Ikea has affordable style down to an art. Personally, I love the store and Ikea’s overall design schemes. The only problem is, when I buy a piece from Ikea, I know that millions of other people have that same exact piece sitting in their homes, which slightly lessens the degree of satisfaction I feel in scoring it.
But, good news! If I’m able to take a great, relatively inexpensive Ikea piece and customize it to my home, my taste, my needs…well, that’s a different story altogether. I’d call that a win-win-win. Like these pieces below are:
Turn a generic Lack side table into a custom vintage suitcase table. Not only a conversation piece, this table doubles as stylish storage. Bonus: you can use the original Lack tabletop for wall art!
Various Traby bookshelves are combined to create this cozy bay window retreat. I love the symmetry here, and with the existing room’s dimensions, the combination looks almost like a built-in. Bonus: this bay window seat doubles as a daybed for guests!
Custom lighting can be expensive, but these personalized Melodi lights sidestepped the big-budget obstacle with decorative napkins and mod podge. Bonus: Ikea napkins sometimes match Ikea bedding, which means a coordinated lighting-bedding set!
The appearance of age on file drawers somehow lends significance to the information inside…at least, that’s how I feel about this Moppe drawers upgrade. The brass finger pulls and rounded drawer corners are the perfect touch of vintage. Bonus: file pull cards can be customized and swapped out as drawer contents change!
Use a large black-and-white engineer’s print of your favorite photo, cut, and mod podge it to the front of a Malm dresser for a totally customized piece. Bonus: If the photo is of your child(ren), this will instantly become their favorite piece of furniture forever and ever, amen.