To create the perfect entryway table, these homeowners transformed IKEA’s three-tiered console table using a saw and paint. Cutting off the bottom shelf freed up more room to stand boots and shoes underneath, and leaving the bottom third unpainted creates a trendy “dipped” look.
One trademark of IKEA furniture, unfortunately, is that the legs of chairs and tables tend to be pretty standard—even boring. In this simple spray-paint DIY, Brenda took her inexpensive chairs and added a simple touch of sophisticated gold.
Most kitchen cabinets come in standard neutral tones, but these IKEA cabinets were retrofitted with custom doors by a local millworker. The splash of bright blue paint provides a unique and cheerful look to inspire a little fun in the kitchen.
All That Glitters Isn’t Gold
A simple can of gold spray paint turns the bland metal bottom of this utilitarian IKEA desk into a show-stopping conversation piece. Because the modular product requires assembly, it's easy to paint the legs before attaching them to the top.
Modern Marble Marvel
This IKEA pedestal table was given a stunning faux marble paint job by a crafty DIYer. The design is actually easier to achieve than it looks, involving layers of a paint-and-glaze mixture in white and grey. Pull out brushes of different sizes to vary the marbled streaks.
Set The Bar High
A desk doesn't have to be limited to writing utensils and papers: This IKEA laptop table was converted into a chic bar cart with just a few simple touches. A coat of jade spray paint updated the metal frame, and caster wheels plus an acrylic shelf for extra storage were added to its base.
Budget DIYs can look like they cost a big chunk of change. This IKEA upgrade used rectangular drawer pulls glued to the inside corners of a glass-topped coffee table to create a luxurious Art Deco look. With a coat of gold paint, it looks like it cost and arm and a leg.
You can personalize absolutely any surface in your home, such as this IKEA step stool, with a little color and your own photos. Check out this creative stool: After a coat of bright yellow paint dried, black and white photos were decoupaged to its flat steps—the same can be done with children's art or prints!
These homeowners faked built-in shelves using four of IKEA’s ever-popular Billy bookshelves and some crown molding. A coat of paint along the back wall (like this robin's egg blue) pops against the crisp, white structure and really highlights the shelves' contents.
Almost more than any other room in the home, your bedroom should reflect your personality. Express yourself in this space by painting a standard IKEA headboard in your favorite color, then finish it off with polyurethane gloss to add shine and durability.
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