Published on March 28th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Hova goes Honeycomb

Materials: Hova armchair (1993, discontinued), painters tape, paint, fabric medium

Description: My aunt gave us an old accent chair she no longer had room for. It was 20 years old and from Ikea. My initial idea was to make a new cover out of a fun patterned fabric. The problem? I don’t really know how to sew, so I’d either have to learn, or ask someone for help. My next idea was to dye it. That posed another issue: it wouldn’t be patterned, something I think is severely lacking in the living room.

So I decided to try my hand at stenciling the slipcover with paint. I had already done something similar with a rug and I loved the results, plus I figured if it didn’t turn out okay this time I could sew a new cover eventually. After checking out other armchairs out there I settled on a hexagonal design. My idea was to tape off all the areas I wanted to leave as-is (the lines between the hexagons) and leave the hexagons bare so that I could paint them.

I started in the middle of the armchair, and with painter’s tape, I taped around a cut-out hexagon. I moved it around and continued to tape, tape, tape.

Once all the lines between hexagons were taped off, I started painting. The best thing about using the painter’s tape method is that you can use a roller if you taped off everything properly. I used normal latex paint mixed with fabric medium. Unfortunately one coat of paint wasn’t enough in most places so I had to do two. Once it was dry I sprayed it with Scotchgard to protect it a bit.

The verdict? Well, to be honest, I’m not sure. I really like the design, but the paint has more texture than I expected. I only spent 10€ on this – and I have half a can of paint left over. So, maybe eventually I will decide to reupholster it properly, but in the meantime, I can totally live with this.

See more of the stenciled armchair.

~ Ainhoa

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

6 Responses to Hova goes Honeycomb

  1. Vera says:

    You’re genius! Wonderful work! Simple and beautiful!
    It’s amazing,I fall in love with it! Wish I could get a one to make the same…)

  2. THis is an amazing transformation! I just added buttons to my Hova! This is great! If you want you can actually use 120-220 grit sand paper and give the paint a light sanding to knock off the texture a bit. It won’t harm the fabric or the paint and it will smooth it out a bit.

  3. livetolist says:

    Imagine my surprise – I saw this on your blog, but it’s great you’ve got it on Ikea Hackers – you should see a huge jump in traffic to your blog. Nice work!

  4. Anonymous says:

    This looks great. Craft stores have softer (less texture and stiffness) fabric paints, some designed for upholstery fabrics, just for future reference. Also, sometimes you have to prime because of the Scotchguard already applied to the fabric. But I think your chair is great, and the texture might wear in really well. It’s a great conversational piece, too, as you explain your functional art!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Looks nice! I had no idea fabric could be painted – and I’ve been assisting at an auto upholstery shop for 7 years.

  6. Ohhhh I love this look. If you decide to reupholster it you should get a fabric that looks just like this because it rocks!!! Love it!!

    I want to honeycomb something now :)

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