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By Gretchen Rubin

Ikea lampshade-secondhand skirt combo lamp

Materials: Ikea Asele lampshade, Hemma cord set, glitter spray, secondhand skirt Description: I had a funny second hand ballet skirt, and I decided to create a stylish feminine lamp from it. I glittered the inner side of the Asele lamp shade and the Hemma cord set. With a glue gun, I fixed the skirt to the lampshade. That's it. So simple. So funny.

Mirror, Mirror....

Materials: Ikea Lack Coffee Table, Mirrors, Measuring Tape, Permanant Mirror Glue Description: Here is a picture of my Ikea Lack coffee table. The color palette in my loft is black, grey and white since I have concrete floors and ceilings. I really wanted something that wouldn't break the bank and would catch people's eyes when they walked in the door. The mirrors were a perfect solution.

Housecleaning and Clarifications: Blog Content, 4HB Corrections, Competition Winners, Slow-Carb Mistakes, and More

(Photo: Felipe Morin) Holy crap. The 4-Hour Body (4HB) has ended up producing an avalanche of questions. There are definitely a few gems hidden amongst the rubble, and more than a few typos were unearthed in the process. This post — mostly how-to with a few bits of entertainment — is purely for tying up loose ends.

Sultan Lien Slats to Turntable Table

Materials: Sultan Lien Slats Description: I replaced my Ikea bed and noticed that these slats were pretty solid when laid on top of one another. Wanting to give my turntable a more suitable home, I thought the slats could be arranged to leave a hole in the middle where the player could sit. 1. Measure and cut the slats. (leave room for audio jacks and on/off switch) 2.

Follow Up: Thrifting for Holiday Gifts

As I mentioned earlier this week, I get a lot of requests for follow-ups to reader stories and questions. People want to hear how things turned out. Because I want to know how things turned out, too, I’m going to start a semi-regular feature at Get Rich Slowly.

Basic IKEA Tabletop into Custom Workstation

Materials: Vika Amon top, Vika Amon legs, Antonius shelf Description: Turn a basic IKEA desk system into a custom built in workstation using the same construction technique that IKEA uses to create its own pieces. See instructions for the custom DIY IKEA desk. ~ Chris Gardner

Dinner With My Family #3: Stir Fry with Asparagus

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys.

Would You Rather Own an Existing Market or Build a New One?

“Is it better to be the best at something lots of people are doing or to differentiate and try something slightly different?”That’s the question Jonathon Zetterholm from Asheville, NC recently asked on twitter.

RATIONELL Retrofit into an old kitchen

Materials: Rationell drawers, laser level, drill, existing kitchen cabinet doors Description: I installed 3 drawers with standard NEXUS fronts/covers in my existing kitchen cabinets; then I decided I could use all my existing (hardwood) doors so I drilled holes to attach Rationell drawers and metal bar. If you plan on using IKEA FRONTS (nexus) 1.

eBook Review: Freelancer’s Guide to Finding Clients

Whether a freelancer is going through a slump or just looking to diversify their client base, finding new clients is an ongoing process. Martha Retallick’s recent eBook the Freelancer’s Guide to Finding Clients is here you help you get proactive in finding clients rather than waiting for them to come to you. What’s it about? The eBook could probably be called the Freelancer’s Guide to Co

Clean Minimalist TV Stand

Materials: Ikea Lack shelf, Ikea Capita Legs, MDF, Acoustic Speaker Cloth, staples, cabinet magnets Description: I wanted a TV stand that looked clean, modern, and would hide all of my components but leave them usable by remote. I had seen this Ikea shelf used as a tv stand a couple times and liked it but thought I could contribute something.

Start A Nest Egg: How To Protect Your Future Now!

Putting aside money today is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

Ask Unclutterer: Accessible but clutter-free toy storage

Reader Patricia submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I want to keep toys for my grandchildren to play with when they visit our home, but our condo doesn’t have much extra space to store the toys. My friend says I need to have a special drawer for them, but I can’t think of a place that is accessible. Some of the toys are appropriate for different ages.

Kura bed transformed to kingsize bed with cosy cave

Materials: Kura bed Description: My son and I live on very little space, so I wanted to make a bed for both of us that didn't take up too much space. I bought a Kura bed, painted it white and removed one of the panels of the bed in order to fit an 140x200 cm mattress instead of the original 90x200 cm.

The Art of the Audacious Goal

I want to run for mayor of a large city. I want to publish a series of fantasy novels that appear in every bookstore in the country. I want to pay off the $300,000 in debt that I owe. I want to start a restaurant chain. I want to visit 100 countries by the time I’m 40. I’m a fan of overly audacious goals.