Today I am bringing you my first Ikea Hack! For those of you that don’t know what an Ikea Hack is, it is when you take a basic piece of Ikea furniture (or any of their products!) and customise or modify it yourself, therefore making it WAY better! I love Ikea………..I would be happy to live in their showroom. Our closest Ikea is about 1 and a 1/2 hours away so I only make a pilgrimage about once a year and usually I spend all day there (this is best for our bank balance too as while things are affordable I always need everything!). It is such a great source of inspiration and it is always different every time I go.
This hack is all about their Duktig Doll’s Bed, which retails here for $19.99 AUD. I actually bought mine at an Op-Shop for $5 which makes this hack even cheaper for me. I wanted it to have a more vintage look rather than the quite plain modern look it has and by adding a coat of paint and a few wood elements I think I created quite a cute little bed.
You will need:
Tools Required: Sander, Drills, G-Clamps, Wood Glue & Paint (I used Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Apron Strings)
First give your bed a light sand all over to remove the coating and bring it back to raw wood. This won’t take a lot of work as it isn’t a thick coat.
Next you will need to attach the wood decals using the wood glue to the front and back of top sections of the bed. Use your G-Clamps to secure them in place while the glue dries.
Next you need to drill holes in the top of the four corner posts to fit your wood finials into. Add a bit of wood glue before placing the wood finials into the holes to secure them into place.
I next stained my wood, mainly because I planned to distress it and I prefer to see dark timber to show through, but you can skip this step.
Finally paint your bed and if you have the time sew some nice new linens for the bed so the Baby Doll can go to sleep in style!
Simple, isn’t it? Buts it looks less like an Ikea piece of furniture now and something a little bit more special. I know my daughter loves it now! Have you tried an Ikea Hack?
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