Reading and drawing space for toddlers. Easy and fun ideas for small spaces.

You know those times when it’s too silent in the house and you wonder what it’s actually happening? What is your little munchkin doing right now? You walk towards the room while dozens of scenarios of what could it be happening are playing in your head…

Is it the dirt from a houseplant? Is it your makeup bag that it’s being inspected throughout fully? What can it be?

I am not saying that my child is perfect (cause I am writing the previous lines from experience), but so many times I was completely wrong. I was so impressed to just see her sitting on her little pink couch (click here to see the couch transformation) and reading.

There were days (oh glorious days!) in which she would spend between 30 and 40 minutes reading. My girl is an 18 months toddler, so when I say “reading” I mean looking at the pictures in the books.

So seeing this happening, I knew that I had to buy more books. And I did it. But when the books became too many I needed a place to store them.

We were having this old piano bench laying in our house with no specific purpose. I immediately thought of ways in which I could use it for my daughter’s room.

This was my little project:

 

You can see how old and bad looking the wood from the piano bench was.

I used some white, nontoxic chalk paint and brushed all over it, even inside. I left unpainted just one side (the part that you first see when you open the piano bench). Then, I used a black, nontoxic chalk paint.

Hint* In order for the chalk board to be smooth and easy to draw on you need to sprinkle some chalk dust on it and then wash the board completely. 

To do that (if you don’t already have some chalk dust), you need a regular piece of chalk and a small knife that will help you scrape the chalk dust.

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After following these steps the chalk board is smooth and ready to be used.

I placed some of the books in the storage space inside the piano bench, alongside with some chalk markers (that she will use to draw, EVERYWHERE).

I recommend using these types of markers (pic. b) because they are very easy to remove from every surface (walls, sheets, toys or anything else that your child will like to transform into a masterpiece, hehe).

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Another important detail were the protection pads (pic. b) that I attached on each corner so she will not hurt her fingers when she tries to open and close the piano bench.

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Of course the space inside the bench was not enough to store all her books so I ordered online some cloud shelves, like these ones.

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I added some white toddler chairs and voilà! Now she has a reading and drawing space – her own little library. It’s perfect for small spaces and it can be done so fast and easy.

If you don’t have a piano bench you can use a small toddler table/desk, a small coffee table, or even a small drawer that can be attached to the wall.

 

You can even fit 2 chairs if the table is long enough. This is the final result:

 

From ZERO to HERO. Comfort Works slipcover review.

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Do you want to add some personality to your couch/loveseat?

Are you looking for a new sofa?

 

Whatever might be the reason – here me out!

The couch in the photo below is the first couch my husband and I ever had. Hard to believe, right? Well…we were living in a small apartment and back then we needed a small couch that could turn into a bed – a small sleeper sofa. So, this “Solsta” IKEA blue navy sofa was a good choice. It might not look like, but this couch becomes a pretty good size bed.

 

Here is how the couch looked when we just bought it

 

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So…being our first couch and having multiple functions I had a hard time trowing it away. Plus, I have always liked to give a second chance to old objects, restore them or make the best out of them.

 

 

Here is how the couch looks like after 2 years of being used

Yiikes! You can notice how the blue navy is not so blue anymore, haha. The material looks very worn out creating an overall sad look.

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I thought about different options in order to transform this couch. I wanted a material that will match with the fabric of our living room couch, which is a rich luxurious velvet indigo blue. I was having in mind to place this couch in my daughter’s bedroom. I looked around at different materials but I couldn’t find anything that I really liked.

Searching online and reading some interior design blogs, I discovered Comfort Works. They are offering custom made sofa covers and replacement slipcovers. My first thought was “Ok, this site looks pretty cool, they even have free worldwide shipping but do they have a slipcover for my poor looking sofa? And if they do, there is no way that I could find a velvet material.” I was going to find out that I was completely wrong !

On their site I was able to find exactly what I needed. You just have to pick the type of couch that you own and they make sure that you get what you want and need.

Below there is a video in which I show you how simple it is to pick the perfect slipcover for your couch.

 

Also, if you desire a specific material or color, if you want to feel the material and see how would it go in your room, comfort-works.com can send you some fabric samples.

Did I mentioned that this handmade slipcovers are coming with a 3 year warranty?

My sofa cover arrived on time (the estimate delivery takes between 1 and 2 weeks). It was packaged in a very cute way.

