IKEA Hacks that Look Like a Million Bucks

IKEA Hacks that Look Like a Million Bucks

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 29, 2016
(Image credit: The Makerista)

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.

(Image credit: Oliver and Rust)

This humble Bekvam kitchen cart got an elegant update from the blogger at Oliver and Rust with some paint, a Carrara marble top, and a vintage brass towel holder.

(Image credit: Smitten Studio)

You might never guess it, but this light fixture from Smitten Studio is an IKEA bowl turned sleek, modern lamp.

(Image credit: Smitten Studio)

This dresser from Smitten Studio is just a humble Tarva, but little details, like the brass handles and the angled cut to the legs, take it to the next level.

(Image credit: Style Me Pretty)

This gold and marble console (from Style Me Pretty) really did start out as an IKEA Vittsjo.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

A knotted twine cord makes this IKEA Foto lamp extra special. DIY from Design Sponge.

(Image credit: IKEA Hackers)

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

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