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37 Cheap And Easy Ways To Make Your Ikea Stuff Look Expensive

Get Pottery Barn pieces at Ikea prices.

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1. With a little wood stain and a miter saw, you can make the Lack shelf ($19.99) look like floating reclaimed wood.

Get the directions here.

2. Swap out the legs of any Ikea sofa.

It makes a huge difference.

3. Attach crown molding to the top of your Billy bookcases ($79.99).

This takes a little bit more work, but it will make your bookcases look built in.

4. Spraypaint your Ekby shelf brackets ($22.99) a metallic gold or copper.

5. Add legs to an Expedit shelving unit ($19).

These legs cost only $3.49 apiece! Get the full directions here.

6. These brass corners ($5 for a set of eight from Amazon) will jazz up a Lack table ($10).

Get the full directions here.

You can use the same hack for the Lack coffee table as well ($39.99).

7. Cover the Klubbo coffee table ($49.99) with marble contact paper.

Get the directions for a similar project here.

8. A genius idea for those of you who own Ikea kitchen cabinets: Fill the holes for a more seamless, custom look.

http://www.storefrontlife.com/diy-tips-fill-them-holes/

 

Ikea makes these little hole fillers that are $0.99 for a pack of 100. Get the full directions here.

9. Replace cheap plastic casters with nice brass ones.

 

10. Paint a Norden sideboard ($79.99) to look dip-dyed.

Get the full directions here.

11. Floating kitchen cabinets are low-profile enough to be used as a hallway or dining room console.

The trick here is to add painted wooden planks on top and use non-Ikea knobs. These brass knobs are from MyKnobs.com. Get the full details here.

12. Turn cheap Norrlida frames ($12.99) into cork boards.

Get the directions here.

13. With a little gold spray paint and faux marble finishing, a Vittsjö nesting coffee table ($59.99) looks like you paid $800 for it.

Get the full tutorial here.

14. Paint and add a decorative drawer pull to the Rast nightstand ($14.99).

This Ikea hack comes from Redbook.

15. Gold spray paint comes to the rescue again if you own the Bygel utility cart ($29.99).

Get the directions here.

16. Sew two Rens sheepskin rugs together to create one giant one.

TBH, the Rens is kiiiind of a bizarre shape. It looks much better doubled up.

17. Lay an Ikea kitchen cabinet frame on its side and add a wooden plank for a low bench/media console.

You can get the wood planks cut to size in your local hardware store and easily paint them.

19. Nail some leather pulls to a boring Malm dresser ($79.99).

Get the directions here.

20. Use a vintage belt to hang the Bondis wall clock ($19.99).

 

There’s no tutorial, but you can read more about it here.

21. Create a built-in bookshelf wall in your living room by mixing together Billy and Besta.

22. Turn the Nornäs side table into an elegant bar cart.

 

Instructions in Hungarian.

23. Add tufting to your sofa cushions.

Make your Karlstad look like an expensive mid-century modern sofa. Directions here.

24. Wrap the cord of the Foto pendant ($29.99) with three-ply jute twine.

Get the directions here.

25. Silver-leaf the inside of an oversize shade ($29.99).

Full directions here.

26. Turn a Hemnes shoe cabinet ($129.99) into a faux library catalog.

Get the directions here.

27. Make a Bekväm foot stool ($14.99) less generic by staining it walnut and dip-painting the top.

Now it actually passes as a side table or nightstand. See the tutorial on Yesterday’s Sweetheart.

28. Turn a sideways Expedit (now the Kallax, $59.99) into a mid-century console.

Get the directions here.

29. Or cover it with paint sticks (FREE!).

The paint sticks are painted with different stains to get this reclaimed wood look. Full directions here.

30. Make a Förhöja cart look like a custom piece for your kitchen.

Get the directions here.

31. Remove the wrinkles from your IKEA slipcovers.

No ironing involved, just a spray bottle filled with hot water. Intrigued? Get more info here.

32. Transform a Tarva dresser ($149) into a kitchen sideboard.

It can beautifully hold tons of dishware and all of the bits and bobs to entertain a big dinner party. Get the tutorial here.

33. Turn the Antonius laundry hamper frame ($9.99) into a nightstand.

You would never guess that nightstand used to hold your dirty underwear. Get the tutorial here.

34. These storage boxes look like you paid 10 times as much for them at Kate Spade.

Directions here.

35. Cover a Malm dresser ($79.99) with O’verlays.

Not super crafty? Just buy O’verlays and call it a day.

36. Turn a Grundtal mirror ($34.99) into a Restoration Hardware-worthy piece.

Get the full directions here.

37. This laptop table ($39.99) actually makes the prettiest bar cart.

Get the directions here.

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