Monday, December 28, 2015:

Nesting? Here's a Fun Organizational DIY!

This nesting situation is out of control!!  I've gotten so bad that I think some of my symptoms have rubbed off on my husband!!  It's actually kind of nice sharing motivation to get stuff done!

My husband just spent a week at home with all of us for the holidays and I feel like this extended family time in our natural habitat has helped him to appreciate functional organization!

After doing some research I came across this IKEA hack and fell in love!  Often the queen of Pinterest Fails, I was pleasantly surprised at how well this came together!!!  Thanks Mommy Vignettes for the brilliant idea and easy-to-follow tutorial!

To show you how easy this really was, here's a look at how we tackled this DIY!

What You Need:

  • Kallax- IKEA.  One tall book shelf/bench and two square end shelving units 
  • MDF board- Home Depot. Cut to size for free (approx $10)
  • Cushion Foam-Walmart (This was the priciest piece at $16 for a 2'x3' piece.  We made three benches and bought four foam cushions and just jimmied around the cut outs to cover the bench.  Get foam that is at least 3" high)  
  • Batting- Walmart 
  • Fabric- IKEA (Hack alert- while in IKEA we found a table cloth that we liked for the benches.  Org. $18.99 on sale for $6.99. One table cloth was enough for two benches- with leftovers- hmm...pillows?) 
  • Staple Gun
  • Scissors
  • Hammer (we needed this in order to tap in the staples that were sitting a little high in the MDF)
  • Bread knife (for cutting foam)

Francois aligning foam cushion in order to cut to size

Batting over the cushion foam with cut outs at right

Stapling the batting around the foam and MDF board

We cut the table cloth in half and then just lined it up over the batting and foam

Mommy Vignettes recommended double folding the fabric before stapling to ensure a more secure hold



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