Remodelaholic http://www.remodelaholic.com Let us help you remodel your house from builder grade to BEAUTIFUL! DIY projects that reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and remodel on a budget! Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:36:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Modern Two-Tone Furniture Refinishing http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/modern-two-tone-furniture-refinishing/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/modern-two-tone-furniture-refinishing/#respond Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:15:20 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=60265 Hello Remodelaholics! Michelle here from 4men1lady.com back with another fun and functional DIY project that just about anyone can tackle. Chances are you’ve seen furniture with paint dipped legs. This is the same idea but reversing the effect and leaving the legs natural and the top painted. I recently did this effect on a different […]

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Hello Remodelaholics!
Michelle here from 4men1lady.com back with another fun and functional DIY project that just about anyone can tackle.

Chances are you’ve seen furniture with paint dipped legs.
This is the same idea but reversing the effect and leaving the legs natural and the top painted.

Modern Two-Tone Furniture Refinishing on Remodelaholic.com

I recently did this effect on a different bench that is now in my entry with great results.
I didn’t realized I had a thing for little step stools but apparently I do.  In fact, I currently have four different stools all over my house.  They are just so handy for young ones. Plus, who doesn’t need a little boost when reaching for items in high places?

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My latest find was this cute little red stool at a consignment store.  It was in rough condition (aka character).  Nail holes were never filled, edges were a bit rough and some corners did really match up.  It’s all good though…I love it that way.  The red was great but when kids push the stool up against the cabinets it leaves red marks.  White-washing it would be too vanilla.  So instead, two different tones would give it much more visual interest.

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I found this paint stripper at my local Home Depot (and no, I’m not being paid to plug them).  I simply sprayed the areas I wanted to remove the paint from and waited 15 minutes.  You can see the paint completely bubbled as the stripper went to work.

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After 15 minutes I came back and was able to use a metal scrapper to take the paint right off.  Magic!

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This is what I was left with after the first go-over.  There were several layers of paint on this stool so I repeated the process once more.  When I came back the second time I decided to use an old brush to scrub some off the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.  The warning on the can cautions about getting the solution on your skin or clothes.  Invincible me thought, “I’ll be really careful.”
Stupid, stupid, stupid!
While scrubbing, the tiniest splatter splashed on to my forearm right above the rubber glove.  Immediately, intense heat started to burn a hole right through my arm.  I don’t think I’ve ever moved so fast in my life.  I washed it off and my skin came with it.  Believe me, I practically put on a hazmat suit after that episode.
Heed the warning!!!!

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After I had removed the majority of the paint off I then sanded the stool down and stained the legs only where I wouldn’t be painting.  I used an oil-based paint which I’ve founds works remarkably well.  It takes much longer to dry and stinks to high Heaven but it is really durable.

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Next I used some Frog Tape to tape off the area I wanted to paint.  Julia, from Chris Loves Julia, shared this great tip of going over your tape with a wet rag to seal off where potential paint may bleed under your tape.  Worked like a charm when I peeled off the tape to reveal a very crisp line.

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The end product resulted in a personalized stool that would work great in any space.

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It’s not just limited to helping feet reach higher places…what about putting it next to your bed and stacking it full books and magazines…

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I’ve also found that step stools are great for plant stands.

To see more of Michelle’s awesome DIY projects check out her blog at 4men1lady.

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Don’t think that you have to buy new furniture… refinish it! Be inspired by these:

Refinished Desk/Dressing Tablerefinished dressing table

Refinished Quatrefoil End Tablerefinished end table

Repainted Filing Cabinetrefinished filing cabinet

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Decorative Orchard Ladder Building Plan http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/08/decorative-orchard-ladder-building-plan/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/08/decorative-orchard-ladder-building-plan/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:42 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=60349 Hi, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another build plan.  (If you missed the cute Playhouse Reading Nook last week, you can check it out here.)  A little while back, there was a ‘Get This Look’ post on Remodelaholic:  7 Tips for a Bold and Beautiful Study.  The inspirational office is via Better Homes & Gardens, […]

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Hi, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another build plan.  (If you missed the cute Playhouse Reading Nook last week, you can check it out here.)  A little while back, there was a ‘Get This Look’ post on Remodelaholic:  7 Tips for a Bold and Beautiful Study.  The inspirational office is via Better Homes & Gardens, to die for right!

