Ikea Hack: Decoupage Table Top into Art

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Ikea Hack - Lack table to wall artSo remember that Ikea hack decoupage coffee table we used to have in the living room of our apartment?  It was created and blogged about way back when I first started this blog over 3 years ago now.  Crazy how time flies!!  If you have forgotten it looked like this: Photo Decoupage Coffe Table I love this table and love being able to look back on all those memories each day, but with the new house and trying to start investing in “grown-up” furniture, it was time to say goodbye to this $30 table.  Before the move I just could not let go and did not want to see our faces thrown in the trash along with the table and voiced this to my husband.  Out of the blue he speaks up with a “Why don’t you just take of the legs and keep the top as an art piece?”  Genius. Ikea Hack- table turned wall art Goodbye coffee table, hello beautiful and personalized entry way art! Ikea Hack - Lack table to wall art

For this simple Ikea hack of an Ikea hack, we removed the legs from the table.  Next, we purchased a frame hanging kit.  We used two eyelet screws and heavy duty hanging wire.

Ikea table turned wall art, love this idea!

I screwed in the eyelets about 9 inches from the top and 6 inches in from the edges.  To get them started used a screwdriver and screw to create a lead hole.  Then I grunted and man handled the eyelet screw into place.

Ikea hack- Table turned art

Next I measured out the correct length of hanging wire to attach to the eyelets.

Ikea hack

Thread the wire through each eyelet and wrap to secure.

Ikea table turned wall art- Ikea hack

Now it is time to pick the wall and hang the art!

Ikea Hack - Table to Wall Art

A simple update to keep this Ikea Hack alive and well in our home.  I love how it looks hanging in our entry way and I am so happy it did not end up in a landfill somewhere!

Wedding Card Booklet Tutorial

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Being a scrapbooker, I keep everything.  You just never know when that birthday card from 3 years ago or that ticket stub from the movies will be the perfect piece needed for an album or another project.  After our wedding I gathered up all the cards and added them to my collection, waiting for the day I had time to decide what to do with them.  While browsing Pinterest I came across this great site, Simple Mom, with multiple ideas for re-purposing old cards and letters and then stumbled across Something Turquoise and her post with a great step-by-step post about creating a wedding card mini-album.  I immediately knew that I wanted to create a coffee table book with all our wedding cards, that way in the years to come we can look back over all the warm wishes and remember how amazing it was to be surrounded by our friends and family on our big day.  Here is how it turned out:

Bound Booklet of our Wedding Cards

A word of warning.  Wedding cards can be quite thick, and trying to punch holes with a 10 year old dull hand hole puncher will probably leave your hand bruised and sore. If you are willing to risk the discomfort, or buy a better hole punch, this is a great way to preserve wedding day well wishes. Continue reading »

Ticket Stub Photo Album Cover

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Back in the summer of 2007, right after I had graduated from college, Alex and I went on a six-week backpacking trip all over Europe; starting in Portugal and ending in Switzerland.  We were on a shoestring budget and traveling light, so most of my mementos were ticket stubs from trains, planes, museums and the like.  I kept a small journal and tucked away each little piece of paper to keep it nice with the idea that when we returned home I would figure out a project using them. Once we got back I had the great idea to use some of the tickets to create a cover for my scrapbook! Continue reading »