IKEA is convenient and cheap for cash-strapped Londoners furnishing their homes but it can look uninspiring after seeing the same pieces time and again.
Thankfully it's easy enough to give the old standards a new lease of life — or disguise them altogether — with some simple yet effective DIY hacks from bloggers, pinners and Instagrammers.
With these five projects, no one will even know it's from IKEA...
1. Rose gold shelving unit
A easy metallic spray paint can help to transform a boring white metal Vittsjö shelf into a chic rose gold statement, proving IKEA furniture doesn't have to look generic. Here's how to transform your shelving with Rust-Oleum spray paint without breaking the bank.
Find more IKEA hacks and upcycling ideas at makeityours.co.uk
2. Textured chest of drawers
This one will take a little more time and effort but you'll never guess it was once a plain wooden Rast nightstand. Be creative and cut wooden dowels to a shape of your preference before gluing them on the front of your furniture. Let it dry before updating the colour of the main frame.
Visit Houseologie to find out how to do it yourself
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3. Nautical-themed round mirror
Blogger Farm Fresh Therapy gave a plain round Skogsvåg mirror a trendy nautical vibe using rustic rope, two large eye hooks, a drill and tape measure. It's the ideal project to take on over a lazy weekend.
For more DIY projects visit Farm Fresh Therapy on Pinterest
4. Trendy bar cart
Impress your friends at a dinner party by transforming a Sniglar baby changing table into this stylish bar cart. Simply paint the wood with your preferred colour in a high gloss acrylic craft paint and add mirrored tiles where the baby changing mat would sit.
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5. Stylish concrete planters
Cacti and succulents are the hottest houseplants right now. Give yours a special home with these concrete effect planters made from a spray painted Intagande glass tumbler dipped in concrete powder.
Visit HomeDit to find out how to make them