DIY Cafe Sign

For the blog


It’s been way too long since I’ve posted a youtube video! Of course the first one back would be a DIY!

I came up with this idea when I noticed our “breakfast bar” (aka the place where we have all our counter top appliances that we just happen to use mostly for breakfast!) looked a little dull. I also really into chalk labels and paint at the moment so this was just perfect!

Supplies used:

  • Chalkboard easel $5.39
  • Picture frame $4.00
  • Hot glue
  • Gold arylic chalk paint
  • A paint brush

Total $9.39

*Obviously your total will be different depending on if you already have the supplies or where you purchase them from!

Check out the video!


DIY-Seashell art (another idea for the UNG Drill frame/mirror from IKEA)

Hey Guys!

I’m back with another way to use the IKEA UNG Drill Mirror/frame! Can you tell I love these frames?!

So I was at IKEA last month and came across the white IKEA UNG Drill frame on sale for $10! I couldn’t resist! I knew the perfect place for it would be in my bathroom. Once I got it home, I thought what am I going to put in it? I looked at silhouettes and everything but thought it wouldn’t look nice in my bathroom. Then I thought about it, I’ve always wanted to have a beach theme in my bathroom but never fully committed to it because I thought it might look tacky.

Now I looked at beach themed bathrooms all over and found that if you have everything matching (like beach towels, soap dispensaries, tooth brush holder, bathroom matt, shower curtain and etc) it does look kind of tacky. So the thing I learned from one of the pictures was key pieces, and not to overwhelm your bathroom with everything associated with the beach.

Anyways I came with this cool idea after seeing some Seashell art. I saw a lot of people use cork board as a look for sand, but I didn’t want to use corkboard, I wanted to use real sand. So off I went to Michaels with my coupons in hand and a list of the supplies I needed.

Supplies used:

  •  UNG Drill Frame  from IKEA $10
  • Seashells (from a trip to California in 2008, but you can actually find seashells at Dollarama for $1.00!)
  • Pack of 3 starfish $4.19 (regularly $6.99)
  • Sand from Michaels $3.99 ( with coupon, regularly $5.49)
  • Hot glue gun $2.99
  • Hot glue gun sticks $1.25
  • Elmer’s White school glue (had some laying around)
  • 2 Styrofoam cups
  • A paint brush
  • Krylon low odor clear finish $4.50 (to protect from moisture, and lock and seal everything in after you’re finished)

Grand total: $26.92

*Obviously your total will be different depending on if you already have the supplies or where you purchase them from!

Check out my YouTube video for step by step instructions!

DIY- IKEA UNG Drill into a piece of art for any room

The UNG Drill Mirror/frame are really popular items from IKEA. You’ve probably seen it on many TV shows like Pretty Little Liars, The Secret Circle (so sad it got canceled.) and etc.

When I first came across the UNG Drill I fell completely in love with it. It went perfectly with my room and everything! The only thing that was holding me back was the price tag at the time ($30, which doesn’t seem like a lot but if I wanted to personalize it, the costs would add up.) Over the summer (or before then I’m not entirely sure) IKEA dropped the price to $20. About 2-4 weeks ago I went to IKEA with my cousin because she was going to buy the UNG Drill Mirror for her makeup vanity. I decided to pick it up as well. But the thing was I didn’t need another mirror but the frame went with my room so nicely, I couldn’t resist! So instead it lay on the floor for a couple of weeks until I came up with this idea which is quick and easy.

Supplies used:

  •  UNG Drill Damask mirror from IKEA $20
  • Damask wrapping paper from Michaels $4.19 ( with coupon, regularly $6.99)
  • Cardboard (using the packaging that came with the Mirror)
  • Glue ( bought a 10 pack of Elmer’s glue stick during the back to school sale for $3.50)
  • Scissors

Grand total: $24.19

Overall, I’m so happy about how it turned out, and can’t wait to get started on the other one. I’ll be doing   a room tour soon, when my room gets to where I want it to be.

DIY: Makeup Vanity

Supplies used for the revamped mirror:

-1 old mirror (given as a house warming gift for our old house but wasn’t used because it didn’t fit in with the decor and was too small)

-1 kylon spray can Black matte $7.99 (from Michaels)

-1 silver spray can $1.99 (from Michaels and on clearance!)

-Stencils from Dollarama $1.25

Total: $11.25

Supplies used for the Desk part of the vanity:

-1 Micke desk from IKEA $59.99

-1 custom cut glass from a local shop $20

-1 pack of 10 5cm by 5 cm mirror tiles from Michaels $1.95 (with coupon)

-1 pack of 25 1cm by 1 cm mirror tiles from Michaels $1.95 (with coupon)

-Gorilla glue (already had some at home)

-Pencil (marking the places for the mirror tiles)

-Ruler (for the positioning the mirror tiles)

Total: $83.90

Grand total for the whole vanity: $95.15

For a while now I had wanted a place to put my makeup without it getting in the way or cluttering up my dresser. I used sterilte storage drawers for about 2 years and didn’t like how my makeup was stored.

I wanted to get a vanity but all the ones I was looking at were $150 or more. I wanted something that was under a hundred and I had this picture in my mind on how it was going to look like. So I went onto the IKEA website to get inspired. I came across the Malm table but I was disappointed that they didn’t carry it black/brown but just in white (it was discontinued). I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get it then, yes I could paint it but that would be such a hassle. Then I measured the space where I was going to put it in my room and it was too big.  Another thing was that I don’t own alot of makeup, and the Malm table was too big for my collection.  So I started to look at all the tables that IKEA had and came across the Micke desk. It was the right size and color. The best part, it was $59.99 ($49.99 if you live in the states), the price of the desk would give me enough money to play around and customize the desk to how I saw it in my head. I started to picture what I could do with the desk and that was it! I headed to IKEA the next day and picked it up.

*stock image from the IKEA website

Now for the Mirror. It was hard to find one that I liked that was under $20 and would fit on the desk. The ones I came across that I liked were over $40. I remembered we had an old mirror lying around in the garage that no one was using. I decided to just use that mirror and revamp it.

I went to Michaels picked up some supplies. For the mirror I got 1 spray can of black paint, and for the details on the mirrors (I didn’t want a plain one) a silver can. I didn’t want to free hand the designs so I went to the dollar store (stencils at Michaels were expensive, even with the 40% off coupon!) and found some stencils with the designs I had in mind.

Spray painted the mirror then using a brush (spray canning the design on causes it to drip as the stencil isn’t that strong) added the details I wanted.

Voila and there was the mirror I wanted.

Then after that I headed to Michaels to pick up the supplies. I have mirrored furniture so I wanted to bring that element to the table. I found mirrored tiles that were 5 by 5 cm and smaller 1cm by 1cm ones.

Before gluing on the mirror tiles, I used tape to place them. Once I liked how the layout looked, I started to glue them on. I used 4 of the big tiles and 6 tiles.

Since this was a makeup vanity I wanted to get a glass top so it would protect the desk and also make it easier to clean. I was looking around to see if IKEA had any that matched the Micke desk sizes, but no luck. I then called up local places, found the best deal and got it custom cut.

Overall I am so happy with the end result. The makeup vanity is exactly how Imagined it. Like I said before, makeup vanity’s can be expensive; this is great way to get one without breaking the bank.