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 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. 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)


2. Personalized Cutting Boards: Dress up an inexpensive IKEA cutting board with a pretty leather handle for a one-of-a-kind chopping block. (via IKEA)


3. 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)


4. 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)

5. Glam Touches: Update a towel rod to accommodate your needs in the kitchen. Though this is used in the entryway, we could so use this to hang measuring spoons, mugs, and kitchen towels. (via Love Create Celebrate)

6. Kitchen Herb Garden: Turn things upside down and use the IKEA wine rack as a mini herb garden instead. Just make sure you mount it near the window so the little guys get enough light. (via Curbly)

7. Floating Shelves on Marble Tile: How the heck do you add shelving to marble tiled walls? Simple, with this how-to. (via Classy Clutter)

8. Bowl Lamp: Don’t know about you, but sometimes the wrong lighting makes us cringe. Design your own hanging lamp with the help of a bowl turned into a lampshade. (via Make and Tell)

9. Desk Turned Bar: Attach wallpaper to an Ikea desk for a stylish and colorful bar cart. (via PMQ for Two)

10. DIY Kitchenette: You can make IKEA cabinets and drawers look way fancier when painted and assembled with custom handles. (via Mama’s Dance)


11. IKEA Makeover: From the locker pantry to the painted island, this light and bright little kitchen is the poster child for small space living. (via The Shabby Creek Cottage)

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