Roundup: 10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers

by Faith Provencher
Roundup: 10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
Photo: Babiekins

The IKEA Duktig play kitchen is a popular item for families around the world, but it has a bit of a generic feel. It is also easily customizable, however; so many have given it a more personalized feel by changing the colors, adding metallic details and even creating backsplashes and storage. Here are ten super creative IKEA play kitchen makeovers that are sure to inspire you!   

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Make It: Hanging Mirror IKEA Hack

by Lexy Ward
DIY hanging mirror IKEA hack
Photo: Farm Fresh Therapy

I guess I'm just full of IKEA hacks this week! We have a mirror hanging in our bathroom that is totally plain and totally blah. I might take a minute or two to change things up like this cool hanging mirror hack! 

 

DIY Hanging Mirror IKEA Hack
Photo: Farm Fresh Therapy

 

Who doesn't love that rope attached?! It's a great way to add some height to any display! Check out the how-to over on Farm Fresh Therapy!

 

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Curbly Original
IKEA Hack: DIY Thumb Tack Mirror

by Faith Provencher
IKEA Mirror Hack: DIY Thumb Tack Mirror
Photo: Faith Towers

In case you haven't noticed, I really like IKEA hacks. There's something about customizing a mass produced piece that just feels so satisfying. So today I have another one for you! This time, we'll create an IKEA mirror by transforming a cork trivet from IKEA into a glamorous wall mirror. Read on to check out this impossibly simple process.   

 

Thumb tack mirror - glamorous and  simple
Photo: Faith Towers

By surrounding a small mirror with a layer of metallic thumb tacks, a utilitarian piece can become a stunning piece of wall decor. Here's what you'll need for this project....

Materials

 

  • 1 IKEA Heat Trivet
  • Thumb tacks (I used 2 packages)
  • 4 3/4" diameter mirror
  • 5" piece of wire
  • Pliers
  • E6000 Glue

materials for IKEA thumbtack mirror DIY

 

Step

Use glue to secure mirror to cork board

Begin by gluing the mirror to the center of the cork trivet. I found the mirror at my local craft supply store. I would recommend using E6000 glue because it has a strong bond, and it is somewhat repositionable which can be helpful while you're inserting the thumb tacks.

Step

Apply thumbtacks in a circular pattern

Next, begin placing the thumb tacks around the mirror. Push it stightly off center while you're inserting the tacks, so that then you can slide it back over them slightly to cover any visible cork (see next photo). Overlap each tack with the next by about a quarter of an inch.

Overlap all of the thumbtacks... this will create a cool layered fish scale sort of effect.

 

 

 

Step

IKEA Hack: DIY Thumb Tack Mirror

Continue shifting the mirror back and forth slightly as you add tacks around it. Once you've completed a full rotation, overlap the first row with the second. 

Step

IKEA Hack: DIY Thumb Tack Mirror

 

Once you've finished the third row, skip to the outside row as shown above. This way, the last remaining row will overlap everything to create a finished look.

Step

IKEA Hack: DIY Thumb Tack Mirror

 

Flip it over and twist the ends of the wire to form two secure loops. Apply a dab of glue to the underside of a thumb tack and stick it through the loop and into the cork. Do the same on the other end. This will create the hanger for your mirror. And that's it, you're finished!


Here are some pictures of the final piece....

Thumb Tack Mirror IKEA Hack
Photo: Faith Towers

 

I love the layered effect, it reminds me a bit of chain maille or armor. And the metallic silver-y finish of the thumb tacks looks so glam on the wall!

 

Thumb Tack Mirror IKEA Hack

Photo: Faith Towers

 

Thumb Tack Mirror IKEA Hack

Photo: Faith Towers

 

 

Thumb Tack Mirror IKEA Hack
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If gold is more your thing, you could try to hunt down some gold thumb tacks online for a different take on this project. Happy crafting! 

Interested in seeing more IKEA hacks? Check out some more here.

 

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