Ikea Hack // Desk Two Ways

Hi friends, hope you had a lovely weekend.  I am back with another Ikea Hack.  This one is so simple it'll leave you saying "duh!"  I took the $40 Vittsjo laptop desk and made it look much, much more expensive than that.  This is seriously so simple I don't even have a tutorial for you.  I went Home Depot and had a piece of wood cut to 39 1/2" x 14 1/4".  Don't use plywood unless you like the look of the stacked edges.  I used this 18" wide pine board.  I stained the board with Minwax Polyshades in Mission Oak.  Set the board on top and voila!  Told you it was easy!  If you are using this piece of furniture a lot, I would advise gluing the top to the base.  And, for the vanity I spray painted the base white for a slightly more feminine look.  

Here is the finished Vittsjo hack in my bedroom as a vanity.  

Ikea Hack // Laptop desk two ways
Ikea Hack vanity
Ikea Hack Vanity
Ikea Hack Vanity
Ikea Hack Vanity

And here is the same piece in our entry as an entry way table.  

Ikea Hack Entry Table
Ikea Hack Entry Table
Ikea Hack Entry Table

We painted our front door this weekend!  The color is Behr Undine.  I planed for it to be a little earthier, but I really love the way it turned out, especially next to the colors of the entry way.  

Turquoise Front Door


Rugs and Rug Pads

Today I'm going to talk to you about two topics, one everyone loves and the other, I've never heard anyone mention in conversation: rugs and rug pads.  

First, the more exciting subject, rugs.  I waffled about sharing my favorite rug sources, since I am almost always shopping for vintage, there is not an unlimited supply in the looks and price points I am shopping.  First up, my favorite rug in the house, a vintage medallion rug from ECarpetGallery.  I actually bought this rug through their eBay shop, where they have A-MAZING "weekly deals."  They have an even greater selection on their website.  This shop sells both new and vintage, so if you are in the market for vintage be careful, that is actually what you are searching.  

vintage medallion rug

The newest addition, our bedroom rug, is also from E Carpet Gallery. 

Vintage Rug

Next up, a rug I've moved with me a few times, a pink and chocolate flat weave rug from PB Teen.  While this particular rug is no longer available, the teen and kids shops of your favorite stores are great places to search for rugs, as they are often sharper price points.  

flat weave rug

The runner in our front window is an eBay find, a seller called tribalkilim. There is so much out there on eBay, like too much, so I have a go-to strategy to search first I search "vintage rug" or the specific type of rug I'm looking for, for example "vintage kilim" or "vintage Oushak," then I narrow by color.  As you can see, I gravitate toward warm oranges, pinks and peaches.  If I'm searching for a specific size, like a runner or "large," I filter that next, and finally, by price, since I am on a budget and rugs can just go up and up.  I have almost always been able to find a smaller rugs with a $100 budget. 

kilim runner

More eBay finds, searching "vintage kilim," then filtering by price (under $100), and looking and looking until I found the colors and size I was looking for.  Both were from the seller turkishkilim.  Plus, here is a sneak peek at my bathroom update! 

Vintage kilim rug

My kitchen rug was a lucky find on Craigslist.  It's a beautiful, traditional, rust-colored Persian rug.  I have a list of things I search when I'm just casually browsing Craigslist, and "vintage rug" is one of them. 

vintage traditional rug

Finally my kilim dining room rug from Etsy.  I bought this rug for a great price from a seller called Kilim Warehouse, though I couldn't find them on Etsy anymore, but it looks like they do have a website.  I use the same basic strategy for searching Etsy as I do for ebay. 

vintage kilim rug

On to the less exciting topic, but as I have recently learning, as essential to the rug searching process, the rug pad.  

With one exception, all of the rugs in our house are flat, and several are very very thin, that's just the nature of these kilim styles.  You NEED a rug pad.  I tried to resist this fact for so long, when you're already spending hundreds on a rug, who wants to throw the "add-on" into their cart?  Not me!!  So I've had cheapo rug pads, one that stuck to and ruined the floor of one of my apartments.  Then I tried another type that did nothing, except bunch up and make lumps in the rug.  Then my life changed, Rug Pads USA reached out and sent me a few rug pads to try with the collection of rugs I talked about above.  Of course, I happily obliged to try them out and my life is forever changed!  

With a crazy dog, racing through the house, a crawling baby and normal everyday traffic my rugs were always moving and shifting and I was constantly pulling, tugging, fixing, taping, etc.  This was all with a a rug pad, so I thought the product as a whole was completely worthless.  Not the case.  I tried Rug Pad USA's Premium Lock (pictured below) under several rugs in the house, and all my problems were solved!  I am not joking!  This thing is that life-changing!  It adds padding to my super-thin, flat vintage rugs, and not even the dog can move it when chasing after the ball (nor does it get caught in the vacuum), yet its so easy to lift up and sweep around the edges.  Plus the pad comes in several thicknesses, so if the rug is in front of the door, you won't have trouble opening.  Nothing worse than setting up your rug and realizing it doesn't work with the door.  

I also tried the Eco-Solid under the kilim runner pictured above.  It also holds really well and because there is a lot of dirt near the entrance of the house, I have found that it also moves easily to sweep and clean.

Beyond the great quality, Rug Pad USA's pads are made in the US and are eco-friendly!  Amazingly, they are made from natural rubber and will "grip" the floor.  The natural rubber has very low VOC and comes from real rubber trees.  It's pretty rare, but so refreshing to find great products, from a great company at a great price!  Thank you Rug Pad USA.  Now I just need to upgrade my new rugs with this little luxury.

Rug Pad USA
vintage kilim rug

Dream Home // Entry Way

The entry way, the first thing anyone sees when they walk into your home.  You want it to be beautiful, and in order for it to be beautiful it has to function.  Unless you have a fabulous mudroom or enter the house through a different door, here are my must-haves for a great entryway:

  • a table - you need a table to set things when you walk in the door, period. 
  • a catchall dish or tray - you need a place on said table to drop your keys, change, mail, etc.
  • storage basket - for gloves, hats, scarves, umbrellas, etc.
  • a mirror - to check your lipstick as you head out the door
  • a fabulous rug - because this little area is how you set the tone of your home
  • an equally fabulous light fixture - same reason as above

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This is my vision for my dream entry way. 


chandelier: Anthropologie / mirror: CB2 / dish: Target / table: CB2 / planter: West Elm / stool: Urban Outfitters / basket: Oggetto / rug: Frances Loom (sold out)

Check out the rest of my virtually designed dream home here