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DIY Ikea Lack Side Table Revamp

Hi everybody! I had meant to post this one yesterday, but sometimes there just are not enough hours in the day. You know what I mean? We are getting ready to go up to Washington D.C. for Hannah’s highschool graduation trip. It’s going to be girls only, and we are so excited! Today’s DIY is actually one that the hubby and I made a few weeks back. We had a pair of black Ikea Lack side tables in our bedroom, that were functional, but just didn’t go with the furniture that we had in the room anymore. I had been searching for some side tables at all the thrift stores in town, and on craigslist, and just couldn’t find anything in our price range. So, we decided to take what we had and recycle it into what I wanted. I had picked up a side of railing from an old porch at my local ReStore and knew that the balusters would make fantastic table legs. So with some new legs, a little trim, and some paint our old side tables were reborn into these chunky and fun tables that really help pull my bedroom together! This project took a weekend, but it was totally worth the work!

Here’s What You Need:

*Ikea Lack Side Table

*Porch Balusters or other “legs”

*Decorative wood trim

*Scrap wood, or a square dowel smaller than your trim (you will be nailing the trim to this piece)



*Mitre Saw or Hand Saw

*T-Square or Ruler

*Pin Nailer or hammer and tiny trim nails

*Wood Glue

*Kills Primer


*Wood Onlays (optional)


The first thing you want to do is clean your lack table and take the legs off. Measure the center of your balusters to the edge. Now mark in on the underside of the table top that width. For example, if the measurement from the center of my baluster to the end was 1.5″ I would measure in from the edge of my tabletop 1.5″ on either side of each corner and mark an x where I need to drill. With a drill bit a hair smaller than the size of the hardware on the lack screws in the legs, drill pilot holes into the underside of the tabletop where you marked each corner. Now, remove the screws that are in your lack legs with a pair of pliers, just twist them out. If you want to cut down the balusters at all, now is the time to do that. I cut mine down two inches with a mitre saw. Mark the centers of your balusters. Now drill pilot holes into the top of the balusters. Twist the screws half way into the top center of each baluster. Then screw each leg into the pilot holes you drilled in the tabletop. The sides of the balusters should be just about flush with the edge of the tabletop. Now you are ready to add your trim. Measure the width of your baluster at the top. Take half of that measurement and draw a guide line between each leg on the underside of the tabletop with a ruler or t-square. Now, measure the length between each leg on each side and cut your scrap pieces and your trim pieces to length. Your scrap pieces can be shorter than your trim piece. Run a bead of wood glue down your scrap piece and glue down on the backside of the marked line. Nail in place with your pin nailer. Now run a bead of glue down your trim piece and fit your trim piece between the legs and flush up against the scrap piece of wood you just nailed down. Glue down, and then nail the trim piece to the scrap piece with your pin nailer. Repeat with the other sides, and let your glue dry. I used a couple of coats of kills primer on my table, and then a couple of coats of semigloss white paint. I added some aqua accents on my trim, and I painted my wood onlays aqua . Once my paint was dry, I glued and nailed my onlays onto the top sides of my legs.

I have to say I LOVE my new side tables! They really help pull together my furniture and they are sweet. I love the chunkiness of them, and the accents of aqua! The best thing about this redo is that you can totally customize it to your taste and style by the trim type and colors you use. And they were really inexpensive to make. So, if you ever get tired of your old ikea lack table, don’t toss it! Give it a makeover! You’ll be glad you did! Have a wonderful day everyone!

Happy Crafting!

Dollar Store Yarn Wrapped Easter Basket

Easter baskets can be so much fun to put together! The last few years I have been making them for my sister. My mom still makes them for me and my hubby as well as my dad and sister. It’s always so fun! Sometimes putting together a basket that really cute can be quite costly, and the cheapies you can get at the store are usually tacky. So if you are looking for an easter basket that is packed with sweetness but not with a heavy price, I have a craft for you. Today I am going to show you how to make a sweet yarn wrapped easter basket from a dollar store easter bucket.

Here’s What You Need:

*Dollar store easter bucket

*Yarn (I bought mine at A.C. Moore for a dollar each)

*Hot Glue

*Paper flowers (optional)


Start at the bottom of your bucket. Dab hot glue onto the bottom and glue down the end of your yarn to the bucket. Now glueing every inch or so start to circle your yarn around the bottom a little before the edge. Keep going around gluing your yarn, coiling it around and right next to the previous bit. Once you get around the curve of the bottom you can glue once or twice with every passing wrap. Wrap the basket firmly and keep the strands close together so you don’t see any of the basket peeking through. Go all the way up to the top and glue the end down when you are done wrapping. If you have excess yarn clip it as close to the bucket as possible. My yarn was a mini skien so I used the whole thing on my bucket and was able to wrap it around a few extra times. I took my handle off of my bucket to wrap it. Place a dab of hot glue on the inside of the handle at one end. Glue your end of yarn down. Now wrap the handle glueing every few inches. Snip off excess thread and glue end down. Put the handle back on the bucket. The bucket I used was scalloped at the top, so I used paper flowers to fill in the areas I could not easily get with my yarn. You can hot glue any kind of embellishment or tim you like around your top edge of your bucket, or you can leave it simply wrapped. Now your basket is ready to fill with goodies!

This project was really fun! I think I am going to have to think of other things to wrap in yarn now too since I really enjoyed this one! This basket whipped up in under an hour. It only cost me three dollars for the bucket and the yarn. The flowers I had on hand. But this goes to prove that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a sweet and chic Easter basket. All it takes is a little time and a few supplies. I hope I have inspired some of you to give this one a try for Easter this year. It’s so fun!

Happy Crafting!

DIY Sharpie Art

I have been an avid user of sharpies for some time now. When I was in highschool my friends and I used to doodle on each others jeans or sneakers. It is one of my favorite craft items. I absolutely LOVE the new(er) Sharpie Paint markers too. I have used them on ceramics during the holidays and had a lot of fun with them! I recently saw this fantastic canvas on Pinterest. I loved it so much I was inspired to make a knock off version for my house. I am not skilled at painting, so I decided to rely on my sharpie paint markers.

Here’s What You Need:

*Sharpie Paint Markers or regular sharpies- Largest Size

*Canvas in the size you like

*Stencil- optional

*T- Square or ruler

Here is the inspiration from Pinterest:


This craft really could not be simpler. You just draw on your canvas. You can use a stencil to get decorative accents like the birds on the branch. To use the stencil I positioned it and stuck it to my canvas with double stick tape. Draw inside the lines of the stencil and then color in the design after you remove the stencil. I did my stenciled parts before I started the handwriting. To keep your handwriting pretty straight you need to use a t square or a ruler as a guide. My canvas was slightly warped, so my wording is not perfectly straight. You just write away. The thing that makes it so personal is that it is imperfect. I used song lyrics from “Blackbird” one of my favorite Beatles songs. I did my smaller canvas with ” i love you.” Once your canvas is customized, frame it, hang it on the wall, or display it on your favorite shelf or book-case.

I am pretty darn happy with how my canvasses turned out! I am rather messy, and my handwriting can be somewhat atrocious at times, so this looks fantastic for me. I love how fast and easy these are! The best thing is that you can get as creative or simple as you like. This is a really inexpensive craft as well. A.C. Moore always has great coupons or sales, so you can usually get a large canvas for less than $10. My bird canvas was 24×30 and only cost me a little over $8. This would be a great craft for older children as well( you know, the one’s old enough to not color the walls). You could even do these as a craft for a party. So fun! And they would make fun, personalized gifts! I hope I have inspired some of you to give this one a try! You’ll totally love it!

Happy Crafting!

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