Decoration post.

Sorry for being so utterly MIA (missing-in-action), this school term has been a lot more difficult to get through emotionally, mentally, and academically than expected. While I am not ready to specifically divulge details yet, big changes are coming in the next 5 weeks or so as I round the bend to graduation.

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Anyways, I am actually relaxing for once, visiting my sister in DC/VA area this weekend. We went to visit Ikea for giggles, and this website came up in conversation.

http://www.ikeahackers.net/

IKEA Hackers is a website dedicated to “modifications on and repurposing of Ikea products,” as the About section of the website says. Essentially, users submit posts on how they creatively use or put together Ikea furniture in a way that the company did not advertise or intend that piece to be used. It’s great for some funky and unique furniture ideas and increasing storage capacity.

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Being a DIYer and crafting junkie, of course I have been oogling this website all weekend long. While not all the projects posted may suit your style or be practical to make yourself, here are a few that I think are worth mention.

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The “Tertial Chandelier”

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The “Wood scraps headboard”

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This is my favorite! The “Knuff Transformable Coffee table” made with magazine racks and a stool.

And of course, any unfinished pieces of wood can be easily customizable with regards to color and design using a bit of paint, fabric, or mod-podging scrapbook paper! I am personally digging the industrial looking, distressed looks lately rather than bold and bright colors with girly themes like I usually do.