Striped Rocking Chair

I wanted to make a cute & cozy little reading corner for Ellie at my brother’s house in her new bedroom since the kid is obsessed with books right now. So a couple weeks ago I sent Ben out on a search to find me the perfect chair to makeover and he found me this…

rocking chair before paintI was surprised; it was actually in really good shape and only $10! It was almost a shame to paint it, but it really didn’t go with the room. So I took out my Zinsser primer and some Plutonium spray paint in Polar white.

plutonium white spray paintI’ve told you before, this Plutonium paint dries super fast… like in under 5 minutes fast. I actually wish I would have skipped the primer and only used the Plutonium since I had to sand after the primer (I hate that bumpy, gritty feeling primer can leave behind).

DIY painted rocking chairOnce the paint dried I grabbed some acrylic paints from Michaels. Light blue, dark blue, and coral colors, plus some white just in case I made any mistakes (cause we all know that happens).

DIY painted rocking chairI started with the dark blue and painted the little knobs on the spindles, every third one. Nothing too neat. Just a quick swipe of the paint brush.

painted rocking chair

And then the coral and light blue to follow…

DIY painted rocking chair project

And in no time it looked like this!

blue and pink girly bedroomFunny to say that the most expensive part of this makeover was the pillow.
$20 from Target.
The chair was only $10, and the paints were less than $3 for all 4 colors.

before and after rocking chair

painted rocking chair DIY

blue and coral bedroom

Now Ellie has a fun little place to sit with her books at night.

striped rocking chair DIY

And if you want to buy this Plutonium spray paint,
you can order it from Red Posie’s website.
They even have free shipping right now!

blue and pink girly bedroom

IKEA Rast Dresser Hack

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hickory Hardware and Pittsburgh Paints and Stains. I was provided with an IKEA Rast Chest, furniture pulls from Hickory Hardware and a gift card for supplies. All opinions are 100% mine.

My brother gave me the green light to makeover his guest bedrooms while we’re staying at his house during these next 3 months. Since I don’t want to spend a huge amount on décor and furnishings, I’ve been bargain hunting like crazy to design these rooms on an itty bitty budget.

You guys saw my newly painted nightstands for our bedroom last week, well now it was time to give Ellie a nightstand/dresser to hold her summer clothes.

So what did I find? A $35 Rast dresser from IKEA.
But you wouldn’t be able to notice it now!


It’s hard to believe that just a week ago we were putting this puppy together in Ellie’s bedroom. And surprisingly enough, it took less than an hour to put together. Not too shabby for our very first IKEA assembly project.

ikea rast dresser makeoverTo get started I primed the entire Rast dresser.

ikea rast dresser ideasThen I sanded it down and followed it with a coat of Cranberry Splash, a wonderful hot pink/coral color from Pittsburgh Paints.

ikea rast dresser paintOnce the paint dried, I wanted to add a little design to match Ellie’s bed accent pillow… almost like a crystal nailhead trim. I decided to use some Gemstones that I picked up from Hobby Lobby (on sale for 50% off).

ikea nail head trim dresserAnd here’s the final look!

ikea rast dresser hack

I still want to paint in here and have some other decorating projects (lamp makeover, wall art, toy organizer), but this room is definitely taking shape!

ikea rast hack dresserAnd I love the Pendant Pulls I chose for this piece from Hickory Hardware. Just a bit of elegance to go with the crystal nailhead trim.

ikea rast dresser hack

ikea hack rast dresserSo pretty cute right? And I’m sure my brother won’t mind a hot pink dresser in his guest bedroom when we move out ;)

And it’s nice to know that the IKEA in St. Louis opens this Fall. I see a bunch more of these hacks in my near future!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hickory Hardware and Pittsburgh Paints and Stains. All opinions are 100% mine.