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Before and After: Making Ikea Furniture Chic

Creating a chic look for any room is easier and cheaper than  you think!  Today I’m showing you 11 before and after tutorials on how to take contemporary Ikea furniture and make it look gorgeous!  I hope it gives you the confidence to try repainting furniture in your own home. 

Before and After ~ Ikea

Ikea Before and After

1.  Ikea TV Stand repurposed into a bench –  How a black TV stand was repurposed into a fun and functional bench for the master bedroom.

ikea slip cover2.  Dying Ikea Slip Cover –  A step-by-step guide on how to dye fabric using this white Ikea slip cover I dyed green as an example.

 Ikea ~ Repainting Furniture

Ikea ~ Repainting Furniture

3.  How to make a Built-in from an Ikea Billy Bookcase –  How to create a built-in look using a few pieces of bookcases from Ikea.
4.  Little Table and Chair set from Ikea – How to make a boring white table set for your child, pop with color and comfort.
5.  IKEA Hemnes dresser Before & After – I painted  the dresser and then added some blue stripey trim around the drawers just for fun.

Ikea refinished furniture

6.  Before and After Ikea Lindved Table – Use blue painters tape, and sticking it down in random crisscrossing lines and then spray painted it with Rust Oleum enamel glossy-red paint.
7.  Ikea Rast Dresser – Re-inventing the Ikea rast dresser was VERY easy and relatively inexpensive. It is constructed of solid wood making it a great surface to paint, wallpaper, stain, etc.
Ikea ~ Staining Wood

Ikea ~ Staining Wood

8.  Before and After Ikea Night Stand – wood conditioner on them before staining. Then I used a base coat of Red Mahogany since our bed has a bit of a red undertone and then went over that with several coats of a darker stain to match more of the brown tones of the wood in the bed.


9.  Ikea Roll Paper Holder – How to make a paper dispense for the Ikea roll paper.
10.  Repurposed Ikea Frame – Tthe frame was originally from Ikea (you can still buy them) it’s a plastic frame that i have painted in Antique White USA. i just love the scrolls. i have had fabric displayed in it for a few years, and it would also look great as a mirror.
11.  Mykea Offers Custom Skins to Personalize Your IKEA Furniture – As great as the cheap and modular furniture from IKEA is, it’s a bit lacking in personality. Mykea offers custom skins that personalize your bland IKEA furniture to spice up your office and living space.

I hope these before and after Ikea furniture tutorials have inspired you to make over something in your home!  As usual, feel free to leave links in the comments to pieces that you’ve refinished.  We’d love to see them!

Tip Junkie ~ Laurie Turk

Have you ever refinished a piece of furniture before?

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  1. Melissa

    I LOVE using Ikea furniture is fun new ways! These ideas are amazing.
    Check out what I did to a simple inexpensive Ikea table to make it an awesome craft table!


  2. vanessa

    Thanks for featuring my night stand! – Vanessa

  3. Catherine

    For some reason I never thought of refinishing a brand new piece of furniture! But especially with Ikea it’s a great idea!

    I have refinished a kids play kitchen (just posted it today!), and I’m currently working on completely restructuring/reupholstering an armchair.

  4. [email protected]:podge

    Thanks for featuring my silver leaf Ikea Rast hack dresser!

  5. Gretchen

    Just found your blog and I love it! yay!

    Refinishing furniture in my home is an addiction! We have refinished dressers and tv tables and coffee tables.
    I even cut the chaise off of our sofa! Yes, I’m crazy, but it was driving me nuts 🙂

    I wish we lived closer to an Ikea… actually… I wish we lived in an Ikea!

  6. Joan J

    I purchased an Ikea kitchen island on sale for $49, and turned it into an ironing station in my sewing room. The storage underneath is for “current projects”. You can see and read about it here:


  7. Kristin S

    I have that same TV stand in my living room. My mom spotted it in the “as is” section for $35 because it had been a display. It is under the windows in my living room holding baskets of stuff I want hidden. i LOVE your cushion on top.

  8. Clisty

    I LOVE refinishing furniture!! I will be posting my latest project today or tomorrow once it’s completed. I’m excited to have a new/old computer hutch!
    I loved the built in bookcase idea. Very nice! We have the same kids table and chairs set, I’d never thought of putting a cushion on the seat. So cute!

  9. Lisa

    We seriously need an IKEA where I live. I feel so deprived!

  10. Centsational Girl

    Fantastic roundup! I was just at IKEA the other day, and the possibilities are endless!

  11. Rachael

    I just bought several pieces of furniture from Ikea including a bed frame and I was trying to get it to match or at least work with my existing furniture… this has given me some GREAT ideas! I am so excited now to give them a shot. I really do like their furniture but now I think I can learn to love it!!

  12. Pet tags

    Great tips. I have some IKEA furniture and I love the idea of personalizing it.

  13. playdough recipe

    Yeah i agree with lisa, ive only recently started hearing IKEA advertised all the time but still can’t get the items really anywhere but online. Would love to see a store at some point in the area, since ive heard a lot about their atmosphere.

  14. Wickedly Mod

    Love IKEA! I recently updated my office closet with shelves for supply bins. So lucky to have them down the road for me!!

  15. Shannon

    My husband and I recently hacked six IKEA Akurum base cabinets to create a sturdy work station and a sewing desk for my new attic craft room.

    I did a little tutorial on my blog: http://caryhairbows.blogspot.com/2011/04/trade-secret-tuesday-great-ikea-hack.html

  16. Dean @ (Ikea Furniture Assembly GTA)

    Hello, great photos Vanessa. Refinishing IKEA furniture is a real hobby among people. The great thing is that a lot of people don’t even know that the furniture was from IKEA after I’m done with that and that is a real complement.

  17. Mark

    Whoa, love that great dark stain on that night stand. The grain seems a little “contrasty”, I would have thought the wood conditioner would have helped with that. Staining pine wood dark can be tricky. Great looking piece though.

  18. Richelle

    What a great idea! We just came from a Field Trip to the local newspaper press where we got a bunch of free rolls of paper. This would work great for us.

  19. Robyn

    Hi Vanessa…..

    Your nightstand looks awesome…. But I love, love, love your bed!!!!! Where do you get it?

  20. Leigh

    wish we had an Ikea in New Zealand – you have done some stunning things. I have to use some ‘previously’ loved items 🙂 love your blog have subscribed to see you ebook 🙂

  21. Hallmöbler


    Awesome design and some great thoughts on the furniture finishes!

  22. Issime

    Hey there, I was trying to refinish some thrift store side tables I discovered, only to find that no matter WHAT I tried, I couldn’t get a finish for the surface of my tables that did not remain tacky (even after 21 days of drying.) Now they have all these horrid white marks that have resulted from things sticking to the surface of them and pulling up the finish/paint. Not to mention, they hold onto dust like a B*TCH! Please please help me!!

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