By Anna Kocharian

Published on June 22, 2018

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Summer is here and that means endless evenings spent entertaining with friends and family. So whether you’re hosting in a tiny studio or in a vast outdoor space, a few chic touches to the decor never hurt. And to get those chic touches? We turned to our favorite summer-ready Ikea hacks, of course. We rounded up a few clever ideas to help give your summer table a little more flair. 

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Entertainment Nook

Can you spot the hack here? See how one clever blogger transformed a seemingly standard shelving system into a vision of color blocked perfection, transforming the unit into the ultimate entertainment system. 

Get the how-to on Melodrama

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Photography by Emma Engkvist for ikea

A Floral Centerpiece

Sure, we’ve all heard of a centerpiece but, when you’re strapped for space and can’t afford to spare the limited tabletop you have for florals, it’s all about finding a clever workaround. The trick? Utilizing the bottom half of a two-layer coffee table as a vessel for an abundant display. 

Get the scoop on Ikea

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Party Boxes

These painted carry-alls take 10 minutes to make and are chic enough to house all your outdoor entertaining essentials. The party setup and clean-up process just got a whole lot easier.

Get the how-to on Tell Love and Party.

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Statement Lights

Upgrade a vintage lamp or pendant with a posy of Ikea’s Smycka florals. Simply wrap the vines around the structure, and filter in the flowers using floral tape to adhere the pieces.

Get the scoop on Ikea.

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Ice Cream Cart

You’ll be the hit of the season, rolling up with this ultra clever contraption. Garnished with pom poms and more playful party essentials, this DIY is an essential for a summer fete. 

Get the how-to on Sugar and Cloth.

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A Mid-Century Modern Credenza

 

This truly unbelievable DIY is just what the dining room was missing. See how this blogger turned this Ikea staple into the ultimate entertaining essential.

Get the how-to on The Vintage Rug Shop.

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Photography by DITTE ISAGER FOR MARTHA STEWART

Patterned Cushions

Whether you’re crafting these for your outdoor seating situation, or to simply impart your sofa with a more cozy touch, these patterned linens will instill a textured element to your space. 

Get the how-to on Martha Stewart

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The Multi-Layer Side Table

Lacking space in the living room? Opt for this colorful alternative, which boasts an array of layers and a vibrant palette.

Get the how-to on Vtwonen

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Serving Spoons

For the salad bowl in need of a little color, we’re all for this color blocked set of servingware. 

Get the how-to on Oh Everything Handmade

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Color Blocked Centerpiece Vessels

Elevate your table setting with this vibrantly dip-dyed set. Utilize them to store an eclectic array of fresh florals for a truly dynamic display. 

Get the scoop on Livet Hemma

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Hand-Dyed Napkins

For the table in need of a colorful lift, this modestly colored DIY from blogger Erika Rax will impart even the most ordinary of tablescapes with an elegant touch. 

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Totem Pole-Inspired Centerpiece

Planter, centerpiece, candleholder, you decide. This inspired concept channels the spirit of the season, lending a bright and cheery tone to any space.

Get the how-to from We Are Scout.

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A Bar Cart

What’s a party without one? See how these clever creatives transformed a changing table into a modern bar cart. 

Get the how-to on MyDomaine

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Crushed Glass Coasters

We love the way this DIY channels the quintessence of summer in the form of a breezy, sea blue! This clever DIY transforms Ikea’s cork coasters using decorative glass fillers and a little paint.

Get the how-to on Tell Love and Party.

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Photography by DITTE ISAGER FOR MARTHA STEWART

Print-Perfect Bowls

Brunch just isn’t the same without a charming set of bowls to serve with. Luckily, we found this easy DIY, which elevates the pieces from Ikea’s signature 365 collection.

Get the how-to on Fellow Fellow

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Faux Marble Tabletop

For the table in need of a little upgrade, opt for marble contact paper for a sleek finish.

Get the how-to on Poppytalk

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Salt and Pepper Shakers

Every table deserves an accent piece, big or small. We’ve got our eyes on this quick and easy DIY from Brit + Co.

The story was originally published on October 15, 2015, it has been updated with new information. 

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