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I was very excited to put it on. For some reason I was thinking to set apart some time in my day for this process. I don’t know why I was thinking that it’s going to take me some time to set everything into place. In reality, everything was very easy because the covers come with labels, like this one:

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So my slipcover was on in less than 3 minutes. I made sure that everything was in its place and then I was ready to throw some pillows on and make my small couch look comfy and chic.

 

Voila! Here is the final result:

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Disclosure:  This is NOT a sponsored post. Comfort Works did not provided the slipcover in exchange for my review. I bought it with my personal money. I really like the product so I decided to share this article with you. Maybe your couch needs a transformation and this solution may sound tempting (instead of not giving any change to your old couch and thinking to get rid of it).

ULTIMATE DEAL AT IKEA. The hack that is still rocking in 2018.

NOT JUST AN IKEA HACK.

 

Decided to write my first blog post about one of my favorite piece of furniture that I own right now – my chic gold glass étagère.

Last week, my husband and I went out for some furniture shopping and I kept seeing gold glass shelves, étagères (called them how you like). They are so “in” because of the simple clean-lined design, the metallic gold finish, and the overall elegant but modern look. There was only one thing that I actually didn’t like, mhmm, you guessed it – the price. These specific ones that I saw and liked were somewhere between $700 and $1,500.

The first thing that came into my mind was, “I can do it myself!” But how? Well… first of all, I went to an affordable furniture store. I guess you already know what I am talking about (oh my, is in the title) – IKEA.

I found exactly what I was needing, namely, this plain metal shelf from the VITTSJÖ series.

Ok, so we’ve seen this so called IKEA hack everywhere, right? So, why should you continue to read this post?

Because in this article I am going to teach you not just how you can transform a simple white plain metal furniture piece. You will also find out some extra tips about how you can have a gorgeous gold glass étagère that is perfect for your living room and speaks YOU.

All you need is:

  1. The shelf from IKEA (I got mine with 79.99$. WOW! Now this is a deal! Haha.
  2. 2 cans of metallic gold spray paint, like this one.

Instructions:

First of all, you need to assemble the frame. I guess it is very simple or my husband is very talented in putting furniture together because he did it very fast (You will be fine.  The instructions are in the box).

The next step is to protect your working space because you are going to spray paint. I like to use things that I already have; so I used the IKEA box and the plastic covers that were coming with it. Be aware that they have some little cut outs (like the ones in the image).

  

So the first thing that came into my mind was to take some tape and fix the problem. This part was done very fast (I know that plastic covers are very cheap, so please don’t judge). I did it because I really wanted to start this project and I didn’t want to go out and buy a plastic dropcloth.

After you have your workspace ready you are pretty much set. You can start your “work of art”.

Is painting time!

You need to spray very thin coats of paint. Wait about 30 minutes in between them, 1 hour if you want to be very sure that no drama will happen. Then, let it dry.

Now your chic glass étagère is ready to be decorated.

Here is the part were most of the articles that I read end.

I believe that just now comes the important part. You see, you can decorate your glass shelves with things that you saw in magazines, yes, they look pretty and all of that, but don’t you find it is a little bit superficial?!

I personally believe that in the same way that the clothes we wear should represent us, our living space should represent, inspire, and speak about our personality.

So don’t just place random items that look cool, but decorate your étagère with objects that matter to you. You want to enjoy every corner of your house and you want everything to look not just BEAUTIFUL, but YOUR KIND OF BEAUTIFUL.

Here is what I did.

I used simple decorations that speak to me, like this gold BELIEVE sign that reminds me always of one of my favorite Bible verse from Acts chapter 16, verse 31: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved- you and your household.”

Or this blue navy books that are full of rich Jewish history. They remind me of my roots.

The gold menorah that my mom gave me before leaving from my home-country, Romania.

The soft white cotton that I picked from the alluring cotton fields. We live in Lubbock, Texas, so one thing that is so eye catching about this city, among many more other aspects, are the white as snow pretty cotton fields. In season, you cannot drive on the highway without admiring the crops.

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The highest glass shelf holds a globe that makes me think always of how God can unite in love people that are so different. We are indeed an international family. My husband is from Mexico City and my little baby girl was born in Jacksonville, TX. I am originally from Romania and we live in United Sates. Also, it makes me think about our mission here on earth of making disciples of all nations, as Jesus Himself commanded us to do.

I guess you already got the idea behind this decoration technique. Make the space your own. We all want to stand out as “different” and sometimes we try so hard that we forget just to be ourselves. We are all unique individuals. Explore that side of you!

Other items that I used:

The Before and After pictures:

 

 

 

*DISCLAIMER: this blog post is not sponsored by IKEA.