Every now and then, I like to browse through IKEA's website to see if they have anything new and amazing (did you know they sell pet accessories now, for example?!). So last time, when I ran across the Västerön stool, I had this idea. What would happen if I flipped it upside down? Click through to find out.
It becomes a fun little basket! I wrapped jute twine around the legs and now it's the perfect spot for throw blankets and pillows.
Here's what you'll need make this quick and easy IKEA hack yourself:
If you don't like the orange color of IKEA's Västerön stool, then begin by spray painting it a different color. One word of warning: I found out after that the paint doesn't stick to the stool quite as well as other metal surfaces I've painted in the past, so be sure to let it dry for a couple of days so it really sets properly.
Next, flip the stool over. Tie the end of the jute twine to the leg where it meets the basket part of the Västerön. Wrap the twine from one leg to the next, looping it around each leg once. This will make it more stable than simply wrapping it around the outside of the legs.
Push the twine down as far as possible each time you wrap it around a leg, so that the twine pieces are nice and compact. Continue wrapping until you get to the top, and tie a knot at the end. I used one and a half spools of the twine, which ended up being about 500 feet (give or take).
And you're finished! One of the easiest IKEA hacks ever.
The final piece has a fun farmhouse kind of style to it, with the natural jute paired with the darker metal base. And it looks really cool with my Timberchic accent wall!
The jute has tons of texture, but you could also use something a little different like a colored yarn or a thicker white rope for a different take on this project.
This just goes to show that you never know what might come out of your next IKEA trip!