I'm not particularly fond of the term "hack" to describe modifying an object to turn it into another form of the same object (like the ubiquitous "Ikea hacks") -- to me hack signifies a person who smells like a bar the morning after (if you ever worked in a bar and cleaned up after hours you know exactly the smell I'm talking about) -- a rummy, if you will -- and is just going through the motions performing his or her craft or trade. A perfect example of a hack was the role performed by Paul Newman in the excellent 1982 movie "The Verdict" in which he played a washed-up, burnt-out lawyer with a drinking problem.
Be that as it may, I do love the idea of making something "low" look like something "high" at a minimum cost, and to that end one of my favorite websites is Knock Off Decor. I visit it often to see what you genius d-i-y-ers out there in blogland are doing with your creative selves!
This morning I saw two projects that just blew me away:
The first one is a "Reclaimed Wood Buffet Ikea Hack" that was done by Aniko at Place of My Taste. Aniko fell in love with West Elm's "Reclaimed wood and lacquer buffet" that has a price tag of $1,199 plus $100 delivery surcharge. Yikes! It sure is a beauty, though, I do have to say so:
|Photo: West Elm website.|
I won't go into the details of how Aniko transformed her already owned Ikea buffet -- you'll want to check it out for yourself and marvel at how she did it. Suffice to say it was sheer creative genius and I love, love, love the result -- take a peek:
|Photo from Place of My Taste - Ikea buffet refaced with reclaimed wood!|
|The "large size" Hicks pendant light|
at Circa Lighting.
Above, the large size Hicks pendant light at Circa Lighting, retails for $735. I haven't even spent that much on a sofa, let alone a single light fixture. Are people nuts?
Below is Brynne's amazing transformation of the Ikea Vaster pendant light, which retails for around $90. Visit Brynne's site and follow along step by step how she did it. Honestly, other than the cord not having a chain, I wouldn't know the difference:
|Brynne Delerson's amazing|
transformation of an Ikea Vaster pendant
light to a "Hicks" pendant light.
Cropped photo from The Gathered Home.
Now I must stop this and get to the Pick 'n Save, and then sweep up half of ton of nut shells outside -- it's supposed to get up to 40 F today, woo woo!