Wednesday, February 23, 2011

{diy draper faq's + bedroom before & after}

First a HUGE thank you for all of your kind words and encouragement on my IKEA Rast project, I am overwhelmed by your response! And a big welcome to all my latest followers, I am so thrilled to have you here.

Today I thought it would be fun to include a little before & after of our bedroom, mostly because before & afters are just so darn satisfying aren't they?? We were lucky enough to be able to take pictures of all of the rooms before we owned the house {the day we had our home inspection done} so the before pics are that much more disastrous :)

What a difference simply cleaning and painting can make! We got rid of the fuzzy blue carpet, added baseboards, wood blinds, and a chandelier. Can you believe there was NO light fixture in this room? Only lamps controlled by the light switch. Oh the 80's.

And as a follow up to the frequently asked questions you had posted on the DIY project, here's some additional info:

Rast Dresser Primer: I forgot to mention that I used Behr's Premium roll-on primer in white to coat the dressers. I'm sure black would have been better but I couldn't find and oil based black primer! Oil was recommended to me as I planned to use a black lacquer spray and this would help to hide the grain on these untreated pieces and give a smooth finish. I did 2 coats and sanded with a furniture grade {220} sandpaper in between each coat.

Stencil: I thought images may help with the questions you had about my stencil:

{There's my curious little fur baby ... always seems to make it in the background of pictures ... he's like the Where's Waldo in all our family photos!}

You can see we kept four gaps in the inlay so that the centre of the stencil would stay attached to the outside. If you didn't leave attachments the middle would fall out. More importantly, this means the centre will always be in the exact same spot!

Headboard: This was a very affordable find through Costco online! Believe it or not this piece came in at $339.99 including shipping.

Paint: The walls were painted Benjamin Moore's Escarpment, one of my favorite warm shades of grey.

Pillows: The lovely pattern fabric is KWID's Imperial Trellis, and a shout out goes to my fabulous friend Laura for sewing them for me :)

A big thanks to Jenny at Little Green Notebook for posting this project and Kate at Centsational Girl for linking to it on FB :) Also, I'd LOVE to do a post and have anyone that tries this at home submit your own version! Please let me know if you do give it a try, I can only imagine all the variations on this project that could result!



Ampersand Design said...

I loved your Draper-esque IKEA Rast Drawers so much, I pinned them to Pinterest yesterday!

Great work.

Sandy K

Rashon Carraway said...

You worked really hard and it paid off big time!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Melissa Hare said...

Your room looks amazing! I love how the gold fabric headboard compliments the gold accent lines on your DIY tables. Great job!


David Toms said...

What a brilliant transformation! So elegant and chic. I love how you have Dorothy Drapered the chest of drawers!

Courtney said...

Great rug! Where's it from?

Brandi@ Flights of Whimsy said...

I kept thinking the whole day what kind of ikea hack I could do. It's funny, your bedroom is layed out almost exactly the same as mine. The doors to the left are even in the same place and we have the same slim windows on both sides of the bed!

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum} said...

Congrats on all the kudos...totally deserved!

Barbara Matson said...

Your room looks fab! I am working on my round up post today, hoping to have it up by Friday - finally have your Rast makeover, which in my opinion, is one of THE best! You are a DIYer, you just didn't know it yet!

I have been trying to think how I can make my daughter's dresser look more grown up, I am painting it black {its currently green-ick} and didn't want to use crystal knobs, those pulls from Lee Valley would be perfect! I am off there tomorrow!

Marta said...

You totally inspired me to try this myself. I saw a few other versions of this project that looked very nice, but never thought about adding a stencil design. Beautiful bedroom transformation and outstanding dressers! Thanks for the idea :)

Marcus Design said...

Hi Courtney! The rug is actually from Costco, it's kinda amazing what can turn up there :)
Nancy xo

Anonymous said...

Awesome job!! Do you have a picture of your full chandelier and where did you get it? Trying to find the right one for my master bedroom and I like what I see on the bottom of yours.

Thank you,

Laura @ The Steen Style said...

Loved this so much!! Wanted to show it off so I did a post for my readers. Hope they come visit you!

Kathysue said...

Nancy I just love this room, It is understated elegance and a little drama thrown in for safe measure. You might already know this but you can have any primer tinted for no charge just like you do your paint the pigment in primer will pick up the pigments much faster so half formula is always used, plus you need to see where your brushstrokes are so you need to go lighter on your primer coat.
You did a fantastic job and I love, love it!! KS

Anonymous said...

Nancy, you did so well, this is an amazing transformation, it is even hard to believe it’s the same room. VERY WELL DONE.

Linda @ theLENNOXX said...

No wonder you got a lot of responses, that DIY project of yours is seriously dreamy! As is your blog, AND your bedroom transformation of course! Love the pops of pink haha!! Great photos ;)

xo Linda

Alena: Oh, Its Just Perfect! said...

Wow. Such a great makeover!!

Lisa said...

Beautiful transformation! Love the Ikea rast project - turned out perfectly!

EKM said...

OK how do I get the stencil? I do not have one of those fancy machines to print out things. Any suggestion?? I love this idea! I had already looked at the ikea dresser thinking it was so inexpensive i could make it pretty. but there you showed me!!

Unknown said...

This is seriously one of the best DIYs ever because they just look so totally glamorous- I adore how they dressers turned and out and the entire room is just so fabulous- love love love! xo

meera said...

Hi Nancy,
I would like to try this project myself but feel intimidated about making the stencil. Can you give us some more details about how to create the stencil? Which photograph did you use to blow up and what size did you blow it up to? Where can this be done and how much it cost? Is it possible to post the exact photograph you used to create the stencil?


jmo said...

Love Love Love the Dorothy Draper dressers!! Wow!! I have told about 20 people about this blog!!

Jen said...

I was going to ask if you post a picture of your stencil or upload a pdf of it for those of us who would like to do our own IKEA makeover! It's gorgeous!

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