Before & After: Wood-Grain Wardrobe Makeover

If you love how affordable IKEA furniture pieces are but desire a little bit more personality for your spaces, you might get a kick out of the project creative Austinite Alison Headley came up with on her DIY project blog "I Could Make That."

We got to peek at this great project when we went to shoot Alison's lovely apartment for a house tour (coming up later this week!). Her apartment she shares with her boyfriend had a wardrobe that took up a sizeable portion of one of the bedroom walls and was a bit plain. Seeing a blank canvas, Alison came up with the idea of creating a wood tone on wood tone pattern using wood-grain contact paper. We think it came out so seamlessly and successfully that we admit we didn't realize it wasn't an expensive, custom-made wardrobe until we stepped closer and noticed the contact paper!

Alison used Ultra Honey Oak Adhesive Contact Paper found on Amazon, and came to this pattern after some experimentation. You can see all the steps of creating this project with your own IKEA (or otherwise) pieces at Alison's blog I Could Make That!

More contact paper ideas from Apartment Therapy:
Aubuchon Hardware's Contact Paper
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DIY Refrigerator Design: Contact Paper Pattern
DIY Contact Paper Privacy Film
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