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!   

 

10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
Photo: Anchors and Honey

1. This one has a whole new color scheme, with gold "hardware" and floral wallpaper. Real all about the transformation here. [Photo: Anchors and Honey]

 

10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
Photo: Little Years

2. Here we have a mod take on the Duktig, with some fun pops of color. Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: Little Years]

 

10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
Photo: Miss Audrey Sue

3. This mint green version has a bit of a retro vibe, along with a fun herringbone "backsplash." Read all about the project here. [Photo: Miss Audrey Sue]

 

10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
Photo: Visual Vocabularie

4. There's nothing subtle about this incredibly fun makeover which gives the kitchen a colorful, eclectic feel. Read more about it here. [Photo: Visual Vocabularie]

 

10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
Photo: The Inspired Room

5. This one has a more monochromatic look, with muted colors and black and white wallpaper. Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: The Inspired Room]

 

10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
Photo: Copy Cat Chic

6. This one has a more grown up look, for the serious kid chef. Read all about it right here. [Photo: Copy Cat Chic]

 

10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
Photo: By Rose Grip

7. Gold spray paint and some fun leopard print fabric give this Duktig a whole new look. Read more here. [Photo: By Rose Grip]

 

10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
Photo: Because It's Awesome

8. Gray paint and a pretty teal towel are the most noticeable changes to this Duktig. Check out the details here. [Photo: Because It's Awesome]

 

10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
Photo: The Shaker House

9. A faux marble countertop and a peel-and-stick tile backsplash give this kitchen a super trendy look. Real all about it here. [Photo: The Shaker House]

 

10 Creative IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
Photo: Craftykins

10. And last but not least, the subway tile on this one gives it a more realistic look. Read about it here. [Photo: Craftykins]

 

10 Incredible IKEA Play Kitchen Makeovers
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IKEA Hack: DIY Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse

by Faith Provencher
IKEA Hack: DIY Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse
Photo: Faith Towers

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.   

 

IKEA Hack: DIY Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse
Photo: Faith Towers

The birds in your yard will be thrilled to move into this hip little haven! Here's what you'll need for this project....

Materials

 

  • 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 
  • Paintbrush
  • 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)

IKEA Hack: DIY Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse

 

Step

IKEA Hack: DIY Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse

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.

 

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IKEA Hack: DIY Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse

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.

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IKEA Hack: Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse

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!

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IKEA Hack: Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse

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.

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IKEA Hack: Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse

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. 

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IKEA Hack: Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse

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....

 

IKEA Hack: DIY Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse
Photo: Faith Towers

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!

IKEA Hack: DIY Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse
Photo: Faith Towers

 

IKEA Hack: DIY Knuff Magazine File Birdhouse
Photo: Faith Towers

 

Interested in seeing more IKEA hacks? Check out some other great ones right here.

 

 

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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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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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. 

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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.

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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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