DIY Vintage-Style Plant Stand With Faux Marble – IKEA KORNSJÖ Hack

Hello, gorgeous people and welcome to my favourite craft of 2021. And, yes, I know I’m early to the party here. But once you see how beautifully this DIY plant stand turned out, I’m sure you’ll agree with me. I’m going to hibernate for the rest of the year because your girl has peaked.

Now, my deep and unending love of plants isn’t news to anyone. I’ve shared DIY plant pots and tours of my office jungle on here before. But in case you’ve missed all of that: I adore plants. Tending to my apartment garden and watching my babies grow day to day . . . it’s deeply satisfying and, in amongst the mess that was 2020, cathartic.

(In fact, my 2021 side hustle is propagating and selling rare plants! But more on that in another post . . . )

The only thing about houseplants? Well, once you start collecting them . . . you start collecting them fast. And then they start growing. And then suddenly what fit on one shelf in your living room has spread to the entire apartment. Which is why Instagrammable plant shelves and trendy propagation walls have taken the world by storm!

propagation wall diy

Here’s one of my favourites from Chloe Alysse

Unfortunately, there were a few issues with those for me. The biggest one? We have a cat and pretty much all fun plants are toxic for cats. (And the ones we make money off? Those most of all because of course they are.) Due to the lighting in our apartment, the main room is honestly the best place for our plants in terms of growing . . . So I had to find a solution.

Or, as your resident DIY queen, I had to make a solution. Enter this KORNSJÖ IKEA hack.

Originally a basic black clothing rack, I managed to mod this into something way more retro and all round stunning. The shelves are perfect for keeping the poisonous plants up high – and the clothing rail means I can have my hanging plants on display too!

(I won’t lie – this rail was more on the pricier side than my normal IKEA flips. However, it’s really nice and sturdy . . . and I chose it specifically for this idea. The bottom panel and shelving panels are all solid and easy to pour resin onto, which none of their other clothing rails had.)

A layer of gold spray paint makes anything look 20x better, but I think the true highlight of this IKEA hack has to be the faux marble. I tried a similar technique with my IKEA Gladom Table Hack and it turned out really pretty, so have a read of that post too!

The bonus of how I created this faux marble effect is that you can customise this to any colour palette. I wanted an agate/marble finish so I chose green, gold and white paint – but you can pick whichever colours suit your theme. To be honest, I think a black and white plant stand would be gorgeous!

Overall, I love how this turned out and I think it fits with my vintage-style office space really well! So if you want to learn how to recreate this yourself . . . well, read on my friends!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • IKEA KORNSJÖ clothing rack
  • 2 x gold spray paint cans
  • White spray paint
  • Epoxy resin kit
  • Acrylic paint in your chosen colours (mine were white, green and gold)
  • Gloves
  • A mask (resin fumes = bad)
  • Something to cover your surface!
  • Some paper cups

OPTIONAL: Alcohol ink and white spray paint. I say optional because I had these at home already, but they’re really not necessary for this craft. So if you don’t have them, there’s really no need to spend money on them.

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. On a covered surface, spray paint all the parts of the disassembled IKEA KORNSJÖ wardrobe in gold paint. Do a couple of light coats of paint until you’ve got a nice opaque finish. (For the shelves and bottom panel, make sure the edges and bottom are spray painted gold, but don’t worry too much about the top.)
  2. Once everything’s dry, use four paper cups to suspend one of the shelf panels.
  3. Mix your epoxy resin to your kit’s specification (mine was 1:1).
  4. Split your resin up into two containers; one for cream and one smaller for green.
  5. In the container you’ve put aside for white, add a few drops of acrylic paint and stir until the resin is an opaque cream.
  6. Spray some gold and white paint into your resin cups and stir it. Make sure you stir it enough that there’s a good amount of each colour showing, but not so much that it blends.
  7. Pour your cream resin from one side of the panel to the other, creating a semi-natural wavy flow. You should see some pretty cool patterns showing!
  8. Then follow that same line with your green resin. And enough of each colour to completely cover the shelving top. TIP: Resin is self-levelling and will spread to make one even layer. All you need to worry about here is creating a design you love!
  9. Leave resin to set for 12-24 hours.
  10. Repeat for all three shelving units.
  11. Once everything has dried, assemble the rack according to the instructions.
  12. Repeat steps 3-9 with on the bottom panel and leave to set.
  13. Arrange your plants artfully and enjoy!

