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.
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.
You might never guess it, but this light fixture from Smitten Studio is an IKEA bowl turned sleek, modern lamp.
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.
This gold and marble console (from Style Me Pretty) really did start out as an IKEA Vittsjo.
A knotted twine cord makes this IKEA Foto lamp extra special. DIY from Design Sponge.
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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