You won't believe how high-end IKEA products can look with a little paint, a few tools, and creativity. These unexpected ideas will make you look at the build-it-yourself furniture in a whole new light—and get you pumped to get your DIY on.
Made of pine, this sturdy table has a plain, sleek design and comes unfinished.
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Believe it or not, this gorgeous dining room table was once the simple INGO. You'll have to get out the power tools for this hack, but the stunning result is well worth the effort.
See more at East Coast Creative.
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This IKEA favorite might look like a typical step stool made of solid wood. But in reality, there are so many ways to use this versatile item.
BUY NOW $20,
Your kids are going to love playing "let's make dinner" alongside you—and you're going to love how affordable this set up is. It's as simple as painting the steps black, drawing on a stove top, and adding some knobs on the front to get the "burners" going.
See more at Mommo Design.
BUY NOW Chalkboard Paint, $12,
To manage all of the grocery bags you plan to reuse, IKEA sells a dispenser that hangs on the wall.
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Having a hard time keeping all of your gift wrapping gear organized? Repurposing the plastic bag dispenser into a holder for paper rolls is an easy solution.
See more at Interior Candy.
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Hooks can be attached to this simple rail, which you can use to organize just about anything.
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To keep electronics from cluttering your counter, you can mount this bar near an outlet along with a basket to hold your gadgets. This blogger even added potted plants for decoration.
See more at Hometalk.
BUY NOW Hanging Basket, $11,
For either indoor or outdoor use, this lantern cam hold a large candle inside.
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Potting soil, charcoal, gravel, and plants fill the lantern with an earthy brightness. The result is both decorative and super low maintenance.
See more at Thou Swell.
BUY NOW Gravel, $13,
Like most IKEA chests, this simple dresser has endless decorating possibilities.
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This transformation requires some serious handy work. By making it fold out, the top drawer becomes the main surface for a desk. This blogger was even crafty enough to add her initials.
See more at In My Own Style.
BUY NOW Label Pulls, $30,
This skinny shelf may seem like it's only good for displaying pictures, but a little imagination can make this product the most useful item in your home.
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Nothing's more frustrating than a sink without any storage. But this narrow shelf fits above your faucet and below your mirror so you can add organization for soap, candles, and toothpaste where you need it most.
See more at Yasam Stil.
This rolling, metal cart is a popular a IKEA product because it's useful in literally every room of the house.
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This clever blogger used the cart to categorize her beauty routine — and even doctored the side with a bin for her hot tools.
See more at Polka Dot Chair.
BUY NOWWhite Paint, $4,
This popular IKEA product can be so much more than a place to put your TV remote.
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With a crafty eye and tons of bright paint, the blank table morphs into your favorite classic board games, like backgammon and Monopoly.
Get the tutorial at IKEA.
BUY NOW Paint Set, $18,
Made of sturdy pine wood, this dresser is the perfect (and affordable) blank canvas for a bit of creativity.
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A plexiglass-covered core door now sits atop the dresser and a pair of table legs, creating the perfect stylish workspace. The bare dresser got a coordinating upgrade with a fresh coat of paint and new pulls.
See more at Addison Meadows Lane.
BUY NOW White Paint $18,
This simple shelving unit attaches to a wall to add extra storage to any space.
BUY NOW $49,
If you're looking for a chic alternative to your standard vanity, check out this super-glam creation. The blogger paired the EKBY ALEX shelving with old-school wooden legs and a sheepskin-covered bench to create a gorgeous place to spend your mornings.
See more at A New Bloom.
BUY NOW Desk Legs, $5,
This plain coffee table is practical, but not very exciting as it is.
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Get the tutorial at Triple Max Sons.
BUY NOW Mid-Century Modern Furniture Legs, $39,
This plain ottoman is serves as a practical place to put your feet up, but it's not very stylish.
BUY NOW $159,
This blogger took a rough find from IKEA's as-is section and made it shine. By adding some cheerful floral fabric, a boring ottoman became so much more interesting.
See more at Petite Party Studio.
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The no-nonsense kitchen island is convenient, if a bit spare.
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A fresh coat of gray paint, a chic marble top, and a shiny towel bar makes this kitchen helper as stylish as it is functional.
See more at Oliver and Rust.
BUY NOW Gray Paint, $5,
This is but one component from the series, which allows you to mix and match pieces to create floating cabinets and standing units.
BUY NOW $57,
No little kid will know the difference between this cabinet creation and a store-bought toy. As long as dolls, mini furniture, and lots of color is involved, it'll be a hit.
See more at IKEA Family.
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