Okay, this is a little more of a project than some of my other DIYs . . . but I hope you guys love it as much as I do! I think it makes such a beautiful addition to our living space and is a really vintage twist on a super functional piece.

Side note: sorry I’ve been absent for the past few weeks. There’s a whole lot of dramas with our renting situation (housemate stuck in Peru, if you needed a refresher there) so my partner and I have been house-hunting and just generally stressing. I think I’ve got my shit together now!

What did you guys think of this DIY plant stand? Would you try it out yourself? Are you a plant lover? Let me know your thoughts down below!

Peace,

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37 thoughts on “DIY Vintage-Style Plant Stand With Faux Marble – IKEA KORNSJÖ Hack

  1. You managed to make this beauty while dealing with moving drama! You never ceases to impress me girlie this piece looks like it belongs in a vintage hotel 😍 ! I’m in love. I my cats are way too adventurous and would still hop up high and chew on the poisons damn plants 🤣.

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    Keri

    1. Ahahaha thank you Keri! (To tell you the truth this was done a little before, it’s just with all the moving nonsense I hadn’t had a chance to edit or write it up!) That’s totally fair – my cats back home 100% same, but Boris lives up to her name and is literally the LAZIEST cat I’ve ever seen

  2. Omg, why do I feel as though this blog post was made for me. You published this blog post yesterday and I just set up my Ikea rack a few days ago, too! Mine is nothing as stunning as yours though.

    I stuck to the minimalist white that the Ikea rack came in, but I fitted every shelf with an LED light, and I had all the cables run neatly on the back of the rack. And you’re right! I went on a plant shopping spree over three days, and now I have no space left! Gahhh! I still have Philodendron Plowmani and Philodendron Mamei coming from Ecuagenera really soon. OMG! I may need a second rack sooner than expected???

    Your plants look great btw, and I would love an updated plant tour soon!!! 🙂

    1. Ahaha when you tagged me in your tweet, I honestly thought “great minds think alike”! I love how functional and neat your plant rack looks though!

      Ooo that’s a great idea. I’ve seen the pastel green IKEA glass cabinet I’d love to try something similar with . . . oh my goodness, Ming I am SO jealous!! I hope we get more plant shelfies. We should do a collab post one day where we share our plant collections! 🙂

  3. Oh dear! That’s the worry when it comes to housemates- if something comes up or they’re away and unable to pay rent, decide to move or the like, the remaining people are left on the hook and may need to change their plans too. Sorry to hear there’s been so much confusion!

    Your artistic side definitely hasn’t suffered though because oh my word, this is stunning. So luxe! I’ve been a fan of dried flowers and palm fronds for a while now but I’m ready to migrate into using some greenery with my new boho theme.

    1. It’s definitely a concern! If you can afford to live without them, I definitely recommend it. It’s fun for a while, but having your own space is always the better option 🙂

      Thank you Maryam! I’m feeling the whole roaring 20s vibe recently haha. Oooo I would love to see how you incorporate greenery into your space, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all your room updates. Hope you’re keeping well!

  4. Oh this looks so good! Love how the colour have marbled and go so well with the gold frame. Deffo need to have a play with some resin now! Fab DIY!
    Aimsy xoxo
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  5. Mia you are so talented and clever! This plant stand is absolutely gorgeous- I want!! Thanks for sharing lovely!

    Also – I hope everything’s okay for you beauty and that the house situation gets sorted! Sending lots of blessings your way ❤️❤️❤️

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