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DIY // Ikea Inspired Drawers

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Every Ikea trip leaves me with awesome ideas for DIYs. I recently stopped by Ikea in hopes of finding a specific drawer design for my desk space. Unfortunately, I didn’t find drawers that fit my criteria and budget, but I did take away inspiration to implement into a DIY of my own. So after a trip to Lowes, and the help of my crafty dad, I came up with designs and measurements that were perfect for my desk space and not to mention affordable!

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Used .5inch plywood for the case:

Top & Bottom: 10 7/8″ x 13″ | Sides: 3 1/8 x 9 3/4 | Back: 3 1/8″ 10 7/8″

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Also used .5inch plywood for the drawer itself:

Bottom: 8 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ | Sides: 3″ x 12 1/2″ | Front & Back: 3″ x 9 3/4″

*Also if you don’t have tools to cut your own wood, Lowes has a service where you can tell them your measurements and they can cut the materials for you*

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Extra tools you’ll need to finish: Wood glue, nail gun w/1in. nails (optional for extra hold), sanding block, (2) drawer knobs, measuring tape.

UWJtky on Make A Gif, Animated GifsAssemble like a puzzle, apply glue where needed to connect each piece, and leave to dry for a couple of hours. I then painted my drawers to match my desk decor. This is the part to have fun, and be creative!

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And you’re done!

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What did I learned from this project?

1. Took a lot of trial and error!

2. Could’ve look into different types of wood

3. Use a matte paint next time

It was my first time creating a wooden DIY (and my measurements weren’t quite exact….), but I plan on getting better with more and more practice! So stick around and follow me along on my wood project journey!

Til next time,

Chris

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DIY // Marquee Sign with Christmas Lights

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I’m all about recycling holiday decorations and when we started taking down our Christmas lights, I had a little light bulb of an idea! These LED string lights were a perfect size for a mini marquee sign! So here are my steps in creating this easy DIY sign and it only took me about an hour to create!

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These LED string of lights were only $14.99 at Target!

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Talk about an affordable DIY… the only thing I spent money on was this cardboard “&” sign that was only $2.99 at your local craft store!

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First you need to cut out the top cover of the sign! I used an exacto knife to get really close to the edges.

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I painted the whole sign white to give it a clean look and to match my other house decor. I decided to go with Chalk paint because it dries fast with a matte finish and gives the cardboard a whole new (expensive-looking) makeover! I gave it two coats for a pure white look and waited 30 min between coats.

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I marked where I wanted to light bulbs to be placed. And since these aren’t bulbs you can unscrew you have to make sure the holes are big enough to push them through!

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My cuts were a little messy at first, but after some trial and error I found that cutting through the front side resulted in cleaner looking edges. Later on I used a drill and saw that the holes came out more precise with less cardboard residue. Both methods won’t be the prettiest, but it will do the trick! I suggest doing some practice rounds to see which method works best for you!

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Lastly, all I did was push each bulb through the holes I created and you’re done!

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And that’s how you can recycle your Christmas lights for decor all year round!

Thanks for reading!

Chris

Home-spiration // Gallery Wall

Whenever I have a creative brain fart, I know I can always turn to my Pinterest. Currently, I am looking for decor for my two very white, blank walls and I always found that a gallery of frames was somewhat beautifully messy. Here are some pictures I found that sparks my interest, and I hope it inspires you!

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Classic black and white gallery with a pop of color for surprise and intrigue- A Beautiful Mess 

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This layout is just classy and not too sassy. Right up my alley!

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Well you know anything with gold is something I can’t say no to. I’m in love with how gold just instantly dresses up simple art and typography- Sequins & Stripes

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Here’s another option: wooden frames. Gives the space a more natural feel.

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Accessories are to outfits as what framed art is to a big wall-  Dwell

Every wall needs love! So show your walls some love, slap some frames on it….but of course, do it strategically. Also TGIF y’all!