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IKEA Hemnes Dresser DIY!

February 21st, 2014 · 15 Comments


I’m not completely finished with our nursery yet, but I wanted to share one of my most exciting projects with you guys: this DIY dresser!

So, let me make this fully clear: I do not consider myself a crafting wizard. Most DIY projects are way too tricky and time-consuming for me, and I tend to generally avoid them. But this one is just so easy, I felt like it would be cruel if I didn’t share it!

(Also, I have a secret weapon: my father in law is incredibly handy, and lives 20 minutes away, which is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to me. It means that when I start being all “I wonder if it’s safe to inhale spray paint at four months pregnant,” my awesome mother and father in law swoop in and remove the paint can from my general proximity ASAP!)

But even without handy in-laws, this is one you guys can attempt at home! I love IKEA furniture — once it’s constructed, don’t get me started on the actual assembly process — but sometimes it tends to be a little bit… plain. It’s pretty and it’s well-built, but their designs are sometimes just too simple for my taste.

Which means that it’s time to dress them up!

For this project, you need:

A set over Overlays. I bought the Anne set for the Hemnes dresser, which is available here.

The IKEA Hemnes dresser ($299, available here)

Liquid Nails

Double-Side Mounting Tape, to use while you’re spray painting the Overlays

Spray Paint

Dresser Knobs (I found mine on eBay here)

My step-by-step photos are below, but I also have a few tips you should know about!

First, when you spray paint the Overlays, use the mounting tape (make sure it’s the removeable kind) to elevate them slightly from whatever they’re resting on (we used cardboard).  That way, you can spray paint the sides of the overlays more easily, and they won’t stick to the backdrop.

Also, when you’re attaching the Overlays to the drawers, use only a small amount of Liquid Nails, because you don’t want to get any on the rest of the dresser.

Other than that, this is a pretty quick, easy DIY project that produces an amazing, gorgeous result!




Tags: baby · DIY · home · house

House Tour!

September 30th, 2013 · 17 Comments

HouseTour1I’ve been wanting to put up this post for such a long time, but it’s been so hard to decide when our house was finally “done.” Even after a year, I’m still tweaking things all the time — adding new pieces to the walls, finding little accents pieces, and even moving furniture around — but at some point, it becomes time to silence the it could be a tiny bit better voice, and just say: This is it. This is how I decorated our house, and I’m quite proud of how it turned out.

Another thing I’m quite proud of: it was done for very little money. Putting down the down payment on this house essentially drained our savings, but that wasn’t all — from the second we saw this place, we knew that it needed a pool. So, literally within weeks of moving in, we had a pool company bring the idea in my head to life (I basically slowed them a Pinterest photo and asked them to adapt it to our backyard) and we’d signed a contract to have them put it in.

One little wrinkle.  We’d hoped to put the cost of the pool into our mortgage so that we wouldn’t have to pay the whole cost in cash, but our very conservative bank told us ‘not a chance’ when we brought it up. So, weeks after closing on a very expensive house, we suddenly had to get our hands on quite a bit of extra money to put in the pool.

Here’s where I’d like to say that we robbed a bank or won the lottery, but instead… we saved. We basically took our disposable income down to zero the summer that we moved into our house, putting off buying new clothes, taking trips and many, many other luxuries, so that we could put as much of our paychecks into our savings account (and then, immediately after, into the hands of the pool company) as we possibly could. And we did it — it wasn’t easy, but by the time the final payment came due, we’d saved more than enough. I’m actually quite proud of that, because I know that if we’d financed it, we never would have paid it off this quickly, and it likely would still be hanging over our heads a year later.

But, to make a long story short, because we were saving so carefully for the pool, our budget for decorating was very, very low. And yet, we were moving from a small two-bedroom apartment into a four-bedroom house, with things I’d never even dreamed of when we lived in New York (a dining room! a tv room! an office that isn’t one of the bedrooms!). Basically, we were moving a New York couple’s amount of stuff into a Texas-sized house… eek.

We were able to buy a bunch of furniture from the prior owner of the house, which was terrific — it took care of some of the huge empty spaces without me having to go out and buy new couches and tables and chairs. And some of it wasn’t exactly my style — maybe I would have chosen differently if I’d picked them out myself — but I found that with the right accent pieces and placement, I actually liked them a lot.

