I've been in the market for a picnic basket for a while now, but I've discovered that it's difficult to find a contemporary one that is affordable. Then the other day, as I was browsing at IKEA, it came to me - transform the Viktigt into a picnic basket! And yet another IKEA hack was born.
The RAST dresser is one of those basic, unfinished pieces of furniture from IKEA that just begs to be redone. So there are a lot of RAST hacks out there. But every now and then I run across a super inventive one... like the one I'm sharing with you today. Click through to check it out.
Don't ask me how I came up with this project... it's a long story. Basically, my dog Charlie can jump really high and will eat anything, so I needed to make a wall-mounted planter that I could place out of his reach. So the Vurm indoor herb garden planter was born!
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!
In case you haven't noticed, we love making IKEA items even cooler. So when I decided I needed a birdhouse for our yard, it occurred to me that the wooden Knuff magazine file might be the perfect solution. Keep reading to check out the stylish, modern birdhouse that I came up with.
The birds in your yard will be thrilled to move into this hip little haven! Here's what you'll need for this project....
- IKEA Knuff Magazine File
- Aluminum flashing (available in the gutter section of your home improvement store)
- 1/4 inch dowel rod, cut to 3 inches
- Acrylic paint
- Washi or painters tape
- Hot glue gun
- Tin snips
- Drill (The Skil Drill pictured is only $64.25)
- 1/4 inch drill bit, 1 1/2 inch drill bit
- Thin guage gauge(not pictured)
- Sandpaper (not pictured)
Begin by drilling a hole in the front of the Knuff file using a 1 1/2 inch drill bit. It should be somewhat centered on the bottom half of the file.
Next, sand the hole using a fine grit sandpaper so the birds don't catch their feathers on their door. Don't forget to sand the inside as well. Don't mind the wonky shape of the hole... I think I need to get a new drill bit!
Now drill a 1/4 inch hole about 1 1/2 inches below the large hole. This will eventually be the perch for the birds.
Next, use washi tape or painters tape to section off a triangular section around the holes as shown above. Paint the triangular section the color of your choice. Let the paint dry and then carefully remove the tape.
Go crazy with the paint if you like... any color or shape will work!
Now, drill four small holes on the back of the birdhouse. These will accommodate the wire which will be used to hang your birdhouse later on.
Cut two pieces of wire that are long enough to fit around the tree or post that you'll be hanging the birdhouse on. Mine were each about 2 feet long. String one piece of wire through the top two holes so that it goes in one and back out the other, and string the other through the bottom two holes.
Next, put a very small dab of hot glue on the end of the dowel rod and insert it into the 1/4 inch hole that you drilled earlier, creating the perch.
Lastly you will attach the aluminum flashing. The Knuff comes with small holes on the front and back (now the sides of the birdhouse), so you'll want to cover those first (unless you want your house to have windows!). Cut two 2x2 inch squares of flashing for this purpose. Put a small line of hot glue down each side of one square and place it on the inside of the file to cover one of the small round holes. Be very careful, because the flashing will heat up. Do the same to the other small hole.
Now cut a piece of flashing that is about 14x5 inches for the roof. Glue it to the top of the file as shown above. Again, be careful that you don't burn yourself as the flashing will warm up with the heat of the glue. And that's it! Now go attach it to a tree or post using the wire and a screw, and your birds will surely be nesting in no time!
Here are some pictures of the finished product....
You might also consider embellishing it in other ways, perhaps by staining it or even using paint pens to create a fun pattern. The sky's the limit!
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When Lauren found her dream dresser at Room & Board, it came with a nightmare price tag. At $1,599, it might make a lot of people balk. Not deterred, Lauren turned to IKEA's TARVA dresser to bring her dream dresser
Cassie had the fantastic opportunity to partner up with the IKEA Home Tour Squad recently in an effort to breathe new life into her bonus room (aka: kids' space). The room was already anchored by her IKEA sectional. A LIATORP t.v. storage cabinet was added to tame the entertainment area (featured in the video
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!
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!
Oh boy, is this a great IKEA hack! These were once just boring old plain glass containers, but have since had a little facelift and now I want a bunch lining my desk! Can you tell what they've been updated with?
The IKEA Rast dresser is one of those raw pieces that has so much potential, but really needs a little something to look good. Like, for example, a set of long, horizontal leather and wood handles! Keep reading to find out how to transform your Rast into a gorgeous show stopper that everyone is sure to love.
Courtney and her husband cleverly turned an IKEA Gulliver Changing Table into a much-needed bookcase. Although they used a very specific changing table, I can imagine something quite similar could be done
Spring will be here eventually, and when it arrives, I'll be ready and waiting with my pretty floral rope wreath IKEA hack. This is one of the easiest hacks I've shared yet - and you'll never guess what IKEA product I used. Keep reading to find out.
The IKEA Nolmyra chair is cool to begin with, but just wait until you see what can be done to it with two picture frames and spray paint! The result is a unique, bright piece of furniture with arms for added functionality. Keep reading to check out the makeover.
Stephanie flips houses. She also remodels them. Take, for example, the kitchen pictured above. It could be described as a dark, cramped cubby-hole before. After "numerous trips to IKEA to get it right," it's now Stephanie's favorite kitchen makeover she's ever
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.
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....
- 1 IKEA Heat Trivet
- Thumb tacks (I used 2 packages)
- 4 3/4" diameter mirror
- 5" piece of wire
- E6000 Glue
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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....
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!
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!
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