Ikea Hack: Bygel Cart Turned Rose Gold Glam

So, I have had this ugly $30.00 IKEA Bygel cart for 4 years. After getting inspired from all things rose gold and copper lately, I decided to rehab this old guy and try and create something beautiful!

After taking the cart completely apart carefully, I decided to start spray painting!

The look is rose gold and marble. So, after hunting down color examples of the many shades of metallic rose gold spray paint on Pinterest, I snagged this shade at the Bedford Lowe’s. The color is called Rose Gold. I used 1 full can for this project. And I used 3 coats, leaving an hour dry time between coats. Remember to do this project outside in low humidity. If the humidity is too high, your paint will stay tacky longer. Do not paint plastic either! This cart is entirely metal, so make sure you know material you are spray painting! Keep your spray paint hand moving constantly. Keeping a hand still while continuous paint is coming out of the can causes drips. Keep each coat light. 

  I did not paint the trays to the cart. I also chose to discard the drawer because I never used it on my cart. I had bought some marble contact paper on Amazon and used almost all of it on this project. When you use contact paper, remember to go slowly and smooth out the bubbles as you go. If you have a bubble, remove the wrinkle, and use a credit card or a knife to smoothed out the air bubbles or wrinkles.

The project took a total 12 hours with dry time and am obsessed with the result! Leave feedback, people! 😜🍷👯

1 Thing Teachers Must Demonstrate

This year in our pilot programs at the middle school I am employed at, I have experienced more joy in teaching and in learning than I ever have experienced. Students  given choice has, so far, been invigorating and challenging at the same time. Teachers are very stressed and uncomfortable, but knowing that this will bring along many rewards, such as teaching responsibility, self-reliance, and grit. Not being the end-all, be-all to technological knowledge has been a difficult transition, but has said more about me and my ego than it has anyone else. Taking the ego out of my career has been the challenging part. And i am growing. But, as I stare at a bulletin board called “The Power of ‘Yet'”, I know that although this year is definitely not going to be easy. It IS going to be worth it.

Joy breeds enthusiasm! Or does enthusiasm bring joy? It is very much a chicken and the egg situation and one cannot exist without the other. New educators must create joy in their classroom by demonstrating enthusiasm! I will never forget the years where I got dirty in science class and I really think that those days prepared me to be a good teacher. Even though now I teach adults, I certainly miss the adolescent learner.

This quote posted on the Clif Mims’ blog by guest writer Ann Monroe says something near and dear to my heart:

A teacher can demonstrate enthusiasm by…

sharing the JOY of learning.
having a PASSION for science, math, language, etc.
making learning FUN.
showing an APPRECIATION for art, music, literature.
sharing their EXCITEMENT for learning.
demonstrating a CURIOSITY for the world around them.
having an EAGERNESS to learn and grow.
providing HOPE.
creating a STIMULATING learning environment.

Deeply moved by this post, my question to you all (few) readers is this: is it possible to motivate a student learner without enthusiasm? In reflecting on my years of education, these ways that teachers can create lifelong learners can  create an environment that can affect change. Joy is the key.


I extend my sincerest apologies to me few readers in this digital space. I have been adjusting to my new position as Personalized Learning coach… aka running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

Don't rush things



Nice, France

Why is there so much hate in the world? last night, I heard about the terror attack in Nice, France and it has completely broken my heart. This is the third attack in France in 18 months. From the armed gunman attacking Charlie Hebdo, to the Bataclan Theatre, and now a man in a simple lorry truck; these attacks must stop. CnXKBeJVUAA5qre.jpg

This person drove for over a mile, mowing people down as they were dispersing from Bastille Day fireworks. Could you imagine someone simply driving through a crowd on the Fourth of July/. Bastille Day is France’s Independence Day! There people were just celebrating their country! It just all makes me so sick. The total bodycount is up to 84 people. What is this world coming to? Maybe I don’t even need my passport. It seems as though terrorists will stop at nothing to kill those with differing beliefs.