Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ikea Malm dresser hack

Long time, no post! I finally ordered the pull rings I found at I'm very proud of myself. I have NEVER used a power drill before and it was pretty intimidating. I was sure that I would, somehow, mess it up. After careful measuring TWICE, I marked a dot where the holes would be and drilled right in. It was so effortless! This may seem lame to experienced handy people, but when you don't know how a tool is going to feel or react when you push the button, it's kind of intimidating.

I changed out the knobs on the hemnes dresser to compliment the pull rings on the nightstands. Thanks again to Emily A. Clark for this great Ikea hack

Speaking of Ikea hacks, I found some other great examples of what can be done to Ikea furniture. 

Here's a great one from Jason @ retrograde

Look at how Morgan @ transformed this Edland dresser. 

Wow, this is gorgeous! Nancy @ MarcusDesign did a fabulous job of making these Rast dresssers look like Dorothy Draper Chests. I could see this working with the Malm too. 

I really want to try my hand at all of these. Just one of many, many things I have planned. *Sigh*

:0) Suzy

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Update on My Master Bedroom

I've been busy re-tweaking my master bedroom and adding new furniture. Plus a new mattress set that we desperately needed. Our new bed is sooo comfortable!

 I got some incredible inspiration from Emily A, Clark. She used two ikea malm dressers, in her latest client project, and added pull rings to the drawers to dress them up. Absolutely beautiful and affordable! I headed to ikea and bought two malm dressers and the eight drawer hemnes dresser for under $500. I still need to buy pull rings and this is what I'm thinking of getting:

They are very similar, and may be the exact same ones she used.  You can find these at for $4.03/each. I love the poster bed she used and it looks very similar to the one I've been admiring from Zocalo Furniture's Madison Collection

It retails around $900-1,000 for a King. NOT in my price range. But, I found a similar poster bed at half the cost! 

I could easily paint it black-brown to match my other furniture. This is definitely on my list of future purchases! 

The beautiful, sleek beveled mirror used above the dresser looks just like this Z Gallerie mirror. 

But, at $270, I just can't stomach paying that much for a mirror. So I'll be on the look out for something similar at half the cost. For now, I like the current mirror I'm using. It used to have a rubbed silver/black finish and I spray painted it "heirloom white" by Rustoleum. More to come...

:0) Suzy