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    9 Ikea Hacks to Take Your Living Room Furniture From Basic to Beautiful

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    Don’t get us wrong, we love Ikea furniture. Who doesn’t?! It’s trendy, affordable, and versatile enough to suit nearly every decor style. But the reasons we love it are also the reasons why nearly every other household has a Billy bookcase or a pair of Lack tables. And the thought of having the same furniture as everyone else makes these pieces far less appealing.

    But that’s where #ikeahacks come in. We searched Instagram for examples of Ikea furniture transformations from handy DIYers eager to show off their ingenious projects. Being able to indulge your habit for flat-pack furniture without having to worry that your living room will match your neighbors? Priceless.

    So take a look at these #ikeahacks below for inspiration, pack your day bag, and plan your trek through your local Ikea store. You’re going to be there a while—but don’t worry, you can tuck into some Swedish meatballs.

    1. Hunt for new hardware

    The Besta storage cabinet is nothing but slick textures and clean lines, but if you’re looking to create something a little more interesting, this might be the perfect project for you. Using prefabricated overlays, a bit of paint, and some shiny new hardware, you’ll have a piece of furniture that’s much more interesting than what you started with.

    2. Go for the gold


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    There’s nothing at all wrong with the Vittsjo shelving unit. The metal-framed glass shelves are sleek and ready to display whatever you’ve got to show off. But a can or two of gold spray paint takes them from merely modern to ultraglam.

    3. Choose your own ‘route’

    The Tarva dresser from Ikea is about as basic as it gets, but that also means it’s full of potential. Rather than dropping a huge chunk of change on an apothecary cabinet, you can put in some elbow grease and turn this simple dresser into a piece that looks like it was purchased from a flea market.

    This is still a six-drawer dresser, but a router tool and some extra hardware make it look much busier than that. A fresh wood stain gives it an aged look that will fool everyone who comes into your home.

    4. Make it shine with marble

    The Vittsjo glass nesting coffee table set can be rearranged to fit your needs—but it looks even better when it gets a total makeover to fit your home’s aesthetic. Here, gold spray paint and marble contact paper completely transform this set, making it look like something straight out of a high-end showroom instead of the Ikea catalog.

    5. Revamp it with a coat of paint

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    Deliverrrrrryy! This is what I spent my winning voucher on! Isn't it just gorgeous! The lamp is from iconic_lights thanks so much for the speedy delivery guys and thanks to those who chose my Billy bookcases hack as the December winner on mydiymydecor page. It was only fitting that I show it off in front of the IKEA hack! #myinspiringinterior #alwaysiconic #myhomevibe #nestandthrive #colourmyhome #interiorboom #howyouhome #ahomemadehome #lovewhereyoudwell #dailydecordetail  #mycreativeinterior #homedecor #spotthenewtrend #bookshelfstyling #interiors12follow #cornerofmyhome #spotlightonmyhome #colourmyhome #walltowallstyle #sassyhomestyle  #showmehowyoushine #myhomethismonth #weeklyinteriorinspo #mydiymydecor #nesttoimpress #myspaceanddecor #ikeahack #hyggehome #homeinterior #irishinteriors #myhouseandhome

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    Basic white Billy bookshelves are a cult favorite thanks to their slim profiles and movable shelves. But do you know what would make them stand out? Color! Stark-white shelving is a bit harsh if you’re trying to create a cozy spot in your living room. But a coat or two of calming blue paint can make those shelves look custom-built.

    6. Give it a leg up

    The Karlstad sofa looks like something you’d find in a dorm room—and with a $400 price tag, it’s perfect for that. But by simply replacing the generic peg legs with legs that are a bit more elegant, this piece of furniture grows up real fast.

    7. Make a place for your plants

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    🌿GIVEAWAY🌿! As part of the @wpghomeshows "DIY Bar Cartistry" challenge, I've put together a complete planting station so you will no longer get mud all over your kitchen table! This was a fun challenge for me as I basically just put together my dream plant cart..and to be honest I made two so I can keep one for myself 🙌. The giveaway includes the cart and everything you see on it – watering can, mister, shovel, soil, clay pellets, plant ties, gloves, propagation vase, seed starter trays and plants, of course! 🌿. . . The following are the entry requirements: 1. Follow myself @plantroost and @wpghomeshows 2. Like this photo 3. Tag 1 friend in the comments – each tag is one entry (unlimited tags, please use separate comments for each). 🌿 . . Giveaway runs from right NOW🌟 until 10pm CST Saturday, January 12. The winner will be announced Sunday morning and is expected to pickup the cart at the RBC Convention Centre after the show between 6pm Sunday and 12pm Monday, January 14. . . Be sure to check out the show this weekend! A big thank you to the sponsors of this challenge @wpghomeshows , @ikeacanada and @rustoleum and to my amazing mamabear who helped me with this project 🖤. Good luck! 🌿 #wrs19

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    Your living room isn’t complete without a few plants, but it’s not always easy to find the shelf space for your greenery. Enter the Sunnersta utility cart. Straight out of the box, it’s just a boring old cart. But with a bit of copper paint to give it a one-of-a-kind look, it’s a gorgeous plant station. Bonus: You can move it to wherever the light is.

    8. Curb clutter with barn doors

    This Kallax shelf unit is nice, but the stark-white shelves leave it lacking in personality. That is, until you turn it on its side and add sliding barn doors. Voila! Suddenly it’s a gorgeous, modern farmhouse statement piece that can also hide your clutter.

    9. Give it a custom cover

    The Soderhamn sofa is ultramodern—in fact, it’s so modern that it doesn’t really look all that inviting. Luckily, the sofa’s dimensions accommodate a variety of slipcover options (and we’re not just talking about the covers they sell at Ikea). Suddenly, you have a sectional sofa (for under a grand!) that’s practically begging your guests to come sit down.

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