Who has an old Ikea Mammut stool lying around the house? I think many people love the Ikea children’s furniture but it can sometimes take quite a hammering from the kids and end up looking a bit tired and sad.
But it is possible to give it a second lease of life with a little bit of imagination and a touch of paint.
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Upcycling Ikea Furniture (IKEA Mammut Stools)
In our house, we have some of the plastic Ikea Mammut stools which although being pretty durable had begun to look somewhat dog-eared and got pretty scratched and dirty looking.
I hate throwing things away and if possible I like to try to find ways of updating or recycling items.
I had some Everlong Mercury chalk paint (*please note* this has now been re-branded to Sarah Jayne Paints ) that I still wanted to try out so I decided to have a go at these stools.
Metallic Chalk Paint
I was quite excited to be using a silver metallic look chalk paint and was really curious as to how it would turn out.
As you can see in the photo above, the IKEA Mammut stools were pretty scratched, so I just sanded the really deep scratches to even them out and gave them a quick wipe-over.
Using a paintbrush, I added 3 thin layers of the silver chalk paint to get a really good coverage. I allowed approximately half an hour between each layer.
On the bottom of the legs, I decided to use Everlong’s ‘Sofia’ and ‘Olive Branch‘ which were a really pretty dusky pink and olive green colour. I did this freehand as it was easy to paint neatly up to the join without using masking tape.
I added a stamped flower design to the top of the stool using the same pink and olive coloured chalk paint.
Mistakes To Avoid
I actually made a big mistake here as I had not allowed it to thoroughly dry so it ended up smudging through the silver.
The beauty of chalk paint is that it is really easy to correct if you do make a mistake, so I allowed it to completely dry, then lightly sanded the flowers flat and painted over it again with the silver.
I then put a light coat of varnish on top of the silver which I allowed to dry before re-stamping with the other colours.
Again I left it to dry overnight before adding another top layer of sealant.
The stamping was actually better the first time I did it, the second time I slipped a couple of times with the stamp but didn’t want to redo it a third time so I enlarged the flower – a bit splodgy I know (the important thing is that my daughter was happy enough with it but I may just redo it when I have a bit of spare time).
I love the silver finish that I have achieved with the chalk paint, so I decided to also paint an old clock that I found at the charity shop (I must say this project turned out fab 🙂 )—> How To Makeover An Old Plastic Clock Into Beautiful Modern Wall Art
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7 thoughts on “DIY Ikea Mammut Stool Makeover”
Looks great! I never would have thought about painting a plastic stool. It’s quite a visual upgrade!
Yes, they were really ready for the bin so I definitely think they look better.
Hello! I am looking for the horse in the picture with the stool. Any idea where you got it ?
My kid had it and lost it and he really loved it.
Hi, I am so sorry I have no idea it was a gift for one of the girls but this was years ago. We have since sent a lot of their cuddly toys to the charity shop so I am unable to check the tag. I will ask the girls tonight to see if they know and update this comment if they know. Sorry I could not be of more help.
Wowwww…. perfect part to explain what I was looking for. I have and ugly plastic cupboards that is really an eye sore and was looking at renovating it. Recently I have become obsessed with chalk painting and was researching how it would do on plastic. Came across your post on pinterest and it cleared my doubts. Now am all set to paint the coats, look! Thanks a ton for this post.
How long did the ikea Mammut table last? Did it easily scratch? Super cute!
Hi Demetra, thanks for taking the time to stop by. I think it lasted quite well considering the amount of abuse my 2 girls gave it. I think it was about a year before it started to show signs of wear and tear. If I was to do this project again I would have roughed it up a bit more with sandpaper so that the paint can adhere better.