I really wanted 2 of these dandelion lamps for our bedroom, but at approx. $105 each, I decided to hack 2 of these IKEA TASSA NATT kid’s wall lamps w/ frogs for $5 each & save myself $200. The IKEA website lists the same lamp twice, one for $7.99 & the other for $4.99. It is rumored that it’s “Last Chance“. When I bought mine at my local Seattle IKEA, it was the lower price, but there was no sign saying “Last Chance“.
same lamp/same paper (Light Off)
This hack has been done many times before here & here, however my hack is slightly different. We needed wall lamps that we could wire directly into the wall, not the corded plug-in kind. So we simply cut the cord off & just wired it directly into the wall.
2-Sided Scrapbook Paper
Also the paper I found ($1 ea.) that matched our bedroom colors of (pale) pink & beige, just happened to be 2-sided, creating a cool effect. It’s like having 2-lamps-in-1!
$6 IKEA Lamp Hack
This hack couldn’t be easier.
You will need scissors & maybe tape if you are using fabric instead of decorative paper
1. take lamp apart
2. trace frog paper onto back of decorative paper or fabric
3. cut paper/fabric
4. place paper/fabric on shade & fold over edges (use tape to secure fabric)
5. assemble lamp
I also did the same thing in my laundry room for hanging clothes. The BYGEL rail can w/stand a surprising amount of weight.
3rd IKEA Hack
I happened upon a clearanced IKEA INDEX Curtain Rod for only 99¢. I thought how it’d be great to hang the mosquito netting curtains I had, also from IKEA & keep the mosquitoes out during the summer when we have the doors open all day long. The rod only extended from 16-24″, which wasn’t wide enough to cover the door, but after my hack it now extends from 30-39″.
IKEA Curtain Rod Hack
Mosquito Netting Extendable Curtain Rod
It now hangs from the existing curtain rod during the summer months when it’s needed & gets removed/packed away during the cooler months.
I’ve had my eye on the IKEA MALM full-sized bedframe & matching nightstands for awhile now. Then I discovered the SULTAN ALSARP ‘boxspring’ w/ storage & how it would be great to utilize ALL the space under the mattress. I knew that the full-sized Sultan Alsarp was L: 74 3/8 ” x W: 52 3/4 ” x H: 11 3/4 “, & based on the Malm measurements for Mattress L: 74 3/8 ” x Mattress W: 53 1/8 ” & Footboard H: 11 3/4 “, it looked like it would fit. I just needed to go to IKEA & take a peek under the Malm mattress to see how it was held together & what, if anything, could possibly obstruct the Sultan Alsarp from slipping into the Malm bedframe. Everything looked good. When I told the IKEA employee in the bedroom department what I was doing, he said it wouldn’t work. It turns out the Malm is $10 cheaper w/out the galvanized steel midbeam.
w/ Maple Butter Icing, Maple Sugar (Sprinkles) & Bacon
OMGourmet, they were good, so so good!!
Benjamin picked these for his birthday.
I used this recipe, but noticed it needed some improving Vanilla Garlic: Maple Bacon Cupcake Recipe
I made these changes:
-reverse the b. soda & b. powder amounts (1t b.powder & 1/2t b.soda)
-replace the milk w/ buttermilk
-add/mix the maple syrup in the same time as the milk, since they are both liquids
-whatever you do, DON’T use powdered sugar (overly processed/white sugars cheapen the taste & give you a headache). Maple syrup & butter alone are enough. If you like lots of icing, double the butter & maple syrup
-add some Maple Sugar sprinkles on top & half a piece of bacon
Next time you go grocery shopping in San Francisco, you won’t be hearing paper or plastic at the check out. As of this past March, San Francisco is officially the 1st city in the U.S. to ban plastic shopping bags in certain establishments. The city by the Bays Board of Supervisors approved the groundbreaking legislation that would officially ban plastic checkout bags supermarkets by September & pharmacies by early 2008. City officials are optimistic that other U.S. cities including L.A. & NY. will follow suit.
