My favorite thing about Ikea pieces, other than the price, is that they are so transitional. With a little imagination, you can turn a kitchen cabinet into a window seat or banquette. Add some new hardware and you can turn a plain jane wood nightstand into a stylish storage piece. Want the look of built in cabinets, buy a few Ikea bookcases, add some trim and you have the look of custom built-ins without the budget-breaking price.
Here are a few of my favorite Ikea projects I’ve seen around the web.
At only $34.99, the Ikea Rast 3 drawer chest offers plenty of storage and is the perfect size for a nightstand. Add a little paint, some new hardware and a little trim for a stylish interpretation of your own.
Rugs can add a much needed point of interest or pop of color to a room, but they can also be budget breakers. Using the 5 X 8 Erslev rug, at only $59.99, and a little paint and a stencil, the images below show how the designers got a lot of bang for a little buck.
For $59.99, this Ikea expedit shelving unit offers a nice amount of storage. Turn your head at an angle and see its potential as a window seat.
At $49.99 for the white version, the Billy bookcase is one of my favorite Ikea pieces. My favorite hacks lately, are ones where folks have added trim and a little paint to make these bookcases look less manufactured and more custom.
Finally, my Ikea hack muse, and one I am so doing when we finally re-do our kitchen, Audrey and Lindsay use the Ikea Lidingo kitchen cabinets to make this banquette. Love.
What are your favorite Ikea hacks?