DIY Hemnes Side Table Hack

I have a pair of matching black Hemnes side tables from Ikea. They're great looking cheap little pieces, one of which I bought from the As-Is section of the store. Now that I have a new bed with a lower platform profile, I need shorter side tables. It's all part of my bedroom makeover.

Yesterday, I chopped three inches off of the table legs. Now they're the perfect height for my bed! I also spray painted some gold accents to freshen up the look of the tables. I also wanted the tables to fit in with some of the midcentury pieces I brought into my bedroom as part of the makeover. Here's what I did and what tools I used.




I removed the bottom three inches of the legs using a ruler, a pencil and a power saw. I sanded down the edges. Then I taped off another three inches of leg in preparation for spray painting. 





I spray painted the tips of the legs and the drawer pull using Design Master Spray Paint in Antique Gold. I found it at Michaels. Ta da!  40 minutes top to bottom. I'll be sharing my full master bedroom reveal in the coming week - just as soon as I get my artwork back from the framer!




Luxe Details from Ikea

Since installing our chandelier two weeks ago, my bedroom has been calling out for some other luxe details.  I know that Ikea isn't necessarily the first place you think of for finding luxurious finishing touches, however, when my mom and I were shopping there last weekend, we spotted two Euro size gray velvet pillow cases and a furry white flokati.  They are the perfect accessories for elevating the look of our master bedroom for not a lot of money.




Small changes, big impact!



Here is what the room looked like before the Ikea additions:




And just for fun, here is what the room looked like when I first saw it 18 months ago.  Yes, that is a padded fabric wall behind the bed, which was held up by a bazillion staples.


Vintage Royal "Arrow" Typewriter

First: a funny story.  Funny and in hind sight, dangerous.  I was standing at my stove prepping veggies to go into a pot that was on a burner.  I stood there day dreaming about possible design ideas for my living room when I smelled something odd and felt heat on my belly.  I look down and my shirt - my favorite J.Jill pullover - was on fire. On freaking FIRE!  I beat the flames out with my vegetables and assess the damage.  No burns.  Good.  No stove damage. Good.  But my poor shirt is a goner.  So, to memorialize my favorite shirt, I made her into a throw pillow for the bed in the guest room, which I am trying to spruce up for a family visit this weekend.

Ta da!  I backed the pillow with fake leather.
 



This was the original shirt... but mine, of course, was navy blue.


And now to the title of my post... I scored this amazing vintage Royal "Arrow" Typewriter for my Etsy shop.  Its a portable and comes happily situated in its own case.  The original ad in the Sears Catalog is below. 


Isn't she pretty?





Interested?  
More information can be found HERE.

Reclaiming my Bedroom

I posted a few days ago about creating a shared room for my sons.  They are both on the same sleeping schedule at night, so we thought this would be a good time to make the switch. So far, its working out beautifully.  We are very lucky in that we don't have to store toys in the bedroom - we have a converted garage that serves as a play area.  The boys' bedroom is mostly dedicated to reading, nursing, diaper changing (for the baby) and of course, sleeping.  Here is a before and after of the space:

BEFORE


AFTER


BEFORE


AFTER

And here is our reclaimed master bedroom.  Until I figure out what I want to put against this wall, I've placed two brown wicker chairs and a side table I picked up off of Craig's List.  This is formerly the wall where we had the crib.  We also had a changing table in the opposite corner.  Both are now in the boys' room.  The diamond mirror on the wall was a recent find at a vintage consignment store in Dallas and the easel in the corner belonged to my grandmother who was a water colorist.  Its so nice to have our own space again!






Of course, even with a new room of their own, 
they still enjoy spending the morning on Mama's bed.


Also, I've been learning how to use my webcam recently so that I can try vlogging.  I did a test run yesterday and posted it to the La Maison Boheme Facebook page.  I've also posted my first vlog to my About page. The response was good, so I thought I'd give it a go for today's post.  I'd like to make La Maison Boheme more personal by posting vlogs in addition to my regular fare.  Dear readers, I'd love to hear your thoughts.  (If you don't care for video blogging, feel free to say so.  But please be kind and remember that I'm a mama to two little ones and I do all my blogging before 9am.  Meaning, my look is casual - even pajama-like,  and the coffee hasn't quite kicked in yet.  XO)

Organizing my Closet

My mother told me to never air my dirty laundry in public.  I usually always do as my mother tells me, but now its time to fess up.  Up until now, my closet, which I share with my husband, has been a big cluttered, jumbled mess.  Although its a small walk-in closet, there is plenty of space for the two of us. We're simply not taking advantage of the real estate available.  After piling clothes and shoes around the closet for weeks, we decided to make a shift.  We needed to re-organize.  We emptied the closet, separated our clothing into "keep" and "donate" bins, purchased a few organizational tools and put it all back together again.  Here are the results!

BEFORE: My side

AFTER: Hubby's side

BEFORE: Hubby's side

AFTER: My side

Switching sides made sense.  I have more clothing and could utilize the double bars.  Hubby had shoes all over the floor and needed a second shelf on which to store them.  I also went through the mish mash of stuff on the top shelf and stored it all properly in bins from IKEA. The bins have little peek-a-boo windows that allow to see the contents: sweaters, rarely worn coats, heirloom baby clothes, hand bags and hats.

BEFORE

AFTER

We also wanted to unify the storage for our center shelving unit so I grabbed a few wood boxes from the Container Store.  I needed to maximize hanging space so I also picked up some space saving hangers.  This made a HUGE difference!

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE: My side

AFTER: Hubby's side

BEFORE

AFTER

See, bohemians can be organized too!

What I did last weekend.

Our family room is a converted garage.  Its got crappy carpet and a lot of space, which makes it perfect for my son's play area and watching Major League Baseball.  Since this room houses an extensive set of Tonka trucks and our home's only TV, we spend a fair amount of time in here.  Last weekend, I finally bit the bullet and did something to elevate the look and feel of this much loved, but much neglected space.  With the help of my sweet mother, I painted and rearranged.  The color I chose is Rainwater from the Martha Stewart collection.  My favorite thing about this paint, besides its lovely color is that it doesn't smell.  I've spent a week with the new room and overall, I really love it.  I'm doing a test run with the space today:  I have 13 toddlers storming the house for my son's third birthday.  Hopefully the room holds up under the unsteady rush of kiddos.  Here are some before and after shots:

BEFORE

AFTER

BEFORE

AFTER

Play area.

My splurge for the room was this groovy elephant lamp on sale from Cost Plus World Market.

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