21/06/2011

From Ikea to luxe: my new chest of drawers


Whilst I have a soft spot for bespoke furniture pieces, sometimes I just can't understand how some companies can command a four-digit price point for what Ikea charges less than 100£ for, just because it looks a little more elaborated than a basic chest of drawers. Granted, you won't find very sophisticated designs at the Swedish megastore, however, with a dash of imagination and a little effort, you can take Ikea from meeh to luxe in no time.

So on saturday we put Monsieur Baby in the car, and off to Ikea we went, to pick up a Malm chest of four drawers, then we dashed over to Peter Jones on Sloane Square to find some fabric to pimp it out. My idea was to create a grown-up 1930s Hollywood style fabric-covered piece, in a colour combo to complement the grey tones of our bedroom. I found two fabrics which I thought coordinated perfectly, both in style and in price: a pearl grey woven fabric at just over 50£ a meter, and a taupe silk at 10£ a meter.

Enter my ever-loyal and helpful, free of charge assistant: Hubby Dearest, armed with a diy stapler, and a couple of hours later we had a beautiful totally unique chest of drawers... which cost less than 200£, leaving plenty of cash to buy a carved wood mirror from Homes in Heaven on New Kings Road, and buy some new Miu Miu peeptoes from the AW2011 collection!!! That's fashionomics for you!

Ikea Malm chest of drawers can be ordered on-line at http://www.ikea.com/
Miu Miu peeptoe wedges can be found here: http://www.miumiu.com/ (black also available)

1 comment:

JA_UK said...

I have 2 of these exact same chest of drawers and have often thought of doing something with the drawers themselves, this is an great inexpensive way to revamp plain furniture and make it more personal!! I likey!