With approximately 180 million plastic bags being distributed to shoppers in San Francisco each year, the bags pose an environmental problem as they are difficult to recycle, & often wind up in trees or bodies of water, where they harm ecosystems & kill marine life not to mention their growing presence in landfills.
Under the new legislation, supermarkets & pharmacies will have to use either compostable bags made from corn starch, or recycled paper. The compostable bags would be easily recyclable through the citys green garbage bin program. The bag ban also represents one of many environmentally-minded measures currently being pushed in San Francisco, including the proposed outlaw of Styrofoam food containers.
Check out these interesting plastic bag statistics, from the S.F. Department of the Environment and Worldwatch Institute, via the San Francisco Chronicle:
180 million: Roughly the number of plastic shopping bags distributed in San Francisco each year.
4 trillion to 5 trillion: Number of nondegradable plastic bags used worldwide annually.
430,000 gallons: Amount of oil needed to produce 100 million nondegradable plastic bags.
Chalkboard tables are a favourite of kids and parents alike, because who doesn’t like chalkboard doodling? Online children’s decor retailer modernseed carries the wonderful Offi Chalkboard table for your mini Marc Chagall in the making. But the $249 might be a little tough on the wallets of those parents watching their budget (aka 99% of you out there).
So why not take the DIY budget route by combining a $11.99 bucket of Studio Finishes Chalkboard Paint with a $69 POÃ„NG table from IKEA to make your own version of the kid artist friendly furniture. And since the IKEA set includes a pair of nesting tables, lil’ Timmy’s younger sister can have her own canvas too, keeping them busy while you happily budget away the $169 for a much deserved vacation.
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“DIY Chalkboard Table?
The idea of chalk dust all over the house wasn’t enough to deter me from getting the kid some chalkboardy furniture. Time was when Offi was about the only chalkboard table in the game. But in the last little while, there’ve been great-looking chalkboard-surfaced designs turning up from companies like ducduc [who started putting chalkboard on tables, wardrobes, dressers and even dining tables], Argington [whose Fundy play table comes in chalktop or dry erase] and of course, Eric Pfeiffer’s molded ply Chalker Table.
My only problem was that none seemed quite as awesome as the first chalkboard table I’d ever seen, an awesome, Parsons Table-style by Droog designer Djoke de Jong, which was in MoMA’s influential Dutch Design exhibition in 1996. Coincidentally, the minimalist geometry looks a lot like Ikea’s $12 side table, the Lack. Nothing against all my furniture-making buddies, I thought, but why not just paint a Lack table all over with chalkboard paint like they sell at Yoyamart?
So a few months back, I went to buy a can of magnetic chalkboard paint at Yoyamart. They were out, but they fronted me a dented can for the project. I bought a Lack table to test it on for just $7 [navy blue was on sale somewhere]. The instructions on the can pertain mainly to walls, but were pretty straightforward. Though the paint is supposed to be self-leveling, it did recommend sanding to get a smooth, slate-y writing surface.
I took photos of the project, which I’ll upload this evening. One thick coat on a Lack table took about 1/3 of the can. I can tell you the result now, though: total freakin’ disaster. The Lack’s colored surface is plastic, not lacquer or MDF, so the paint didn’t take at all. When I started sanding the next day, paint started coming off in giant streaks of nanodust.
There’s also a birch veneer Lack, which might take paint better, or it may require a layer of primer. Since it’s the shape that’s really key [for me, anyway], I’d like to crack the Lack code.
“Awesome Molded Ply Table & Chairs From Modernseed
Modernseed actually “leaked” their great-looking Chalker, a curvy, molded wood play table with a chalkboard surface, a few months back when they ran it in an ad in Dwell. Turned out that production wasn’t quite ready yet unlike online advertising industry’s long lead times and poor results tracking couldn’t keep up.
So when I finally saw the Chalker and the new, molded ply Chip chair at MoMA Design Store–they may be sold separately, but they go together like aloe wipes and baby butts–I had to give a shoutout. They’re solid, elegant, and beautiful, with just a hint of mid-century design elements to make them feel like instant classics. [With its silhouette and chrome legs, the Chip seems so resolved and obvious (now), it feels like something the Eameses could've designed, but somehow totally missed.]