DIY Ottoman Storage

Unless you are one of the few who are lucky enough to have a huge home with an abundance of extra storage space, you are constantly looking for another way to store your stuff. One great way to store extra blankets, books, or toys is an ottoman that doubles as a storage unit. DIY ottomans are not too hard to make and they can be an attractive way to hide your unsightly things.

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Photo Credit: Mon Makes Things

This adorable ottoman works as a place to store books and knick-knacks, as well as a place for guests to sit on in your home. Surprisingly enough, this ottoman is made of 4 crates adhered together to create a nice storage space. For the entire step by step instructions go to monmakesthings.com.

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Photo Credit: Jennifer Decorates 

This adorably rustic crate ottoman is the perfect place to put your feet up when you get home from a long day. Made from an old milk crate, some foam and an old fabric, this ottoman is old and cute. Very Joanna Gaines-esque. For more information go to jenniferdecorates.com.

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This is our least expensive DIY ottoman idea. All you need is a plastic milk crate, rope and hot glue for the base. Then  you simply need a piece of plywood, foam, and fabric to finish it off. For instructions on how to make this inexpensive crate, go to hometalk.com.

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More for Less: A Room Decorated Entirely From Ikea

Have you ever gone to Ikea expecting to buy a bed and leaving with a couch, kitchen utensils, a lamp and no bed? Yeah, me too. Ikea is designed so that you will be forced to see every single inch of the store regardless of whether you want to or not. So, why not make your next trip to Ikea worth it.

Below is how you design an entire master bedroom with just Ikea furniture.

Walls

First things first, for some reason Ikea does not sell wall colors, so this room is being designed as if the walls are the color below.

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Picture from Ikea.com

Bed

The bed is the focal point of any master bed room. I chose to go with a classic white bed frame because I could then build the entire room around this blank slate. The queen size version of this bed is sold for $349.00.

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Picture from Ikea.com.

Bedding

I’m a sucker for a blue and tan color scheme. Maybe it’s because I grew up by the ocean or maybe it’s because I love how clean and crisp it looks, but either way it’s my favorite. That is why I opted for a plan tan bed spread with blue and accent pillows. This duvet cover cost $49.00 and the pillows ranged from $8.00 through $15.00

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Pillows from Ikea.com

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Rug

I think the prettiest master bedrooms have a nice wood flooring with a soft, plush carpet to step on to on a cold winters morning. For this room I found a rug that perfectly matches the color scheme of the bedroom. This rug is 8 feet by 10 feet and is priced at $249.00.

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Picture from Ikea.com

Storage

Nice storage pieces are hard to come by, but luckily ikea has a large selection of wardrobes and dressers that won’t break the bank. For this room I chose the large “Hemnes” 8-drawer dresser. Priced at $249.00, the dresser is big enough to store all of the clothes your heart desires, and it looks nice too!

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Another great way to add a little storage is by adding a nightstand to both sides of the bed. Here is the nightstand that matches the above dresser, at just $99.00 a piece.

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Picture from Ikea.com

Lighting

If there is one thing that I have learned is that lighting can change the entire energy of a room. For me, the lighter and brighter the room, the better (that’s why I chose white furniture.)

So, I believe that if we can add extra lighting fixtures to the room while enhancing the room design, then we are in a really good place! That’s why I suggest adding these lighting fixtures to your walls. These would look great hanging on each side of the bed above the matching nightstands.  The best parts? They are just $19 a piece.

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Picture from Ikea.com

Final Little Touches

Now that the biggest parts of the room have been discussed, it’s time to talk about the little tiny things that can turn a bedroom into a master suite.

This mirror can be hung vertically or horizontally above the dresser to brighten up the room and function as a perfect spot to get ready in the morning. Priced at $44.

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Picture from Ikea.com

Other wall decor includes an array of these matching frames that can be hung on the wall. They range from 4×6 to 8×10 and cost $3.99 to $6.99 respectively. Its a perfect way to hang wedding photos and family portraits without going overboard.

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Last but not least, I picked out a decorative piece that would tie together the circles from the throw pillow with the tan of the room. These little decorative balls are just $4.99 for a 4 pack and they add a little bit of character and cohesion to the room.

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Picture from Ikea.com

And there you have it! A master bedroom completely designed from Ikea! And the best part? That entire room cost just $1,207, which is less than the average master bedroom set!

 

Artwork for Any Room

I’m a sucker for wall art. Correction: I’m a sucker for quotes as wall art, but I understand that that is not everyone’s cup of tea. So below I have compiled some DIY wall art that you can use to decorate any room in the home!

Stenciled Wall Art

This is pretty self explanatory. Get a canvas and some paint, get a stencil, and work your way from there. This simple technique will give you beautiful art for your entire home!

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Courtesy of The Snug

 

Quote Wall Art

I can’t be the only one who loves quotations hanging on the wall. I just think there is something nice about having a reminder to remain optimistic hanging on the wall. If you are like me and you’re a sucker for a good quote or two, maybe try the art projects below!

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Geometrical Wall Art

For a more modern home, you might want to try to incorporate some of these geometrical art pieces into your home!

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Repurpose for a Purpose!

All too often, the master bedroom is the last place in the home that receives any TLC. You want your kitchen and living room to always look pristine because guests often see it, but the master suite is your getaway so no one ever sees it except for you. You are not alone in your outdated bedroom, this mentality is common among those who do not have the time or money to redo the entire master suite.

I understand that it is hard to put aside enough time to redo the entire room, but I can promise that you will feel a lot better when your room is an oasis again, instead of just a place where you hide from the kids. Below are tips and tricks to turning breathing new life into you old furniture. In this blog we will discuss how to turn an old dresser into a brand new master piece.

There are plenty of ways to reuse your old bedroom furniture, as well as incorporate “new” used furniture into it. One way to repurpose a thrift store dresser with sticky drawers it to make it into a decorative storage box.

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Photo Courtesy  of “Two it Yourself”

All you need for this is an old draw, 4 wooden legs that you can get from any home improvement store, some paint, and some decorative contact paper.

First paint the draw and legs entirely of the color of your choice, (be sure to sand off any existing stain prior to painting.) Once you have let the paint dry, place the contact paper on the inside walls of the “box.”

Once that is complete, simply screw on the 4 legs and voilà! You now have yourself an adorable storage box for the end of your bed.

For full instruction go to Two It Yourself!

Now that your old dresser is missing a set of drawers, what do you do with the rest of it? Well, if the rest of the dresser is in good shape, then consider painting the rest of the drawers to match the storage box, and then staining the top a natural wood color. Then use the contact paper that you used in the storage box to cover a piece of plywood that goes where bottom drawers used to sit. Get decorative baskets to match the wood stain and new knobs to spruce it up and you will suddenly have a brand new dresser!

The entire remodel is broken down into steps on the blog Urban Patina.

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Photo Courtesy of Urban Patina

If you also have room for a larger dresser in your room, a great way to repurpose it is to turn it into an entertainment center.

The dresser below was bought for $50 on Craigslist and Two Twenty One turned it into a gorgeous new storage and entertainment center. The full instructions are on Two Twenty One’s site, but in short you simply need a sander, some paint, some plywood, and some new knobs and you have an entirely new place to put your TV. dresser+tv+standI hope you can find some inspiration from these projects, and turn your master suite into the palace you deserve!