Saturday, February 26, 2022

DIY Restoration Hardware Finish: RH DIY Paint Hack with Ikea Tarva Dresser

Whether you have recently purchased a home, or have been making updates throughout your existing space, you know the prices of furniture is through the roof and coupled with incredibly long wait times for delivery thanks to the global supply chain crunch. 

We all love and want the Restoration Hardware look, but sometimes we do not want to spend well into the thousands for each piece of furniture. There are definitely splurge vs. save opportunities when decorating, but if you have a little creativity and knack for DIY, you can transform simple pieces from retailers such as IKEA into something that looks expensive and high-end at a fraction of the cost with an IKEA Restoration Hardware hack. 

Restoration Hardware IKEA Hack - DIY RH Finish with Tarva Dresser

For my most recent IKEA Restoration Hardware hack, I used the Tarva dresser.  The goal of this project was to create a modern looking dresser that resembled the Restoration Hardware Weathered Grey Oak finish, but did not cost $3,000+.

Why I picked the IKEA Tarva Dresser for this hack: The Tarva line from IKEA is actually made of solid wood, pine to be exact, and comes untreated so it is easy to transform in a number of ways. 

To achieve the Restoration Hardware Weathered Grey Oak, I used a simple process of overlaying 3 stains.

  • Furniture of choice: I used the IKEA Tarva Dresser
  • Wood Putty: If you plan to use your own hardware to achieve a certain aesthetic, you will likely need to drill new holes on the cabinets
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper: I opted for a 220 to lightly rough the surface before applying stain
  • Stains: To achieve a weathered oak look, you will need 3 stains. I used the following colors from Varathane: Weathered Oak, White Wash, and Jacobean.
  • Applicators/Rags: Brushes or rags to apply the stains and rags to wipe excess stain off

Restoration Hardware DIY Finish Process:

Start by lightly sanding all the pieces of the Tarva dresser to prep them for stain application. Note that I opted to stain the pieces before assembling the dresser as I felt this was easier to work with.

After sanding the surface, you will be applying the 3 stains in the order: weathered oak, white wash, and Jacobean as the final. Let each stain dry (~1 hour) before applying next layer.
  • Weathered Oak: apply weathered oak stain to bare wood. The stain should give a grey tint to the wood. Apply stain generously, let sit, and wipe excess off. The longer you allow the weathered oak stain to sit, the more grey hue will be visible
  • White Wash: After letting the Weathered Oak layer dry, begin to apply the white wash layer. Note: you may want to apply and wipe quickly to start and keep adding to achieve your desired level of lightness. The longer you let the white wash sit, the more more pronounced it becomes.
  • Jacobean: Once the white wash layer has dried, apply the final stain layer of Jacobean. This dark brown stain will help to tone down the lightness of the white wash, giving it that final touch for the Restoration Hardware look. Again, the longer you let this stain sit before wiping off the excess, the dark it will look
After applying all stains and allowing the piece to fully dry, you can finish your piece with the finisher of your choice - perhaps a polyurethane or furniture wax. 

To make my IKEA Tarva Dresser Hack a bit more modern, I opted to not attach the leg structure which helped bring the overall height down a bit, and selected square hardware pulls to put on the drawers.

What I Learned and What to Expect:

I think it is important to go into any DIY project with the right expectations. When you own Restoration Hardware pieces and have them as a point of reference, it is important to remember that this is not a RH piece...there are going to be differences and your finish may not match exactly...and that's okay!

On the finish - you will get your "knack" down in terms of applying the stain and how long to let each one sit before wiping the excess to achieve the balance of tones you are looking for in your weathered oak finish, whether that be lighter or darker. To that end, you should expect to have some variation throughout your piece as it is hard to get every portion of the dresser exactly the same.

Hardware really takes it to the next level and ties it all together!

If you are ambitious, you can likely get through all the staining in one day if you have the space to lay out the pieces, however, I would plan on staining for ~ 2 days before assembling. 

Thursday, February 10, 2022

8 Valentine's Day Gifts for Him that He's Sure to Love | Valentine's Day 2022

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, finding a gift for Him that he'll love does not have to be hard. Your plans may be different this year thanks to the Omicron variant, however, that does not mean you should forget a great gift.

Shopping for the man in your life can be challenging - I've rounded 8 gifts ranging from workout apparel to Nespresso that any guy will be sure to love.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Elevate your Self Care Routine with Hawthorne

Men's shaving cream and shaving gel by Hawthorne

In the shuffle of transitioning from the Holiday season to starting a New Year, sometimes it is easy to de-prioritize ourselves, focusing on larger resolutions - getting a promotion, losing weight, etc.

However, 2022 is about keeping a focus on all the self-care routines we discovered during the Covid pandemic. If there was one thing that the pandemic brought to light for most of us, it was the realization that self-care is truly a must, and most of us were likely so busy moving from one thing to the next that we didn't have much of a focus on self-care.

Whether it is as simple as placing your favorite scents throughout your home that evoke a sense of calm or happy, or making a bigger focus on treating your body well - skin, shower routine, etc - putting an emphasis on self-care does not have to be a challenge. 

One brand in particular that can help men elevate their routines and make self-care a priority in 2022 is Hawthorne. 

Meet Hawthorne

Hawthorne was founded in 2016 by Brian Jeong and Phil Wong and has been designing modern personal care products for men. Their brand features the sleek modern aesthetic and luxurious fragrances you know and love from designer brands that cost $300+ for cologne, but at a fraction of the price thanks to their direct to consumer business model.

hand wash and candle styled on throw blanket

I was able to try the Hawthorne Handwash and Candle. You can purchase these two popular items in either the Smoky and Earthy Home Upgrade or the Citrus Home Upgrade.

The packaging has a very sleek and modern feel, on par with today's top brands. I found the scents to be strong but not overpowering. The candle had no problem filling a large living/dining area with fragrance. The Smoky and Earthy scent reminds me of some of my favorite fragrances from popular brands like Diptyque and Tom Ford.

I also love that all Hawthorne products are 
  • Sulfate-Free. 
  • Paraben-Free. 
  • Silicone-Free. 
  • Phthalate-Free. 
  • Cruelty-Free. 
  • Personalized and Tailored to Your Preferences

    Through a short 5 minute quiz, Hawthorne's algorithms tailor all products to you based on your responses to the questions. This helps them determine attributes such as skin type, hair length, and shower frequency. You will also have the option to purchase a data informed subscription or do a one-time purchase. 

    Hawthorne Favorites

    The bundles are a great way to explore multiple product lines within the Hawthorne brand, or get a great deal on something you love. If you are looking to dip your toes into the brand, Nordstrom carries a curated collection of items that you can purchase individually.

    Shop Hawthorne at Nordstrom below as well as my favorite bundles:

    As we head into the remainder of 2022, remember, self-care is never selfish! 

  • This post was made possible for Hawthorne. All opinions are my own.We are supported by our readers - when you purchase a product using a link on our site, we may earn a small commission at no cost to you.

    Monday, January 17, 2022

    Deal Alert: J.Crew Winter Sale

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    If you have been following the J.Crew sale and holding off, or are just reading about their epic winter is the time to act! J.Crew upped the additional discount off sale styles to a whopping 60% off. Styles and Sizes are definitely limited, but you can find some great pieces and staples such as the 484 Slim-fit broken-in Chino which typically do not receive additional discounts.

    We've rounded up some of our favorites that still remain...extra 60% off is set to expire at the end of day 1/17/22...get to shopping!

    Use Code "EPIC" for extra 60% off at checkout. Additionally, earn an extra 1.5% cashback when you activate your Rakuten. (Not a member? Sign up here)

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