Friday, 6 July 2012

Ikea Hackers

Hello Readers

I recently discovered this site called Ikea Hackers its nothing sinister but an amazing site where people from all over the world post unusual or alternative uses or modifications for Ikea furniture.  I wish I had found this site sooner it is amazing. 

by Country Roots Early Learning Centre, Ayr Ontario via

Above is my favourite billy bookcase idea - i really want to do this!

I thought I would share a little round up of some cute kids play ideas I found.  A year ago I wanted to get a play kitchen for my girls I searched high & low for an affordable option that wouldn't take up my entire living room - well plenty of that at Ikea hackers.

I thought I'd kick things off with this pretty pink option - so pretty!

This darling country kitchen for a little girl is by mali-mo via Ikea hackers she did it all herself and used an Ikea box as her base and other bits of pine offcuts and old knobs, isn't it amazing?

This option I really like as it has toy storage underneath its made using the Ikea TROFAST and Jan has used vinyl to make the kitchen on the top.

There are lots and lots of play kitchen's on Ikea hackers and lots of LEGO play tables too.  My favourite is this one, a very smart way to keep the LEGO off the floor

Vicky B used a LACK side table, TROFAST box and lid to make this table.

Heathur Dollar used 2 LACK tables and this Ikea car mat to create this great play table, so easy to do and looks such fun. 

I could go on and on but I think you get the idea.  As you can see lots of eye candy and smart ideas to be had at ikea hackers it's all neatly arranged room by room.  If you are struggling with re-creating a particular design or furnishing a tricky area in your home chances are someone else has had the same problem or idea and you might just find it on here.

I inadvertently "hacked" a Hemnes bedside table a few years ago.  I liked the elegant lines of this bedside table but didn't like the colours.  I was at the time in love with the beautiful mirrored French bedroom furniture that was all about but very expensive.  So I took my Ikea bedside table and sanded it down, I primed and then painted the table a lovely green to compliment the dusky pinks of my bedroom.  I then found a glass supplier and got them to cut a piece of mirror for the drawer front and a piece of toughened glass to fit the top.  I wallpapered the top of the table and used little rubber dots to cushion the glass which just sits on the top.  I replaced the handle too.  It wasn't desperately thrifty to do (I’ve done cheaper furniture re-do's) but compared to buying something this pretty I certainly saved ££.

and after.

1 comment:

  1. I missed this post somehow when you first put it up! Gorgeous ideas! xxx