13 of The Easiest, Yet Most Transformative, IKEA Hacks of All Time

The best IKEA hacks are the ones that: a) don’t take too much time; and b) don’t look like IKEA hacks. Here are 10 genius IKEA hacks we found on the interwebs that transform the plain and functional to glamorous, fabulous, and fun. Let’s get hacking…

It’s summertime, and that means it’s bar cart season. No bar cart? No worries. Spice up your IKEA RÅSKOG utility cart into a makeshift bar area with a fancy fringe embellishment. All you need is this idea from Brit + Co, scissors, yarn, and some free time.

Make your plants stand out (and up) a little more with some raised planters using an IKEA STENBAR basket and some Pretty Pegs legs. This super simple idea was flawlessly executed by Fall for DIY.

This project from Sweet Teal takes just an extra step beyond hanging up a light fixture. She stitched together two lampshades to create this fun, colorful corner statement.

Joy solved a common living problem when she added these colorfully painted IKEA tables as extra storage. Paint is the easiest way to customize a metal coffee table to match your decor.

Sugar and Cloth swapped out this plant stand’s top for acacia wood plates, which really warmed up the entire piece, not to mention the white room.

This side table top may appear to be stone, but it’s actually spray paint. With just two cans of spray paint (granite and gold) and a little bit elbow grease, you too can transform a plain IKEA GLADOM table into a “granite” side table.

This TARVA dresser hack from Sinnen Rausch got an entire facelift and looks almost unrecognizable. With a new paint finish, added molding, and some new brass cabinet pulls—you’d never guess this was a hack.

The brass corners that dress up these IKEA frames are actually cut out of metallic tape. It’s a super simple (and also reversible!) project that can be completed in about 20 minutes. Find out how at Virginia & Charlie.

A pair of scissors and some gold contact paper are all you need to complete this IKEA MALM dresser hack. It’s such a glam project from Nadia at Preciously Me.

One surefire way to make a cheap IKEA bed frame seem more sophisticated: Give it a coat of spray paint in a soft, muted hue. Explore the rest of the IKEA hacks in this Birmingham, Alabama, home over on A Beautiful Mess.

These DIY dipped IKEA SKOGSTA stools shared on Style Me Pretty are a cheap way to add a little bit of interest and color to a plain wooden piece of furniture. It only takes about five minutes.

Save your money when it comes to buying a desk with an expensive marble top, and just DIY it yourself instead, like this one from the stylists at Livet Hemma. This was updated with just a little contact paper. How simple is that?

This IKEA KALLAX shelf turned bar cart found on Sugar & Cloth will have you singing sip-sip-hooray in no time.

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