IKEA just released their SKOGSTA collection and it’s rocking a slightly different aesthetic than we’re used to seeing. Made of solid acacia wood, the line consists of kitchen and dining pieces. But why acacia? According to IKEA, acacia is a hard, tropical wood that is fast-growing and considered one of the better and more sustainable furniture options since it regenerates quickly. Now that’s something everyone can appreciate. Even though the collection is fairly small, it’s impossible not to brainstorm a few ideas to IKEA hack them. See below for a few of our faves.
1. DIY Concrete Stool: What goes really well with the IKEA rustic wood bar stool ($19)? Try a splash of neon and a concrete top. The extra strength of the solid wood means you don’t have to worry about the stool falling apart with hacks like these. (via The Casual Craftlete)
2. DIY Upholstered Bench: This simple bench ($49) may be durable, but it’s not exactly the prettiest piece to have in your hall. Spruce it up with some upholstery fabric and make it a cool piece to pull out when you need additional seating. (via Brit + Co)
3. DIY Box Sideboard: Turn the storage crate ($6) into an adorable night stand. Just add legs (dipped in gold, obviously) and you’ve got an extremely inexpensive table with oodles of storage options. (via Fall for DIY)
4. Color Dipped Cutting Board: The thick cutting board ($12) is really beautiful on its own, but if you can’t resist adding a bit of personalization, try a super easy, color-dipped look. (via Francois et Moi)
5. DIY Key Shelf: Stop losing your keys by adding a key hook to the shelf with little wooden dowels. The wall shelf ($35) mounts flush against the wall, making it a great option for the entryway. (via Burkatron)
6. DIY Wooden Planters: Jazz up the solid wood boxes ($10) with geometric colors and shapes. You’ll love them so much you’ll want to use them as vases, desk storage, kitchen storage… the list goes on. (via Tell Love and Party)
7. DIY Serving Tray: The legged serving platter ($13) is robust enough to stand up to a summer of entertaining outside and a winter of holiday party displays. Add some handles and a colorful edge and you have a piece of kitchenware you’ll use for a long time. (via Francois et Moi)