$20 Projects

Being a homeowner is expensive. We just hit the one year mark of home ownership and I want to start getting things accomplished! That’s when I came up with the idea for our $20 projects.  There are a lot of little projects around the house that I have been wanting to do. If I can keep them under $20 each, then why wouldn’t we get to work?!

Here’s what we have been up to…

I found this gray faceplate in the clearance section in home depot. Similar one here: Lutron Wall Plate, Stainless Steel This wall is soon going to become a chalkboard wall and I thought the gray faceplate would look much better than a white one against the black background. So far this project is at about $6 without the chalkboard paint, but I also found some magnetic primer on clearance at Target for $5!

Faceplate

Next, we added some legs to our Ikea bookcase in this project. This one got us for about $17 (we found one set of the legs in the As-Is section). We are going to tackle that space above it next!

Expedit with Legs

This last weekend, we power washed the garage door and added some hardware to give it some visual interest. We picked up the kit for $18! There are other plans in the works to add some more curb appeal to this garage. Get your own here: Carriage House Garage Door Decorative Hardware Set – Spear Style

Garage After

Our current project is our Ikea nightstands.  We bought the Rast about 2 1/2 years ago and finally decided to take on the project.  We will finish it up this week for about $13.50 each/$27 for the pair. We are on the hunt for some hardware though.

Bonus Project:  I don’t know if I would really call this a project, but for $6.50 we upgraded our light bulbs from the ugly curly-q CFLs to some simple white globes.  This should have been done a long time ago!

Bathroom light

Check back for the status of these fun projects!

 

Ikea Hack: Expedit Bar with Legs

As many of you know, Ikea recently discontinued the beloved Expedit and reinvented it as the Kallax.  I personally own 3 Expedits and had plans to get the doors and drawers for them to make them more functional, as well as some legs to lift them off the ground.  I have two high gloss white and a high gloss gray and unfortunately they no longer sell the accessories for those anymore.  Such a bummer.  My husband and I also recently acquired a Besta unit.  While shopping for accessories, I stumbled across the legs for the Besta and knew I had to have them for the Expedit.

Expedit with Legs

Our bar in progress.

In order to add the Besta legs to an Expedit, we needed to come up with a hack. The Besta is prepared to have the legs attached, while the Expedit is not.  We used gorilla glue to ensure that the T-nut stayed put while we completed the rest of the work.  Here’s how we did it.

Materials:

1 Ikea Expedit/Kallax ($65-90)

4 Ikea Besta Legs ($20)

4 T-Nuts

Hammer

Gorilla Glue

Power Drill

Spade bit

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 Drill a small hole where you would like the leg to go.  Keep in mind where the dowels are! Next, ensure that the hole is big enough for the t-nut.  Apply gorilla glue to the t-nut and hammer it in.

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We used a spade drill bit to make room for the t-nut so the leg would be flush with the bookcase.  From there, you just follow the instructions on the legs to complete the install!

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Of course I wish the legs were a little bit bigger, but these will do just fine for now.  Stay tuned for the shelving we plan to build above the bar.

 Expedit with Legs

Please note that we don’t guarantee anything with this hack.  We definitely don’t recommend putting too much weight on the legs.