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Our favourite ways to upcycle a dining room

01-Oct-2014
Battered, chipped, stained or simply scribbled on by the kids, old tables are renewed with a coat of paint. Sand first, then paint however you like. We used masking tape to help us paint perfect straight lines on this table but you could also use Japanese washi tape for a faster finish.
Dining table painted white with blue stripes. Also IKEA drawers painted in matching colours.
When painting kitchen and dining furniture, look for water-resistant paints
or seal with varnish for a longer lasting finish.
Upcycled ladder turned into a storage unit with pockets made from IKEA tea towels.Plant pots made from large plastic bottles hung on the ladder with IKEA hooks.
Upcycling in simple steps
Old ladders or the sides of a bookcase can be fixed to the wall and used as storage units.

Pockets, made from tea towels, are sewn together and tied to each rung to create a unique place to keep your things.

You could also make an indoor wall garden, using empty plastic bottles as plant pots.
Metal coat hangers hung on IKEA wall hooks with magazines hung on them.Wall-mounted cupboard and Children’s IKEA drawers, painted blue. Blue shape painted onto wall around them.
Make a feature wall in five minutes
Coat hangers hung on hooks are a fun way to display your magazines, daily paper, catalogues or children’s books. We’ve added some wrapping paper with a strong graphic print for extra impact on the wall.
Storage with character
We created our own dining room storage using a wall cupboard and a set of children’s drawers. Inside the cupboard, we added hooks and baskets for extra storage and lined the back with newspaper for a vintage feel.

Then we painted the cupboard and used the same colour palette on the wall to unify the pieces and create a bold impression in the room.
SIMPLE STARTER PROJECT
Personalising a paper lampshade is fun and a good place to start if you've never upcycled before. We've covered ours in old newspaper using glue.
Whole room of upcycled dining room projects: table, storage and IKEA paper pendant lamp.