With its friendly price tags, it’s hard to not make IKEA a go-to source for all things home decor. And whether you’re lacking storage, counter space or a pantry, you can hack some of IKEA’s products for a completely custom look at a fraction of the cost. Don’t believe us? Just take a scroll through these 24 brilliant hacks for your next inexpensive kitchen update. From combining bookshelves into a pantry to making an herb garden out of a wine rack, these hacks will help solve just about every kitchen conundrum.
1. Marble Island: No, that isn’t contact paper. But buying a tiny piece of marble sure is cheaper than redoing the whole kitchen. Or, if you want to save a little dough, just paint the IKEA Beckvam kitchen cart a deep gray and add pretty gold hardware for a sophisticated little island you’ll love forever. (via Oliver and Rust)
2. Bar Cart: If you’re lucky enough to have plenty of space in your kitchen for a bar, DIY your way to this fabulous gilded bar cart. We can already imagine whipping up some delicious cocktails in this pretty space. (via Sugar and Cloth)
3. Updated Legs: Got a boring old kitchen table you’re ready to disown? Before you ditch it, try replacing the legs with IKEA hairpin legs for a much more modern and personalized table. (via Acute Designs)
6. Wall of Drawers: If space is limited in your house, you must get creative with storage. These wooden IKEA CD drawers came in sets of two, so the homeowners bought 30, then whitewashed them and created a wall of drawers in their pantry. (via Design*Sponge)
8. Add Storage: Can we get an amen that there is never enough storage in kitchen shelves? Instead of stacking things up on the counter or stuffing ’em into drawers, add some more pull-out shelving to your existing cabinets. (via Hometalk)
9. DIY Kitchen Island: This beautiful kitchen counter was hacked out of an EXPEDIT bookshelf and a bit of NUMERÄR countertop. There are wheels, there are bar stools and there are cutouts for garbage bins down below. Pure brilliance. (via Sketchy Styles)
11. Kitchen Console: Is that a dresser in your kitchen? Add a fresh coat of paint and some vibrant knobs to an IKEA dresser and you’ve got a ton more kitchen storage that can come along when you move. (via Lucy Jane)
12. Colorful Island: Here’s proof that sometimes all you need is a gallon of bright paint to make an IKEA piece one of a kind. You can take it even a step further and update the drawers with contact paper or thin pieces of wood. (via The Hunted Interior)
13. Kitchen Sink: Don’t know about you, but sometimes that area under the sink makes us cringe. Organize that pile of cleaning supplies, garbage bags and other miscellaneous things with the IKEA Knuff magazine files. (via Apartment Apothecary)
15. Open Shelving: We’re loving open shelving in the kitchen and are definitely down to DIY our own. All you need are brackets from IKEA and the perfect piece of wood from your hardware store. (via Lemon Thistle)
18. Freestanding Pantry: If you like the idea of open shelving but are underwhelmed by a few of the messier kitchen items, try hacking an Expedit bookshelf with partial coverage to get the best of both worlds. (via IKEA Hackers)
19. Cart Rescue: Small in stature but bold in color, the IKEA bar cart is the hero of the kitchen. Tuck it in the pantry for extra storage, use it as a mini island or set it up as a coffee bar — this little guy does it all. (via Hampton SC)
22. Black and White: Painting the inside of the shelves black makes the space feel more unified with the rest of the kitchen. Plus, those baskets are perfect for hiding things you don’t really want out on display. (via Remodelista)
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