Transform these viral IKEA storage essentials into unique pastel tableware this Spring

Authored by jakiyapr
Posted: Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 06:00

Thinking of perking up your dinner parties or the kitchen this spring? Home designer Yvonne Ellen gives her top two seasonal DIY home inspirations to transform these best-selling viral IKEA essentials into unique home décor items that are sure to add that wow factor:

There is something special and quite satisfying about giving an object a little remodel to create something that is exactly what you love and suits the rest of your home perfectly. IKEA is usually my ‘go-to’ for finding so many hidden gems that can be revamped with my favourite patterns and illustrations using high-quality acrylic paints and detailing.

The Bougee Animal Tea Station using IKEA STOLTHET

This DIY hack is perfect to showcase all my favourite tea and coffee chinaware in style! The IKEA STOLTHET chopping board has a perfectly clean surface to paint on and I transformed it by rolling neutral paint as the base before detailing the designs using bright acrylic paints. Once this has been dried, I added gold leaf detailing around the edges and finished it off with a coat of clear acrylic varnish.

I absolutely loved every part of creating this little IKEA storage hack and having all my tea bits and bobs displayed and on hand, while giving that eye-catching edge to my kitchen surface that has never looked so good before.

The Crabtastic Lazy Susan using the IKEA SNUDDA

Inspired by the ‘Crustaceancore’ trend that was hot off the heels last year, I have been wanting to test out a new bold Crab design for a while and the IKEA SNUDDA was the perfect product to do it on. I am a massive sushi fan so I absolutely love having all the right tableware for a good sushi dinner party and this was the perfect essential to revamp into a playful sea-inspired sharing platter that will wow the guests.

It makes an excellent addition to the table to showcase dishes and seeing as I have the perfect range of sushi tableware this one was a must to add to the collection.

Yvonne’s top upcycling painting tips to try this Spring: 

  • Make sure to give the objects a quick wipe and ensure you have a clean and dry surface to work on.
  • Roll on a coat of neutral paint of your choice as the base to let your illustrations stand out.
  • Sketch out a design that you’re happy with and draw this out beforehand on tracing paper. If you aren’t confident in drawing, stencils are really handy and can be traced onto your canvas using a pencil.
  • Get comfortable with all your equipment, secure the sides with some tape to stop any surface movements, measure where exactly you want to place the design and get painting!
  • Once the paint has dried off, add detailing of your choice to the design for some extra pizzazz and finish it off with a coat of clear acrylic varnish.

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