Miss Elisa was kind enough to share the updates she did to two pieces of her IKEA furniture. Take a peek to see how small changes to nondescript items can make them fit into a highly personal style of decorating.

1. The Hemnes dresser is a simple, utilitarian design that really benefits from some sprucing up. Inspired by a DMD Insight blog post she saw, Elisa ordered some pretty drawer pulls from The Home Depot. Just changing out the knobs made a huge difference in the appearance of the dresser.

2. Elisa removed the damaged white particleboard top of the Melltorp Dining Table she had picked up on the street for $15, and made herself a new top from a scrap of veneered walnut plywood. After cutting the piece to size, she utilized edge banding (strips of veneer with heat-activated adhesive) to finish off the sides. She then applied one coat of lacquer to seal and protect the piece.