Tuesday, March 13, 2012

IKEA Personalized

Oh IKEA. Sweet Sweedish mecca of always affordable, sometimes stylish furniture and decor. Who doesn't love scoring a great deal on a piece they love? Ikea has some popular go-to's in the design community that work really well in a variety of settings. I especially love to see an IKEA piece where an individual takes the extra step to personalize it.
The 8-Drawer Hemnes Dresser, a popular dresser from IKEA.
Here is the Hemnes with updated hardware. New knobs are a simple switch that update the look and make the dresser your own! I have this dresser in my bedroom and am definitely on the look for some fun drawer pulls to change the look after seeing this photo!
Here is the Hemnes with a little paint job!
The IKEA RAST dresser is a popular choice for updating. The wood comes unfinished and for just $34.99 it's a steal if you're looking for a piece to make into your own.

The DIY aficionados at hodge:podge turned the RAST into a silver leafed masterpiece. Go here to see their DIY run-down and lots more photos of the transformation. 

Another glam RAST redo as featured on Apartment Therapy in an entire gallery of RAST DIY's. Can you even believe that is the same dresser!?

The IKEA Docksta Table doesn't look like much here, but...
...here the table wasn't altered, but creates a warm dining area when integrated with the space and accessorized.

This Docksta Table got a mid-century beachy makeover in a Laguna Beach home.

If you're looking for even MORE IKEA furniture updates, check out 9 Easy(ish) IKEA Hacks sourced by Houzz from IKEA Hackers! It's amazing what people come up with! Here, Bryn Alexandra shares some seriously gorgeous rooms that contain IKEA pieces. Can you spot them?
 One of my lovely Middle Maintenance reader-friends recently shared a little IKEA update of her own with me. Heather purchased a pair of the IKEA Tullsta Chairs. When considering affordable options for personalizing her set, she stumbled across this Dwell for Target tablecloth on clearance. We all know upholstery fabric can add up quickly. Savvy Heather immediately thought about using the tablecloth fabric to make pillow covers for the pillows that come with the Tullsta chairs.

Looks great! The pillows add personality to an otherwise standard IKEA chair. Thanks for sharing Heather!

How do you feel about IKEA furniture? What piece would you repurpose? Personally, I'm tempted to pick up the RAST and see what I can do with it. 

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