An IKEA hack

A Gjora bed painted Farrow & Ball

Everyone loves a good IKEA hack, like my last leather woven chair hack that you can find here. This one is much simpler. The prices of the beds at IKEA can’t be beat. This bed was $359 + tax and delivery and can be found here. For this project, I am only 1) painting and 2) tweaking the design a bit by leaving off the top cross beam. Easy!

The bed that I selected was the Gjora bed because it has a nice height off the ground (more traditional) and it is simple. It also doesn’t hurt that it ” doesn’t look like Ikea”.

The Gjora Ikea Bed is traditional with nice height off the ground

The bed came in 5 thin and tall boxes that were relatively easy to wrangle into the elevator. I laid out the primary wooden pieces and immediately started to paint the exterior of the platform support and the bedposts Wimborne White from Farrow & Ball (leftover wall paint) to match our guest room trim. I quickly ran a clean towel down each piece to pick up any dust (there didn’t appear to be any).

Ikea Gjora frame pieces laid out for painting

I did not prime the pieces or do any prep work and used a brush to apply the paint. I applied the paint only to the outer surface of the support boards and painted the top edge AFTER the bed was assembled. This was easier than having to hold each board on its side. It also helped to conserve paint as no edges that do not show were inadvertently painted white.

 

Two coats of Wimborne White from Farrow & Ball gave great coverage

I debated setting up the bed directly onto the hardwood, but decided to lay down a basic rug to give some texture to the room and a soft place for feet to land. This rug was from Houzz and was not expensive. It can easily be changed out in the future.

Houzz rug is basic and looks best with a bed on top 

After I painted the bed, I left off the top cross-bar that the Gjora features because I felt like it appeared too high and a bit strange. It also gave me less to paint! I will add finials to these posts once I identify which finials are best.

I will add finials to the top bed posts
Final Ikea Gjora bed with Company Store, Frette linens and Brooklinen pillows (still waiting on 1)

I will add additional pillows once they arrive, finials on the bed posts and a quilt to the foot of the bed. Will post additional pictures once it is complete.

The total cost of this bed was ~$980 start to finish, including the mattress from Tuft & Needle and the frame from Ikea.

The den, before

I haven’t forgotten you!

I haven’t written much about the den, but it is a room I am really excited about. The den is one of many rooms in this home that are circular, but is unique because all of the window panes are original and curved as well. The windows face Astor Street with great eastern exposure and the room has a wood burning fireplace and a beautiful original wood mantle.

The den is in the back of the house, clustered together with the master bedroom and bathroom, the entirety of which can be separated from the rest of the house by closing a door. Originally, this room was a bedroom but it was less functional without a closet and seemed better suited as a space to relax. The vision for this den is to be cozy and dark, while also warm and inviting. Here is the den today:

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The original fireplace inspired the color of paint

The mirror above the fireplace was purchased from the original homeowner for $500. I think it is a great mirror for the space, is beveled and is the perfect size.

The room will be painted Railings by Farrow & Ball

The walls will be painted Farrow & Ball Railings, a softer alternative to black that complements the fireplace brick.

These windows are original curved glass and have a great view of Astor Street

Similar to the other rooms, the window boxes will be kept Farrow & Ball Wimborne White.

Gucci wallpaper

The front console and overall floor plan has been evolving as I decide on the paint, wallpaper and stone for each room. The Bird and Thistle wallpaper from Brunschwig & Fils was one of the first wallpaper decisions that was made, and in addition to the paint colors, this pattern has been influencing the choices made throughout the house.

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Bird and Thistle wallpaper in Guest, Brunschwig & Fils

The back console will be papered in a beautiful grasscloth from Brunschwig & Fils that has a nice dark backdrop to the woven pattern.

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Walnut grasscloth in back console, Brunschwig & Fils

What remained until this week was the circular entryway console and the color of high gloss paint in the dining room. Papers that were in consideration for the front console included everything from an array of Farrow & Ball papers to Kelly Wearstler geometric patterns to Phillip Jeffries Coffered Wood.

Ultimately, the geometric patterns too harshly contrasted the toile in the guest bedroom and I couldn’t get excited for more than a week about a pattern until, .. behold.. Gucci.

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Gucci makes wallpaper (and it is fabulous)

As you may know, Gucci makes wallpaper now, and it is fabulous. It is also surprisingly inexpensive compared to other makers with similar square foot coverage. Less than $200 will get you over 110 sq feet of coverage. I am anxious to check on the quality but the design is perfect and the texture is even better.

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Close-up texture of the Gucci Herbarium print wallpaper

The wallpaper design is inspired by a vintage fabric and will be a beautiful in the entryway. I’m looking forward for it to arrive and will do a last check then to make sure it works with our paint colors in person.

Master bathroom demo

The master bathroom demo is underway and all floors and the privacy wall have been removed. The master bathroom previously had hex tiles and a very traditional look and feel with 1930’s style fixtures that will be kept.

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The master bathroom floors and privacy wall are gone
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The Perrin & Rowe fixtures will be updated to an unlacquered brass from Waterworks
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The floors will be replaced with a custom Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks geometric design

All fixtures will be replaced with Waterworks unlacquered brass Highgate and Easton Classic fixtures.

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Waterworks Highgate Faucet with White Porcelain Lever Handles
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Waterworks Highgate Thermostatic Valve Trim

The hand shower will be removed and an in-wall shower head will be added. The fixtures have been delivered as we wait for the ceramic trim and baseboards to arrive with medicine cabinets, lighting, ceiling fan and geometric floor design to be ordered.

