OOH x IKEA Task 2: Living Room DIY Ideas

February 21, 2015

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by IKEA and Operation Overhaul is part of the 2015 IKEA Singapore Bloggers Program. All opinions and reviews are our own, and very honest as well. x

We’re back with our second post for IKEA! This time we were given the task of sprucing up our living rooms and we immediately came up with a list of simple diy projects we’ve always wanted to try. IKEA is one of our usual go-to places to get affordable diy materials and we believe it’s always the little things that make a difference.

We picked 3 of our favourite diy ideas that were suitable for the living room and brought them… to IKEA! We thought that it’ll be a whole lot more fun and interesting to shoot in the IKEA showrooms and to be able to showcase more living room inspiration rather than just shooting the products alone.

All of the IKEA Singapore showrooms are modelled based on real life living situations and thus you can find floor plans and room sizes similar to our usual HDB flats/apartments locally. The interior design team in IKEA even does house visits every year to understand the Singapore living situations to ensure that the solutions are relevant. These showrooms are also revamped yearly so we always get updated furnishing ideas and tips!

Sure, we had a couple of stares while shooting this entry, but it was all great fun! Plus, we heard that IKEA never chases anyone out! (Now now, please don’t go and cause a ruckus!)


diyidea1For the first DIY idea, we took the much-loved RAJTAN Spice Jars and spiced them up a little (no pun intended). We spray painted some plastic animal toys with metallic silver spray to match the lids, and then simply glued it on when done. It looks super cute with this particular setup that we found in one of the IKEA showrooms!


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This makes entertaining guests so much more fun! Also, the chocolate mint candies from the Swedish market are SUPER YUMMY.

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Definitely a super cute way to upcycle some of the old toys/trinkets you might have at home!



For our second DIY idea we created some super cute pom cushions for the living room sofa! We chose to use simple monochrome cushion covers such as the TRÅDKLÖVER cushion cover (black and white spirals) and the GURLI cushion cover in grey. These are 50cm x 50cm covers which fit the ULLKAKTUS cushion perfectly. We also bought the pom trims from local craft stores (Spotlight or Chinatown). The length of pom trim needed depends on your design, but 2m should be more than sufficient for each cushion.

Using the pom trim, pin down on the cushion cover and sew with a zigzag stitch/hand sew it down. Make sure you only sew through one layer or you wouldn’t be able to fit the cushion inside.

IMG_3166IMG_3159 IMG_3153We love that pop of colour! Plus poms (and ros) just make everything extra fun and cute.

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This was also shot in one of the super comfy living room showrooms in IKEA Alexandra. While shooting, we also couldn’t help but notice the amount of effort that was put in into each showroom! All the furniture is labeled to ensure easy shopping and it even goes down to the smallest detail such as photos in the photo frames and actual magazines in racks.



For our third DIY, we used a LÄTTAD place mat and the clock mechanism from the RUSCH wall clock. We’ve seen the RUSCH clock used in so many other DIY projects on the web and it must almost surely be because of its 1.50SGD pricetag. The possibilities are endless! Changing up the clock face by replacing the paper, painting the plastic frame, mounting the clock mechanisms on another surface like we did…




Because we weren’t too sure about mounting our self made clock on the IKEA walls, we shot our placemat wall clock at The Refinery Workspace, a super cool co-working space + artist residency at Jalan Besar. Find out more about the space here!

Hope you enjoyed our simple diy ideas using IKEA products and we’ll love to see your creations or if you have any others to share! Till our next post!

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1 Comment

  • Reply IKEA Social Media Team March 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Hey girls,

    Love your quirky ideas, and especially how easy it is to do. :)
    The place mat clock idea is ingenious, I might try it out too when I have the time (pun intended)!


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