Genius Ikea Hacks For An Instant Interior Upgrade


I'm a bit shy to admit I love a good Martha Stewart tip from time to time so when we stumbled upon the July/August issue's story on genius Ikea hacks we had to share here. The amount of Ikea furniture that has been begrudgingly put together in this home, one screw shy always and definitely involving a couples spat, is far too many to mention. At this point we've thankfully started to invest in more quality furniture but we still have a couple pieces lingering about the house. In fact, I created my own Ikea hack last summer that I must say I'm still quite pleased with the result. Cruising through these creative hacks for turning a bland Ikea piece into something that could pass for a true designer piece of furniture has us itching to make our next trip to the beloved Swedish retailer.  We're particularly partial to the genius hack leveraging Ikea's cabinet systems customized by this amazing company called Semihandmade. Semihandmade has been around since 2011 offering handmade craftsmanship at a reasonable price by making doors that fit Ikea cabinets. So brilliant! 

"Life is like IKEA furniture. Sometimes you have to take it apart so you can put it back together the right way." – Chris Blake

Hemnes Wardrobe transformed with Raffia Door Paneling

Mid-century-style dresser gets an upgrade with beautiful natural leather straps

A blogger hung two Grundtal strips on the wall in her boys' bedroom to store their trucks and trains. In addition to being practical, the colorful toys add a fun decor element to the gray wall.
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Fintorp Magnetic Knife Rack turned most-clever-toy-storage-ever piece

A plexiglass-covered core door now sits atop the dresser and a pair of table legs, creating the perfect stylish workspace. The bare dresser got a coordinating upgrade with a fresh coat of paint and new pulls.
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What you'll need: white paint ($19,, gold spray paint ($6,

Tarva 3-drawer chest turned chic office desk

Striped Textile Pots

Minna raw cotton turned textile pots

Copper Barn Pendant Lights

Ottava pendant light upgrade with copper spray paint

Semihandmade Kitchen Cabinets

Sektion base cabinet with Semihandmade doors to create a beautiful custom look

A Floating Credenza

Besta shelf unit turned minimal floating credenza

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Ibby Sasso

Wife, mom, "writer", pun lover, wannabe memory champion, candle and handwriting connoisseur. Public Relations veteran, most recently as director of PR, I oversaw global strategic communications for one of the most iconic American brands, Levi's. I like to travel and talk :P