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Updated on Sep 4, 2020. Posted on May 16, 2015

24 Easy Ways To Make Your Furniture Look More Expensive

Because you're busy doing other things...like eating pizza.

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1. Cut shapes out of contact paper and stick them on your side table to give it a modern look.

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Learn the steps here.

2. Add brass corners ($9 for a set of eight from Amazon) to a coffee table.

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This IKEA LACK table ($10) looks fancy. Deets here.

3. Put leather pulls on your dresser.

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Get the directions here.

4. Use adhesive-backed wooden strips, called StikWood, to upgrade a headboard.

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At about $14 per square foot, you can DIY small projects with zero carpentry skills.

5. Just paint the outside.

Leave the drawers unpainted for a cool contrast. Learn more about it here.

6. Or you can paint the bottom.

Get more info here.

7. Spray paint it gold.

The ultimate IKEA hack: Gilding the Vittsjo shelf ($80).

8. Or silver.

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Get the tutorial here.

9. And don't forget about spray painting hardware.

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These IKEA EKBY brackets ($22.99) are looking mighty fine.

10. And yes, you can even spray paint cushions.

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Works for sun-faded cushions, as well. Get the directions here.

11. If you want a quick transformation, replace furniture legs.

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Pretty Pegs makes custom legs for IKEA couches. Get the tutorial here.

12. This bookshelf was turned on its side before the legs were attached to make a mid-century console.

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Try it with the IKEA Expedit (now the Kallax, $59.99). Get the steps here.

13. If you don't want to break a sweat adding legs, you can just prop it up.

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Bed risers ($11 at Target) are your friend. Get the DIY here.

14. Cover a table with marble contact paper.

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Get contact paper here for $13. And click for more info.

15. Or you can use a pretty wallpaper.

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Get the directions here.

16. You can use wallpaper to upgrade an old chair, too.

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And get it to stick with Mod Podge ($11). Get the directions here.

17. Paint on colorful splotches.

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Get directions here.

18. Or you can apply painter's tape before spray painting for a striped pattern.

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Such an easy way to transform an IKEA SELJE nighstand ($30). Get the directions here.

19. Paint frame mats to add color to cool typography prints.

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Keep it cheap and use IKEA RIBBA frames ($10 each). Get the steps here.

20. Wrap three-ply jute twine around your pendant light cord for a rustic look.

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Get the twine on Amazon for $3. Get more info here.

21. Replace drawer pulls with library card catalog hardware.

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Buy them here for $2 each. Get the steps here.

22. Cover a dresser with O’verlays ($39 for 3 panels).

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O'verlays are decorative fretwork panels that come in different patterns and sizes—there's even a collection to fit IKEA's most popular pieces. For more info, click here.

23. Or just add some colorful decals.

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Check out cute scalloped decals here ($27). And get the DIY here.

24. And lastly, you can just scribble on words with a permanent marker.

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