50 Ways To Turn 5 Of IKEA's Best Sellers Into DIY Gold

SEPTEMBER 29, 2016  —  By Madeline Distasio  
Madeline Distasio

Madeline Distasio

Writer and editor holding it down in Philadelphia. Interests include drawing, exclusively wearing black, having too many books to fit in my tiny apartment, and choosing my dachshund over people.

As we speak, I'm sitting in my IKEA chair, drinking from an IKEA mug, and resting that mug on an IKEA coffee table between sips.

As a 20-something with approximately zero dollars between rent and bills, I appreciate the fact that I can get sleek furniture for a fraction of what I'd pay if I went to a store where people with lots of dollars like to shop.

Business Insider recently released a list of the furniture powerhouse's best-selling pieces. Do I have most of them? Maybe. Do you? Quite possibly. But here's the thing. With help from some of the internet's many do-it-yourselfers, you can transform the IKEA staples everyone has into pieces that are stunning, functional, and totally unique. Here are five items every IKEA lover has and 50 ways to give them new life. Click the blue links to purchase and to find detailed instructions!

1. Lack Tables

At just $24.99, the black Lack coffee table I have is a sleek, affordable addition to my living room. Although I haven't altered mine, here are a few projects that could revamp yours. Why not bring a shabby-chic vibe to your space by creating this wood topper?

Here are a few more Lack table ideas:

2. Billy Bookshelves

Perhaps IKEA's most ubiquitous design, the Billy series is really versatile. For starters, you could optimize your small space by adding glass doors and building out instead of up.

But there's plenty more where that came from. Check these Billy bookcase ideas out:

3. Poäng Chairs

One way to make your Poäng chair totally unrecognizable is to cut the midsection, replace the cushions with durable fabric, and turn it into this elegant seat.

Here are a few more Poäng hacks:

4. Docksta Tables

One crafter used marble contact paper to glam her table up and I'm living for it.

Simple tweaks are what revamping a Docksta table is all about. Here's a little list to help get you started:

5. Kallax Shelves

This is another collection I can't live without. How beautiful is this window bench Kallax hack?

The possibilities really are endless. Need some inspiration? Coming right up!

There you have it, people! What are you waiting for? Run to IKEA and go nuts.



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