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Two Simple DIY Home Accessories

Two Simple DIY Home Accessories

At Remodelista, we are always on the lookout for new ways to recreate a look for less. Here are two genius DIY ideas we’ve noted recently that only require an inexpensive accessory and coat of paint.

Above: We were inspired by the dipped-dyed look of these poufs from La Galerie Vegetale in Paris.

Above: To recreate your own, begin by sourcing an inexpensive rattan pouf, such as the plain, banana-fiber Alseda Stool from Ikea; $29.99. Lightly sand the area to be painted, especially if the pouf has a lacquer finish. Then pour your paint into a large tub and dip the pouf to the desired level. Alternatively, you may want to use painters masking tape to define the area to be be painted and use a brush to achieve the look.

Above: Another easy DIY paint project: Give a simple light fixture new life by adding your own colored coating. We like this genius idea from IKEA’s home inspiration blog Livet Hemma.

Above: To start, consider the inexpensive Foto Lamp from Ikea; $19.99. Choose a spray paint that adheres to a metal surface (a low-VOC option is the 100-percent acrylic Krylon H2O Latex). Wipe the lamp with a damp rag and let it dry. Cover the section of cord closest to the lamp with masking tape to protect it from the paint.

Above: The industrial-looking spun aluminum gets a wash of bright color.

For more DIY inspiration, check out Remodelista’s posts DIY: Dipped Side Table, Accessories: Dip-Dyed Fabrics & Linens and DIY: Studiomama Bookshelf.

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1:25AM PDT on Apr 7, 2015

Thank you!

5:16PM PDT on May 23, 2012


5:39PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

I checked out the Dip-Dyed Fabrics & Linens and I like the Patchwork Ombre Throw. I have a light colored throw I would like to change and this may do the trick.

I also like the Bookcase. You can do it anyway you like with pieces of wood you have around the house. .

9:12PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

We used these inexpensive rattan poufs some 50 years ago in our house. Each one cost us 1$ then!!

12:45PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

thanks for sharing - cool

8:59AM PST on Feb 15, 2012


8:15AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Thank you - I love DIY projects and are a well known customer at my local Goodwill.

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8:13AM PST on Feb 15, 2012


5:17PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Instead of Ikea, lets go to the local thrift store or, better yet, repurpose things you already have...

5:15AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Great ideas!

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