It’s no secret that we love an Ikea hack or two – when it comes to giving furniture and accessories a personal touch without breaking the bank, you can't go wrong. An everyday flat-pack piece can be transformed into a one-of-a-kind show stopper using supplies you probably have laying around your home. So, put that leftover paint and old tester pots to good use and add a splash of colour to your home – these five easy hacks from bloggers and crafty DIYers will inspire you to get creative and really put your stamp on your space.
1. Marius Stool
Darleen Meier claims this on-trend DIY hack takes 10 minutes. A faux fur stool adds a stylish amount of interest in a cosy corner or bathroom. It’s small enough to squeeze almost anywhere around the house.
Time: 10-30 minutes
2. Ordning Cutlery Stand
This sturdy, stainless steel cutlery stand can be spotted in many kitchens. But this £1.50 gem can also be turned into a clever storage solution. Turn the Ordning cutlery stand on its side in your bathroom to store away supplies or use it in a bedroom for bits and bobs. Paint it in a colour to suit your scheme, attach to the wall et voila!
Time: 1 hour
3. Besta Cabinets
Refresh plain white Besta cabinets like Sugar & Cloth with a DIY colour block effect. Go for a rainbow of pastel shades for a bright and contemporary twist on playful pastels.
Time: 1 day
Difficulty: Not too complicated
4. Ekby Stilig Brackets
Turn shelf brackets into a contemporary light fixture like this hack by Apartment Therapy using Ekby Stilig brackets, (£2 each). You can paint the bracket in any colour you like to match your scheme. What a bright idea.
Time: 1-2 hours
Difficulty: A walk in the park
- Ekby Valter Brackets, IKEA, (£2)
- Lightbulb with wire attached
5. Tarva Chest of Drawers
Possibly the most popular Ikea piece to hack there is, the Tarva chest of drawers is full of possibilities for DIY-ers. What makes it so hack-able? The pinewood material can easily be painted and the wood knobs the Tarva series come with are easily modified or switched and upgraded for other knobs. We like this very colourful hack straight from Ikea’s Ideas section itself. Make it a ‘wow’ statement piece in a teenager’s bedroom.
Time: A weekend
Difficulty: Not too difficult
- Tarva chest of drawers, either 3-drawer (£65) or 6-drawers (£125)
- Tester pots in your chosen colour of Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood
- Paint brush
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