The Best IKEA Hacks of 2016
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The Best IKEA Hacks of 2016

If you’re all about reinventing basic furniture items as chic modern essentials, IKEA hacks are just the kind of project you’ve been looking for. But it can be tough knowing where to begin, what with *so* many DIYs to choose from. Luckily, we’ve chosen 25 of the best IKEA hacks of 2016 to start you off. Don’t wait — turn your IKEA stools, planters, cabinets and more into Pin-worthy creations your friends and family can’t help but ogle over. Keep scrolling for our favorite IKEA hacks of 2016 that you’ll want to make RN!

1. DIY Scalloped IKEA Cork Placemats: You can’t go wrong with scallops. They’re the cute and playful pattern your plain IKEA placemats need to look their best! (via Sarah Hearts)

2. DIY Tissue Paper Covered Pots: Spruce up a side table or your patio with a colorful potted plant. With IKEA Mandel plant pots as your base, use dishwasher-safe Mod Podge and tissue paper to make these rainbow-rific creations. (via Tell Love and Party)

3. DIY Splatter Painted Plates: Give plain plates a modern upgrade with a paint splatter makeover. Go black and white or as colorful as you wish — either way, your table setting will appreciate the splash of abstract pattern. (via Your DIY Family)

4. DIY Donut Stools: Sprucing up your kiddo’s room? Add these donut-inspired stools to their space that’ll have them dreaming of sugary confections. (via Studio DIY)

5. DIY Patterned Water Bottle + Icepack: It doesn’t take much to transform these basic square water bottles into stylish drink containers! With as little as paint pens and your imagination, you’ll end up with a charming packed lunch essential you’ll want to show off at the office every day. (via Lindsey Crafter)

6. DIY Brushstroke Tray: Instantly amp up your home decor with a colorful, patterned serving tray. It’ll make divvying out cocktails or serving appetizers twice as appealing. Just dress up an IKEA tray with bold brushstrokes and get the party started! (via Enthralling Gumption / DIYs)

7. DIY Washi Tape Clocks: Add some color to your office or bedroom with a DIY washi tape clock. This simple *and* cheap project takes about 10 minutes to make and costs less than $5 — what are you waiting for? Get started on the colorful guys now! (via Tell Love and Party)

8. DIY Paint-Dipped IKEA NORNÄS Outdoor Bench: If your gardening area isn’t looking quite as fresh as your plants, consider giving it a paint-dipped makeover. For a unique take on the color-dipped trend, reverse the look by leaving the bottom of the legs unpainted. (via Sarah Hearts)

9. DIY Color Block Storage: There’s nothing quite as striking as bright pops of color against bare white walls. And with cabinets this colorful, no one will think twice about the potential clutter hiding behind those closed doors. (via Sugar & Cloth)

10. DIY Geometric Pinboards: These colorful pinboards show that, with just a little effort, you can elevate practical objects. Use spray paint and masking tape to give your IKEA noticeboards a color-blocked twist. (via Enthralling Gumption)

11. DIY Half Pink Shelf: Mix things up with a shelf that refuses to assume one color. Go half pastel pink, or go with one of this year’s choice Pantone shades. (via Enthralling Gumption)

12. DIY Hanging Copper Planter: Greenery goes a long way in livening up one’s space. This hanging copper planter houses your leafy accents for a unique take on the traditional potted plant. (via A Bubbly Life)

13. DIY Dyed Faux Sheepskin Rug: Keep your toes nice and toasty in spite of winter weather with this DIY dyed faux sheepskin rug. An added plus is that its pop of pink will brighten up any blues the colder days might bring. (via Paper & Stitch)

14. DIY IKEA BYGEL Cart Makeover: No need to leave your Bygel in the gray metal it came in. Spray paint your cart gold and then top it off with a fresh bouquet or seasonal styling in the form of a lush green garland. (via See Food Play)

15. DIY Modern IKEA Hack Shelf With DecoArt Chalk Paint: Chalk paint doesn’t always have to mean shabby chic or distressed. Use it to transform this shelf into a bright and bold decor piece. For a more contemporary twist, pop mid-century modern legs onto your shelf. (via Damask Love)

16. DIY IKEA Storage Hack: No worries if you’re working with limited space. Just take your organization to the walls! This IKEA storage hack doesn’t even require any building — simply use screws to hold the bed slats in place and hang a variety of over-the-door hooks to create organized storage. (via Brit + Co)

17. DIY Desktop IKEA Hack Drawer: This raw wood desk organizer was practically begging to be customized. Grab your paint brushes and get making for a similarly fun and modern desktop upgrade! (via Brit + Co)

18. DIY IKEA Hack Floating Credenza: There’s something futuristic about this floating shelf, and we bet you dig it. This forward-thinking design started off as an ordinary IKEA shelf unit, which just proves anything is possible. (via Sugar & Cloth)

19. DIY XOXO Cork Coasters: You can never have too many coasters — especially when they look this cute. Make your own set with IKEA cork coasters and a utility knife. Paint them in your choice of colors and you’re done! (via Your DIY Family)

20. DIY Cork Coasters to Jewelry Dishes: It’s surprising to learn that these stunning jewelry dishes started out as IKEA cork coasters. Turn them into a fab set of trinket organizers with a little spray paint and masking tape. (via One O)

21. DIY Gilded Accordion Sconce: This elegant gilded sconce came together for about $20, which is, needless to say, a steal. Aside from looking oh-so-chic, it won’t take up any space on your nightstand. (via Francois et Moi)

22. DIY Acacia Wood Plant Stand: If you think these white stands can do with a little sprucing up, swap them out with wooden acacia plates. But, if you’ve got your eye on another set of stylish trays like marble slabs or trinket dishes, go for it! (via Sugar & Cloth)

23. DIY Mid-Century Modern Dresser: If hairpin legs are your kind of aesthetic, grab a pair of scissors, glue and a screwdriver, and put together this mid-century modern DIY. You can even cut down the estimated 20 minutes of labor time if you’re handy with a drill! (via Kristi Murphy)

24. DIY Mid-Century Style IKEA Desk: You spend a lot of time at that desk, so make it a pretty one! Create a retro silhouette using less than $50 worth of supplies with this cheap and chic hack. (via Dream Green DIY)

25. DIY IKEA Malm End Table: Upgrade your basic IKEA end table using marble contact paper or your choice of patterned contact paper. These drawers don’t need pulls, but pop a couple of gilded ones on for an even more high-end finish. (via The Blondielocks)

What IKEA hacks have you tried? Check us out on Pinterest for more DIY decor ideas!