There has been some talk about starting a post that could show Ikea products that have been re-vamped and personalized.
We love this idea. We are starting with this Luva pendant lamp that we used for a client on a budget. We simply (and gently) stained out the light wood decorative veneer tube with a dark stain.
Other thoughts might be to try a color wash of a slightly watered down latex paint. We think it's really lovely and for $30.00, not a bad way to light the way.