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3 diys for a dining area update

01 June 2015

Give your dining space a unique update this summer with these fun and easy DIY ideas from stylist Emily Henson. They make a big difference but cost next to nothing!

Decorated VÄTE lamps hang above white dining room table and yellow chairs.

Decorate your väte shades with tape

‘It’s incredibly easy to turn your paper lanterns into a creative centre piece with a few strips of decorative FRAMSTÄLLA tape. Tuck the tape securely over the top and bottom of the lamp, and try running two different patterns or colours next to each other for more impact. Don’t worry if it goes wrong – the great thing about this tape is you can carefully peel it off and start again.’ 

Stylist Emily Henson sticks tape to VÄTE lamps.
Decorated VÄTE lamps hanging together against a brick wall.

Emily’s extras: ‘Why not add extra impact by matching your newly customised lamps with colourful light cords such as SEKOND?’

Print a pattern on your henriksdal chairs

‘Give chairs, tea towels and bedlinen a fresh look with this modern take on a schoolroom craft. Chop a large potato in half then score a simple shape (circle, triangle, star) on the surface. Cut away about half an inch of the flesh around the shape and dry the end. Dip into your paint, have a trial run on paper, then get printing! Use fabric paint and leave to dry completely overnight.’ 

View of HENRIKSDAL chair covered in white fabric with black prints.
White hand-printed TEKLA tea towels hanging on pegs against a dark wall.
Stylist prints black spots on to white fabric.

Emily’s extras: ‘If you’re really short of time, draw on geometric shapes with a permanent marker instead.’

Use fabric to personalise your BILLY bookcase

‘Fabric is perfect for giving an old BILLY a new lease of life and adding pattern and colour to an otherwise plain interior. Measure the back panel of the bookcase and cut a piece of fabric to size. Iron out any creases, line the edges of the panel with strong double-sided tape, and stick on the fabric. Easy!’

Emily’s extras: ‘For an even quicker update, try customising your shelves with stickers such as the ones in the SLÄTTHULT range.’