5 Ways to Customize Standard Furniture

Marie Claire Maison

IKEA is cheap, accessible, and better looking than most affordable furniture, but no one really wants a whole house full of it. Marie Claire Maison has come up with a few hacks that transform standard IKEA furniture into customized pieces that stand out from the crowd. Click below for ways to breathe new life into your BILLY bookcase, RAST chest, or standard-issue dining table...

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This cluster of red light was assembled from IKEA paper lanterns. For step-by-step instructions, see Maxwell's post on how to make a paper globe chandelier.

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This wardrobe was painted with Farrow & Ball colors to blend into the room's wallpaper. For tips on painting wooden furniture, see this post.

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These colorful shelves act as room dividers and storage pieces. Three IKEA Billy Bookcases were customized by replacing the standard backs with acrylic plexiglass plates cut to size and screwed into the backs of the cases.

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A large IKEA table top has been fitted with 8 different wooden legs, all the same height. After priming the legs and table top, they were screwed together and painted a bright red.

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This headboard with storage was made from a set of IKEA's unfinished wood Rast Chests. Designers painted the wood and cut a chipboard panel to cover the back of the chests. The panel was upholstered using batting, fabric, and a staple gun. To attach the headboard, the drawers were removed, and the panel was then nailed to the back of the chests from the inside (to hide the nails). The resulting piece combines an upholstered headboard with storage on the opposite side.

For all projects from Marie Claire Maison, click here.

Photos: Jerome Galland for Marie Claire Maison