Bold office with decorative angled orchard ladder via Remodelaholic.com

That rustic orchard ladder in the back corner is really cool and a fun accent piece.  Our project for today is to build a very simplified version of an orchard ladder.

Build a Decorative Orchard Ladder

Build your own decorative orchard ladder with plans from Remodelaholic.com

Note:  This ladder plan is for decorative purposes only, do not use for climbing!

Materials Needed – lumber cost ~$7

  • 3 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′ boards (furring strips are cheap, around $2.18 each, look for the straightest boards)
  • wood glue
  • 1 1/2″ – 2″ brad nails or wood screws
  • wood filler
  • paint or stain
  • sand paper

Step 1

This step is optional, the purpose of these cuts is to help the ladder rest against the wall.

On 2 of the 1″ x 4″ x 8′ boards (actual dimensions 3/4″ x 3 1/2″) make the following cuts on each end.  Make a cut at 5 deg angle from the corner of the board end, this is the bottom of the ladder leg.  On the top end, measure over and mark at 3″, make a cut at 85 degree down from the 3″ mark.

Build this DIY decorative orchard ladder for ~$7, plans on Remodelaholic.com

 

Step 2

Next rip the 3rd board into 1 1/2″ wide x 8′ strips for the ladder rungs.  (If you don’t have the tools to rip the board into 1 1/2″ strips, you may leave the rungs at 3 1/2″ wide but you’ll need a 4th board.)

Each end of the rung is cut at a 5 degree angle as shown.

Build this DIY decorative orchard ladder for ~$7, plans on Remodelaholic.comCut 8 rungs to the following lengths:

Width Thickness Length Material
1 1/2″ 3/4″ 20 7/8″ Pine
1 1/2″ 3/4″ 18 3/4″ Pine
1 1/2″ 3/4″ 16 11/16″ Pine
1 1/2″ 3/4″ 14 9/16″ Pine
1 1/2″ 3/4″ 12 1/2″ Pine
1 1/2″ 3/4″ 10 3/8″ Pine
1 1/2″ 3/4″ 8 1/4″ Pine
1 1/2″ 3/4″ 6 3/16″ Pine

Step 3

On one of the ladder legs, mark a line 1″ in from the front edge.  Measure and mark the following places for the bottom corner of the ladder rungs.  Repeat for the opposite leg.

Build this DIY decorative orchard ladder for ~$7, plans on Remodelaholic.com

Brad nails should be sufficient for ladder display purposes.  However if you anticipate displaying heavy objects on the ladder, you may want to use screws instead.

Apply wood glue on the end of each rung.  Glue and nail (from the outside of the ladder leg into the rung) each rung onto the ladder leg.  Repeat for the other ladder leg.

Build this DIY decorative orchard ladder for ~$7, plans on Remodelaholic.com

Allow the wood glue to dry sufficiently.

Step 4

Once the glue is dry, fill holes and gaps with wood filler as necessary.  Once the wood filler is dry.  Lightly sand the ladder until smooth.  Next stain or paint the wood according to your preferences.

Build this DIY decorative orchard ladder for ~$7, plans on Remodelaholic.com

Now you have a great decorating accent piece to help you go vertical!

Build this DIY decorative orchard ladder for ~$7, plans on Remodelaholic.com

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Looking for more great pieces to build to make your home style just right? Try these building plans!
Small Open Shelf
Rustic towel shelf
Rotating Shoe RackDIY rotating shoe rack on Remodelaholic.com
Playhouse Frame Reading NookBlue Playhouse frame

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How to Remove (and Reuse) a Large Builder Grade Mirror http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/08/remove-reuse-large-builder-grade-mirror/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/08/remove-reuse-large-builder-grade-mirror/#respond Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:15:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=51635 We’ve shown you how to frame a basic builder grade mirror (and here’s another method), and it is one of the easiest jobs to DIY in a bathroom makeover. But our guest today not only framed her mirror, she moved it to behind the tub to make this gorgeous space! When it comes to updating […]

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We’ve shown you how to frame a basic builder grade mirror (and here’s another method), and it is one of the easiest jobs to DIY in a bathroom makeover. But our guest today not only framed her mirror, she moved it to behind the tub to make this gorgeous space!

