Sunday, March 24, 2019

Ikea Hack -MALA Paper Roll Holder






Have you ever bought something that you didn't even know you needed ?

Well I guess I do!  I hope I'm not the only one-

I saw this package at the Thrift Store.....
 

I did not even know what it was....but it was new....it was wood.....
 
and it was a dollar !



 
I looked it up online and thought I would give it a try.
 
You hear horror stories about putting IKEA products together, but honestly this was so easy
 
I did not have to look at the picture.


It comes with a tiny tool for the side pieces.

The other pieces slide easily in and out. It took 5 minuets.

It really looked great natural, it had a light sealed finish. I knew I would be staining or painting
 
the holder, so I used sandpaper to remove the finish.

 
The paper is easy to get on Amazon. It's about $15 for a 98 ft. roll.
 
That's a pretty good deal if you want to save your space from glue and paint.
 
 I did not have the paper roll from  IKEA that fits this holder so for now.....
 
 I found a roll of Postal Wrap made by Scott 3M, sometimes called Kraft Paper
 
at the Dollar Tree.
 
I asked Mr. Fresh Vintage if the roll could be cut with a saw.....
 
 

 
 
 He said- let's give it a try- and it worked!
 
 

 
 
 We measured the length of the dowel.
 
The other short end can be used for wrapping items to ship.
 
 
 
 
 


The paper fit!
 
This Kraft paper is thick and will hold up to paint and stain.
 
I will not have to change it very often.
 
The IKEA paper is thinner.





 
 The two lower side pieces easily slide in and out. The trays look like they are for pencils,

but they are not necessary to stabilize the holder.
 

 

 
 I decided I liked the holder without the trays.
 
 
 
I stained the top piece, dowel and cross piece.
 
Then painted the T shaped side pieces with Black Acrylic paint.
 
I used this stencil to add some small details.
 
 
6'' x 6''
 
 
 

 I keep this antique holder in the garage for paper towels!
 
 

 
 
It was my inspiration. I was going for a cast iron look-

 
 
I love that I can move it around easily! 
 






 
 
 
 
I added a bit of faux rust using cinnamon and glue on the screws.
 
 
Just like here!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yes, I admit my projects are all over the place. I have a craft room...and the kitchen....
 
and in the garage I have my Dad's old drafting table that I love!
 
It's a great work area.
 
Do you have projects all over the place or do you work in one area only ?





 
 
 
Thank for letting me share my version of the IKEA- MALA with you today!
 
Overall I think it's a pretty good product to use for crafting even though it was originally
 
intended to be used for children.
 
 xo Lisa S
 


30 comments:

  1. It really looks like cast iron. You did a fantastic job.

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    1. Thanks so much Thelma! You made my day.
      Thank you for visiting and stop by again :)
      xo Lisa S

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  2. I love how you transformed this! It looks fabulous! We have the same paper roll holder, too, and I'm also not a fan of the trays, they slide out too easily.
    While I have a craft room, I still craft all over the tables, the garage, the living room floor, kitchen counter tops...basically, if there is space somewhere I'll park a craft project there.

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    1. Audra
      Thank you so much ! I'm so glad you liked the transformation. I think spreading out in the whole house is part of being a creative soul! You are so talented it does not surprise me! I am married to a clean freak who doesn't yet it :) Thanks for your sweet comment and visit.
      xo Lisa S

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  3. Super clever, Lisa! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

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    1. Thank you Cecilia!
      It has turned out to be very handy-
      Thank you for hosting and pinning! You are a great friend! xo Lisa S

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  4. What a brilliant idea! I love this transformation! Thank you bunches for linking up and sharing with us this week! <3

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    1. Kristi
      What a sweet comment!
      Thank you for visiting and hosting.
      xo LisaS

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  5. What a deal for only $1!! You made it look so authentic!

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    1. Cindy
      Thank you so much! I am glad you liked it.
      xo Lisa S

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  6. This is fantastic! I could use one of these myself. I've never heard of using cinnamon to create a rusty look, but it is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

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    1. Amy
      Thank you! It is pretty handy. I was happy to share my cinnamon secret. I appreciate the visit. Have a wonderful week. xo Lisa S

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  7. It looks wonderful, you did a great job.
    My crafts are all over the place and what was supposed to be my craft room is a mess. It drives my husband crazy...
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

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    1. Thank you Teresa!
      It is hard to keep the crafts in one spot. I think it's a sign of a creative mind :) xo Lisa S

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  8. Lisa,
    You never cease to amaze. What a talent. Congrats you are being featured at Thursday Favorite Things.
    https://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com/2019/04/thursday-favorite-things.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Bev
      Thank you so much friend! I am so honored to be featured.
      I appreciate your lovely parties, thank you for hosting
      week after week! xo Lisa S

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  9. That's brilliant! What a bargain too! They still sell them and here they are £7 new.
    I would never in a million years have thought to transform it like you have. This will be one of the features at Handmade Monday tomorrow :-)

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    1. Julie
      You are so sweet! Thank you for featuring my hack. I look forward to seeing it. xo Lisa S

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  10. Definitely a "project-all-over-the-place" type of girl! Maybe happens when the house is too small? Or maybe it's just in my genes;) Love this project, Lisa! Pinning!

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    1. Lora
      It is a sign of a highly creative mind! You are amazingly talented :)Thank you for the pin- XO Lisa S

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  11. Okay... this is awesome... and for $1??? Yeah, man! I have projects all over, which is sad, because MWA is so tiny! Keepin' it real. ;-) BTW, did you know there is spray paint that give the effect of cast/wrought iron? (I'm thinkin' you probably do.) Not to run out and replenish my cinnamon! Thanks for sharing on Homestyle Gathering, Lisa!

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    1. Julie
      On a few occasions I find something at my neighborhood thrift shop and the Ladies ask me, "what is it?" They have no idea and those are the best deals ;)
      I can't believe all the amazing spray paints available. This week I'm painting again. xo Lisa S

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  12. So creative...love this!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Cindy
      Thank you so much! I appreciate you so much. Thank you for hosting I always look so forward to your parties!
      Have a wonderful week. I'm so happy you stopped by today! xo Lisa S

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  13. It looks amazing, I love the effects you used.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment, Sewing Green Lady!
      I am so glad you stopped by, It's nice to meet you.
      xo Lisa S

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  14. This is really nice idea! too bad we don't have IKEA here in my town :D

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    1. Chezvies
      Thank you so much. Well you never know you may find one and that would be great. xo Lisa S

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