Upcycle with Ikea - Transforming old bed linen

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 10:55 AM

Yesterday's post got me thinking that my whole apartment needs an uplift. So - I returned to trawl through Ikea's Livet Hemma blog looking for inspiration that I can use to brighten up my place and, in my search, I spotted this:

I like everything in this room (well, almost!) and will probably copy most of it when I find the time. As I'm fairly conservative when it comes to colours and stuff and all my bed linen is white - pillows, sheets, duvets, I like the idea of adding colour by just dipping parts of a fabric into dye. The pompoms add a fun touch to the room, too, I think.

And that ladder - in the Ikea description, the ladder is supposed to replace a dresser but couldn't possibly in my case. But I'd like to have it for hanging up stuff. I've made ladders in the past and sold. I do believe that I have some leftover 2 x 4s stashed away somewhere in my storage unit.

I found out by reading the Ikea description that what makes this room so stylish and appealing are the different textures used. See - I am learning something.

How to Dip and Dye

Okay, I'm not going to tell you how to dip dye your fabrics. Instead you can head over to Tie Dye Your Summer for a really easy method to dip dyeing your linens. Here are their really easy how-to instructions.

Of course, our lady Martha also has a method for dye dipping. Click here for her how-tos.

Pompom Makery

I know I posted a pompom how-to link somewhere but you can never have enough (links, that is). If you have any unused sweaters lying around, why not unravel one to make your own pompom without dashing off to the yarn barn. Click here for how to find out how to unravel yarn from an old sweater.

As for the pompom, click here for a couple of ways to make your own - small or large. There's a nifty way to make small pompoms using a fork and to make giant pompoms, using 2 cardboard toilet rolls. This link is definitely a keeper.

Ladder Work
If you keen to make your own ladder, here's a link to one that looks easy enough.

Categories: DIY, Fabric & Textiles

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