Before and After: A $52 IKEA BESTA Redo Uses Surprising Finds for High-End Style

published Dec 1, 2020
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Before: Black IKEA BESTA cabinet sitting on gray carpet
Credit: Meyetta Grimes

Some of the best finds come out of the garbage. Skeptical? Just take this IKEA BESTA cabinet, which intrepid DIYer Meyetta Grimes gave a whole new life after pulling it out of the recycling bin at her apartment complex.

While others might have passed the scuffed-up piece by, Meyetta saw that it was perfect size for her entryway wall—so she scooped it up, brought it home, and gave it a cleaning. “I wanted to prevent another piece of furniture from going to the landfill and I needed a cabinet for my entryway wall,” she says.

Credit: Meyetta Grimes

Inspired by a designer piece far outside her budget, Meyetta set to work giving the dark cabinet a bright and whimsical facelift. She started by removing the old legs; then, she sanded the piece down before priming it and spray painting it glossy white.

The embellishments on the front of the cabinet were made with a couple of clever hacks. Meyetta used foam globes—bought at the dollar store—for the dome detail, which she cut in half and spray painted glossy blue. For the gold rings, Meyetta used plastic cup lids that were spray-painted metallic gold. She hot glued the balls to the cup lids, then hot glued the cup lids to the face of the cabinets.

Credit: Meyetta Grimes

Finally, Meyetta added tapered gold feet she ordered from Amazon. All told, the project took about three hours and cost only $52 for all the materials, thanks to Meyetta’s clever repurposing.

“I love the fact that I was able to use an unconventional material like cup lids to make a high-end looking piece,” she says.

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