The IKEA Hack. If you have spent any time at all on Pinterest, you have no doubt come across a few. The idea? You take a piece of IKEA furniture which, although modern and well designed, is probably in both your neighbours and pals’ places too. And who wants their stuff to look like everybody else’s? For me, a well-designed space doesn’t have to cost much, but really should have personality. Interesting artwork, re-furbished pieces, souvenirs from travels, etc all come together to put the personality in a space. Another way of making your space more “you”, but still getting the budget-friendly big box store items is to hack them.
I was on a bit of an IKEA hack kick over at my place recently and did these two projects that I’m totally digging:
I turned the Vittsjo laptop table, which has a really nice, sleek design, into something more chic by spray painting it gold and adding some faux marble paper to the glass top. Looks WAY more high end, and all my friends have been asking where I got it.
There is a whole line of Vittsjo stuff aside from this table – bigger shelving units, nesting tables, etc. and even just spraying them metallic or a fun colour add SO much personality. I have one of the tall Vittsjo shelving units and have big plans on painting it neon pink.
This second project was for my daughter’s room.
I had picked up the kids Latt table and chairs at a yard sale for a few bucks but it was looking pretty worse for wear.
Some paint and wallpaper for the top of the table, and it now looks like a super custom fancy-shmancy piece of kids furniture. My almost 2-year old daughter even excitedly exclaimed “Nice!!” when she saw it. The girl knows how to make her mama happy.
Whatever piece of IKEA furniture you have at your place, just go onto Pinterest and search for the name of it plus “Hack”. I promise a million and one amazing ideas will pop up! I even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to my fave IKEA hacks. Looking for a new nightstand? Check out the Rast Hacks out there. Have the Karlstad sofa with those light wood legs? Screw them off and spray paint them black or another colour to totally up your Karlstad game. Have one of those wooden stools for your kids in the kitchen? Do a dipped look with the top part stained and the bottom painted a colour.
Have fun with it, guys! And come back and share your projects. I’d love to see them.