Sunday, April 23, 2017

IKEA "Rast" drawers turned Laundry basket

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First of all... in fact... once again, sorry for disappearing for.. like half a year?!?!?! butttt... i have a GREAT GREAT GREAT news for my well wishers.. something that would make you all proud:')

I haven't been active from last August and the reason behind it was i started my interior design diploma and now in May I'd officially be an INTERIOR DESIGNER! Yesss!!! My family and friends know it how badly I've always wanted to be a certified pro and all by the grace of Allah(God) I've done it :')

I hope after reading this news you can now excuse my disappearance and celebrate another milestone in my journey. CHEERS!!! XD

Lets get to the latest piece i did. I've done quite a number of projects in these few months and will be posting all of them. I'll also share the assessments and all the new things i learnt.

My regular readers do know already how much i LOOOOVE redoing old pieces of furniture and this time as well I've done it again. That reminds me of the song "OOPS I DID IT AGAAAIIINN.. I PLAYED WITH YOUR HEART.. GOT LOST IN GAME... OH BABY BABY!!!" I know you just sang that in your head, don't deny it :P i love it how a single song can take you back to the memory land :') simply amazing:')
Back to the point, I bought the IKEA "RAST" drawers for less than half of its original price from a local for-sale group on fb (i know its price is already low but why not save whatever and whenever you can) and what happened next is given below in the step by step tutorial B)

Unfortunately (and habitually) i forgot to take the BEFORE picture of the drawers but here is the one from the Internet:

Just type "rast drawers" on google and you get to see the craziest transformations done by people. this piece is a blank canvas for diy-ers and the transformations they've done are really out of this world. Google it pal Google it :*

so here is my version of the---->canvas<----
Sorry for the poor angled picture, this space is a mini corridor outside my Bathroom and its a bit narrow.
I've turned thisssss into a laundry basket!! yeeeeaaahh!! you read it right! its a laundry basket ;')
It also has 2 bags inside to sort things out, you'll get to see it later in pictures :)

Coming to the steps:
1. I first dissembled all the drawers keeping just the front of each drawer and removed the knobs.

2. Then joined those fronts all together into one single piece, to be used as the door, with wood glue on the joints. Took 10 mm thick MDF planks cut according to the size, and glued them on the inner side then secured them in place with screws.

One side done.

The other one too.

And that's what the door looked like when ready.

3. Its a Story time now :)
Once upon a time my sister's neighbors threw their bed away and luckily it happened when i was at her. As soon as i saw the headboard of that bed who's pillars were each adorned by these antique-ish globes, i knew they were too pretty to get crushed by the garbage truck in the morning. I rushed towards them and rescued these pretty babies, they looked back at me all grateful and smiled (ok enough drama for today) then came the day when i repainted them and turned them into the front legs of my art work and they stood all proud taking all the burden of the dirt laundry on their tiny shoulders (i said enough drama for today huda!)
The rescued babies :)
4. That little piece of wood you see down there was removed and screwed back again but right on the edge.

5. The bottom was closed using another piece of wood plank.
Bottom closed
6. Sanded and painted in white and added the hardware. All the hardware I used was in gold finish, the hinges and even the screws were golden. I didn't fill in the hole as I wanted to put the HUGE nail heads there. Also used a trim to create the pattern required.
Painted and hardware +  nail heads added.

Pattern made using a trim

7. Guess what was used to do the top??
Any guess?? I bet you cant;)

I used disposable CAKE PLACE MATS to cut the floral pattern and punched the butterflies.
Also used the lace pattern to create half frame. AND finally modpodged them all together on the top.
The lace separated and the butterflies in making.

