Ikea Hacker has an impressive example of someone who took advantage of an affordable resource that resulted in an expensive looking finish. Scrounging through the scrap pile of a local large format graphics print shop, James was able to customize his Malm bedframe with stunning results...
"It is just a simple digital print on adhesive backed vinyl, applied on the front of all the vertical surfaces. The hack cost me nothing more then a 1/4 tank of gas, and looks great and everyone asks where i 'bought it'" says James.
As one commenter mentions, it might be worth investigating your local vinyl graphics fabrication company about misprints and scraps, which all can be purchased for heavily discounted prices. Another option is to print out your own tiled large graphics using Rasterbator and apply/seal it with some Mod Podge.
All the details about James Ikea hack here
[via Ikea Hacker]