How to remove a large builder grade vanity mirror |Mommy is Coocoo on Remodelaholic.com

When it comes to updating a bathroom mirror, you have lots of options, to fit any style, any budget. Framing the existing mirror costs very little (and doesn’t take a lot of DIY skills or tools!)

wood vanity and mirror frame

Bathroom Makeover by House of Tubers
featured in 8 Great Bathroom Makeovers on Remodelaholic

or you can spend a little bit more and replace the builder grade mirror with a new framed and beautiful mirror like these:

or you can add both style and functionality and put in a recessed mirrored medicine cabinet (or three!)

If you’re going to be replacing your builder grade mirror, consider doing what Amanda did and using it somewhere else in your bathroom or home. Large mirrors aren’t cheap, and a big mirror can add so much light and depth to any room. Here’s Amanda to tell you all about her tricks for removing a builder grade mirror:

How to Remove (and reuse) a Large Builder Grade Mirror on Remodelaholic.com #diy #bathroom #buildergrade

How to Remove a Builder Grade Vanity Mirror
(and use it somewhere else)
by Amanda from Mommy is Coocoo

Hello, I am Amanda and I blog at mommy is coocoo.  My blog is all about fun!  I am a design lover, DIY’er and addicted to trash-to-treasure transformations.  I am most known for my EASY to Understand Chevron Stripe Tutorial.  The tutorial is so easy my five year old can do it.  Make sure you check out our video! My How to Make a Christmas Ornament Wreath is one of my most popular tutorials.  If you’ve ever thought about making an ornament wreath you’ll love this step-by-step tutorial.

I am also a Google+ expert with more than 300,000 followers and 17 Million page views.  If you are interested in better SEO and growing your presence on Google+ I would love to help you!  Whether you’ve been active on Google+ for awhile or you are just beginning, I offer individualized training to help you increase your blog traffic.  If you would like to learn more about training click here.

Now, how to transform your builders basic vanity mirror into this:

how to remove a large builder grade vanity mirror, Mommy is Coocoo on Remodelaholic
You will need to use your imagination in this post but it’ll be worth it so you can see how I turned my builders basic vanity mirror into the stunning mirror behind my bathtub for free!
before vanity mirror
Before my bathroom mirror was unframed and hung horizontally.  My contractor wanted $150 to remove and dispose of the mirror.  My contractor said it was nearly impossible to remove large mirrors like these without breaking them.
But I buy a lot of mirrors for  my free-standing doors with mirror so I know it’s not completely impossible.  I also know a mirror this size is worth several hundred dollars.
how to remove a large vanity mirror, Mommy is Coocoo on Remodelaholic

So, I decided to call my mirror / glass expert and I asked him to make a house call.  I’ve bought mirrors for several years from the same company and they were happy to help.

On the way home from work, mirror man stopped by with a friend.  They brought four vacuum suction cup lifters for granite & glass lifting (see below) and after expertly placing them on the glass they gently wiggled and then lifted the mirror off the wall.