Ann Sacks Kelly Wearstler custom floors

The master bathroom is all white subway and hex tiles, similar to the guest bathroom. While the subway walls will remain, we opened up the space by removing the privacy wall and will completely replace the hex floors. Here is the master bathroom today:

The master bathroom today has two sinks and hex floors that we will replace
The privacy wall will be removed to give more space

The floors in process are a custom Ann Sacks, Kelly Wearstler Liason design. The pattern is part of the Liason Collection and called Hillcrest. The pattern looks like this:

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Ann Sacks, Kelly Wearstler Hillcrest Tile

I’m working on custom color choices with the Chicago showroom and have begun to narrow down our choices. Initially we narrowed down to Chinese Verde Luna, Travertino Red, Calacatta Oro and Rubicon. When the lot samples arrived the Verde Luna was brighter than I expected so we went back to the drawing board to look at more samples.

Initial cast of colors for custom Ann Sacks / Kelly Wearstler Liason floor design
Initial floorplan pattern sketch

There are three boards of colors to choose from for custom Kelly designs at Ann Sacks that give a broad array of options for different looks and styles. Here is the full spectrum of color choice – it is a great selection with some beautiful stones.

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Neutral stone choices for Kelly Wearstler designs at Ann Sacks 1/3
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Neutral stone choices for Kelly Wearstler designs at Ann Sacks 2/3
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More colorful stone choices for Kelly Wearstler designs at Ann Sacks 3/3

Each stone can either be polished or honed, adding to the choices, but today we decided to lose the green stripe, pull in the Travertino Red stripe and incorporate the warm and neutral Zebrino stone into the design. The stones will be a mix of polished and honed.

We narrowed down to a more neutral palette, pulling in the Travertino Red stripe
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A more neutral palatte with a Travertino Red stripe resting on the Zebrino

These color selections have been sent back to the Ann Sacks team to be mocked up for production while the bathroom demo is underway!

 

Wallpaper for measure

We are planning to paper the guest bedroom in Brunschwig & Fils “Bird and Thistle” wallpaper in the Green colorway. We removed a bookcase from this room and it is looking less than perfect these days with lots of color patches.

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Many colors happening in this room today, with our chosen swatch of the future, Bird and Thistle by Brunschwig & Fils.
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Close up of Bird and Thistle, Brunschwig & Fils

I’m working on placing an order for this paper so we can be ready for Walter to install in the coming months. As a reminder, we are working on the guest room, highlighted below.

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Floorplan of Guest, with built ins

I have found a couple of different resources for estimating the number of rolls needed. The bookcase helps us out because we do not need to paper the majority of that wall. I checked Lowe’s = 6 rolls. I checked Amara Living = 6 rolls. I checked Omni Calculator (this site has a calculator for everything!) = 6 rolls. Three for three! We will go with 6 rolls and get this order placed.

[A tiny] Bathroom remodel

This bathroom is teensie. Let’s flash back to the listing photo:

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Listing photos are always so perfect

Here is the bathroom today:

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The bathroom, prior to renovation

The bathroom is nice, but it doesn’t have a tub and the floor tiles are not our favorite, so I will change them when we add the tub. The shower hardware is mixed brands and even has two “hot” knobs instead of one hot and one cold (why did that happen!?). We will keep the sink and toilet to save some money on this project.

I will be working in a space that is 6’1″ x 4’10” at its longest points.

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The bathroom is approximately 73″ deep

And I will be fitting in a bathtub.

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Width is 58″ from tile to tile, and the standard bathtub is 60″

We have started shopping for tiles and I’m tired of the all whites and grays. I am really working on getting away from what we’ve been seeing and selecting different things for this home.

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This is NOT what I will be doing

Here are some different tile patterns that I liked at Waterworks (with different color schemes):

 

 

I also like the Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks tiles. These patterns are so fun.

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Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks Doheny Small
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Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks Liaison Collection

We will add a better vanity and have already removed the existing mirror and shelf. I will be selling everything that is salvageable on Ebay and Chairish.

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 The shelf and mirror have been removed and will be replaced with a lit medicine cabinet.

There are two medicine cabinets that I think are great for this space. The Astoria Medicine Cabinet from Restoration Hardware has a 1930’s look and is $455, or $364 for members for the polished chrome. It is 18 1/4″ wide x 30″ tall.

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The small Astoria Medicine Cabinet from RH is the right dimension and has a 1930s look

The Kohler Verdera Medicine Cabinet is $911 (or $683.25 if you shop at Build.com) and is 20″ wide x 30″ tall. It has awesome lighting and would remove the necessity to put a light over the mirror, which would be nice. And yes – these lights DO make you look better!

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Kohler Verdera has electrical in the cabinet which helps keeps counters clean

Instead of replacing the toilet which is from the Duravit 1930’s Collection, we have ordered the soft close cover and will keep it and the matching pedestal sink.

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We have removed the hooks and will replace the base board with a ceramic version

To replace the toilet and sink it would cost $1,500+ so we are keeping the budget lower by keeping. However, we will replace the sink tap and drain.

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The mirror and shelf have been removed the sink hardware will be replaced (the finish is chipped)

We will be replacing all of the sink and shower hardware, adding the bath filler and tub, re-tiling the floors, replacing the toilet seat and adding a medicine cabinet. My next step is to have my plumber price out this work and confirm that we can fit a 60″ bathtub in the space!