9.10.2007

If only I had the time...

I love the Thursday edition of the NY Times; there's Thursday Styles (a much, much more abbreviated version of Sunday Styles), the Arts section, of course, and Home and Garden.

In last Thursday's Home and Garden section, the cover story was about people who buy/find stuff from Ikea (or, as Mattio affectionately refers to it, i-crap-a), and modify it to how they would use it. Like the guy who took some broken Ikea chairs, attached a surfboard to the top, and called it a table. Inneresting....

Further into the article, it turns out, that yes, there really is a website for everything: witness Ikea Hacker. This blog documents--through reader contributions--the different ideas out there for Ikea furniture. Got some spare sofa legs? Don't discard them, buy some wood and fashion the whole thing into a table! Tired of not having enough storage? Add some hinges to your dalselv bed frame, and voila!

There's a lot of decoupage on the site, but also some pretty cool ideas for some otherwise plain, unstained, DIY, cheap furniture.

2 comments:

Becky said...

Before Ikea acame along in England there was a furniture company called 'Habitat', affectionately known as 'Shabby tat'.

tracie valentino said...

Ikea's good for some things (they actually have some good stuff for the kids--especially in the housewares dept: smaller forks, plastic cups, stuff like that)... but Mattio loathes everything about it: from the five hours you have to take out of your life to get through the place, to the fact that not only do you have to put it all together, but the instructions are the most basic illustrations. Hence, i-crap-a :)