And basically everything else… is from the internet. Ebay, Gilt, RueLaLa, Overstock.com, and a bunch of others — I scoured and scoured, and when I found something I loved, I snapped it up. The result is definitely a little eclectic, but they’re pieces that I truly love and are totally unique to us.  If I had to do it over tomorrow, I’d do it exactly the same way.

So I’m excited to share these snaps with you guys — after a little over a year in this house, it really feels like home (I’m only showing the downstairs in this post, because upstairs is still very much a work in progress… but hopefully later this fall or winter, I will!). Chad and I both feel very, very lucky to have found a place we love so much, and it’s exciting to think of the many more years that are in store for us here!

Sugarlaws House Tour 2.5
{in the middle of our living room, a Banksy print from iCanvasArt}

Sugarlaws House Tour 2.6
{our downstairs office — the rug and chair are from Gilt, the pillows are from Gilt and Tommy Hilfiger x Surf Shack}

Sugarlaws House Tour 2
{unpublished prints of the Rolling Stones that I found on ebay}

Sugarlaws House Tour 3
{a copper pot that was one of our wedding presents and print from 20×200.com on our downstairs bar}

Sugarlaws House Tour 4
{the kitchen, with my beloved union jack stools from Overstock}

Sugarlaws House Tour 5
{a new print from Z Gallerie that used to be in my office, and more ebay prints of John Lennon, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix}

Sugarlaws House Tour 6
{our kitchen workstation with a flying pig that was a gift from my in-laws}

Sugarlaws House Tour 7
{a pop art print I found on Gilt}

Sugarlaws House Tour 8
{an Ophelia print from RedBubble, which is my favorite place to shop for art on the whole internet}

Sugarlaws House Tour 10
{old couches are a comfy place to sit in the tv room}

Sugarlaws House Tour 11
{the newest addition: from Gilt this spring}

Tags: home · house

quite proud of this, actually

July 16th, 2013 · 2 Comments

These are the mini carnations that I bought for our Fourth of July party…

Eleven days later.

I love fresh flowers, but it makes me crazy when I spend $20 or $30 on a bouquet that only lasts a day or two.  But eleven days?  For flowers that cost $3?  That I can get behind.

I updated them with some snapdragons from our grocery store to give them a mid-summer feel.  Total cost for this whole set?  Under $8.  Woo-hoo!

{The bud vases are from BHLDN — aren’t they gorgeous?  I use them all the time!}

Tags: home · parties · style

giveaway: SodaStream Source

December 21st, 2012 · 86 Comments

You know what you’re going to need after all this holiday eating and drinking? 


A nice, healthy week of going to bed early, eating healthy, working out, and drinking lots (and lots and lots) of water. 

You know what would make that week much more fun? 

A brand new SodaStream Source!  We have one of these in our kitchen and I am OBSESSED with it.  It basically doubled the number of glasses of water I drink in a day, because now I don’t have to lug seltzer water home from the grocery store to enjoy it!  And, even better, no wasted cans or plastic bottles — this machine carbonates seltzer water straight from your tap! 

It will seriously change your life. 

Now, the fun part: you can win one!  Just leave a comment below to enter, and I’ll announce a randomly selected winner next week! 

Update: The winner is Comment 11, Michael J. McCoy!

Happy holidays everyone!


Tags: food · home

living sweetly (and a giveaway!)

November 9th, 2012 · 17 Comments

So, this has to be one of the coolest packages I’ve ever received. 

A few weeks ago, I got an email from the lovely Jorie of WhoopTee, asking if I’d be interested in creating a Sugarlaws tee shirt!  Obviously, I was all, “that sounds like the best idea EVER, but you know what would make it even cooler?”

Doggie hoodies!

Seriously.  Way to up the ante, WhoopTee.  So Calvin and Coco got these awesome little outfits, and basically, the Sugarlaws family is nearly as well-branded as the Kardashians at this point.  Gotta have a goal, people.

And you guys can get into the action too!  WhoopTee has offered three Sugarlaws tank tops to my readers — so just leave a comment below to enter!  And then wear them everywhere, preferably in places that are as public as possible!  And send me pictures!  Hey, a girl can dream, right?!

On me: WhoopTee custom t-shirt (find them on Facebook and Twitter too!), Hudson jeans, Zara wedges.  On Calvin and Coco: WhoopTee dog hoodies.

Tags: home · style