8. Time to add some more hardware! 
As you can see in the previous images that the hinges were at the bottom instead of sides, the door would open to the downward direction, i took a thick chain connected to screw in hooks then screwed one end in the door and the other on the inside of the chest, keeping the level same.
chains with the hooks connected

9. Then i took 2 Pillow covers... yes pillow covers.. I had a number of pairs left from an art event, so this was a perfect use for them. using glue gun i stuck one side's seam of the cover to the door. then stretched it towards the chest and glued the other side in there. The reason behind using pillow covers was to have a space to sort things like socks and undergarments. Now i don't lose anymore socks :p
chain screwed in and the pillow covers glued on each side.

10. Legs screwed at the front and a piece of plank painted and screwed at the back to work as hind leg 
Ready for the use now :')

Pics after setting it on it places and decorated with some accessories.

There it is.. standing tall and and pretty.

Sexy legssss xD

Top close up once again 

The wall hanging you see in this picture is the next post on this blog. Wait for it ;)

I hope you guys liked my innovation. And sorry once again for disappearing for so long, but i came back being a better version of myself, right? :D
Leave your opinions below in the comments section as i LOOOOVE to hear from you all.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pistachio shell flower jar

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A bit late today but still the day 2 isn't over :D
Todays project is something i saw on the Pinterest and thought of trying.
usually i fail miserably when i try something from internet but this craft somehow was easy and yet so pretty :D

All you need is :
A mson jar with lid
pistachio shells
Golden spray paint
Large pearls(optional)

A really really easy yet Beautiful craft.

All you gotta do is start by gluing 2 shells together in the centre of the lid and just go all around it with the shells,

Spray paint them them.

Sprinkle a little glitter while the paint is still wet ( only IF you cant go a craft without glitter)
fill the jar with the pearls and ENJOYYYY!!!

Treat for eyes it is.

I would count this as a 2 minute craft 
So easy and yet such an amazing way to gift someone a small peice of jewelry or anything.

Try this at home and i sure you will love it.
see you tomorrow with a new post.


Monday, August 8, 2016

Trash to Treasure: up-cycling the end table

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4:30 am and I am sitting here stuffing my mouth with chocolate cigars just to get my brain start working (chocolate helps me even with breathing... no kidding!!!)

More than 5 months since my last blog. 
Life sometimes literally turns into a wild ride. LITERALLY!!! When you are free, you are absolutely free, so much that you could start getting bored of this free time!:D  (hmmm... sometimes you aren't free actually, you're just to lazy to move or even change your side if you're lying down and ignore your to-do list only if it was never there in the first place :D I am an example of it, you wont find any better :P)
Then comes the day when all the hassle begins, and your routine becomes like the one of the presidents of someplace, not a single spare minute (is there a need to mention we ourselves create half of this hassle by our laziness?)
Your life decides to put you on an invisible treadmill and sets its speed to the highest point, making you run like crazy leaving no other options. why treadmill? because you keep running madly and are still on the same place :D
Till the time you come back to normal routine, you're tired and lazy again and the cycle keeps on repeating.
Now with all the excuses given.. PLEASE accept my apology.
and to make up for the disappearance of all these months i will do a "7 DAY 7 CRAFTS" Challenge. i will post a new project for 7 days.
Usually people take 31 day challenge but because i know myself completing this 7 day challenge will be a HUGE accomplishment for me.


I love peacock feathers, one of the natures wonder.

Now this project was something that involved too many doubts and fears and required a lot of courage. Using real peacock feathers was a challenge i put myself into and was double minded if i should be doing it, because I just didn't want to end up spoiling all those beautiful feathers. In contrast to my thoughts, it turned out to be a moderate project.
here is the before picture.

This little baby was bought for JUST 3KD! Can you believe it? I didn't either when i heard the man saying it for the first time. I told him to repeat the price once again:D

Anyway, it sat in my room in same state for months before i could think of something different and peacock feathers use was the perfect solution.

So i sanded it lightly. And painted it green.

You can see the little damage on top. I wasnt worried about it much as it was going to be covered with feathers.

