LIFESTYLE, DESIGN, DIY
DIY | COFFEE TABLE WITH IKEA CACTI POTS
When, 4 months ago, we moved into our new appartement, we only had the basics. I had a coach and table and chairs, Jelle had a bed, a tv set and a few cupboards. The rest just did not fit into our tiny 35m² space and thus we had to get creative!
What do you do when you have limited space? Add only bulky and big furniture pieces or go for small and cosy? I decided (yes, I have most say about our interior) that we’d go for a big coach, yet in combination with a small rug and fitting coffee table. Ikea is perfect for these sort of furniture items thanks to their Scandinavian design team. Bulkier furniture can make your appartement look bigger, but don’t overdo it; add smaller pieces to avoid ending up in a cramped space.
How often do you see a huge coffee table where people move clumsily around and try not to bust their shins? Too often if you ask me and if you add the fact that the more of the floorboards you see, the bigger the room looks, the decision for a small rug and small table was easy to make.
The only thing left to do was add some personal touches. Jelle bought me these adorable cacti which I wanted to have for a long time, however he bought it in his favorite colour: bright green. That wasn’t going to work with the colours we used in the appartement and so I decided to paint them. It’s easy, quick and you can do it all by yourself! Read on to find out how.
WHAT YOU NEED
- 2x Ikea 3pack potted plant with pot
- Your favourite colour paint
- Ikea Tantum flat woven rug
- Ikea Gladom tray table
- Brush for paint
- Paint paddle
- Sandpaper with a fine grain
STEP BY STEP GUIDE
Start by gathering your all the stuff needed. Spread the newspaper across your work table and take the plants out of the pots. Start by polishing the pots slightly with the sanding paper evenly. Don't forget the inside!
Stir the paint with the paint paddle and dip your paint brush into it. With one hand hold the pot and with the other paint. Depending on your paint the pots might need a second coat for a nice and even result. Let the paint dry while you make sure the newspaper doesn't stick to the paint by moving the pots slightly every now and then.
When the paint is dry place the cacti back into the pots. Place the rug in the middle of your living room, put the tray table on top of it, organize the plants the way you want and your done! Enjoy your stylish coffee table that looks cool, doesn't take much space and is totally customizable.
Edit: For a funky effect, paint the pots in different colours or use different ikea plants for a more colour display.