The book by Elyse Major and Charlotte Rivers is a handbook for customizing items from IKEA. If you like IKEA but want to make their items a little different, or you just want to convert their items to something not originally intended, this book is for you.
There are 50 projects in the book, broken down into three sections:
- Unique Touches
- Storage Solutions
- Functional Fun
Each project provides a list of needed material, including the specific IKEA item or items, the time to complete, and a difficulty level.
A basic project might entail adding contact paper to a plain shelf edge to liven it up a little, making a $10 shelf into something that looks like a lot more with just an hour of work.Some of the more advanced projects are more transformative, like taking some decking material and converting it into a bathmat.
With each project, you're given step-by-step instructions on how to recreate the item. There are plenty of illustrations along the way, too. Each project is typically just two to three pages long, so even the most complicated projects aren't that involved. If a project happens to be multiple hours long, it is usually because they're including the paint drying time.
Overall, I like the book and need to pick up a few items at the store to give some projects a try. I love how the authors provide the inspiration to customize many familiar IKEA items into decorations or furniture you wouldn't even recognize as starting from an item or items purchased at the store.
Now, do I convert that SUNDERŐ outdoor chair into a rocking chair or take three long-lasting SIGNE rugs into an outdoor floor cushion first? If you have a daughter, the book includes a couple ways to transform items into dollhouses, too.
If you're a fan of the store, be sure to stop by this Saturday for their annual Cook and Eat Your Way Event. We happened to unknowingly visit the store one year when the event was going on. Lots of food samples and giveaways happening at the time. You may also like this Fascinating Facts about IKEA article I ran across. Do you pronounce the company name wrong, too? What are the letters an acronym for?
Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information. Java John Z's is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.