Space Saving Gateleg: Our Apartment Dining Table

When it comes to an apartment dining table, space is a big concern. At the moment we have more space than is “normal” for a New York apartment (because we are paying outrageous rent) but this will not always be the case. We did not want to eat dinner on the couch all the time so we had to find a space saving dining table on a budget. We focused on collapsible tables, specifically gateleg tables because these typically fold…

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Coffee Table

Although it is still cold in the Northeast, I am glad to be home after a very peaceful vacation in paradise! I loved Hawaii! Our vacation was fun and sun-filled but I did miss RJ a bit. As promised, here is our easy DIY coffee table which took all of 10 minutes to set up once we bought everything we needed and did some staining. The most complicated part of this was probably attaching the leg plates to the table…

How To Paint Ikea Furniture: Updating Our TV Stand

Over the weekend we made a noticeable change to the living room by applying our “skills” to paint Ikea furniture. Yes, this is laminate but it actually wasn’t a difficult process in retrospect. Any difficulty arose from our refusal to disassemble the Expedit before painting! We have been using a dark (and depressing to me) Ikea Expedit bookcase turned sideways as our TV stand/media center. Although there is nothing (really) wrong with the dark color, I am not a big…

DIY Hairpin Leg Nightstand

With our bedroom more “complete”, we started working on nightstand ideas. We came up with this DIY hairpin leg nightstand for a mid-century modern look with an Ikea hack. Total cost was under $50 for each nightstand and I love these. I like the idea of a simple nightstand and I wanted something drawer-less this time. I have nothing against drawers but, they have always encouraged hidden clutter. Past nightstands with closed drawers have become bedroom “catchall” clutter areas holding…