Vacuum Suction Cup Lifter for Granite & Glass Lifting, Mommy is Coocoo on Remodelaholic
The entire process took about ten minutes.
  • I saved a lot of money (by not having to pay for mirror removal) and ended up with a beautiful result.
  • My contractor didn’t have to remove the mirror and learned something new.
  • With minimal effort Mirror Man made $40 on his way home from work.
removing and reusing a large builder grade mirror, Mommy is Coocoo on Remodelaholic

To attach the mirror to its new spot mirror man advised using Gunther Premier Mirror Mastic which can be found at your local hardware store. 

how to frame a large builder grade mirror, Mommy is Coocoo on Remodelaholic
To complete the look, I purchased  two different styles of trim pieces and used paint and glaze I already had to make a frame for the mirror.
white painted trim frame builder grade mirror, Mommy is Coocoo on Remodelaholic
Contractor framed the mirror.
mirror behind tub, Mommy is Coocoo on Remodelaholic

My ever present assistants help me to caulk, fill in the nail holes and apply touch-up paint to the trim.

how to remove a large bathroom vanity mirror, Mommy is Coocoo on Remodelaholic
The mirror (something most people would have ended up throwing away) has become the focal point of my bathroom!
  white bathroom makeover with builder grade mirror framed behind tub, Mommy is Coocoo on Remodelaholic
cast iron tub with mirror behind, Mommy is Coocoo on Remodelaholic
While not everyone has a mirror man in their lives the point of this post is – be resourceful when remodeling!!!
Nearly everyone has access to a glass / mirror shop in their area.  Why not give them a call?
white master bathroom makeover, Mommy is Coocoo on Remodelaholic

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Lovely, Amanda! Thanks for being our guest!
Visit Mommy is Coocoo to see more great projects, like this no-sew teepee, and tips like The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Painting Furniture

 

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50 Smart Toy Storage Solutions http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/08/smart-toy-storage-solutions/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/08/smart-toy-storage-solutions/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:15:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=60196 Looking for the link party? We’ve consolidated to a monthly party, with Facebook and Pinterest features all month! Link up here. And today we especially want WINDOW projects for a new feature week that we’re planning — window treatments, trim, shutters — come link up any window-related projects! One of the qualities every parent loves […]

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Looking for the link party? We’ve consolidated to a monthly party, with Facebook and Pinterest features all month! Link up here. And today we especially want WINDOW projects for a new feature week that we’re planning — window treatments, trim, shutters — come link up any window-related projects!

One of the qualities every parent loves most about their children is their creativity. But when it comes to cleanliness, you might not appreciate the way in which your child “decorates” his or her room with legos, stuffed animals, and other toys. A good way to keep from stepping on legos or losing puzzle pieces is finding a smart toy storage solution that works for you and your children. Check out some fun and decorative toy storage solutions from popular Hometalkers!

50 awesome toy storage ideas via Remodelaholic.com #kids #playroom #organization

50 Smart Toy Storage Solutions

 Chalkboard Toy Boxes via Remodelaholic contributor The Hunted Interiorchalkboard toy box via Remodelaholic

Boys’ Shared Bedroom via Hometalk Blogger Simplicity in the South

Boys Shared Bedroom with Organized Toys

Nautical Boy’s Room via Hometalk Blogger The Lily Pad Cottage

Nautical Boys Room With Toy Shelf

Toddler Locker Organization System via Atkinson Drivetoy storage cubbies, Atkinson Drive

Closet Turned Toy Storage via Hometalk Blogger Pretty Handy Girl

Closet Turned Toy Storage

DIY Dress-up Organizer by Craftiness is Not Optionaldiy dress-up storage, Craftiness is Not Optional

Kid’s Playroom Table via Hometalk Blogger Shanty 2 Chic

Kids Playroom Table with Storage Stools

Little Girl’s Dream Room via Hometalk Blogger Chipping With Charm

Little Girls Dream Room Stuffed Animal Storage

Shared Big Boy Room via Hometalk Blogger Just a Girl and Her Blog

Shared Big Boy Room Storage for Toys

Whitewashed Wooden Toy Crate by Our Home Notebookdiy whitewashed toy crate, Our Home Notebook

Storage Solution for Small Toys via Hometalk Blogger Tiny Sidekick

Peekaboo Bag - Storage Solution for Small Toys

Stencilled Playroom via Hometalk Professional Cutting Edge Stencils

Stencilled Playroom

Media Center with Toy Storage Drawers by Remodelaholic contributor Her Toolbeltmedia center with toy storage drawers, Her Toolbelt on Remodelaholic

