replacing the legs on our ikea karlstad sofa

| DIY projects

replacing the legs on our ikea karlstad sofa

after falling in love with these pretty pegs, i was a little heartbroken. at that price, there was no way i could afford a set of 12 (twelve!) new legs. i wanted to revamp the look of our ikea karlstad though, so i was determined to find a solution. with just a little paint, elbow grease and diy spirit i was able to change all 12 legs on our sofa for under $70 (that sounded much better than $360!). yay!

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upon a quick visit to lowes, i quickly found these  mid-century modern style tapered sofa legs. i jumped for joy! priced at only $3.98 a piece i thought, ‘oh, i can do this’. after a small amount of research, this is what i figured out i needed:

– 12 tapered sofa legs
– 12 table leg plates (use the angled plates if you’d rather the angled look!)
– my favorite gold spray paint (already had some leftover from this project)
– painter’s tape
– electric screwdriver
– sample sized regular paint in your preferred color (i used valspar)

i already had the last four above supplies in our diy stash, but if you don’t they’ll only add a minimal cost.

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sidenote #1: i think bear approved of the update! sidenote #2: you can see the ‘old’ legs in this picture behind bear!

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first, paint the wooden part of each leg in your desired color. they were easy to paint by holding on to the metal ends and just working in a circle. i then punched 12 holes in the bottom of a cardboard box and stuck the end of each leg into the box in order to let them dry standing up.

after the legs are dry, grab some scrap paper and painters tape. cover the freshly painted surface and line the painters tape up exactly with the line of the metal ends.

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next, spray paint the bottoms gold! because of the taper, i could easily just set these down to let them dry without scuffing up the new gold paint.

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next, you’ll have to use a little elbow grease. first things first, flip your sofa upside down (ha!). then, unscrew and remove each leg, then remove the black plastic plate underneath the leg. (i forgot to photograph this piece, but you’ll see it, i promise! you can see a faded outline of it on the picture above). this was the hardest part of the entire diy, but i did it all by myself in a single afternoon. just in time to surprise the hubby when he got home! (he was so impressed.)

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next, install the table leg plates. i tried my best to line up the hole in the center with the original sofa leg hole, and it ended up working out really well. attach these using the four screws included in the package. using an electric screwdriver here is a must!

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next comes the fun part- simply screw in the brand new legs! yay!

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flip your sofa back over (ha again!) and marvel at your new beautiful legs. *note: be careful as you flip your sofa over! i was so determined to do this solo, that the weight of the sofa flipping over bent one of the leg plates and i had to replace it. next time, i’ll just wait for david to get home!

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i’m so happy with the way they turned out, and i think they really give ol’ karlstad a more modern look. they’ve been installed for about 6 weeks now and are holding up nice and strong. yay for a successful diy! also, hi toaster!

olfa giveaway!

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i’ve used OLFA prodcuts for as long as i can remember. when i was young, my mom’s OLFA rotary cutters were labeled ‘for fabric only’ and were strictly forbidden to play with (since there was a sharp blade involved). i can still remember the first time i was allowed to use one all by myself. i felt so special! now, i use OLFA‘s products nearly every day. they make crafting and sewing so much easier!

this year, OLFA is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the invention of the rotary cutter. to celebrate, they’ve been so kind to offer a giveaway for YOU!

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today’s giveaway consists of two of my all time favorite OLFA products. fist is a 6×8″ self healing rotarty mat. it’s the perfect size for craft projects and to take along with you as your travel.  it’s double-sided with yellow guidelines on one side, and solid on the opposite side for general cutting. rotary mats protect your work area and greatly extend the life of your rotary blades, plus with measurement guidelines they make precise cutting a cinch!

the second product is the 28mm rotary cutter. it’s perfect for small-scale projects, miniatures and tight corners. the cutter is a rolling razor blade used to cut fabrics into shapes, strips and pieces for sewing, quilting and craft projects. the blade is made of high quality tungsten carbide tool steel for unparalleled sharpness and superior edge retention. let me tell you, it’s sharp!

