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Ikea Hack! Gilded Gold Hemnes Nightstands [DIY]

It’s been a bit since we’ve shared a post here on Picklee (sometimes life just gets in the way of things!), but we are back today with a fabulous “Ikea Hack” transformation!  Though they have some great pieces, I don’t usually buy much in the way from furniture from Ikea, mostly because everything I have is antique or vintage.  However, about a year ago I found myself in desperate need of two matching nightstands (I don’t mind if they don’t match but Brett was a sticker for a matching set).  So we picked up an inexpensive pair of Ikea Hemnes nightstands.  Of course I can never leave anything as is, so I decided to make the set pop with a little gold gilding!

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Ikea Hack! Gilded Gold Hemnes Nightstands [DIY]


  • furniture of choice, a boxy, clean lined piece works best for this project
  • Rub n’ Buff Metallic Wax in Antique Gold
  • foam dabber for application


Decide where you’d like to accent your piece with gold.  I added gold to the edge, feet and around my drawers to give my nightstands somewhat of a campaign style.
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Use 1″ painters tape to mark off the area you’ll be adding gold to.  I chose to wax the edge of the nightstand, to make a 1/2″ wide box around the outside of my drawers, and then a 2″ section of gold to the feet.

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Use the foam dabbing tool to apply the Rub’ n Buff to your piece.  I found that my surface required two coats of wax for full coverage.  Since the wax dries so quickly, I was able to apply the second coat within 10 minutes.

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This turned out to be a super quick project!  I was done with the first nightstand in under an hour!  Here’s how it turned out…

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The gold gilding definitely adds a level of sophistication & character to these otherwise basic & simple pieces!

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Looking for even more inspiration? Find more furniture flips here!

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Wax Printed Driftwood Beach Sign [tutorial]

I have a complicated relationship with art.  I absolutely love painting/reviving furniture & home decor, but when it comes to creating an actual painting everything I know flies right out the window.  I’m terrible at painting figures & objects on my own, yet I have the desire to create art for my home.  I’ve found that there are plenty tricks around covering up my lack of artistic ability.  In the past I’ve used objects as painting & photos as aids, like in the case of my fish stamp prints. Today I’m doing something similar with wax paper image stamps & chalky finish paint!

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Wax Printed Driftwood Beach Sign [tutorial]



Select an image you’d like to print onto your driftwood, I chose a basic red crab.  Cut a piece of wax paper into an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet.  Feed your wax paper into your ink jet printer and print the image.  Since the wax paper is so thin, this step took me a couple tries…I found that its best to hand feed the paper into the printer.

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Place the “wet” side of the wax paper face down onto your driftwood…

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Use a flat object press and rub the ink off onto the wood…

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This should leave you with a nice outline of your object printed onto the wood…

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Now you’re able to fill in the object with paint, if you can color in a coloring book you can complete this painting!  I used chalky finish paint for this step because it has more depth & is super simple to distress (perfect for the vintage art look).

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After about 30 minutes I lightly sanded the painting with a medium grit sand paper to give the sign a more vintage feel…

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Creating driftwood art is as simple as that!

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12 Simple & Chic DIY Cake Toppers

Like just about everything, half the battle is presentation.  That statement’s especially true for cakes.  Most of us aren’t skilled bakers or cake decorators, but it’s nice to know that there are plenty of SUPER SIMPLE & chic cake decorating options out there!  I’ve put together 12 of my favorite simple DIY cake toppers for a little inspiration…

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12 Simple & Chic DIY Cake Toppers

Gold heart stick cake toppers [source]

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Rainbow candy cake topper [source]

rainbow candy cake topper

Water balloon cake topper [source]

mini balloon cake topper

Tightrope walker cake topper [source]

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Balloon animal cake topper [source]

balloon animal cake topper

Fresh rose cake topper [source]

flower cake topper

Sprinkle number cake topper [source]

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Pom pom cake topper [source]

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“Eat more cake” cake topper [source]

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Candy necklace cake topper [source]

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Fabric garland cake topper [source]


flag cake topper

Beach day cake topper [source]

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Fresh Picked Friday [Vol.81]

fresh picked friday

June 13, 2014 [Vol. 80]

Add coastal charm & brighten up your space with…DIY plank walls

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What’s for dinner? Chicken & Veggie Pasta Bake


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When new becomes old…DIY Vintage Crates

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Whats the best brow shape for your face? How to shape your eyebrows

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For your sweet tooth…Cherry bread with cherry almond glaze

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Because [almost] everything gets better with age…DIY aged terra cotta pots

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Kick off your Friday with this…Skinny Blueberry Mojito

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Skinny Blueberry Vodka Mojito [cocktail]