Blue Boy’s Room via Hometalk Blogger Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza

Blue Boys Room with Toy Organization

Storage Bin to Toy Box Makeover via Hometalk Blogger Creative Dominican

Storage Bin to Toy Box Makeover

Entertainment Center into Bench with Toy Baskets via Remodelaholic guest Random Thoughts of a Supermomentertainment center into toy storage bench, via Remodelaholic

Colorful Big Boy Room via Hometalk Blogger Pretty City Things

Colorful Big Boy Room and Organized Toys

Fabric Wall Baskets for Toys via The Mother Huddlefabric hanging storage baskets for toys, The Mother Huddle

Click here to see more great ways to store toys on the next page –>

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Hey Remodelaholics! Nina from Everyday Enchanting here to show you how I updated an Ikea Tarva Dresser and transformed it into a gorgeous and inexpensive knock-off of the Pottery Barn Apothecary Cabinet! This is my second Pottery Barn knock-off, we also built a custom sink console, which you can read about here!

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via Pottery Barn

Unfortunately, the $800 price tag is very much beyond my budget. This is the case with most of the furniture I fall in love with- it’s what ultimately led to me becoming a DIYer and then later a DIY blogger! This is what I love to do- create a high end piece from either scratch or a less expensive (but sturdy) piece!

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via Ikea

The Ikea Tarva unfinished dresser is much closer to my budget at $80. Contemplating the photo, I realized that it would be possible to create the look for a fraction of the price of the PB version by purchasing the dresser, and using some items I already had to finish it up with the look of an apothecary cabinet.

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Ikea Tarva Dresser to Pottery Barn Apothecary Cabinet Hack

I ordered the Tarva and assembled it as soon as it arrived. I followed the instructions completely, even though I knew I would be taking some parts back off- and assembled the entire dresser.

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When it came time to do the finish work, I unlocked the cam lock screws and removed the drawer faces.

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I also removed the legs, since they would need to be cut down to accommodate the trim better.

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As you can see from the photo above, the PB version has faux-drawers which appear to be panels added on top of the cabinet faces. I opted to use the router to add evenly spaced grooves to the drawer front instead- which ultimately saved the expense, time, and hassle of purchasing wood and adding the panels. We measured out two evenly spaced areas to add the groove, then used a 3/8″ roundnose router bit and router table to add the detail grooves. TIP: Make sure to do a test run with a spare board and the router to confirm your measurements.

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After routing, I broke the sharp edge with 100 grit sandpaper to match the other bevels. Then I went over the entire face with 220 grit sandpaper.

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Next I trimmed down the dresser legs and reattached them to the dresser.  

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Next we cut the base trim at a 45 degree angle.
Ikea Tarva Dresser to Pottery Barn Apothecary Cabinet Hack @Remodelaholic #ikeahack #knockoff #apothecarycabinet #DIY on Remodelaholic.comWe glued and nailed the trim to the bottom of the dresser. I filled the nail holes and allowed the wood filler to dry.

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After the wood filler was dry, I sanded down the whole dresser with 220 grit sandpaper. I started by staining the base trim with Minwax Dark Walnut. I suspected from the sanding that the trim was softer and would absorb the stain differently, and that proved to be correct. I ultimately ended up adding a second coat to the bottom trim.

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I wanted the groove details to appear darker, so I added the stain first, allowed it to sit, and then stained the rest of the drawer front.

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I didn’t allow the stain to sink in for very long before wiping it away, and I only did one coat- I loved the somewhat wild look of the PB version and this was an easy way to get a similar look.

After the stain was dry, I installed the drawer pulls. They were the perfect finishing touch! I plan to also apply some dark wax later on to finish it off.

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I honestly love it even more than the inspiration photo! It will be used in our living room for storing DVDs, Wii Games, and board games.


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Project Breakdown:

Time: approx. 3 hours including assembly (with drying times in between)

Cost: Approx. $121.50 
$80 Ikea Tarva
$10 Trim
$ 31.50 Hardware
(Stain, sandpaper, wood filler, and router bit were on hand.)

