10 Totally Ingenious, Ridiculously Stylish IKEA Hacks

August 15, 2013
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There comes a point in every blogger’s career where they must take their turn featuring an array of IKEA hacks that have impressed them to the point of feeling compelled to share. For me, that time is now.

The imagination it requires to see beyond the Swedish-cookie cutter product that emerges from a box of a thousand stray parts is something I truly admire (side note: I won’t even attempt to extrapolate on the matter of IKEA in general, when it has already been done so expertly and so hilariously in this piece entitled IKEA, My Nightmare). See, I think these hacker folks have it right; IKEA for them is akin to say, The Home Depot, not Crate & Barrel. It isn’t the end of the line, but the beginning– a place where one procures the materials needed for eventual construction and design.

Speaking of which, let’s get into this:

1. In what is perhaps the chicest hack to date, Nancy Marcus takes an appalling bland Rast Dresser and whips it up into some delectable black and gold confection (you know, if furniture were edible).

2. Kristine of The Painted Hive transforms the depressingly dull MOPPE drawers into a set of card files so convincingly antiqued that you’ll swear they’re at least a 100 years old, instead of what they actually are: IKEA. I don’t even think I need to say more there.

3. The team at Style Me Pretty Living spruces up a LACK table into what appears to be a custom (read: mucho $$) gilded bedside table.

4. Caitlin Wilson (via Little Green Notebook) proves that all that stands between you, a Harry Chair, and a Brunschwig and Fils ‘Les Touches’ snow leopard patterned seat-of-chic is a Sharpie marker. The miracle of modern days I tell you.

5. Krys Melo of Melodrama has the good sense to take an EXPEDIT, turn it on its side, add to that some plywood, foam and fabric, and render some stupidly stylish banquette seating. 

6. Lucy of Mornings on Main rescues a TARVA 6-Drawer Dresser from a life of boredom by slapping on a fresh coat of paint, adding some vibrant knobs and calling it a kitchen storage chest.

7. Emily of The Sweet Beast hits home once again that undeniable fact: sometimes all it needs is a bit of paint. Her choice, Behr’s Juicy Passionfruit, transforms an otherwise bland birch sideboard (similar: NORDEN) into an utterly charming entryway table. 

8. Kristin of The Hunted Interior gives a Forhoja cart a whole lot of flavor by way of wine crate drawer fronts and a sunny yellow hue.

9. Style Me Pretty takes the VITTSJO Laptop table to school, teaches it a curriculum based around the color turquoise and the mobility of wheels, and graduates it a bar cart.  

10. The folks at Livet Hemma (via Decor8) illustrate the glorious effect of the (would we say it’s overdone at this point?) ombre trend on the TARVA dresser.

When it comes to IKEA hacks, I believe these ten prove it’s best to kept that oft-repeated quote in mind: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. And if you really screw it up, you won’t be out for too much, as IKEA is graciously cheap in price.”

Which is your favorite? What have you hacked? Tell me everything!

39 Comments

  1. coco on August 15, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Love!!!!!

  2. Tatiana on August 15, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Love!!! you have to also check the beautiful “etageres” they make out of the vittsjo shelves!!! Awesome!! Check them out in pinterest!!

  3. Krys on August 15, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Thanks for featuring our banquette!

  4. Stephanie A. on August 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Awesome!

  5. ashley on August 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    WOW! The side table and bar cart are amazing! PINNING!

    • livesimplybyannie on August 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      The cart *may* be my favorite of the bunch, just because I never would have looked at it and thought, “this laptop table has bar cart written all over it!” ? Imaginations!

  6. Anna @ IHOD on August 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    These are insane! I can’t believe some of these. Brilliant!

  7. Erin @ DIY on the Cheap on August 16, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Love these! So creative.

  8. Tia Scribbles on August 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Ok, I’m officially inspired to make my “own” entryway table now! Thanks for sharing.

    • livesimplybyannie on August 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Isn’t seeing all these projects so inspiring?? Get to it, and come back and share pics if you do!

  9. Robyn on August 24, 2013 at 6:16 am

    very clever, love the combinations

  10. Lori on September 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Way to go people. I love Ikea and it shows in my home.

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  15. vonna on July 31, 2014 at 5:19 am

    my favorite project is the kitchen storage chest…. I love it!
    one time I took an old roll top bread box and added vintage legs to make a roll top mini desk.

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  17. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life on August 9, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Oh my word, these are all genius. I love to see the imagination of others at work.

  18. Beth Skinner on August 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    That peach colored table is awesome!

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  21. Sarah on August 11, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Geesh, my project list just got a whole lot longer…

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  23. Kathy. F on February 22, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Love these ideas! I have a Malm dresser with no handles. 🙁 Wasn’t thinking about the days my arthritis hits my hands. Can I add knobs or handles? Any other suggestions?

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  28. mothersday 2017 on January 7, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Thanks for the post

  29. Raj on January 24, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Love these ideas! I have a Malm dresser with no handles. Wasn’t thinking about the days my arthritis hits my hands. Can I add knobs or handles? Any other suggestions?

  30. Hackrelation on February 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

    That glass table is awesome.

  31. Lynn on May 31, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    The circles with text in them (on each set of pics) are awful. The font is terrible, and the text seems to be just placed all over the place. It’s just really a pain to read, and looks really bad next to all the other beautiful things on the site. I felt like you would want to know. I’m not trying to be hateful, but I am being honest. Thank you for the links to other sites. Very handy.

