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If you're a home DIYer like me, then you are probably no stranger to the idea of IKEA hacks. If you're not familiar, they are ideas for modifying the budget-friendly IKEA furniture and accessories to create something unique, custom, and imaginative. I recently received a book to review that is full of easy IKEA modification projects! The book, I Modify IKEA by Elyse Major and Charlotte Rivers (you can purchase it on Amazon here), is a must for the budget-conscious DIYer and home décor enthusiast. But fair warning... this book may result in many new weekend projects! When I first sat down with the book, I dog-eared a good dozen projects on my first pass!
I Modify IKEA is also a great gift idea for the crafty person in your life, the IKEA lover in your life, or the new student in your life who's in their first place and looking to create something a little unique in their space. You can find it on Amazon here, just in time for holiday gifting!
This past weekend I tried three different projects from the book. All of them were incredibly easy, and all three were completed in the same day. I was able to create something for myself, as well as two other projects as housewarming gifts for my good friend who just moved to town.
Ulysses Press gave me permission to share the steps for these three projects with you all so that you can see examples of how easy and great the book's projects are. While I stuck to a few accent décor pieces, the 50 projects in the book range from accents, to toys, to furniture, to even brand new pieces using IKEA parts. Give one or more of these easy projects a try, then check the book out for yourself!
Designed by: Elyse Major
Excerpt from: I Modify Ikea, Ulysses Press
Inexpensive clear glass candleholders are encrusted with glass glitter to add a touch of stylish sparkle wherever they are placed.
IKEA® HOME FURNISHINGS GALEJ TEALIGHT HOLDERS CLEAR GLASS, $1.99/4 PACK
DECOUPAGE GLUE/SEALER SUCH AS MOD PODGE
GERMAN GLASS GLITTER
ACRYLIC COATING SPRAY
TIME: 30–60 MINS
1. Using a foam brush, apply a broad, even stroke of decoupage glue/sealer to the exterior of the glass candleholder.
2. Carefully pour glass glitter over the decoupage glue/sealer to cover then shake- off any excess. Allow it to set.
3. Apply your next stroke of decoupage glue/sealer, working as close to the finished strip as possible, and add glitter as before. It is easier to achieve full coverage by applying wide rows of decoupage glue/sealer rather than spreading and rolling.
4. Continue until the outside of the glass is completely covered in glitter. Fill any gaps with dabs of glue and sprinkles of glitter.
5. Apply a light application of acrylic coating spray to set the glitter. Lay newspaper down to prepare an area outdoors, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best spraying results. Apply additional coat(s) of spray, if needed, leaving to dry in between coats, and before use.
HACK HINT: Work over a paper plate to catch excess glitter. Roll the plate into a funnel to return glitter to the bottle, checking first that there is no glue mixed in.
Fab Everyday hint: If you use a really fine glass glitter (I found this blue one at a craft store), you can also roll the candle holder in the glitter to get an even coat. The IKEA glass glitter is thicker (and has great sparkle and dimension - as you'll see in the next picture), therefore won't roll on like this.
Fab Everyday hint: Like the instructions suggest, you will definitely need additional coats of Mod Podge and glass application to get a nice even coverage.
Designed by: Charlotte Rivers
Excerpt from: I Modify Ikea, Ulysses Press
For this project, take a pair of tealight holders and cover them in gold leaf. Adding gold leaf is a great way to make an item look instantly sophisticated.
IKEA® HOME FURNISHINGS GLASIG TEALIGHT HOLDERS CLEAR GLASS, $2.99/5 PACK (Fab Everyday project note: I couldn't find GLASIG at my local IKEA, so I used another GALEJ tealight holder, as well as UPPEHÅLL votive candle holders instead)
GOLD LEAF KIT WITH GLUE AND GLUE APPLICATOR
TIME: 1 HR
HACK HINT: When applying gold leaf, make sure your hands are clean and dry. Wash off any glue as you go to avoid the leaf sticking to your fingers.
1. First cut the gold leaf into pieces that area of a manageable size using a craft knife. Here, the gold leaf is cut to the depth of the tealight holder.
2. Apply the glue (supplied with the gold leaf kit) to the outside of the tealight holder. Apply a small amount at a time, just as much as you need for the first piece of leaf you are going to apply.
3. Now start to apply your gold leaf to the tealight holder, one small piece at a time. Handle the leaf carefully and press very gently to secure it to the glass. Do not press or rub too hard, as this will tear the leaf.
4. Continue applying gold leaf around each tealight holder. You can use a paintbrush to lightly rub the leaf onto the glass as you go.
Fab Everyday hint: I didn't find a regular gold leaf kit, so I used liquid, paint-on gold leaf. Please note that doing it this way will require a layer of acrylic coating spray to seal it after your final coat has dried.
Fab Everyday hint: If you use liquid gold leaf, I recommend keeping your paint strokes the same direction to match regular gold leafing.
Fab Everyday hint: I found that with the paint-on gold leaf, that one single layer of paint mimicked regular gold leafing nicely, so I stuck with only one coat of the gold paint.
Designed by: Charlotte RiversExcerpt from: I Modify Ikea, Ulysses Press
This is a great way to transform a simple terracotta plant pot, before using it to pot your plant. Its small size is ideal for brightening up a window ledge, or it can be used as a centerpiece for an outdoor dining table.
MATERIALSIKEA® HOME FURNISHINGS INGEFÄRA FLOWER POT AND SAUCER TERRACOTTA, $1.99
WHITE SPRAY PAINT
TIME: 1 HR
VARIATION: As an alternative to diamonds, why not try a simple striped pattern? Simply add your tape in equally spaced stripes, spray as before, and remove the tape when completely dry. You could even add a striped saucer, too.
1. Begin by cutting strips of tape with an X-Acto knife and lay them down on your plant pot at a slight angle, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart, one after the other. As the pot is tapered, the tape will sit closer together at the bottom than it does at the top, leaving a smaller gap of approximately 5/8 inch (1.5 cm) between each piece.
2. Once you have finished laying tape in one direction, begin laying a second round of tape over the first in the other direction to create diamond shapes within the gaps. You may find it is necessary to adjust the tape, depending on the gaps created, to get the desired pattern.
3. Finally, tape around the top rim of the pot to protect it when you spray it.
4. Lay down newspaper to prepare an area outdoors for spray-painting. Take your white spray paint and spray evenly all around the pot, then allow the pot to dry for approximately 1 hour.
5. Once the pot is completely dry, carefully remove the tape. Start with the tape on the rim, then remove the top layer of tape, and finally remove the bottom layer.
Fab Everyday hint: You can use regular scissors to cut the electrical tape instead of an X-Acto knife.
Fab Everyday hint: Press the tape down firmly before spray painting to avoid paint getting under the tape.
Fab Everyday hint: Try using chalky finish spray paint for a soft and slightly textured look that complements the terra cotta nicely.
Fab Everyday hint: Apply the spray paint with the pots upside down so that you don't end up with uneven paint on the inside of the top of the pot.
Fab Everyday hint: Don't worry if the paint runs a little, or if the pattern isn't perfect... these little details are part of what makes something custom and homemade even more special!
Get your copy of I Modify IKEA on Amazon here, and tag @fabeverydayblog on social media in any projects you create! I'd love to see what you make!