While the paint dried i cut the feather removing the thick stem part so that it ciuld be laid all flat.
Then i started to apply modpodge in small portions and pressed the feathers on it. You need to overlap them in a way no base is shown. Plus you need to go in the same direction to have a neat look. I Gave the feathers a top layer of modpodge.
As it required atleast 4 coats of it, i cut the feathers that exceeded the on the edge of the table.
During the first topcoat application 

Cutting the excess

3rd layer of modpodge 

Oh one more thing. I got my modpodge througha friend in US. It wasnt available in kuwait back then. But i saw it online on insta last week so yeah its a great news :')

Now coming to the drawers. I repeated the same steps and layered them with feathers.
Then i tried to use the antiquing technique with gold, but it looked horrible. I dont have a picture of it but trust me it really looked horrible.
I just painted all the details gold then. This reminded me of a commenter who asked me if gold is my favourite color as i use it alor. Yes its my favourite accent color and brings eveything to life in just a stroke. LOVE IT :)
You can see her as well i chose the feathers to go towards the end. And addition of gold details looked amazing.

Next step, of which i accidently deleted the pictures (clumsy me :|) , is used a fancy bling fabric to cover its sides.

Lastly i used a golden flat bead string to the edges to give more details to
Sorry for poor picture. Just took it from my cell.

And on the edges of all parts.
And thats the fabric i used. Color looks weird in picture but is absolutely fine in real.

Here is the final look, was a challenging task but totally worth it.

The top view


You can see a bit of damaged part on the top. to be honest i haven't figured out how its supposed tp be fixed. And isnt it ok sometimes to have something not-so-perfect and yet beautiful?

Bad pictures i know but these were the best ones i could get in daylight as i have dim lights in my room and the setting is also not so favorable for taking its pictures.

Dont forget to follow me for the next 7 days as i am officially on a self challenge :)
(and also pray that my laziness doesnt come in my way :( )

HOPEFULLY see you tomorrow.


Monday, February 15, 2016


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As all of you know my blog isnt just about home related diy projects. I am a fashion freak and i love experimenting with it. Its been a little while that ive been designing my own dresses and each of them got me compliments. A LOT OF COMPLIMENTS!!! All made by my Genius mom! (Moms! Theyre just meant to be THE best!)
It was valentine yesterday and i wanted something red as i was takin hubby on a date. 
This time due to lack of time i decided not to bug mommy and try something i watched on youtube.
A diy skirt that would have perfectly symmetrical plaits. 

That red...! Its just too intense!

If i was to buy this ready made... i would probably paying a fortune.
But instead i followed the instructions with a few modifications and VOILA!!!!
I had the perfectEST dress ready.
 All you need is this:
3 meters of fabric (you can use more but this is the ideal size)
1 broad belt (mine was elastic one)
A sewing machine (just to hem the sides)
A needle and thread.
Glue gun.
And emblishments (optional)

First of all... take you measurent from the waist till toe and cut the whole fabric of that length.
Hem 2 short and one long side using sewing machine.
3 sides hemmed.

Now this is the formula that you need to follow:
HALF and HALF and HALF and HALF.
Easist way to get perfect plaits.

You will lay your belt flat keeping the inside up. Take the fabric's unhemmed side and stitch the 2 ends of fabric on the ends of belt.
Stitch on the corner using needle and thread.

Once done with that you will now fold your fabric into half to find the middle and then stitch that on the middle of your belt.
One HALF done.
Stitched into the middle.

Fold the left side of fabric again to find the half of it and stitch it in the mid point of left corner and last stiched point. Reapeat the same on right.
Keep halfing and halfing and stitching till you get thisss

Halfed and halfed and halfed and halfed again.

Time to use the gluegun. Repeat the same step now but just use glue gun instead of stitching.

Perfect plaits!!!

It took me around an hour to finish it but was totally totally worth it!!!
Rocked it with boot black pant and red boots.
The kids around me were going all crazy :')

The intense red...!!! 

So much that i'll definitely try something more using same technique :')