5 Brilliant and Affordable Ikea Upgrades

A white and gold affordable ikea desk in a home office.

1. Gorgeous craftroom desk

A wooden chest of drawers from IKEA on a white background.
BEFORE: Rast 3-Drawer Chest (ikea).

Stacey Cartwright of Addison Meadow Lane used Ikea’s Rast 3-Drawer Chest to create this gorgeous craftroom desk. The original chest was $25. Besides the chest the supplies they bought were: a quart of white paint, 6 carter wheels, a hollow core door, a piece of plexi glass, a plastic sheet cutter, some gold spray paint, some pallet wood, some screws, an impact drill, and a circular saw.

An affordable desk with a laptop on top of it from Ikea.
AFTER: Stacey’s Craftroom Desk (addisonmeadowlane).

2. Malm Midcentury Modern Dresser

An affordable white dresser with four drawers on a white background, perfect for those who shop at IKEA.
BAFORE: Malm Dresser (ikea).

Sarah Khandjian of SarahHearts created this mid-century modern dresser from the $170 Malm Dresser, some overlays by O’verlays (a fantastic website geared specifically toward die-cut ornamentation to add to specific ikea furniture!), some paint, knobs, and glue.

Affordable bedroom with a dresser and a lamp.
AFTER: Malm Midcentury Modern Dresser (sarahhearts).

3. Barnboard coffee table

An affordable square coffee table with a shelf on top.

Jen of City Farmhouse took Ikea’s Hemnes Coffee Table for $139 and transformed it into this rustic coffee table. To the original product, Jen added 2 different paints, some boards, wood stain, nails, and a clear coat of wax.

An affordable coffee table with a basket on top of it.
AFTER: Barnboard coffee table (cityfarmhouse).

4. Banquette seat

A white bookcase with four affordable shelves on a white background.
BEFORE: Kallax Shelving Unit (ikea).

Krys of Melodrama ingeniously made a seating bench with cubbies from a $59.99 shelving unit turned on its side. She used a home made headboard, foam, fabric, and paint.

An affordable black and white striped bench.
AFTER: Banquette seat (melodrama).

5. Gold and white nightstand

Affordable wooden chest of drawers.
BEFORE: Tarva 3-Drawer Chest (ikea).

This luxurious gold-and-white nightstand by The World According to Jessica Claire was made from the $89.99 Tarva 3-Drawer Chest. She does not disclose what she used in this upgrade, however I believe it was white paint, new drawer knobs, gold paint, and one of O’verlay‘s amazing diecut ornaments.

An affordable bedroom with a bed, dresser, and a chair from Ikea.
AFTER: Gold and white nightstand (theworldaccordingtojessicaclaire).
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