Whats more relaxing than lounging outside & sipping on a refreshing cocktail at the end of a long day?  Not much.  Except maybe getting a massage while lounging outside & sipping on a refreshing cocktail…ahhh, now I’m just dreaming…Now that the warm weather has graced us with it’s presence, I’ve been concocting lots of new yummy (and skinny!) cocktails like my latest obsession, the Skinny Blueberry Vodka Mojito, which is sort of a twist on my original Smashing Skinny Vodka Mojito =)

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Skinny Blueberry Vodka Mojito


  • 2 oz vodka (optional: use blueberry vodka for even more flavor)
  • 4 oz. Sprite zero
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint (reserve on sprig for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp fresh blueberries (reserve a few for garnish)


Muddle vodka, mint and blueberries together in a shaker.  Add one cup of crushed ice and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE!  Pour into a cocktail glass and top with Sprite Zero, garnish with remaining min & blueberries!

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Enjoyed this Skinny Blueberry Vodka Mojito?  Find more skinny cocktail recipes here!

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Confetti Veggie Dip Cups [party recipe]

I’m back on my sister’s wedding shower today! So far, I’ve shared the DIY champagne/mimosa bar & the super festive fabric scrap banner from the shower I hosted last week, so now I’m moving along to THE FOOD!  Since the shower took place during the day, I served a cold lunch spread (sandwiches, pasta salad, potato salad etc.), but before that, we munched on lots of yummy appetizers!  One of my favorite appetizers we served were the Confetti Veggie Dip Cups.  I definitely stole the idea from catered events I’ve attended, where they serve individual mini portions of popular dishes…it just looks so fun & chic!  Here’s how I made them…


Confetti Veggie Dip Cups [party recipe]
recipe makes approx. 20 individual veggie dip cups


  • one packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix (simple, but the BEST)
  • 16 oz. reduced fat sour cream
  • assorted vegetable, cut into long strips (I used 1 bunch of celery, 4 carrots, 1 red, 1 yellow & 1 orange pepper, 1 English cucumber & a package of grape tomatoes)
  • sun dried tomatoes (optional for dip)
  • clear plastic cups


Mix veggie dip according to package instructions.  I also added chopped sundried tomatoes to give the dip more color & depth (adds great flavor too!). Dip can sit covered in refrigerator overnight.

Spoon a tablespoon of dip into each cup and fill with assorted veggie strips, serve immediately.  I displayed mine on plates with ice to keep the veggies fresh during the party!

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Find more simple appetizer recipes here!

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Fresh Picked Friday [Vol. 79]

fresh picked friday

June 6, 2014 [Vol. 79]

Happy Friday!  We’re switching things up this week, with a guest curator!  Today’s Fresh Picks have been selected by local (RI) artist, Samantha Anselmo…we’re lovin’ her style!

Bring the outdoors in…[DIY twig votives]


Summer style [sequin headband]


What’s for dinner? [Honey Lime Chicken Skewers]


What does your floral arrangement say about you? [source]


Every girl needs to know… [how to contour]

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Why don’t you…paint a plywood floor?

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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DIY Painted Plywood Subfloor

One of our most popular posts on Picklee features a wide plank farmhouse floor made from plywood planks.We used the simple plywood planks as flooring at the Picklee shop two years ago and they are still holding up wonderfully!  In fact, we get questions and compliments on them from customers constantly!  I love the plywood floor look so much at the shop that I knew I would eventually do something similar in my own home…well, I finally did!

Brett & I bought our new home this past August and have been working on renovations ever since.  One of our projects was to the remove carpeting from our office (carpeting just DOES NOT belong in an office) and add a hardwood floor.  By now you can guess that we didn’t end up installing hardwood floors, we saved a ton of money by working with something we already had…the plywood sub floor!  Here’s how we did it…

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It’s hard to imagine a plywood sub floor looking like anything BUT a plywood sub floor, but I can assure you that its a wonderful option if your going for a look with more character & charm.  We were aiming for a chic, coastal farmhouse feel in our office so the painted plywood floor worked out perfectly for us!

This project is super simple, just a bit time consuming.  Here’s how our office looked before we began transforming it…

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Yep, that’s white carpet…definitely not on my list of “wants” in a home…

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First things first, we cleared out the room and ripped out the white carpet (along with the under pad)…

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Next, we had to pull out each and every carpet staple from the sub floor.  I used a small pair of pliers along with a flat head screw driver, it was a tedious process but it went by quick!

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After the sub floor was cleared of staples and nails, we gave it a GOOD vacuuming.  This step is super important before painting the floor, for obvious reasons… Yes, that’s a painted heart on the floor, Brett expresses his love in strange ways sometimes… ;)

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Oh yea, we painted the room a deep, ocean blue (to go with the coastal new feel) at this point too!

