7 Clever DIYs That Prove No IKEA Hack Is Complete Without Paint

From a dresser upgrade to a full kitchen reno.

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If there’s one thing the design community loves, it’s an IKEA hack. The Swedish retailer’s affordable and basic pieces are ripe for a touch of creativity—just look at Instagram or Pinterest to find all the ingenious ways people have added personality and character to their pieces. 

Take these IKEA hacks from the Clare community, for example. From Megan Zietz’s built-in wardrobe finished in Deep Dive to Peony and Honey’s next-level fluted dresser in Wing It, we’re endlessly amazed (and inspired) by the creativity of our fellow design enthusiasts. Ahead, find the seven IKEA hacks we’re bookmarking for a rainy day: 

A Homemade Library

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Photo by @dommdotcom

Armed with IKEA Billy bookcases and some filler trim, Dominique Gebru fashioned floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves for her and her husbands’ many tomes. She finished off the project with a coat of our trim paint in On Point and voilà—a truly next-level IKEA hack. 

A Very Moody Wardrobe 

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Photo by @meganzietz

Behold creative Megan Zietz’s imaginative answer to a lack of clothes storage. Using IKEA Brimnes cabinets, she designed a built-in wardrobe for her moody bedroom, and finished off the look with a coat of Goodnight Moon (a perfect complement to her matching DIY bed frame and her Deep Dive walls). 

A Fluted Storage Upgrade

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Photo by @peonyandhoney

Erika Wasilewski of Peony and Honey wanted to give her IKEA Hemnes dresser a refresh, so she got creative with some fluted trim and brass hardware. She finished off the look with a coat of our barely-there pink Wing It to match her walls (and did it all for under $100!). 

A Hand-Me-Down Refresh

IKEA hacks | IKEA hack PS cabinetPhoto by @athomewithxin 

Sometimes all you need is a coat of paint. Case in point: Xin Lu’s metal IKEA PS cabinet, a hand-me-down from her neighbor that was once a fire engine red. She gave it a quick makeover with a coat of Current Mood, and it’s now the perfect forever home for her plant babies (and an incredibly easy IKEA hack). 

A Caned Dresser Makeover

IKEA hacks | IKEA hack Hemnes dresser

Photo by @brownstoneboys

Instead of tossing their eight-year-old IKEA Hemnes dresser, Barry and Jordan of The Brownstone Boys couldn’t resist giving it a glow-up. Using cane backing, new hardware, and a coat of Grayish, the two gave new life to this already-affordable piece for under $50. 

A Full-Scale Kitchen Reno

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Photo by @shelbygirard

What if your entire kitchen was one giant IKEA hack? Thanks to the brand’s Sektion cabinets, Semihandmade cabinet fronts, and a coat of paint, it’s possible. Havenly VP of creative and design Shelby Girard curated her dream kitchen from the ground-up, finishing off the project with a coat of our perfect warm beige, No Filter.  

An Almost Custom Closet

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Photo by @petkana.sbv

For the Philadelphia-based artist who goes by Petkana, a standard closet just wasn’t going to cut it. She outfitted her basic walk-in with the IKEA Pax system for added storage, and added some personality with a coat of Dirty Martini. The result? A perfectly approachable IKEA hack that can save you thousands. 



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