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enter to win: 6×8″ self healing rotary mat and 28mm rotary cutter by olfa.

deadline: giveaway will end sunday, july 19th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post sharing with us why you love OLFA, or if you’ve never used OLFA products before, share with us why you’d like to try them.

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and OLFA on facebook.

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and hashtag #olfa35

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #olfa35

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie


in the shop! new adobe illustrator tutorials

| bonnie christine design

hey everyone! i’m just popping in with a little shop news. i just added several new adobe illustrator tutorials to myetsy shop that will help you learn illustrator with ease and bring your artwork to life! you can grab 20% off the shop today through monday by using coupon code “learnillustrator”. enjoy!

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using the blend tool.  the blend tool is such a fun tool to play with! i usually use it to aid in my color palette choices, but you can also use it to make beautiful artwork and fun illustrations.

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scan your sketches: in this tutorial, you’ll learn how to take a pencil or pen sketch, scan it in, and then optimize it for using live trace in adobe illustrator. the end results gives you a a nice clean image and a beautiful results! this tutorial covers a few things in both photoshop and illustrator (though you don’t have to use photoshop if you don’t have it).

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working with the pen tool – from sketch to repeating pattern. i’m excited to offer this three part series focusing on the pen tool. the pen tool is an incredibly useful tool to master. once you get the hang of it, it’s easy and powerful! in this video course course, i’ll teach you step by step how to trace a sketch using the pen tool (part 1), how to color your artwork (part 2) and how to put your artwork into a repeating pattern (part 3). are you excited? let’s get started!

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top 10 tips and tricks: in this video, i’ve taken 10 of my most favorite tips and tricks and broken them down for you into bite size pieces. these are things i find myself using nearly every day, so i hope you’ll enjoy this peek into my work style!

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using the reflect tool. there are many ways to use this tool, but in this video i show you how i like to use it and the best practices for it. it’s easy to use and will save you so much time!

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offset path and simplify tools – this video will teach you how to use the offset path and simplify tools in adobe illustrator. so fun! i use both of the features all the time. i hope you will too!

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using the trim tool and clipping masks: in this video, i’m sharing with you how i most often use the trim and clipping mask tools, and what makes them different from all the other tools. i use both of these tools nearly every time i open adobe illustrator. i know you will enjoy using them, too!

plant based dinner ideas 7.11.14

| dinner ideas

plant based dinner ideas hello, friday! have i ever told you how happy i am to share with you the meals we eat each week? the most common question we get asked is, ‘so, what do you eat’?. that very question inspired this series over two years ago! i hope seeing a glimpse into our weekly meals will inspire you in your own kitchen and help your meal ideas abound with plant based recipes. here’s what we ate this week!

monday: triple stacked quesadillas
tuesday: “ricotta” stuffed cabbage
wednesday: roasted beet burgers
thursday: garlic scape pesto over pasta and veggies
friday: cucumber and avocado soup served with homemade bread

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

diy antler hose rack

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i’m so happy to begin gardening again. jumping around the country over the last few years made it difficult to grow much, but now that we’re settled it’s time to start homesteading again. i’ll be sharing more of the outside of our home over the next week or so, but today i just want to share a simple and beautiful diy project with you. my new antler hose rack! isn’t she darling?

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diy antler hose rack materials

after i got the idea, i started scouring the web for a suitable (and affordable) pair of faux antlers. when i stumbled across this pair, i thought they were perfect! i knew i wanted to paint them white, so the coloring didn’t matter. here’s what you need!


pair of faux antlers

high gloss white spray paint suitable for outdoor use

white drinking water hose*

brass twist nozzle*

*of course, you can use your existing hose and nozzle, but since i’ll be watering my vegetable garden with this water, i wanted to get a hose that was suitable to drink from. i’ve also fallen in love with this brass twist nozzle! with a simple twist, it ranges from a fine mist to a powerful spray with all the perfect streams in-between. i use it for everything!

