Sunday, 15 June 2014

Ikea restyled

The letters DIY tend to conjure visions of kitsch crafts, botched paint jobs and drilling disasters. But not on this blog. We’re into the kind of do-it-yourself projects that are infused with style and guarantee perfectly polished results – no power tools required. This week we were inspired by the clever (and contemporary) crafters from Sweden's Livet Hemma, who may have achieved the ultimate Ikea hack…

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Admiring the chic marble-topped table? Take a second look. This master of disguise is actually a humble Ikea coffee table swathed in contact paper (that’s right, the stuff you used to cover your school books). We tend to take exception to most things faux (think polyester fur and Gocci bags), but the table gets our tick of approval for its homemade cred and authentic finish. The only factors setting it apart from the real thing are the cost – just a fraction of marble’s hefty price tag, and the weight – you won’t need a forklift to transport it to your top floor apartment.

Best of all, the project is about as complex as a Tara Reid film plot. All it requires is a simple coffee table (check out the selection at Ikea - hard-edged designs work best) and some stone-effect contact paper (find it here). For a bubble-free application, we recommend following a tutorial, such as this one.

Textures that trick the eye are trending right now, so here are a few more marble marvels.

How Are You marble-look cushion cover, The Minimalist.

WallSmart marble-look wallpaper, Ferm Living. (back in stock very soon!)
Marble & timber coat hook, The Cool Hunter.

1 comment:

  1. This is possibly the classiest IKEA hack I've ever seen, very cool!