Friday, 3 October 2014

A Mini Ikea Hack [Decoupage DIY]

My most recent project is another example of taking something new and reworking it to create a product that fits perfectly with your style and home decor. Last week, I purchased a mint green container at Ikea. As soon as I spied it, I knew it would be just the thing I needed to store some of my bathroom toiletries. (In the hopes of creating more storage in our bathroom, we put up some open shelving above the vanity. My new container would be a great way to utilize this shelving whilst not displaying my ninety two hair products).

But the problem with the container was the bright green colour. I'm no leperchaun, so I decided to paint it. And once I thought of a fresh coat of paint, I started to think about other ways that I might perk up this little container. As the post title suggests, I thought it would be fun to try a decoupage project. I haven't 'decoupaged' in years, not since the 90's ModPodge craze was in full swing. And speaking of 90's ModPodge, decoupage projects can sometimes tend towards the tacky or 'crafty'. But decoupage and collage have their roots in the Victoria era, and approached with subtlety, they can be simple, beautiful and uncomplicated. Think you might be interested in reviving this craft? Check out how I did it:

First I had to spray paint the green Ikea container. Remember, when spray painting: clean with varsol and steel wool, wipe with tack cloth, spray at a distance and always have a sponge ready to dab at any drips. 

 You want to hold the paint can at least 12 inches away from the object, and shake the can slightly from side to side (the motion of waving your hand or shaking a dice) as you spray. 

Time to decoupage! I bought some cheap gardening picture books at Value Village to use for this project.

I cut out a bunch of different flowers from the books, and eventually decided that a photo of a single rose would be the perfect image for my decoupage container. 

Rose photo cut out and ready to go, sponge brush, ModPodge.

I applied the ModPodge, laid out the rose, and then applied more ModPodge.
For the application, I found it was good to have a ruler (or some sort of straight edge tool) near by to use as a 'smoother'. I ran the ruler over the rose a few times to remove air bubbles and create a smooth, tough finish. 

Done! I brushed the ModPodge on to the entire circumference of the container so that the finish would be continuous and smooth. (I used a matte finish ModPodge). 


The bathroom is finally coming together!


  1. beautttttiiiiffuullll I just can't leave this page!!!! It almost brings tears to my eyes!!! I've tried making the scones, but mine burned!! What is your trick to this???

  2. Hi! Thank you so much! Glad you like the photos! Here are a few tricks to help you get perfect biscuits:
    1. If you don't already have an oven thermometer, try using one. Your oven my not be at the temperature it says that it is.
    2. Place your baking tray in the upper part of the oven, away from the direct heat source.
    3. Use parchment paper on your tray.
    4. If the biscuits are still burning, turn the heat down and bake them low and slow! Hope that helps!