Ikea Hack of a Junior Chair … What Started it All

Ikea Hack of a Junior Chair … What Started it All

For this weeks post I thought I would share with you the inspiration which kick started my love of the furniture “makeover” … my “Ikea Hack” of Miss E’s Junior Chair.

When you’re on a budget, Ikea furniture can be an affordable option.  They have a great price tag and seem to stock anything you could ever want … for any room of the house … in one convenient (and very large) location.Ikea Hack of a Junior Chair ... What Started it All

Saying that, over the years whenever I have bought my Ikea purchase home … assembled it and placed it in situ … I have always been a little disappointed.  It never seemed quite the right colour, looked a little too generic and well … “cheap”.  I reasoned with myself …

It’ll do until I can afford something better

So, when Paul and I bought our first home together, I vowed to myself that I would never again enter those Blue and Yellow doors … I was going to decorate my home in style from now on!  But of course reality soon struck for I had, as the saying goes … champagne taste on a beer budget … what I needed to do was think creatively, buy what we could afford, and make do with what we already had.

The inspiration that I could “makeover” furniture came to me one day as I was browsing through Australian Home Beautiful. This was in the days before Pinterest … when we still had to cut pictures from magazines to fill our inspiration boards.

I came across an article of a beautifully presented home in Sydney … furnished with a mixture of pieces purchased through auction, Ebay and large homemaker stores … including an Ikea junior chair in pale blue paint the owner, Theresa, had mixed herself.  The chair was exactly what I wanted for Miss E … who had just out-grown her high-chair. This was the moment – inspiration struck! Of course … you take a plain, reasonable priced chair, give it a lick of paint and … voila! … I could do that! Why had I not thought of this before?

Ikea Hack of a Junior Chair ... What Started it All

For those who know me … you will smile and shake your heads … my parents were antique dealers after all … surely this was second nature to me? Apparently not!  Perhaps it was growing up in a house where chairs found in old farm sheds were quickly and efficiently stripped of their layers of paint … paint was something you got rid of as quickly as possible … not added.

So … I once again found myself entering into the world of Swedish design, but this time with a renewed purpose. I found the perfect chair in no time, the Ingolf junior chair. I looked at the shape and style of the chair, beyond its “antique stain” exterior and thought of what it would look like painted … pretty good I thought.

Once the chair was home (and assembled), I quickly set about making it mine. Miss E choose a pale pink colour and I gave it a distressed “shabby” look.  Paul wondered what on earth I was doing … what’s wrong with the colour it is? And why am I now sanding away the paint I spent hours applying? But I was unwavering … I had a vision.

Ikea Hack of a Junior Chair ... What Started it AllThe end result was great – the chair turned out exactly how I imagined. It’s amazing what a coat of paint and a little creativity can achieve … for a small cost, the ordinary turned into … WOW! A couple of years later and I still love Miss E’s little chair. The perfect thing … if and when I tire of the colour or the “shabby” look … I can just repaint it.

I now realise that I am not alone in my Ikea style “makeover” and neither was Therese from Home Beautiful back in 2011. “Ikea Hacks” have a dedicated website and following (see ikeahackers.net). Of course style doesn’t necessary have a large price tag.  A little creativity and can-do attitude is really all you need to get started (and seeing beyond the “antique stain”).

(Here are some of my favourite Ikea Hacks on Pinterest)

Ikea Hack of a Junior Chair ... What Started it All

Some simple and beautful Ikea Hacks from other bloggers 1. thesweetbeastblog; 2. lacquerandlinen; 3. houseofhawkes; 4. thegoldensycamore

What is your favourite Ikea Hack?

What inspired you to start furniture makeovers?

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