Today’s Rehab Wednesday is an Ikea hack – taking a budget-friendly Ikea product and turning it into something that looks like a million bucks.
When Kiley moved in and started to decorate, she was on a budget when it came to furniture. So, she purchased the Ikea GRANAS Table and chairs for $99.99. Here’s what they look like when purchased:
At first, she painted the wicker seat base with leftover paint from her cabinets so that they matched the kitchen. But, with a little extra time and inspiration, she decided to make them more functional and added a custom upholstered cushion.
The first step was adding some plywood (cut to size) to the chairs as a platform to replace the existing wicker seats. The plywood was painted dark (with some leftover cabinet paint) so that it blends in, then screwed to the chair frame. Next, some cheap chair cushions from Ikea were reupholstered in custom fabric (Mood, NYC).
Since the set only came with two chairs, she added a bench against the wall for extra seating. The bench (Overstock, $110) was reupholstered with the same fabric to match the chairs. (When reupholstering, it’s helpful to try and choose a bench or chair with a cushion that is easy to remove like the one on this bench.)
To reupholster cushions, cut the fabric in a square (or rectangle) with a few inches extra on all sides. Spread out on a flat surface or the floor and start on a straight side pulling the fabric tight as you fasten in place with a staple gun. When you get to the corners, fold the fabric in small pleats and staple with the staple gun, pulling fabric tight as you go. Trim off excess fabric and re-attatch to your frame.
With some added table accessories, the set is almost unrecognizable as a budget Ikea dining set.