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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Jayasri Amma
Jayasri Amma7 months ago

Thank you!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago


Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

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. .

Anand YNI
Anand Y N I3 years ago

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

Ann B.
Ann B.3 years ago

thanks for sharing - cool

Ellene J.
Past Member 3 years ago


Kristina C.
Kristina C.3 years ago

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

Please sign the petition close to my heart:
NOW CLOSE TO THE GOAL # ! Thank you.

Sandi C.
Sandi C.3 years ago


Chad A.
Chad Anderson3 years ago

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

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado3 years ago

Great ideas!