Outfit Idea // Linen Dress and Vintage Ankle Boots

As a fashion enthusiast, working on a budget might be one of life's biggest challenges.  So sometimes I get out my sewing machine.  In 2014 I sewed one garment every month, now that there is a baby in the mix, it's been three garments in two years, and this dress is one.  I fell in love with this Reformation dress.  I tried it on, it fit like a glove!  But the $200 price tag wasn't in the budget and made me leave the store with my head down wondering how long I could go without eating, just like when I was 23.  Guess since I have a family to care for starvation isn't an option, so I got my butt to Mood and bought two yards of natural linen.  I have to say, I'm pretty happy with the result.  

Linen Dress/vintage ankle boots
Linen dress
The Sak Tahoe Crossbody

Can we talk about these vintage ankle booties!?  They are a little painful, but so so good!

vintage ankle booties
Linen Dress
Linen Dress/vintage ankle booties

Dress: DIY of this Reformation dress / bag: The Sak / booties: vintage (similar below) / sunglasses: McQ (similar below)


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DIY // Indigo Pillows

This past weekend, I did a fun little project to style out the Ikea hack built-in bench I just shared on Monday, I made faux indigo mudcloth pillows using a bleach pen!  I love this super simple DIY!  Of course they are not as beautiful of the authentic versions on Etsy, but at a tiny fraction of the cost, about $10 each, they give the look!  

DIY Indigo Pillows
DIY Indigo Pillows
DIY Indigo Pillows

All you need is:

DIY Indigo Pillows

Step 1: cut the fabric to the size of the pillow plus 1/2" seam allowance, plus a little extra, if you're using linen for shrinkage. 

DIY Indigo Pillows

Step 2: Use a white pencil to map your design

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Step 3: draw design with bleach pen. NOTE: Don't forget to put down a barrier on your work surface, I used my cutting mat.  Let set/dry.  I left one of mine overnight.  

DIY Indigo Pillows

Step 4: rinse and let dry.  If you want a deeper white, repeat step 3. 

Step 5: Iron and sew to back to make the pillow case.  

That's it!  So simple and so cute for only a total of $15! (I already had the inserts!) 

PS I also made the indigo tie dye pillow using this kit and following the instructions they give.  

Ikea Hack // Built-in Entry Storage

I think I've mentioned before that one thing I didn't love about our house is the lack of front entry strorage.  The thought of shoes kicked off at the front door and coats thrown over the dining chairs gave me anxiety.  So one of the first things I did was build this built-in bench using Ikea cabinets.  Keep reading below to see exactly what I did. 

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in storage bench
DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage
DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage
DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage
DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Supplies: 

Tools:

The complicated thing about this project is that I was building it around a radiator.  Had that not been the case, I would have made the base shorter.  It's a pretty awkward height to actually sit on, and I also would have used a solid piece, without the grates.

Step 1: Build the face of the base.  Cut 2x10s to leave equal openings for the radiator grates.  Attach the 2x10s to 2x2s with glue and metal strap ties as shown. 

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Step 2: Sand the wood glue and prep for paint 

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Step 3: Cut the moldings down at 45 degree angles to frame out grates.  Paint base and mouldings.  I color matched the cabinet, see details of the color below. 

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage
Ikea white cabinet color

Step 4: Once the paint is dry attach the grates using the staple gun.

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Step 5: And attach the moulding frames using the brad nailer.

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Step 6: Build the base.  I cut more 2x10 pieces and used the corner brackets to hold them together.  I made the depth just a little less than the base of the cabinets, not including the doors.  You open the doors from the bottom, so you'll want to be sure that the base does not interfere with them at all. 

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Step 7: Build the cabinets and install on top of base.

Step 8: build the top of bench.  I had them cut the plywood for me at Home Depot, to the length of the area, and depth of the cabinets, with doors, plus about 1/2".  Since the standard plywood was not long enough to cover the length of the bench, I had to seam it together.  Im sure there is a cleaner way to do this, but I just glued and clamped it together.

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

Step 9: Follow the instructions to add the plywood edge tape. 

DIY Ikea built in storage

Step 10: Sand and stain and install the top.  

DIY Ikea Hack Built-in Storage

And you're finished!  Now we have plenty of storage, a perfect place to put Oliver's shoes on in the morning, plus it makes for a great lookout perch for the dog.