11 DIYs That Start With a Trip to Ikea

Jul 17 2014 - 6:07am

While Ikea [1] furniture is stylish and the prices on point, the designs can often look generic . . . until they're hacked! Using the blank slate of Ikea's most popular pieces, here are 11 DIYs that transform the simple into the stylish. Whether it be revamping a coffee table or turning a desk into a bar cart, these projects can easily save you big bucks on home decor.

Source: Style Me Pretty [2], Kristi Murphy [3], Hither and Thither [4]

For this sofa makeover [5], there's no cutting, painting, or gluing involved! All you need to do is replace the original legs on an Ikea couch with new ones (found here [6]) for a more expensive, midcentury look.

Photo: Lisette Mejia

If you love the look of modern dressers, this DIY [7] is for you. In three easy steps, you can transform Ikea's Tarva dresser [8] into what looks like a $1,600 piece [9]!

Photo: Lauren Turner

Comfortable, modern, and affordable, an Ikea chair can be the perfect addition to any home office. For a custom look, try spray-painting the base gold before assembling. All you have to do is follow this simple spray-paint tutorial [10]!

Source: Hither and Thither [11]

It's hard to believe that this dresser is from Ikea. Following this leather pull tutorial [12], strips of leather can become a stylish upgrade for only $10!

Source: Sugar and Cloth [13]

Trays have endless uses, making them a no-fail gift for both the entertainer and the design-lover. Sure, you could buy a tray [14], but this paper-strip DIY [15] is easy and customizable.

Photo by Fellow Fellow [16] via Say Yes to Hoboken [17]

Gold makes everything better, especially in a DIY [18]. With some spray paint, this Ikea desk [19] got a metallic overhaul, providing the office with a cohesive look.

Source: Dream Green DIY [20]

This coffee table is the perfect example of how versatile Ikea furniture is. With spray paint and painter's tape, a blank canvas can be turned into a pretty, gold-painted coffee table [21].

Source: Kristi Murphy [22]

Bar carts can cost you big bucks, unless you hack it. Using an Ikea laptop table and an acrylic sheet, this bar cart tutorial [23] made a very standard piece perfect for entertaining.

Source: Style Me Pretty [24]

Trendy and versatile, poufs can be a great addition to almost any space, but they're expensive. Using fabric and an Ikea cube, this ottoman DIY [25] cost $40, not $300!

Source: Kristi Murphy [26]

For an easy garden update, try this stacked planter DIY [27]. Putting two Ikea planters together (each about $2!), you can give your patio a midcentury-modern look for less.

Source: Brady Bunch Remodel [28]

Turn the art of decoupage into decor with this simple DIY for Ikea chairs [29]. Instead of using paint, give chairs a fresh, perfect-for-Spring look with paper decoupage.

Source: Chelsea's Garage [30]

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