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Before & After: A Dollar Store Item Turns This Plain IKEA Cabinet into a Piece of Art

published Sep 10, 2020
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white IKEA EKET cabinet with wood legs
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The great thing about IKEA hacks is that they can vary in size and scope, so you can always find inspiration that suits your price point and skill level. There are plenty of impressive full-blown redos of IKEA pieces that require lots of time and tools—and just as many small, easy IKEA hacks that take just a little money can be done in a matter of minutes.

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Take this redo, from Sarah Lafia of @home2style. Sarah started with a plain IKEA EKET cabinet, with features a white base and natural-tone wood legs. While it offered adequate storage and looked nice enough, it wasn’t really in keeping with the style of Sarah’s home. Among the dramatic black walls and geometric accents, the piece just looked a bit… plain. “I wanted to put our personal touch and make it stand out,” Sarah says. At the same time, she knew that she wanted to stick with the black-and-white color scheme that was featured throughout the office where she wanted to put this cabinet.

Credit: Sarah Lafia

Sarah’s solution came in the form of an under-£4 item you can score at a dollar store: washi tape. She chose one in a plain black finish to complement the other tones in the room. As for how she created the stunning geometric pattern? “I wanted it to be as symmetrical as possible and started by adding diagonal lines on each of the doors to create diamond shapes,” Sarah says. “I then worked from the top of each diamond and formed lines towards the bottom edges.”

Of course, getting lines exactly straight proved tricky at times. “I’m a bit of a perfectionist so keeping the lines straight and symmetrical was a bit of a challenge,” Sarah says. “Thankfully washi tape is removable and allows for corrections. I was able to peel off any mistakes and realign until I was happy.”

The end result is a design that has an Art Deco feel, and feels like a true display piece in the space. “I love how it has turned out I wouldn’t change it,” Sarah says. “But the best part is if I get bored in the future I can just remove the tape and add a new design.”

Her advice for taking on a similar tape project at home? “If you’re looking to do something more intricate I would recommend sketching out a design first. But if you just want to have a little fun, just go for it and let your imagination go wild,” Sarah says.

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