One Room Challenge Week 3 | Upcycling Furniture

October 13, 2021

Welcome back to week 3 of the One Room Challenge! This week I spent time upcycling furniture, including a thrifted peg rail and two IKEA Ribba photo ledges. I think it may be my favorite IKEA hack to date!

Last week I chose the wall color (Likeable Sand) and it really helped me to nail down a few more design decisions in my daughters’ bedroom. The design process has been a little bit backwards since I chose the paint color first and am now choosing the textiles, but it’s working out!

Catch up on earlier posts for the Fall One Room Challenge…

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8

Fall One Room Challenge 2021 - upcycling furniture in a vintage inspired girls bedroom | Building Bluebird

For those of you who are stopping by for the first time, welcome! Two years ago we moved into our 1960’s fixer-upper in Toledo, Ohio, and have been documenting our renovations on the blog. This will be my fifth time participating in the One Room Challenge and it has been a fantastic way to complete projects in our home! Thanks for following along as I work to transform our daughter’s bedroom in 8 weeks.

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Upcycling Bedroom Furniture

Whenever I am renovating a space in my home, I do my best to purchase second-hand furniture, upcycle furniture I already own, or buy pieces that will last. Evelyn’s bedroom is furnished with many items we already own and items I found while thrift shopping. Applying a fresh coat of paint or adding unique details can give the furniture a custom look. It feels good to safe a piece of furniture from the landfill while also saving money!

Peg Rail Refresh

I bought this peg rail at an estate sale for $5 and it was exactly what I was looking for!

Upcycling furniture with paint in this vintage inspired girls bedroom | Building Bluebird #cottagecore #bhgorc #grandmillennial

The plan was to give the peg rail a fresh coat of paint to match the wall color. I gave it a quick sanding and then applied two coats of primer. There was still plenty of Extreme Bond Primer leftover from my mudroom painting debacle so this entire project cost $5.

Upcycling furniture with paint in this vintage inspired girls bedroom | Building Bluebird #cottagecore #bhgorc #grandmillennial

I am so happy with how this peg rail turned out! Peg rails are functional and a great way to display beautiful items like hats and hanging clothes.

Upcycling furniture with paint in this vintage inspired girls bedroom | Building Bluebird #cottagecore #bhgorc #grandmillennial

IKEA Ribba Photo Ledge Hack

I bought these IKEA photo ledges when I was pregnant with my first child 10 years ago. They hung in his nursery and I have used them in one of the kid’s bedrooms in every single house!

They currently live in Evelyn’s bedroom where they display some of her book collection. I love using books as an inexpensive way to decorate a room and I definitely wanted to reuse them. Scalloped designs that are currently trending are something I really wanted to incorporate into the bedroom design. I found premade MDF scalloped trim via Etsy and decided to attach the trim to the photo ledge.

Scalloped shelves DIY in this vintage inspired girls bedroom | Building Bluebird #cottagecore #bhgorc #grandmillennial #ikeahack

This IKEA hack is by far my favorite and it was a really easy DIY! Stay tuned for a full tutorial on this project coming to the blog soon. First, I cut the MDF trim and attached it to the front of the ledge using wood glue. I used clamps and Frogtape to hold the trim in place for 24 hours while it dried.

IKEA Hack - Ribba shelves with scalloped trim DIY | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #cottagecore #grandmillennial

Next, I gave the entire ledge a quick sanding and wiped it clean to prep for paint.

IKEA Hack - Ribba shelves with scalloped trim DIY | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #cottagecore #grandmillennial

The shelving has a shiny surface and the MDF board is brown, so I applied two coats of Extreme Bond Primer to ensure the paint would adhere.

Upcycling furniture with paint in this vintage inspired girls bedroom | Building Bluebird #cottagecore #bhgorc #grandmillennial #ikeahack

Once the primer was dry, I applied two coats of the pink wall paint.

Upcycling furniture with paint in this vintage inspired girls bedroom | Building Bluebird #cottagecore #bhgorc #grandmillennial #ikeahack

When painting furniture, I now purchase specific paint to prevent chipping. The shelves get used daily with taking books on and off the ledge and I was concerned that the paint I used for the walls would not hold up well. Last year I added trim to our IKEA Hemnes dresser and painted it using Rust-Oleum’s Cabinet Transformation and I have a ton of the clear topcoat leftover. I applied a single coat of the clear acrylic for maximum durability.

IKEA Hack - Ribba shelves with scalloped trim DIY | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #cottagecore #grandmillennial

The shelves are absolutely perfect! They have the subtle English cottage vibe I was going for. You can call it cottagecore or grand millennial, either way, it is perfect for the bedroom design.

IKEA Hack - Ribba shelves with scalloped trim DIY | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #cottagecore #grandmillennial

This paint color is a chameleon and really challenging to photograph in a consistent tone. The image above and below look like different paint colors, but I assure you, they are the same! I love the shadowing below the scalloped shelving, it makes them pop even though they are the same color as the walls.

IKEA Hack - Ribba shelves with scalloped trim DIY | Building Bluebird #bhgorc #cottagecore #grandmillennial

Do you enjoy upcycling furniture in your home?


DIY Upcycling Furniture Projects to Try

I have a few more DIY projects planned for next week so come on back for week 4 to see the progress. Also, don’t forget to check out all of the other participants and their projects over on the One Room Challenge blog. Thanks for stopping by!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Alicia October 14, 2021 at 8:07 am

    This turned out so cute!

    • Reply lindseymahoney October 14, 2021 at 1:12 pm

      Thank you! I am really happy with how it all turned out!

  • Reply Sarah Flynn October 16, 2021 at 9:43 am

    I love that you’re upcycling and reusing! The picture ledges are so feminine and such an easy project to tackle. Brilliant! I’m looking forward to following along and watching this room come together.

    • Reply lindseymahoney October 17, 2021 at 6:48 pm

      Thank you so much!

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