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!




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dip dye DIY

March 23rd, 2012 · 20 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was asked by Buzzfeed to by part of their “Craft Wars” section of their site — and I won’t lie, I was a little nervous, because I don’t consider myself much of a crafter.  But I was excited about the challenge, and I said I’d do my best.

And I think these came out really well!  Fabric dying isn’t that easy (there’s a reason why most designers use machines for it), but it’s also kind of addictive — I can’t wait to do this again!  I found the shorts for $12.99 at T.J. Maxx, the dye for about $4 at a crafts store, and the bucket for $1 at a Dollar Store (I didn’t want to use any of my kitchen bowls because I worried about dye residue on anything that I’d use for food later on). 

So here’s what I did!  Check out the full challenge on Buzzfeed, where I got pitted against the incredibly talented uber-crafter Jenni of I Spy DIY (eek)!

Dip Dye DIY Ombre Shorts

1 bottle RIT dye (or other comparable brand)
White denim shorts
Plastic bucket


Dissolve 2 tbsp dye in 1 gallon hot water (I microwaved the water for 3 minutes to get it hot enough).  Dip the shorts about halfway into the water, and hold them there for about ten seconds.  Remove.

Gently wring out the shorts, making sure not to spread the dye with your hands.  Hang them up briefly.

Dump out the water, and add about half the bottle of dye to an additional 1 gallon of hot water.  Dip the shorts into the darker water about 1/3 of the way up the shorts, and hold them there for about 30 seconds.  Gently wring out the shorts and hang them up again.

Add the remaining 1/2 bottle of dye to the water.  Dip just the bottoms of the shorts in the water, and stir the water to distribute evenly.  Hold them there for about 5-7 minutes.

Dump out the dyed water.  Under cold running water, rinse the shorts until the water runs clean, and then hang them up to try.  In a few hours, you’ll have new ombre shorts!

Tags: DIY · style