Our guest bedroom is finally starting to take shape. Considering it used to look like this
and now looks like this
things are definitely on the up. With an end in sight, we’ve finally started thinking ahead to some of the finishing touches and furniture.
Okay, so we’re probably getting ahead of ourselves as usual, but sometimes it’s just nice to distract ourselves from the long list of things that we really should be doing.
This is our newest little purchase for the room.
Just in case you don’t recognize it (and let’s face it, not everyone knows the Ikea catalogue inside out), our new little friend is called Frosta. He’s actually a stool, but we thought he’d be perfect as a bedside table… especially after a few Little House On The Corner style upgrades.
First of all (after putting the stool together) we gave him a lick of paint.
As you can just about make out, he’s raised of the floor slightly. That’s because we screwed a small screw into each leg.
With the stool raised of the floor, it just makes it easier to paint all the way around it without having to move or touch the stool.
Still not completely satisfied with the result, we decided to go one better and add an extra shelf – it is a bedside table after all and a bit of extra storage can’t be a bad thing.
Warning: We thought we’d be really clever and just screw an additional Frosta top between the legs. Bad idea. It turns out that Frosta’s legs are slightly further apart that the diameter of the top. Basically the round table top was too small and the legs needed moving a bit further together. It’s not a huge problem, but something you need to be aware of if you want to attempt this Ikea hack.
We used little metal brackets to attach the additional shelf. In order to make sure that the brackets are all attached at the same level, but the legs together and drew a line across all legs at the same time.
Then, all that was left to do, is screw the additional shelf into place.
Done. That’s all there is to it.
The lamp attached to Frosta is also from Ikea. As the table isn’t particularly large, we thought it would be a good idea to have something attached to the table, rather than stood on it. This way, both the top of the table and the bottom shelf are completely free for anything that guests would like to store. The lamp is called Tertial and works pretty perfectly as reading lamp.
As always, here are the side by side before and after shots.
I just love the pop of colour the bedside table adds to the otherwise very neutral room. Hopefully it won’t take too much longer to complete the room. I already can’t wait to share the result!
Have you upgraded any furniture lately? Do you also have the urge to personalize everything?