Ikea hacking? It’s basically a sport for some, but for me, I prefer a little upgrade as opposed to an all-out overhaul. To be honest, I like our stained wood shelves far better than the glass shelves the unit originally came with so to me that project was totally worth it.
I decided to embark on another little project for the guest room in the form of jazzed-up night stands. The bed rests against a rather short wall and only tiny nightstands would fit on either side. Enter the FROSTA stool, which I unfortunately cannot find on the US site. But, this little upgrade would work with a dozen other Ikea products so I’ll still share it.
The “dipped” look is very popular right now, which I suppose could be a double-edged sword. I’m not one for trendy anything, especially decorating (I never put chevron anywhere!!), but this idea seemed too easy to pass up and I had the punchy paint on hand so voila! Trend away!
I’m trying to keep this room very relaxed with a strong black and white motif and small punches of color.
Here is the original FROSTA:
I measured up 16 centimeters (because we live in Switzerland…) from the base of the legs and then taped it off with some Washi tape that I also bought at Ikea. I then painted the bottom portion with two coats of a matte light blue and let it dry over night. I removed the tape and admired my skilled hand before taping the opposite side of the line and covering the rest of the stool in two coats of a matte laguna blue color. I again let it dry over night and then removed the tape and set the stools up. It really could not have been easier. I probably didn’t even need to let it dry over night, but I was trying to extend my book on tape for a few extra days, you see.
Anyone else do a little manipulating to ultra-cheap, ultra-luxe Ikea pieces? I’m always looking for neat ideas so please share them! These tables will get their first test drive when my parents come this weekend!!