Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ikea Upgrade

Ever since I heard about Sew Dang Cute Craft's Crafting with the Stars competition I knew I wanted to link up to their "try-outs". But what could I make that would even stand a chance against all those other amazing gals out there without breaking the bank?

Well we've all seen the Ikea Lack Side Tables, if you haven't here's a picture-

These lovely little tables are only $7 at Ikea.

For a while now I've been dreaming of how great an ottoman at the end of my bed would look but those things can get expensive!

This lovely ottoman from Crate and Barrel is $1299!!

$1300 dollars??!! That's more than we pay in rent-for two months! 

Do you see where I'm going with this? I decided I could make my own lovely bench for the end of our bed and that I would submit it to the competition-so I did, and this is how I did it.

With the help of Mojo we connected the two tables with a hinge we bought at Home Depot. My original plan had been to use gorilla glue to attach the tables but Mojo didn't think that would be strong enough. We got a straight hinge and attached them with screws to the sides of the tables-it worked perfectly.

Then I got out my new staple gun and went to town on it. I used teddy bear stuffing (which I found at Walmart) because it was cheap, but it was also frustrating and wouldn't lie exactly how I wanted it to. Next time I would just spend the extra couple dollars and buy a cushion. 

My biggest piece of advice would be to make sure everything is pulled TIGHT! It looks much more professional when it's nice and tight all over. Your arms may hurt a little afterwards but trust me it is so worth it.

And here's my finished product! It took a couple days to finish only because I had some user error (buying the wrong staples, etc.) but once I started putting everything together it really only took a little over an hour. 

It's a great new addition to my bedroom makeover and I love how it turned out. My bedroom is slowly coming together piece by piece and I can't wait to show you what else I've got planned!

Hope everyone has a fantastic Thursday-it's kick-off day for me and I can not wait until 6pm tonight-GO UTES!

Check out my Party Page to see all the fun places I'm linking this up to!

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The Christensens said...

This is so cool and it turned out so great! Might have to explore your blog a little more! Thanks for sharing!

Kristen said...

I love this - such a creative way to make a budget-friendly ottoman!! Now I'm kicking myself for giving away my husband's Ikea tables when we got married. Shoot!

Great job - I'm so glad you shared this!

Kristen @ Turning a House into a Home

Toqua's Crafts said...

Very nice!
You did a GREAT job!

Nicole said...

So cute! I would've never thought to do something like that. I might just have to try it now. :)

Nat said...

Hey it looks awesome! :)

Lindsay @ Artsy-Fartsy Mama said...

Ohhh I am loving this!! I have a similar table that could use an upgrade! Thanks for sharing! :)

Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life said...

The bench turned out awesome!!! Great idea..

Honey at 2805 said...

What a solution and really creative thinking out of the box! How smart of you!

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you and hope you will link up again next week!

Deborah March said...

WOW!! Such a WONDERFUL transformation! Black and white...always SO elegant!

Deborah (happily visiting from

WhyCuzICan said...

Very chic up-do! You know what you want and can design it to suit your budget--good for you for sticking to your guns!

Today I'm visiting from Designers Garden's VIP Linky Party,
~Suzanne in NW Illinois

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Love the way this turned out. Great fabric choice too!

Warmly, Michelle

Megan said...

Great job! Love Ikea

Ellen said...

What a lovely addition to your bedroom. And it doesn't come with a hefty price tag. W.T.G. it's very professional looking.

Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings said...

that is awesome and a great idea.. I may make a bench for my mudroom like this.. dont forget to also link up to Ikea hackers they would love this!

Vanessa said...

Love it. Very cute!


Alana Karl said...

Woah, what a great idea! Love your fabric!!!

Kaitlin Saenz said...

Loves great! Nice upgrade for sure! Thanks for linking up to my party! Hope to see you next week for more!

Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

The DIY Show Off said...

So clever and so pretty! Great job! :)

Anonymous said...

Great Job! Next time, try quilting batting which is available at most fabric stores. It will be far easier to use instead of the teddy bear stuff... or even thin foam rubber. You can cut it with a scissor or if you have the right measurements, most fabric stores will cut it with an electric knife. You can make the cushion as thick or thin as you want and then do the stapling just as you did on this one.

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