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Try these other IKEA hacks to get a designer look at a discount price!

DIY Built-In Closet

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IKEA to Pottery Barn Media Centerikea and media makeover 2

Bedside Accordion Lamp DIYDIY Accordion Wall Lamps with $5 Ikea Frack mirrors by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

Toddler IKEA Bed Hackpink patterned stepped headboard IKEA hack via Remodelaholic

Icosahedron Copper Pendant Lightgeometric icosahedron copper pipe pendant lamp, The Gathered Home on Remodelaholic

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3 Ideas to Make the Most of an Awkward Nook | Reader Q&A http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/08/3-ideas-to-decorate-an-awkward-nook/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/08/3-ideas-to-decorate-an-awkward-nook/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:15:51 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=60260 You’ll recognize Jackie from her posts here as one of our furniture team — she’s also our new Decor Q&A expert! Send us a picture of your space that you need help with, and Jackie could be answering your question here next month! Ask your question here, or message us on Facebook. Here’s Jackie: We’ve […]

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You’ll recognize Jackie from her posts here as one of our furniture team — she’s also our new Decor Q&A expert! Send us a picture of your space that you need help with, and Jackie could be answering your question here next month! Ask your question here, or message us on Facebook. Here’s Jackie:

We’ve all got them, those awkward spaces and nooks we aren’t quite sure what to do with. But they are valuable square footage. Sometimes it takes a little thinking outside the box to come up with ideas to maximize those once dead spaces.

Reader, Amber, wrote to us about the awkward nook in her family room. It’s a leftover bump out where a wet bar used to be. She knows it’s a valuable space, but isn’t quite sure what to do with it. Here’s what she said:

One of the rooms that’s had me stumped is our living room that we spend majority of our time in. The house is a ranch style that was built in the late 70s with great quality wood everywhere. The living room at one time had a wet bar in it but now it’s a random decent sized nook that I am not sure what to do with.”

I’ve got three ideas for Amber’s nook. With a little modification, these same ideas could work for any awkward, unused spaces in a corner, under the stairs, or in a dormer.

My first recommendation with these types of spaces, is to treat them like their own separate space. Trying to integrate them into the room or downplay them usually makes them stand out more. Instead, give this space it’s own unique, special function AND make it a destination spot in the room.

For Amber’s empty living room corner, I think she can make an enchanting play space, cozy reading nook, or a mini home office or study area.

3 Ways to Make the Most of an Awkward Nook | remodelaholic.com

Three Ways to Use an Awkward Nook

Hidden Play Space

Every parent’s dream is a place for the kids to play in the main living area without seeing toys. Amber has an opportunity with this nook to create just such a space.

Turn an awkward nook into a hidden play area | Remodelaholic.com

For small kids spaces, use a fun bath mat as a rug.

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By hanging curtain panels from the ceiling to floor she can create a hideout for her kids. Toss in a small rug, floor poufs, and toy storage, and they might not ever come out. Plus, whenever the toys get messy or company is inbound, she can close the curtain panels and no one will be the wiser.

Cozy Reading Corner

This little corner doesn’t have any natural light, but an adjustable wall sconce can add perfect light for reading. The old wet bar shelves would make a great place to stock favorite books.

Nook Reading Area

Make a small space look bigger by creating the illusion of a window with a mirror.

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Measure the space carefully and stuff in the biggest chair that will fit.  It’s okay if the footstool sticks out of the nook.  If you’re handy, build in a bench with storage cabinet or drawer underneath. Top it with a nice thick cushion and pile on the pillows and throw blankets.

Mini Homework Spot

Another great option for this space is a small writing desk.  A built in desk would be a budget-friendly option, too.

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Make studying fun with a colorful desk and bright artwork.

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This corner would be a great spot for the family computer, so the kids can be supervised while using it. Or add paper trays and pencil cups for all the necessary school supplies and make this the homework spot.

Amber, we truly hope one of these fun ideas will help you make the most of your nook.

Now it’s your turn, if you lived in Amber’s house, what would you do in the living room nook?

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