7 Colorful IKEA Hacks That’ll Brighten Up the Rest of Your Summer

published Aug 13, 2019
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Well, August came fast! Summer may be starting to wind down, but you can keep your home warm and colorful all year long with seasonally-themed IKEA hacks. Sure, we dig a white IKEA cabinet as much as the next person, but we also love livening up a Scandinavian piece with some extra flair. Here are seven IKEA hacks that convey everything we adore about summer.

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Stacked planters

Summer is the time to embrace all things green and growing, so why not display one of your plant babies in a unique DIY planter? Lisa of We Are Scout smartly used acrylic paint on IKEA 365+ bowls to produce this sunset-colored ombre pot.

Credit: PMQ for Two

A wallpapered sideboard

We think this geometrically pattern IKEA MALM dressing table, made over and repurposed by Ariel of PMQ for Two, would put a smile on anyone’s face, even in the dead of winter. Ariel’s tutorial on the Spoonflower blog, which involves covering the furniture in Spoonflower wallpaper and gussying it up with brass hardware and casters, is transformative.

Tasseled pillows

Add summer-like decor to your living room by using an IKEA outdoor rug to make fringed throw pillows. Tegan and Lindsay of Treasures & Travels dreamed up this DIY using straightforward stitching and IKEA SIGNE rugs.

Watercolor chairs

You know you’re going to be sitting outside a ton in the summer, wining and dining and entertaining. Set a fun scene with these vibrant IKEA outdoor chairs, crafted by Victoria of A Subtle Revelry. She painted a large piece of canvas with a rainbow-hued, abstract design, then applied the fabric to chairs (you can find a similar version here) using Mod Podge.

Credit: Damask Love

A patterned picnic table

Why, yes, you absolutely can turn an IKEA VILDAPEL plant stand into a miniature table. Amber of Damask Love decorated the teeny table and then added an oh-so-handy leather strap so she can carry it to and from picnics.

A leafy bar cabinet

Laura Gummerman of A Beautiful Mess converted the IKEA IVAR cabinet into a pastel-colored bar cabinet. Arguably the best part, and definitely the most summery? Its painted, wooden monstera leaves.

Hanging ice chests

Throw an Instagram-ready outdoor gathering with these ombré ice chests. Brittni of Paper & Stitch spray-painted IKEA DRUVFLÄDER hanging planters, and voila!: delightful ice chests that you can display on the trees. All you need now is the bubbly.