One of our favorite things about IKEA is the ingenious upgrades these simple designs inspire. You might never guess, if you saw them in person, that the bookshelves above began their life humbly flatpacked into a cardboard box. But they did! Here are seven different DIY projects that began with basics from that Swedish retailer, and ended with pieces that would be at home in the poshest of interiors.
Above: Super-snazzy built-in Billys from The Makerista.
And finally, from IKEA Hackers, a beautiful little table that's a remix of IKEA's Hemnes nightstand. Painting the table, sanding the drawer down to the woodgrain, and adding a new brass pull was all it took to make this unassuming nightstand into an elegant accent.
Re-edited from a post originally published 4.29.15-NT