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    Painted IKEA VITTSJO Bookcase

    In the words of Taylor Swift, “I got a blank space baby.”

    It’s between my closet and TV.

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    I can’t hang art there because it wouldn’t make sense with the gallery wall next to it. I decided to go with a bookcase/shelving unit. The IKEA VITTSJO Shelving Unit was perfect. I’ve seen the VITTSJO line spray painted gold a lot. I figured it would dress it up and go with my living room, since I already have gold accents.

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    I decided to spray paint it before assembling, but then had to touch it up after assembling. If I was going to redo it, I would assemble first, then paint. I used Rust-Oleum metallic gold paint. Highly recommend it. I needed two cans.

    Done.

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    Hiding an Ugly Wall Unit Air Conditioner: IKEA Billy Bookcase Hack

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    My condo is starting to come together. It’s also echoing less (due to the fact that I have furniture now). My living room had no lighting. I have been eyeing some arc floor lamps from West Elm for a while but couldn’t justify the $300+ price tag right now, so I picked up this lamp from Target and put it next to my couch. It made a big difference lighting my living room, but immediately drove the eye to my wall unit air conditioner. It’s very necessary but also quite ugly.

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    I started brainstorming ways to cover the air conditioner where it was still easy to access in the summer. I realized my IKEA BILLY Bookcases were tall and wide enough to cover the unit. My brother confirmed he could cut out the back and I was sold. Off to IKEA!

    My brother helped assemble the unit and line it up against the wall. He traced and measured where the air conditioner unit would fit and sawed out a rectangle.

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    Next I bought a wood board from Home Depot and cut it to fit in the top shelf. I painted it white to match the bookcase. I picked up gold door hinges and knobs from a local hardware store.

    Done.

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    From left to right. Sphere (gold spray paint DIY from Marshalls). Threshold Candle Holder from Target. Home Goods find.

     

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    Open in the summer. Closed in the winter.

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    Not only is my AC unit covered, but I also have a cute bookcase that adds some decor that adds to the living room. Win win.

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    IKEA BILLY Hack

     

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    Weekend Project: DIY Geometric Painted Door Mat (IKEA SINDAL Hack)

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    This post is half my DIY Geometric Door Mat IKEA Hack project and half other random projects and happenings from the weekend.

    For the last five years, my friends Phoebe, Michelle and I have gotten together at some point in Fall for fall-themed activities combined with some sort of project – atypical millennial behavior I’m sure.

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    This year, we made Baked Pumpkin Cream Cheese French Toast from Damn Delicious and Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Dessert for Two. Double yum! These also happen to be two of my favorite food blogs, so if you haven’t already, go check them out!

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    I had an all day hockey coaching session in Schaumburg last weekend so I decided to stop in IKEA while I was out there. I bought a couple things including the $4.99 SINDAL door mat.

    This weekend, I decided to add a little pattern to the door mat. This was a really easy (and cheap!) IKEA hack. I’m really loving the geometric trend right now so I decided to go with triangles. I used some black acrylic paint I picked up at Michael’s and Scotch Blue Painter’s tape. I taped off the pattern and painted it in. Super easy.

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    Once the paint dried, I pulled off the tape and the project was complete!

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    While I was at Home Depot this weekend (one of the two times), I found this really cute cactus. I later found out it’s called a Moon Cactus. If you are in the market for succulents, go to The Home Depot! They have the BEST selection right now!

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    The monogram mug is from World Market.

    Last project of the weekend: repainting my kitchen door. I painted it yellow soon after moving in.

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    I liked the yellow accents for a while, but it really isn’t my style. I decided it’s too classic for the look I want in my kitchen. So, I decided to use my IKEA cart as an accent color and find a new door color to go with it. It has a modern/retro look (if that’s possible). More to come on this project…

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