Published on May 28th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Hackeas: A little embellishment goes a long way

Desk and wall art
Jennifer needed a desk for her guest room, but had little space. She says, “I saw the Norbo wall mounted table at Ikea and knew I could do something with it. I was on a very tight budget and decided to spend my money on other items. The next time I went to Ikea. I found the same desk (missing one screw) for 1/3 the price in the As-is section (my favorite). I painted it in my kooky way and then mounted it to the wall.”

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Paper napkin it

Lydia hacks lots of these chests and frames as presents. She says, “I’ve improved the looks of some of the mini-chests with the effective paper napkin technique. I’ve done many of them, some with asparagus, strawberries and gardening utensils. I use the latter to keep my secateurs, seeds, string and other small things I need for gardening. The nice old-fashioned look comes from applying two layers of paint with crackle glaze in-between.

My golden angel key cabinet which has been refurbished with the same method.

Then there are some pictures of my object frames. Since I’m absolutely fond of lighthouses it suggested itself that I created some lighthouse sceneries, and I think I was quite successful. I simply glued the pictures (taken from old calendars) into the frames as a background and used sand, sea shells, seaweed, etc. to decorate the foreground.

Dress up your wardrobe too
Heidi jazzes up the plastic panels on the Aneboda drawers and wardrobe. She says, “I just used Japanese paper/tissue paper and gift wrapping paper to decorate my Aneboda drawers and wardrobes and make their ‘sterile’ look into something more fitting to my bedroom.

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Jules Yap

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7 Responses to Hackeas: A little embellishment goes a long way

  1. Anonymous says:

    Is that key cabinet from Ikea? The only one I see is steel, and I’ve never tried doing a mod podge on metal. I’m guessing it would have to be scuff sanded it or primed with Kilz?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Allie! I’ll try it. Yes, it sounds so easy to get such a great result. Have a good day. Greetings from Italy. Chiara

  3. Robj98168 says:

    The Norbo Table turned into a desk is a cool thing- I have one but never thought to paint it.
    I also love the mini-chests idea very cool

  4. Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous something like that would be very easy to decoupage, just get some mod podge from the craft store, apply a thin layer whatever you surface you want to put the paper on, put your cutouts on, and apply a few thin layers on top. So easy!


  5. Anonymous says:

    I’d like to see the inside of the strawberry mini-chest. What about the paper napkin thing?

  6. Anonymous says:

    How do you “paper napkin it”? (I love the strawberries!)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wow the Aneboda look so much more warm and cozy. Really have to tell a friend of mine of this idea, her bedroom looks soo cold with that white Anebodas of hers.

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