WHEN an Ikea customer left the store with serving dishes and a wooden tray, no one could have predicted what she would use the purchases for.
When she got home, the savvy shopper transformed the inexpensive essentials into beautiful decor.
German influencer Coco has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, where she posts under the grip of KleinstadtCoco.
She recently took a trip to Ikea, where she bought the unexpected items that made up her piece of furniture.
“Let me show you a simple Ikea hack,” Coco said in a computer-read voiceover. “You need the Trygg Ikea serving bowl.”
Check your store to see if the Trygg serving bowl is available – this may vary by location – but you can use any Ikea bowls as long as they are two inches high.
Coco bought four of the glass bowls and also picked up a wooden tray from the store.
Once at home, the influencer sprayed the glass bowls white and let them dry.
“Glue the serving dishes all together,” Coco said, showing herself with a strong glue.
The blogger made “bow tie” shapes from the bowls and glued them end-to-end and front-to-front in an alternating pattern.
She then used the same glue to secure the wooden tray in place at the top of the “stack” of bowls, where it acted as a table top.
“Let everything dry and the side table is ready,” Coco said, showing the finished product.
In a response, Coco said she spent 17.99 euros on the entire project, which works out to about $17.86 in USD.
It’s an affordable DIY store and you can adjust the height of the table based on how many bowls you use.
You won’t break the budget with the Trygg bowls either. “They cost $2 each,” noted one commenter.
The glass bowls are heavy enough to be sturdy, but a few commentators questioned the table’s durability.
One person suggested using Ikea’s stainless steel bowls, in the same size and shape, for a similar look with less chance of breaking.
Of course, a few astute commentators decided to skip the DIY altogether, still unconvinced of the table’s structural integrity.
“My kids would destroy that in seconds,” one mom wrote in the comments.
Another person was concerned about damaging the table itself. “My fear could never be,” she wrote.