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SSS x SemiHandmade for Ikea Besta!

I have the best(a) news! SemiHandmade who is known mostly for customizing Ikea kitchens with their quality doors is now making doors that are compatible with Ikea’s Besta units and that includes my line of sss x semihandmade modern beaded doors! So, that means all the floating credenza’s, DIY units, and media cabinets just got SO much better. Just before we packed up our LA house, they sent me some of the new SSS doors for the Besta unit I already had in my living room and I gave it a super quick facelift by just swapping out the doors.

To make this unit I bought the “BESTÅ TV unit frame” (no doors) W70⅞×D15¾×H15″ which is $99 from Ikea. I mounted it to the wall with the included hardware and cut a piece of plywood down for the top. I then used wood screws to secure the top to the cabinet coming up from the inside of the cabinet. You’ll also need 3 packs of hinges (one pack of two for each door in your unit) from Ikea and then the doors you purchase from SemiHandmade. All of the signature SSS colors are available and I love how the Desert Grey and my beaded fronts bring a little dimension and warmth to what I had there previously.

Shop the Look  Cabinet Doors in “Desert Grey” by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Semi Handmade // Besta Cabinet box from IKEA // Rejuvenation Sliding Barn Doors // Rejuvenation Sliding Barn Door Hardware // Jonathan Adler Chandelier // Frances Loom Rug // Green Vase from Anthropologie // Pointed Metal Object from CB2 (old) see similar here // Pyramid Object from Zara (old) see similar here & here // White 3 Tier Candle From Zara (old) // Ceramic Bowl from Zara (old) see similar here //  White Vases from West Elm // Interiors AM Book //Minimum Book // Kinfolk Home Book // Wall Color “Snowfall” by behr

But wait… there’s more. ;) To illustrate how easy it is to change up the whole look of the space with just a few quick edits, I swapped the SSS x SemiHandmade doors to pink, switched up the rug, art and a few of the accessories. Boom, we have a fresh new room!

I am personally excited about all the new possibilities using the SemiHandmade doors on the Besta storage units and I also can’t wait to see what you guys do with them. Endless Ikea hacks! P.s. Are you team Blush or team Desert Grey?

Shop the Look: Cabinet Doors in “Blush” by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade // Besta Cabinet box from IKEA // Rejuvenation Sliding Barn Doors // Rejuvenation Sliding Barn Door Hardware // Samsung The Frame  Smart TV // Coordinating Wood Frame for TV // Jonathan Adler Chandelier // Frances Loom Rug // White 3 Tier Candle From Zara (old) // Ceramic Bowl from Zara (old) see similar here //  White Vases from West Elm // Interiors AM Book //Minimum Book // Kinfolk Home Book //  Wall Color “Snowfall” by behr

See more about my line of SSS x SemiHandmade doors here.
See the rest of our LA home here.

ikea hack rocking sheep diy

DIY rocking horse (sheep) ikea hack // sarah sherman samuelDIY rocking horse (sheep) ikea hack // sarah sherman samuelI am no stranger to an IKEA HACK and when I saw this moose (which is pretty cute on it’s own), I got to thinking… the red doesn’t match my color scheme and I wasn’t a fan of the piercing, but what if… And this furry rocking sheep was the result.

DIY rocking horse (sheep) ikea hack // sarah sherman samuelDIY rocking horse (sheep) ikea hack // sarah sherman samuelKeep reading for the how-to…


nursery progress & ikea hack DIY

ikea hack - mint dresser- nursery // sarah sherman samuelLast week you might have caught a glimpse at the one wall of the nursery that is finished, over on Mother Mag and I wanted to give you a better look, and share what I did with my dresser issue. It is a simple Ikea hack you’ve seen done a thousand times, but the most important detail is often overlooked. You just have got to do something about those legs!

tarva dresser, DIY ikea hackYou may remember on the dresser I re-worked for the cabin I cut the legs shorter. Well, for this one I kept the length the same but cut them at an angle to create a more elegant profile. It is just one small detail, but it doesn’t cost a thing to do, and it changes the look of the dresser dramatically.

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get the rest of the DIY details and sources after the jump… READ MORE


After seeing a few Ikea Hack makeovers here and there I decided it was time I tackle my own. There are a couple of great other examples Here and Here. I have been looking for the perfect bed side tables for a while now and haven’t been able to find anything, so when I saw this post on design sponge I figured why not give it a try. Here is my before and after.

IKEA-RAST night standAnd here is what I did:

  1. First, I bought two Rast three drawer chests from IKEA (one for each side of the bed).
  2. I assembled all of the pieces but left the drawers to the side (also, don’t put the drawer pulls on yet).
  3. Then primed the fronts of the doors and then painted them in a high gloss white.
  4. I then prepped the body of the nightstand by sanding it lightly with a fine grade of sand paper and then rubbing it down with a clean dry cloth to get all the dust off.
  5. From there I started staining! I did 1 coat, let it dry 5 – 10 minutes and then rubbed off any excess stain that didn’t soak in. I then waited an hour and did another coat, following the same process. Then waited another hour and did one more coat. The longer you let the stain soak in and the more coats you do the darker it gets. I used Minwax stain in Dark Walnut.
  6. After the final coat of stain I let the pieces dry for over 24 hours.
  7. When the pieces were fully dry, I gave them two coats of varnish (letting the varnish dry between coats).
  8. I then screwed in my drawer pulls. I bought mine from anthropologie.
  9. Finally, I put the drawers in and voila! Two beautiful nightstands for basically peanuts.


IKEA-RAST night stand