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IKEA Hack - IKEA tray makeover

IKEA Hacks: an easy ikea serving tray makeover!

IKEA Hacks - IKEA serving tray before and after - makeover with paint and fabric!

IKEA hacks are an incredibly popular way to take amazing homewares and transform them in a few quick and easy DIY steps. One of my most recent makeovers was this personalised serving tray – that I took from birch wood to black and white stripe. The process is really straight-forward but I think the results are pretty smashing. Here’s how to pimp your own tray if you’re in the mood for a quick project!

IKEA Hacks - IKEA Serving Tray Makeover - Before

1 | Here’s the fun part: hit the IKEA market hall and purchase the Skala birch tray and some fabric from the textiles section. The one I’ve used in this post is Sophia and I think it embodies a bit of quiet sophistication.

IKEA Hacks - IKEA Serving Tray Makeover - Covering with Fabric

2 | Place your tray on top of the fabric – like so, above – and trace around it with a pencil or light pen to mark your circumference.

IKEA Hacks - IKEA Serving Tray Makeover - Cutting Spotlight Fabric

3 | When it comes time to cut, bear in mind that you’ll need to cut slightly inside your pen or pencil line (as the inside of the tray is smaller than the outside).

4 | Paint your tray. I gave mine a few coats with some really basic and affordable craft paint from Spotlight. Leave it to dry.

5 | Use some craft glue on the inside of the tray and stick in the fabric, smoothing over with your hand.

Alternatively, use no glue at all (I didn’t) and just leave the fabric to sit in the tray as is.

IKEA Hacks - IKEA Serving Tray Makeover - The Finished Product - Styled!

And there you have it, Creatives; a very simple and effective way to put your own stamp on a trusty IKEA product.

Drop a comment below and let me know if you have one of these Skala trays or if you’ve made over any IKEA products of your own!

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

Comments (4)

  • Love this – can’t go past a good ikea hack. Thanks for sharing

    Have just stumbled across your blog and it’s fab!


    • Oh thank you – you’re very kind to say so. And I adore an IKEA hack myself – their products are so versatile!

  • Christine

    Love the black look on the tray, which craft paint brand did you use?


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