Big Impact, Small Effort: Easy Upgrades for IKEA Furniture

published Aug 18, 2016
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One of the best things about IKEA pieces is the myriad ways you can tweak, hack, tinker with, and customize them to create beautiful, unique pieces on a reasonable budget. And the changes you make don’t have to be big, time-consuming ones — sometimes all it takes is just a little effort (and a little ingenuity) to turn a piece into something you’ll be proud to show off. Take a look at these seven super-simple IKEA hacks.

Above: Dana from House Tweaking added a stylish twist to this IKEA shoe cabinet with handmade leather pulls.

(Image credit: Viriginia & Charlie)

The brass corners that dress up these IKEA frames are actually cut out of metallic tape. It’s a super simple (and also resersible!) project that can be completed in about 20 minutes. Find out how at Viriginia & Charlie.

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Jonathan Lo from Happy Mundane gave his IKEA desk a new, sophisticated look by covering the front of the drawer with wood-grain contact paper.

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This IKEA nightstand from The Vault Files got dressed up with a contact paper top and new hardware.

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Blogger Sarah from The Surznick Common Room added midcentury-style legs to give this IKEA Kallax a bit of a boost.

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Prettypegs makes legs specifically designed for attaching to IKEA pieces, like this little cabinet. They’re also a great (and quick!) way to add style to IKEA desks and tabletops.

(Image credit: Oleander + Palm)
(Image credit: Oleander + Palm)

A quick coat of spray paint on the brackets gives these IKEA shelves, spotted on Oleander + Palm, a colorful and unique new look.

Re-edited from a post originally published 8.18.2016.