4 Easy Ways To Transform Your IKEA Basics Into Statement Pieces

If you've ever furnished a house or apartment, then you've probably taken a trip to IKEA. The well-known furniture giant is so popular because it sells basic furniture and home goods at affordable prices. But that's exactly what you get when you go to IKEA – basic. Don't get us wrong, there's nothing wrong with simplicity, and many people furnish their homes using those items just the way they're sold. But with a just few easy steps, those IKEA basics can be also turned into real knock-out pieces! In fact, we've come up with 4 ways to transform your basic buys into bold statements that will brighten up any room.

1. Luminous LACK Table

Most people have come across a LACK end table at some point. It's simple and convenient, but unfortunately, it quickly shows signs of wear and tear. But that's no reason to throw it away! If your side table is looking a little LACK-luster, you can easily transform it into a gorgeous statement piece.

You'll Need:

  • 1 LACK end table
  • craft knife
  • hot glue gun
  • fairy lights
  • transparent tape
  • double-sided tape
  • 1 square piece of frosted plexiglass

Here's How

1.1 Use a craft knife to carefully cut the top of the table off, leaving the outer frame intact.

1.2 Remove the cardboard from the inside of the table.

1.3 Use a hot glue gun to glue the top of the table inside the frame.

1.4 Poke a hole through 1 corner of the table and thread a string of fairy lights through it. Distribute the lights across the base of the table and secure them with tape. Secure the battery case under the table using double-sided tape.

1.5 Place a square piece of frosted plexiglass on top, and now your new chic table is ready to give your home a warm and cozy glow!

2. DIY Greenhouse Terrarium

If your home is missing a decorative pot or display for your plants, you can build one yourself using empty IKEA picture frames. This cute DIY greenhouse terrarium will spruce up any room in the house!

You'll Need:

  • 4 large picture frames
  • 4 small picture frames
  • hot glue gun
  • masking or decorative tape

Here's How:

2.1 Remove the backs of the picture frames, then use a hot glue gun to glue the 4 large empty frames together, making a rectangular block. Secure the picture frames together with some tape during assembly so that the hot glue can dry without the picture frames falling out of place.

2.2 Use a hot glue gun to glue the 4 small empty picture frames together in the shape of a rectangle and secure the middle with masking tape.

2.3 Fold the rectangle of small frames over in the center to make the roof. Secure the top of the roof with masking tape while the glue is drying to hold it in place.

2.4 Once the glue has dried, place the roof on top of the box, remove the tape, and seal all of the edges with some additional hot glue. Place the greenhouse terrarium over your plants and you'll have a stylish new display for your home!

3. Patterned Throw Rug

Rugs can really tie a room together, but they can also end up costing a fortune! Fortunately, IKEA has some inexpensive basic rugs that can be transformed into amazing accents using just a few simple steps!

You'll Need:

  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • masking tape
  • acrylic paint

Here's How:

3.1 Cut a piece of cardboard into the pattern or shape of your choice. Draw the pattern directly onto the rug using the cardboard you cut out as a stencil.

3.2 Outline your pattern with masking tape and paint the rug using acrylic paint.

3.3 Wait for the paint to dry, then carefully remove the tape. It's amazing how a plain rug can be turned into a designer piece so easily!

4. DIY Magazine Stand

Most of the time, IKEA storage boxes just end up sitting on open shelves, but these decorative boxes can also be made into other pieces of furniture. This DIY magazine stand is simple to make and looks great in the living room!

You'll Need:

  • 1 decorative storage box
  • 4 table legs
  • 2 dividers

Here's How:

4.1 Attach the table legs onto the bottom of the decorative storage box.

4.2 Insert 2 matching dividers into the storage box and organize your books and magazines right inside. This DIY magazine stand is a real eye-catcher of a piece!

Whether you're in the market for a gorgeous new end table, chic throw rug, or a unique magazine stand, these 4 ideas will help you transform your boring old furniture into something unique and special. There's nothing quite like a living space that you're proud of!

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