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once you’ve gathered your supplies, just apply 2-3 coats of white spray paint to the antlers and let them dry. use a pair of long screws to attach them near your hose spigot. wrap your hose and hang it on the antlers, then smile!

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point and shoot 6.10.14

| point and shoot

a peek into life lately!

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beautiful carrots in this week’s csa box!

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flower garden is finally planted.

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a most magical swimming hole.

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curious, sweet, bear baby.

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

my creativeLIVE course: design surface patterns from scratch!

| bonnie christine design

creativeLIVE: learn surface patterns from scratch with bonnie christine!

today, i’m excited to share some very exciting, big news with you! this coming august, i’ll be teaching a course for creativeLIVE on how to design surface patterns from scratch. ee!

are you familiar with creativeLIVE? if not, get ready to fall in love! every single day, creativeLIVE broadcasts the world’s greatest creative experts directly to you, live and free. with workshops featuring photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training there’s something for everyone! anyone can watch online — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. or, if you would prefer to have on demand access anytime, you can purchase the course for a nominal fee. now, instead of turning on the morning news, i tune into creativeLIVE in the morning to get inspired and nourish my creative spirit!

SO, if you’ve ever dreamed of being a surface pattern designer, this course is for you! in just 3 days, i’ll teach you the ins and outs of adobe illustrator and take you from concept to sketch to finished designs and repeating patterns. by the end of the course, you’ll have a mini collection of patterns to hit the ground running with.

here’s what you’ll learn:

– adobe illustrator for surface pattern design
– how to make a repeating pattern
– how to develop a concept, sketch and illustrate your ideas
– how to develop and work with a color palette
– how to work from sketches and photographs
– how to gather inspiration and stay creatively motivated
– the business of surface pattern design
– all about licensing and copyrights
– how to develop a portfolio and get noticed
– how to create printables, desktop backgrounds, gift tags, recipes and blog posts
– how to apply your patterns to fabric, wallpaper, wrapping paper and more!

and there’s so much more! you’ll leave this course feeling inspired, motivated and more importantly prepared to hit the ground running towards your dream of being a surface pattern designer. we’re going to have so much fun!

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
when: august 13th, 14th & 15th from 9am – 4pm each day
cost: the course is FREE if you watch it live, and available for purchase for on demand access anytime for $59. click here for details.
RSVP here!

p.s. interested in being a part of the live in-studio audience in san francisco? click here to apply!

hung! color cord pendant lights

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i’ve been looking for just the right lighting fixture to hang above our counter space for months now. to avoid hefty electrical work, i needed something that would plug in, provide plenty of light and match the space’s modern-eclectic feel. when i stumbled across color cord, i knew their pendant lights would be the perfect addition!

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color cord allows you to purchase either ready-made pendant lights or all the fixin’s for a do-it-yourself version. since the ready-made pendant lights were exactly what i needed, that’s what we chose. i ordered  two of porcelain the mint green (because it’s my favorite color!) and one zig-zag. i love how they came together!

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and because i knew what i wanted to hang them from but couldn’t find it anywhere, i just decided to make it myself. after a quick visit to my local hardware store, i had everything i needed to hang a copper bar from the ledge above our counter. it turned out perfect! here’s what i used:

1/2″ 2 foot long copper pipe (website only lists a 1 ft pipe, but i found a 2 ft pipe in the store)

two 1/2″ copper milford hangers

two 1/2″ copper slip cap fittings

i just assembled the pieces by sliding the pipe through the hanger and placing a cap on each end. i attached them by using a simple screw on each side.

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i wish i could go into detail about how we tied all those knots, but we had our rock-climbing friend do them all for us (he’s a knot tying genius!). if you need ideas or help though, i have found animated knots to be very helpful (plus, they have an iphone app!).

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