I recently decorated my sons nursery from a boring plain room into a cute nautical themed bedroom.
I was on the hunt for beautiful nautical pieces to put in his bedroom but I struggled to find anything I loved. I do love nautical rooms but sometimes they can be a bit tacky and this I did not want.
This hack was fairly simple but the images on the finished piece was the most time consuming process. Well worth the end result though!
I used old pieces of palette wood I had laying around in my garage to cover the top of the Ikea Rast and I also used a small piece at the bottom of the Rast under the last drawer. I used wood glue and nailed it all together.
I sanded it all back to make sure none of the palette wood was sharp as it was for my very young son.
I used white chalk paint to paint the entire unit. I did two coats.
Once it was dry I printed out ocean creature images I wanted to use and created an image transfer using paint.
Basically all you do it cover the entire surface with a generous amount of white paint. I used chalk style paint. Then place your images on the wet paint. Images side down. Allow it to dry for 24-48 hours. Once it is dry grab a damp cloth and start rubbing the paper until the paper has been removed and you are left with the image on the paint. This is a time consuming technique when doing large pieces of furniture but it is worth the end result.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.