10 Genius and Chic Ikea Hacks to Try

A little renovation of the Swedish megastore’s affordable products brings gorgeous results.

There's no question that Ikea's products are affordable, but who knew they could be so magnificently chic? The big-box store's ubiquitous catalog look will be nowhere to be found with some clever and sophisticated reimagining. We've siphoned through countless Ikea hacks on the web and picked our very favorites.

Haute_Khuuture THE PROJECT: Gilded Pendant Lights THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Kulla Pendant Lamp ($70), gold leaf sheets, spray adhesive, spray sealer, gold spray paint. SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. THE TRICKY PART: Applying the gold leaf. FURTHER READING: Haute Khuuture
Kristi_Murphy THE PROJECT: Navajo Pouf THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Solsta Pällbo Footstool ($15), 1.5 yards of fabric, sewing machine. SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. THE TRICKY PART: Using a sewing machine. FURTHER READING: Kristi Murphy
Nimi_Design THE PROJECTIkea Fas Clamp Spotlight THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Fas Clamp Spotlight ($10), teak batten strip, concrete mix, and assorted hardware. SKILL LEVEL: Advanced. THE TRICKY PART: Making the concrete base. FURTHER READING: Nimi Design
Style_Me_Pretty THE PROJECT: Metal and Acrylic Bar Cart THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Vittjsö Laptop Table ($40), spraypaint, acrylic sheet, glass cutter, casters, drill, patterned paper. SKILL LEVEL: Advanced. THE TRICKY PART: Building the wheeled base. FURTHER READING: Style Me Pretty Living
Ikea THE PROJECT: Rustic Cutting Boards THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Proppmätt Chopping Board ($3-$7), leather straps, rivets, nailheads (optional). SKILL LEVEL: Beginner. THE TRICKY PART: Braiding FURTHER READING: Life at Home
Houzz THE PROJECT: Reclaimed Wood and Gilded Shelves THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Ekby Lerberg Brackets ($2), gold spray paint, reclaimed wood. SKILL LEVEL: Beginner THE TRICKY PART: Getting your hands on cool salvaged wood. FURTHER READING: Houzz
Almost_Makes_Perfect THE PROJECT: Campaign Dresser THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Rast 3 Drawer Chest ($35), campaign hardware drawer pulls, brass corners, paint, primer, drill, Dremel tool. SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced. THE TRICKY PART: Drilling the drawer pulls. FURTHER READING: Almost Makes Perfect and Emerald City Diaries
Ikea_1 THE PROJECT: Copper Floating Shelves THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Lack Wall Shelf ($15), copper foil roll, scissors, spray adhesive, hammer. SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. THE TRICKY PART: Applying the foil cleanly. FURTHER READING: Life at Home
SignedbyTina THE PROJECT: Nailhead Trim Cabinet THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Bestå Storage Cabinet ($203), furniture nail heads, awl, hammer, paper, and pencil. SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate. THE TRICKY PART: Drawing the pattern. FURTHER READING: Signed by Tina
BHG THE PROJECT: Gilded Étagère THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Vittsjö Shelving Unit, liquid gold leaf or brass spray paint. SKILL LEVEL: Beginner THE TRICKY PART: Braving Ikea. FURTHER READING: Better Homes and Gardens and Pencil Shavings Studio

Have you tried any Ikea hacks at home? Tell us about your greatest successes (or failures) in the comments. Photographs: Haute KhuutureKristi MurphyNimi DesignStyle Me Pretty LivingLife at HomeHouzzAlmost Makes PerfectLife at HomeSigned by TinaBetter Homes and Gardens

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