    • Annie on June 1, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Can’t say I disagree with you Lynn. This post was written four years ago. Thankfully, my self-taught graphic design skills have improved greatly since then.

  32. Lela on August 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    How did you fill the holes in the drawers of the kithen trolley,looks great.

  33. alyysa home on January 28, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Love these ideas! I have a Malm dresser with no handles. Wasn’t thinking about the days my arthritis hits my hands. Can I add knobs or handles? Any other suggestions?

  34. alyysa home on January 28, 2018 at 5:27 am

    my favorite project is the kitchen storage chest…. I love it!
    one time I took an old roll top bread box and added vintage legs to make a roll top mini desk.

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39 Comments

  1. coco on August 15, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Love!!!!!

  2. Tatiana on August 15, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Love!!! you have to also check the beautiful “etageres” they make out of the vittsjo shelves!!! Awesome!! Check them out in pinterest!!

  3. Krys on August 15, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Thanks for featuring our banquette!

  4. Stephanie A. on August 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Awesome!

  5. ashley on August 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    WOW! The side table and bar cart are amazing! PINNING!

    • livesimplybyannie on August 25, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      The cart *may* be my favorite of the bunch, just because I never would have looked at it and thought, “this laptop table has bar cart written all over it!” ? Imaginations!

  6. Anna @ IHOD on August 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    These are insane! I can’t believe some of these. Brilliant!

  7. Erin @ DIY on the Cheap on August 16, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Love these! So creative.

  8. Tia Scribbles on August 16, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Ok, I’m officially inspired to make my “own” entryway table now! Thanks for sharing.

    • livesimplybyannie on August 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Isn’t seeing all these projects so inspiring?? Get to it, and come back and share pics if you do!

  9. Robyn on August 24, 2013 at 6:16 am

    very clever, love the combinations

  10. Lori on September 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Way to go people. I love Ikea and it shows in my home.

  11. […] get a total new expression with DIY boxes made of reclaimed wood. I also came across the blog post 10 Totally Ingenius, Ridiculously Stylish IKEA Hacks discovered at […]

  12. Ikea hack « De Huismuts on March 10, 2014 at 8:02 am

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  13. Friday Favorites | Iowa Girl Eats on July 11, 2014 at 2:00 am

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  14. Friday Favorites | My Recipe Network on July 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    […] fix up: 10 Totally Ingenious, Ridiculously Stylish IKEA Hacks. Great roundup, especially this Dipped Console Table that I could use in about 15 different […]

  15. vonna on July 31, 2014 at 5:19 am

    my favorite project is the kitchen storage chest…. I love it!
    one time I took an old roll top bread box and added vintage legs to make a roll top mini desk.

  16. Links That Light Us Up — Women On Fire on August 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

    […] Best IKEA Overhaul — Just in case you ever find yourself running around in circles at an Ikea! […]

  17. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life on August 9, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Oh my word, these are all genius. I love to see the imagination of others at work.

  18. Beth Skinner on August 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    That peach colored table is awesome!

  19. […] 1. IKEA hacks to beautify your life 2. Susan Wojcicki takes over YouTube 3. Women are good at managing money. Quelle surprise! 4. Ronda Rousey is a MAKER 5. What Great Scientists did when they weren’t doing Great Science 6. Boyhood was filmed over 12 years with the same cast. Can’t wait to see it on date night! 7. At the beach, you can mix sand and tanning oil to exfoliate your skin. Want that at home? Try LUSH Sandstone Soap. […]

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  21. Sarah on August 11, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Geesh, my project list just got a whole lot longer…

  22. Weekend Links. | Pocket Travel Advice on January 26, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    […] helping my sister rejuvenate her new/old home she shares with her boyfriend. I have a feeling this Ikea hack sheet is very much going to come in […]

  23. Kathy. F on February 22, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Love these ideas! I have a Malm dresser with no handles. 🙁 Wasn’t thinking about the days my arthritis hits my hands. Can I add knobs or handles? Any other suggestions?

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  28. mothersday 2017 on January 7, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Thanks for the post

  29. Raj on January 24, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Love these ideas! I have a Malm dresser with no handles. Wasn’t thinking about the days my arthritis hits my hands. Can I add knobs or handles? Any other suggestions?

  30. Hackrelation on February 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

    That glass table is awesome.

  31. Lynn on May 31, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    The circles with text in them (on each set of pics) are awful. The font is terrible, and the text seems to be just placed all over the place. It’s just really a pain to read, and looks really bad next to all the other beautiful things on the site. I felt like you would want to know. I’m not trying to be hateful, but I am being honest. Thank you for the links to other sites. Very handy.

    • Annie on June 1, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Can’t say I disagree with you Lynn. This post was written four years ago. Thankfully, my self-taught graphic design skills have improved greatly since then.

  32. Lela on August 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    How did you fill the holes in the drawers of the kithen trolley,looks great.

  33. alyysa home on January 28, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Love these ideas! I have a Malm dresser with no handles. Wasn’t thinking about the days my arthritis hits my hands. Can I add knobs or handles? Any other suggestions?

  34. alyysa home on January 28, 2018 at 5:27 am

    my favorite project is the kitchen storage chest…. I love it!
    one time I took an old roll top bread box and added vintage legs to make a roll top mini desk.

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