DIY CORK COASTERS

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Coasters are one of those things you see online or at a store and you think “Love those…let me buy them”.

And then you flip them over and see the ridiculous price tag $$$! I’m sorry but I’m not spending $40+ on something my drink is going to sit on.

Not going to happen.

Luckily these DIY Cork Coasters are cheap + easy + super cute.

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DIY: HOW TO REUSE CANDLE JARS

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Candle jars. We all have them, but we rarely reuse them…or at least I don’t. There aren’t too many candle jars I would want to take the time to keep, but when I get a candle from a place like Anthropologie I think it is worth the time. When you’re spending that much on a candle, I feel like you’re mostly paying for the jar anyways.

This candle was one of my faves. I love the jar, and I knew that once it was finished burning that I had to keep it.

AND, the best part about this DIY is…you probably already have everything you need to do it.

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CHEAP AND CHIC HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS

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This is Halloween, this is Halloween…Halloween Halloween Halloween…(anyone else love that movie as much as me?).

I have to say that Halloween is probably one of the harder holidays for me to decorate my apartment for. At Christmas my place is dripping with glitter, ornaments and lights, but Halloween has always been a tougher one. Mostly because so many Halloween decorations are either meant for a front yard (which I don’t have) or they are really tacky. So instead of just putting up a “Happy Halloween” sign on my door and sticking a bowl of candy on my dining table, I decided to try something new.

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BAR STYLING

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Happy Thursday! I feel like this week flew by – maybe because I took Monday off 😉

A couple of weeks ago I got my bar area finished-ish. I feel like bar styling is never really done, but the space finally has a complete look that I’m really happy with.

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Bar Styling | EatStyleCreate.com

Ikea Stockholm Mirror

I have been eyeing this mirror from Ikea for some time. I loved the size and style of it and thought it would work really well above my bar. For the size of the mirror it really is a steal at $99. The bar is situated in our living room, and since we don’t get a ton of natural light I thought adding a large mirror to the wall would brighten up the space as well.

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Target Cabinet

I bought the cabinet from Target about a year ago. It adds a ton of extra storage and while the price was still affordable, it was a different look than the typical Ikea furniture I’ve bought over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Ikea furniture, but it is nice to mix a match pieces and slowly but surely upgrade my living room furniture.

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I think styling a bar is similar to styling a mantel or bookshelves – it’s all about layering. By adding different textures, objects and colors you can create a unique space that is also functional. When I first started styling my bar, I knew I wanted a lucite tray. I found mine at Target and it was under $20. I think it gives a chic look without adding clutter.

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P.S. That cute “Up” drawing is the b-day card Theo made for me 🙂

I got the wine rack from Worldhouse Market a million years ago. Well, more like 5 or 6, but it feels like forever ago. It was one of my first “grown-up” purchases in the very first apartment Theo and I moved into together. So it not only serves a function, but is also sort of nostalgic. Kinda funny that something like that can bring back memories.

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The books were both gifts from Theo. We love trying new cocktails and these both have some fun/fancy recipes. Most of them call for a ton of ingredients, so they aren’t your everyday cocktails, but every once in a while we’ll try one out.

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I try to keep fresh flowers as often as possible. They just make me happy. And for $5 a week – I’ll take that extra bit of happiness.

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So that’s my bar. I think it’s pretty simple. It sometimes takes a while to acquire all of the accessories (and like I said you’re never really done) but that’s all part of the fun. You can always add and take away things and change it throughout the year. I’m actually really excited for the upcoming holidays, because I have lots of ideas for this area.

What’s your bar must have?

–Rene

IKEA RAST HACK

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IKEA RAST HACK!!! Do I need to say more? I have been admiring all of the rast hacks on pinterest for YEARS! That seems crazy. How have I not done this sooner?

So, this is obviously a long overdue project for me. I will say that everyone who blogs about these hacks makes them look sooooo easy. Maybe it is my lack of professional tools (I definitely broke the drill bit of my Ikea power drill while doing this), or my need to finish projects quickly, but this felt like a somewhat time intensive project. I will say that the end result is exactly what I wanted. Not only are these side tables an AMAZING upgrade from the Ikea Lack tables I’ve been rocking since my junior year of college, but…BONUS, they add a ton of storage.

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Don’t mind the random screw. Its not called a catch all dish for nothing 🙂

 

Here is a list of the supplies I used:Ikea Rast Hack | EatStyleCreate.com

I’m not going to go into all of the details of this project – since there are a ton of tutorials online already, but I will provide some tips and tricks I learned along the way:

*USE PRIMER. These dressers are made out of pine, and apparently pine will bleed through the paint over time if you don’t use primer. I used KILZ primer tinted to a light grey color. I did 2 coats to ensure the wood wouldn’t bleed through and to lessen the amount of paint I would have to use.

*Remember that each coat of primer/paint needs 2-4 hours to dry. Call me an ameteur, but I thought this would be an easy weekend project. Waiting at least 2 hours between coats definitely extended the project time – not to mention the couple hours it took me to get the dressers put together.

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*Less hardware = a lot less time. Those corner brackets are what added a lot of time to this project. Don’t get me wrong, I think they were worth the time spent, but it was definitely draining adding each of them.

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I know the styling has a ways to go. That blank wall definitely needs some love, but for now I’m so happy with these.

And of course this little model had to crash the photo shoot…

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Has anyone else done a Rast hack? What finishes did you choose?

–Rene