Interior Design

Designer decor? Nope – it’s Ikea

Excited about Ikea coming to Kansas City this year? You will be when you see these fabulous makeovers.

The year 2014 is one many Kansas Citians have been eagerly awaiting: the year Ikea comes to town. Think the Swedish mega-brand’s home furnishings are too utilitarian for your tastes? Check out these clever “Ikea hacks” we found in the design blogosphere. The stylish customizations just might convince you to pick up an Allen wrench and get to work.

The starting point: Ikea’s three-drawer Rast nightstand, which is made of solid wood and sells for a paltry $35. If you simply can’t wait for the Kansas City Ikea store to open in the fall, it’s available online. Click the photo to purchase.


Black and gold paints, a stencil and some hardware is all it took to transform the Rast into a replica of the 1920s-designed Dorothy Draper chest so often spotted in chic shelter magazines.

Get the how-to here.

Brass corner brackets + drawer pulls + fuschia paint = a modern take on the traditional campaign chest.

See how they did it here.

From Scandinavian simplicity to transitional style, courtesy of a dark stained cabinet fronted with white drawers decked with fab brass ring pulls.

Click the link to DIY.