Weekend Project: IKEA Hacks!

July 6, 2021

Summers can be busy for parents, kids and kid-less adults, jam-packed with activities, sporting events, festivals and lots of recreational time outdoors. But when you’ve had your fill of sun exposure, come indoors for a weekend project. These new IKEA hacks turn one functional piece of furniture into something entirely different – and most can be accomplished from Saturday to Sunday.

From Shoe Storage to Floating Cabinets

A classic use of the IKEA Trones – shoe cabinets that have narrow pull-out drawers – is to line up a few Trones against a wall and add a wood top, stained, lacquered or painted. A trio of these can create great hideaway storage space in a hallway, entryway, office/study or bedroom. Not only are these fairly inexpensive for the resulting look you can achieve, they’re modern and ultra-functional, too. Who said hallway furniture had to be expensive?! Houszed.com has a variety of re-purposed Trones ideas that will inspire your next storage project!

Cabinet Add Ons

Renovation Living on Tik Tok, teases you with a transformation to imitate in a dozen seconds — how to turn an Ivar cabinet of plain pine into something with a “bit of spice.” Using half-dowels, glue and paint, the basic Ivar becomes a pretty pattern in pink that will “float” near the ceiling or the floor. The IKEA website has plenty of photos to spark inspo for your own projects — like gradated paint sections, randomly drilled holes, and uber-trendy stains.

The PLATSA wardrobe cabinets come in frames and doors, and one clever DIY couple at Walk in the Parquet created a one-of-a-kind look by adding a chevron design and painting the typically white pieces a charcoal gray. The fast motion video on their Instagram page makes it look super easy – which we’re sure it’s not – but it doesn’t look super hard, either, and the result is eye-popping.

Tables and Assorted Shelves  

We have a deep affection for space-saving items and this table from IKEA Hackers is a perfect example – mirror by day; table by candle light dinner. This hack turned an IKEA MONGSTAD mirror into a stowaway dining room table that seats six people, once you scootch an IKEA stool under the end. This isn’t likely needed in a new Southshore dining room, but it might work as a craft table in a kids’ room. Or a game table in the basement. Hacker Jules Yap glued cork board to the backside of the mirror to make sure it was perfectly flat, and then adhered a waterproof liner to the table side that she always covers with a tablecloth. So clever.

Speaking of craft tables, here’s a hack that takes that idea one step further. Landeelu, wanted a worktable for all her crafting projects and used a KALLAX shelf unit, a LINNMON tabletop, and OLOV adjustable table legs – plus four wood screws. She picked up storage bins (mostly from Target) and stores/hides all her materials, tools and gear to leave her work surface ready for craft magic.

Potpourri of DIY Hacks

Lone Fox on YouTube has a whole series of DIY hacks transforming IKEA products into new and repurposed items. Here’s one new video for 2021 that will show you how to tie-dye IKEA’s 100 percent white cotton sheets; create a wicker light fixture; and paint-for-drama $7 wall hook. Drew Scott is great at instruction, imaginative makeovers, and video snapshots!

For 50 more of the best DIY IKEA hacks, head over the HomeBNC (beautiful and creative home décor ideas). You’ll find more uses for the KALLAX shelf cubbies, the RAST nightstands, iconic bookshelves and more.

So Many Options, At Southshore!

With so many fun ways to decorate your new home in the master-planned community of Southshore, you’ll have lots of exciting choices to make planning your interior décor! Check out the brand new homes from Taylor Morrison, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers (and coming soon — Century Communities!). Because Life at the Lake is unlike living anywhere else in the Denver metro area – ranch and two story homes, priced between the $400s and the $700s.