Most people think of storage pieces as a bit of a necessary evil. Nobody gets excited about chests of drawers or towel bars — or do they? We love a good IKEA hack, and we especially love IKEA hacks that turn hardworking furniture that expands the storage capacity of your space into a statement piece that makes the room. The result of these projects is the best of all possible worlds — furniture that's budget-friendly, functional, and also beautiful.
Above, an IVAR unit gets a natural upgrade with some cane webbing. September Edit thinks it speaks to the "rattan, wooden furniture, bamboo, warm notes and craftsmanship" trend that is here to stay for awhile.
This gorgeous IKEA MALM hack is also incredibly simple — all it requires is a knife and a little bit of contact paper. Find the full instructions at Preciously Me.
For this IKEA desk hack, the ALEX desktop gets a bit of a boost from a LINNMON tabletop. Find the full instructions at Style at Home.
The humble IKEA RAST has been made over in a huge variety of ways, but I think this might be my favorite: a bit of wallpaper on the drawers, plus a coordinating paint job and shiny brass pulls. Get the full instructions at Good Housekeeping.
Here's a simple but eye-catching DIY from Livet Hemma: an EKBY shelf, hung from leather straps attached to the wall.
Catarina from Sweet Magnolia transformed this IVAR cabinet with the help of some legs and a couple coats of paint.
Here's another IVAR cabinet hack, from Paul Svera. The secret to this one? Metallic tape, which gives this humble cabinet a luxe-modern look (and is even easier than painting).
A few simple changes: leaving the backing piece out, adding a little gold spray paint — make this HJÄLMAREN towel rail look like a much more expensive piece. Find the full instructions from Your DIY Family.
Sometimes some legs are all it takes. This ALEX cabinet looks like a million bucks, thanks to the addition of some midcentury-style legs (the jaunty angle is a nice touch). From Layna Duggan, via her Instagram.
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-Re-edited from a post originally published 3/19/2017 - DF