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Once the floor was clean, it was time to begin painting!  We wanted our painted floor to look a bit shiny, so we decided to use a semi gloss floor paint in a creamy shade of white.  First, I cut in the entire perimeter of the room using a large brush…

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The next step went super FAST.  Brett took out the roller and rolled a solid coat of paint over the entire floor.  There are plenty of bumps, nail holes and imperfections on a sub floor, but we embraced them in the name of creating character!

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As Brett rolled the paint on, I followed him with a paint brush, touching up any deep holes that didn’t fully cover…

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Since this was a floor paint, it didn’t require any top coat, so we simply let the paint “cure” for about 36 hours before putting our furniture back!

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Even though the room is a deep, dark shade of blue, it feels so much LIGHTER with the crisp white floor!

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It now been 4 months since we painted the sub floor and I’m still LOVING the look!  It’s held up great too!

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Yes, you can see lines and tiny holes, but that contributes to it’s charm =)

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The best part, it that it’s supposed to look “imperfect” so we never worry about damaging it or messing it up!

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Here’s a little peak at how our transformed office turned out…there will be many more details on it’s transformation coming soon!

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Now that’s MORE proof that a plywood floor can look absolutely beautiful!  Find more information on plywood floors here!

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Why don’t you… Create a Champagne Mimosa Bar?

On Monday I shared the DIY Fabric Scrap Banner I crafted for my sister’s wedding shower, and I told you there would be many more details to follow…well I wasn’t kidding!  You may have caught a glimpse of the champagne cocktail/ mimosa bar in one the photos from Monday’s post…so now I’m sharing details on how you can create your own, including free mimosa bar printables!

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Create Your Own DIY Champagne Cocktail/ Mimosa Bar


  • Champagne (I had 8 bottles for 35 people)
  • 3 different types of juice (I used fresh orange juice, V8 Splash Mango Peach, and V8 Splash Berry Blend)
  • assorted diced fruit (I had blueberries, strawberries, mango, kiwi, peach, pear, lemon, lime)
  • bowls for fruit ( I used square glass bowls from the Dollar Tree)
  • carafes for fruit juices
  • large tub with ice for champagne (I used an antique wooden tool box)
  • disposable champagne flutes
  • mimosa bar sign & juice tags (see free printable below)


Use these free champagne cocktail/ mimosa bar printables for your display!

Champagne Cocktail Bar Sign Printable (5″ x 7″):   Click to open Word Doc  Champagne Cocktail Juice Tags:  Click to open Word Doc (insert text boxes over juice names to change them)

I printed my tags on light blue card stock, but you can use any kind of heavy paper.  To attach the tags, I punched holes in the corners and wrapped around the carafes with twine.

A couple hours before beginning the champagne cocktail bar, cut fruit into small diced pieces & refrigerate.  About an hour before beginning, pour ice into a large tub & chill champagne.  Display diced fruit in bowls with spoons & fill carafes with fruit juice.  Add any other refreshments you’d like, I added fresh lemonade & white sangria to my display!

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The DIY Mimosa bar is a fabulous concept for a wedding shower, baby shower, or just about ANY celebration because it’s super fun & interactive! Guest will have a blast sharing & creating their own unique concoctions.

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Presentation is key!  Be sure to use glass juice carafes & nice dishes to display the fruit for the right effect. Luckily the supplies are super inexpensive, I found mine at the Dollar Tree & you’d never know it!

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I added a white sangria & fresh lemonade to my display just to give guests a bit more variety!

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Here’s the big picture with the festive fabric scrap banner too!

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DIY Fabric Scrap Banner [tutorial]

Hallelujah! The sun is finally shining over tiny Rhode Island & the warm weather has arrived!  Bring on the beach, celebrations & summer festivities!  We kicked off the warm weather yesterday with our first summer celebration, my little sister’s wedding shower!  As the maid of honor, I hosted the shower in our back yard.  It was a wonderful day filled with lots of sun, family, and of course good food (& drinks!).  I’ll be sharing lots more wedding shower details & DIY’s soon, but one of the first DIY projects I took on for the shower was this fun & festive fabric scrap banner!  Here’s how I made it…

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DIY Fabric Scrap Banner [tutorial]



Pull together fab a colorful assortment of fabric scraps…I had an abundance…

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Cut the fabric pieces into approx. 1″ x 8-10″ strips (varying lengths is fun). Keep cutting, and cutting, and cutting more…you’ll need lots of strips (amount depends on how long your banner will be).

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Once you’ve cut your strips, begin tying them to a precut string.  This is a long process, hence the optional cocktail above!

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After you’ve tied all of the strips to your string push them into each other so that they are tightly packed along the string.

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Hang up the fabric scrap banner & enjoy!  I hung mine above our champagne bar at the shower!

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The banner added so much festive flair & it was definitely a topic of conversation (even though my husband thought it looked like it belonged at a Mt. Everest base camp…) !

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