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.
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.
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.
Here is a list of the supplies I used:
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.
*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.
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…
Has anyone else done a Rast hack? What finishes did you choose?