i know a lot of people out there hate ikea and all it stands for. however, i think it would be unwise to discount the amazing role ikea has played in the diy design universe. in fact i think ikea should be hip to the trend and start selling products that support the hacking of their furniture: a line of paint colors and power tools, perhaps? better yet, they should hold a contest for diy-ers and offer to manufacture the winning furniture hack. i would certainly nominate iris and her modern credenza for mass production. i love the olive green and burnt orange colors; the unexpected combination feels equally perfect for fall as it does for spring. according to iris, the trick to achieving a nice finish on this type of piece is to give it a couple good coats of high adhesion primer, then follow with a high quality oil based enamel. the results are amazing. great work, iris! -kate
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i just finished reading julia child’s my life in france– i’m late to the party on that one, i know. apart from being utterly charmed and inspired, i now desperately desire a rustic, well-stocked kitchen, preferably accompanied by the scent of freshly baked french loaves. this cabinet makeover from michael fuels my craving even more. he snagged this piece for £4 ($6!). with a quick and inexpensive coat of paint, he transformed it to better suit his tastes. i love the decision to leave natural wood on the shelf and the knobs; the warm wood provides a perfect contrast to the icy blue hue. the result is a lovely example of modern country style. great work, michael!