New year, new Maude. Our project list for 2016 is drawn up and underway! IKEA SOLSTA sofa hack is now complete, and with the slide redesign in full swing, who says living in an RV has to be uninspired?
Aside from the questionable upholstery and RV standard wallpaper (nipped that in the bud as our first order of business), our other non-negotiable, relating to the original interior of our 2007 Itasca Navion, was the slide.
Jam-packed with a convertible sofa-to-bed apparatus, Maude's slide was stuffy with a touch of visually painful. Albeit said sofa was comfortable and did successfully sleep 2 cover-hogging adults, there was something about having the entire space dedicated to the possibility of overnight guests that wasn't quite within the scope of form and function. Certainly not form in my opinion, but what about specific-to-us function? This Manufacturer's Special had to go.
Countless hours of searching Pinterest for inspiration alone qualifies as a career, and many unsuccessful attempts using the trial and error method had us considering a dance floor affectionately referred to as "The Electric Slide". Bad puns stop here.
Fast forward to present-day. Eight months after bringing our beloved Maude home (8-out-of-8 spent wistfully contemplating an empty slide), our dear friends Mark and Sahar are in preparation for a cross-country move from Florida to California. With an apartment full of furnishings and only one haul being made, these two were looking to unload a few things STAT. Cue this adorably modest IKEA creation collecting sunspots beneath a wall of picture windows.
No stranger to the design game, my thoughts went immediately to custom options for a creative edge. Mishmash collection of patterned throw pillows. Texture in the form of a partial faux fur cover, masking time well-spent basking in the glow of South Florida sun. A cozy spread in which to tangle myself while getting lost in a good book. But what about the actual sofa itself? Without hesitation, nailhead trim. Y-E-S. Reprised seventeenth century detail meets Bohemian chic meets global market.
Having done this before with an IKEA KLIPPAN sofa, I was on the hunt for a nailhead trim kit. Easier and less time consuming than hammering nails one-by-one, however, depending upon your intended design, individual application may be the better bet. Just remember the old adage, "measure twice, cut once".
A quick run to Hobby Lobby, color consideration made, and 40% off a $19.99 price tag, we were well on our way to a successful interior level-up and quite possibly creative genius.
Realistically, this simple project should have taken only 30 minutes given the straightforward nature of my chosen design, however, I was working with an antique ball-peen hammer belonging to Marisa's Great-Grandfather after finding that our own hammer had decided to take holiday (spelled M-I-A). One hour and 75 nails later, some having successfully completed their mission and some that had succumb to my Macgyver tool tactics, voila!
IKEA hack, The Roamans style.
And just in case you're wondering, yes, we did indeed replace our sofabed with another sofabed because women are complicated.
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