De-IKEAing the Bedroom: Part One

DIY Copper Pendant Using an IKEA Light!

A few weeks ago, when sharing bedroom tweaks, I talked about my desire to de-IKEA my bedroom.

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My bedroom currently features a MALM 6-drawer dresser, a MALM king-sized bed and a FILLSTA pendant lamp. Not good. It is a way overboard on the Swedish goods. It doesn’t look like me – it looks like IKEA. I didn’t necessarily mean for this to happen, but with all the switching and changing around, these three items (the bed is from Aaron’s house, the dresser is from the office) ended up all in the same room.

So… can we recap my copper obsession? I love copper. I like DIY. I promise this applies to de-IKEA-ing…

I saw this can of metallic copper spray paint at Michael’s and my brain blew up.

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I immediately thought of my FILLSTA pendant light. It’s easy to spray paint (it’s just a bunch of plastic flaps that connect together) and a few days later, I had this:

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I had hoped to show you photos of the process (it was just a matter of laying out the 16 FILLSTA flaps in my basement and spray painting them) but my phone broke. I’m secretly OK with that because I’m tired and want to go watch a movie instead of upload a million photos.

Anyways, the color of the faux copper is dead on. It doesn’t have the shine like real copper, but I think I’m ok with that.

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Yay for copper! It makes it look more eclectic and mixed and that is right up my alley.

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Now, I said this was Part One of the de-IKEA process. I’ll share the second part to this story next Monday but it involves this super-blah MALM dresser. It has also received a makeover.

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Yay for IKEA hacks. (Here’s the first hack I ever did on the blog, IKEA Hackers)

Yay for copper.

YAY for de-IKEA-ing.

There is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes here at the house and the changes are happening quicker than posts. There are a ton of office updates (remember that project?) to capture here and I promise it’s all coming soon! Oh yeah… and wedding stuff including a major ding dong fail.

Stay tuned y’all!

xo, emily

p/s: All of my Christmas decorations are now down. It is a bit sad to put it all away. It is officially a new year.  

20 thoughts on “De-IKEAing the Bedroom: Part One

    1. emily @ go haus go Post author

      So easy. This may be TMI but I was sneezing copper colored ahem boogers ahem for the next few days after this project.

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  2. Courtney

    I love the phrase “de-ikeaing” I think America has gone away from quality products for cheaply made swedish products hoping they’ll last a long time but they really wont.

    I love what you did with the pendant lamp, it looks SO much better. Can’t wait to see the rest of your de-ikeaing process.


    1. emily @ go haus go Post author

      I agree Courtney! I had many-a-Ikea product in the early phases of apartment dwelling and home ownership, but as I get older, I find myself wanting to wait and save and buy a piece that will last a long time. It’s still a struggle (IKEA’s prices can be SO attractive when I’m needing something) but so far, I’ve been good.

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  4. Lada

    Hello, I love the copper as well. I am just about to do the same thing with a lampshade in our bedroom. I am just a bit afraid that it will cut out a lot of light from the pendant, when it is not translucent anymore. How was it in your case? Is less light a tax you have to pay for having that nice pendant? Thanks for your answer.

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