IKEA As Is - Home Decor!

Welcome back to our IKEA as-is series! This is a series we do where we go to the IKEA as-is section, buy some discounted stuff, and turn it into something amazing! Today we picked up two couch cushions ($10 each), a blue velvet chair cover ($5), a thin black floor lamp ($15), and a glass cupboard door panel ($7).

DIY FLOATING FRAME

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Glass cupboard door panel ($7)

  • Two c-hooks

  • Faux ferns

  • Rope

  • Super glue

  • Tape

The first DIY is going to be a really pretty floating frame! We’ve done something like this before (you can see it here), so this is a fun little add-on to those projects!

Kelsey started this DIY by adding two c-hooks to either end of the long side of the door frame. To allow for the c-hooks to go in a bit easier, Kelsey went ahead and created a little starter hole using a hammer and nail! Hammer in the nail a little bit, then pull the nail back out. With that nail hole made, she went ahead and twisted the c-hook into the top of the frame!

 
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Now to add decor inside of our frame! Kelsey decided to use some faux ferns. She pulled the ferns apart to her desired size, and used super glue to glue the pieces down. It helps to use tape to hold the ferns down while they dry. She also added some heavy books on top of the ferns to make sure everything dried perfectly flat!

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Once everything was dry, she removed the books and tape, and added rope to the c-hooks to allow it to be hung on the wall!

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DIY WALL SCONCE

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • IKEA floor lamp ($15)

  • Wood

  • Hand saw

  • Mitre box

  • Electrical tape

  • Dark stain

  • Screws

  • Screw driver

Becky saw this lamp in IKEA and instantly thought ‘really cool pinterest wall sconce’, so she picked it up and that’s what she’s going to make today! The first step in this DIY is to take the lamp apart and remove any pieces we don’t need. Becky went ahead and removed the base of the lamp as it’s not needed and super heavy!

The next step is to add a slight bend to the metal rod. Becky did this by clamping the rod to the work table, and gently bending it upwards.

Next to attach the sconce to the wall! To do this, Becky is going to create two wood blocks that slip onto the floor lamp, and attach to the wall. Starting with a long block of wood, Becky went ahead and cut two pieces out of it - one 6 inch piece with angled cuts on both sides, and one smaller piece with an angled cut on only one side. To do this, she used a mitre box and hand saw. Once cut, she gave everything a nice sand!

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Next to add holes for the pole to go through the blocks. She went ahead and found a drill bit that is roughly the size of the pole, and drilled through the short sides of the 6 inch block all the way through to the other side. It helps to drill on one side a part of the way through, switch sides, then drill through the other side until the two tunnels meet. Next on the smaller block, she only drilled on the angled side a part of the way through. This will be the bottom piece that will hold the sconce up on the wall without the pole slipping through the blocks! Next, she drilled a smaller hole into the bottom of this block to allow for the cords to slip through and get plugged into the wall.

 
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Next, she added some pilot holes to the angled sides of the blocks to allow for easy hanging after the project was complete! There should be four pilot holes on the doubled angled piece, and two on the single angled piece. Time to stain the wood! We stained the wood a nice dark black colour.

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Time to put everything together! Becky slipped the bar of the lamp through the 6 inch block of wood first, then slide the bottom of the pole into the smaller block of wood making sure to thread the exposed wires through the smaller hole first! Becky then went ahead and reattached the wires to the rest of the cord. The last step is to hang it using our pilot holes!

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FLOOR POUF

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • IKEA couch cushions ($10 each)

  • IKEA chair cover ($5)

  • Scissors

  • Make your own button kit http://bit.ly/2U8cVnB

  • Sewing machine

  • Pins

This fabric and these pillows just scream floor poof! So Kelsey is going to show you how she made it. She started by cutting off all of the available fabric that she can use from the cover. Once everything was separated, she cut cut five pieces - one top piece and four side pieces. She then sewed up all of the side pieces together so that it created one long straight piece of fabric.

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Next, she sewed the long side piece to the top piece, making sure the corners lines up properly. Now to add a bottom piece. There wasn’t any more of the blue velvet material left to create a bottom piece, so she cut a piece from the grey material on the slip to act as the bottom. She then pinned the grey piece to the bottom of the side pieces, and sewed everything up, making sure to leave a hole to flip the project inside out and to stuff it. Once sewed, flip the pouf inside out and stuff it using the stuffing inside of the pillows we picked up earlier! Stuff your pillow enough so that it looks a bit over-stuffed. Use a blind stitch to close up the stuffing hole!

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The final step will be to add some tufts to the pillow. We made our own buttons out of the same fabric using a ‘create your own button’ kit (you can find one here) - you’ll need four buttons. Time to attach the buttons. Kelsey grabbed some super strong thread and layered it up four times and threaded it through a thick embroidery needle. Next, she tied the end of the layer thread to the back of the button, and pushed her embroidery needle through the pouf into the bottom.

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She then pulled tight and tied the thread into a tight knot. Knot these pieces a couple of times to prevent the thread from pulling through the pillow. Next, snip off the excess thread! Repeat this three more times to create four tufts in total. And that’s it!

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