Get the custom look …

The story of my barstools continues, and this is the best part yet!
Remember I picked up 4 barstools for a song on Gumtree a few weeks ago? They were from the Henriksdal range at IKEA and even though they were a little bit shabby, the frame and seating was still in perfect condition.

I bought some new covers from IKEA but they were plain white and not exactly the best idea when you have 3 kids and a a dog! They were dirty after just a few days. I decided to try a DIY and dyed the covers green, they didn’t turn out exactly as I had imagined and after a few days I was questioning why on earth I did it.


You see, I’m a blue and white girl through and through and I really love pattern, I wanted the look of expensive custom made barstools with beautiful upholstery, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune. I also needed something that was easy to care for, last week alone Orly spilt maple syrup, milo, milk and some sort of orange sticky goo on the barstools.

That’s when I discovered Bemz.
Bemz makes customised covers for IKEA furniture as well as cushions, curtains and bedroom textiles. There are over 250+ fabrics to choose from and they are machine washable. You can create a whole collection of customised pieces in any room of your house for a fraction of what it would cost you through an interior decorator. Bemz gives you the opportunity to refresh and restyle your IKEA furniture without breaking the bank.

I popped on their website, chose the Henriksdal barstools and started scrolling through all the beautiful fabric choices. I must admit the blue and white gingham caught my eye immediately, but I wanted to be sure so I ordered a few free samples to check in my own space. They came quickly and I contemplated my selection for a few days before going with my original choice of the gingham, which you can find here.


The covers arrived in a couple of weeks and I am absolutely thrilled. They are beautiful quality, they fit like a glove and they look amazing. Finally, I have the custom look I was craving, without the big price tag.


What do you think? Don’t they look amazing, the colour is perfect and they bring so much personality to my kitchen.


Do you have some IKEA furniture that is looking shabby and could do with a facelift? Or maybe you are looking for a particular colour sofa and IKEA have the right shape but wrong colour? Or if your on a really tight budget you can do what I did and hunt down the perfect pieces on your local online market place like Gumtree, make sure the frame and cushions are in good condition, the buy new covers.

I feel like this is a game changer in the world of home decorating, it’s gives us all an opportunity to customise our furniture, get the look we want and do it all with ease online.

 Pop over to Bemz for some inspiration and ideas, and see how easy it is to get the look you want!

Happy shopping!

Hayley x

Our IKEA hack TV cabinet.

So, we had this space in our new TV room, it looked like something was meant to go there, but was never installed. It was 260cm long and finding a ready made piece of furniture to my liking and within my budget was proving to be impossible. So, I hit Pinterest for ideas and found a few pictures where people had used the Ikea kitchen wall cabinets as side boards and similar, like this –

Source : Made by Girl

As much as I love this, I wanted it to go to the ground. I can just imagine 700 pieces of lego, 457 matchbox cars and a dust ball the size of China gravitating to the area under there, nope, not exaggerating at all! So, I decided to use the Ikea kitchen base cabinets. I kept it fairly simple with 4 doors, no drawers, no fuss.

Here’s exactly what I bought –

4 x METOD base cabinet with shelves / white / Sävedal white / 60x60x80 / $110 each


2 x Sävedal white drawer fronts / 80×10 / $10 each


4 x packs METOD legs / $5 pack


And now your wondering why I bought 2 drawer fronts aren’t you? We were just lucky that the drawer front fitted as a filler each side, there was no need to buy a bigger piece and cut it to size, when we could buy a couple of drawers for $10 a piece which worked perfectly! So, we started with 260cm, we used 4 x 60cm base cabinets equalling 240cm, with a 20cm gap left, 10cm each side – perfect for the drawer front panel!

Next for the stone top, I had a look at the Ikea range, and while there is a great selection, they didn’t have exactly what I had in mind. I went to my local stone mason and had a look at their offcuts, yes there is offcuts this big! I fell in love with a piece of quartz and held my breath while they worked out a price for me, and was pleasantly surprised it was within my budget! I chose White Fantasy Quartzite in a 30mm thickness and I am thrilled with it!

Project Stone Australia
Project Stone Australia

We won’t be finishing the kick/plinth until we re-do the floors. We are planning on ripping up the tiles and laying timber or travertine, so it’ll have to wait till then.

All up in came in at under $1200 and I’m pretty happy with the way it looks. Here’s the progress pics…..




And the finishing touches, the stone top and knobs. This is as far as it will go until the floors get done, I’m pretty happy with it.




What do y’all think?

Hayley x