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DIY with my Favourite IKEA Products

Oftentimes when people think of DIYing furniture, they automatically think that means building from scratch. I’m here to tell you that you can create beautiful, custom, unique to you pieces of furniture without being a carpenter because DIY can also mean, transforming, modifying, repurposing, altering… really anything you do to make it your own!

DIY Garage Storage | Build a Work Bench & Framed Pegboard Wall

I’m a mom of three girls and time is at a premium so whenever I can save myself time and energy, I take it! That’s why I often start my woodworking projects with IKEA furniture and Cabinetry because it is such a timesaver:

  • Most IKEA Furniture and Cabinets are available in a variety of sizes which makes it easy to find the ideal size for my space, 
  • It’s easy to assemble, 
  • Since I have to build it myself, it’s a great time to make changes and modifications to create the product that I want in the end,
  • It’s inexpensive.

Here are some of my favourite IKEA Hacks and DIY’s!

Transform an IKEA Tarva Dresser into a Stylish, Modern Piece of Furniture 

DIY Industrial Closet Makeover on a Budget

I wanted to add some more storage to this closet so, I transformed a very inexpensive IKEA Tarva pine dresser with stain, paint, and some DIY drawer pulls to suit the Industrial styling of the rest of the closet. Before I assembled it I stained all of the drawer pieces with a weathered-look stain and painted all the rest of the pieces with a charcoal coloured chalk style paint. To create the leather pulls, I purchased a leather belt at the thrift store, cut it into 5 1/2 pieces and punched a hole on the top and bottom of each piece with a leather punch. Then, I folded each piece into a loop, threaded a brass bolt through the two holes, and attached it to the dresser drawer by securing it with a nut. It was such an easy DIY that gave this dresser a fun detail! 

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Easy Window Seat Hack with IKEA Kallax Shelves

Rich and Magical, Boho inspired kids bedroom makeover on a budget

This window seat was really as simple as assembling IKEA furniture. For this project, I purchased a couple of IKEA Kallax Shelves (one of the long ones and two of the square ones), I assembled them according to the directions and lined them up along the wall below the window. With some storage baskets from IKEA and some velvet floor cushions from Urban Outfitters, my daughter has this cozy window seat that she loves so much!

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DIY Projects using IKEA Sektion Kitchen Cabinets

The Sektion Kitchen Cabinet line from IKEA is my go-to for DIY cabinetry solution in my home. With a variety of sizes for width and depth, it makes it so easy to find a “base” in the size you need so you can get to the fun part of customizing it for your space and really make it your own, unique creation. 

DIY Garage Storage

DIY Garage Storage | Build a Work Bench & Framed Pegboard Wall

For this project, I wanted to build a workbench and for this space, three 24″ wide IKEA kitchen cabinets fit the space exactly how I wanted. In this case, I really just used the cabinets as sold by IKEA and then I made a DIY framed Pegboard for extra storage and organization. 

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Organize Recycling & Create a Family Command Center in Your Mudroom

DIY Home Recycling Station & Family Command Center in Mudroom

This is one of my favourite hacks, a DIY recycling organization station made with inexpensive IKEA Sektion Cabinets. For this space, I used two 15″ x 15″ IKEA kitchen cabinets with drawers and assembled them as per the instructions. To create a functional recycling space, I added fabric bins and recycling bags to the drawers and made some labels for each drawer using my Cricut. 

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Build a Dining Bench from Kitchen Cabinets

How to build a dining bench from Ikea kitchen cabinets

When we designed our breakfast nook, I wanted to create a built-in looking dining bench but make it moveable so that we could change up this space easily in the future. Here’s how I turned some Ikea Kitchen Cabinets into a simple dining bench. For this project, I used IKEA Sektion Refrigerator Cabinets (because they’re deeper) and then I created a base out of 2×4 lumber and some braces in the middle of the frame. I added some 2″ high foam and sewed a simple bench cushion cover. 

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Make a Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray

DIY Jewelry Holder from a Cutlery Tray by The DIY Mommy

Who knew Cutlery Trays could be so versatile? Using a bamboo cutlery tray, similar to the IKEA Variera, I made this beautiful Jewelry holder by adding some paint, knobs and cup hooks!

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I also made a cute wall shelf that was perfect for my daughter’s collectable “treasures” out of a cutlery tray as well!

How to make a wall shelf for kids' collectibles out of a cutlery tray

Have you created your own IKEA hack or transformation? I’d love to hear about it!

IKEA Kura Bunk Bed Hack by The DIY Mommy
DIY Crafts, DIY Sewing

Modify an Ikea Kura Bunk Bed

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by Christina Dennis

We live in a wee little house (and by “wee”, I mean 880 square feet with no basement for the four of us). When it was time for my newest baby to graduate from her bassinet to a “big” crib, we had to get creative.

To maintain storage space in the girls’ tiny room that was now going to be shared, we purchased an IKEA Kura bunk bed for my 3-year-old daughter so that we could store toys and things underneath while she slept above. We could then squeeeeeeze a crib beside her bed!

There are several amazing, detailed “hacks” for these beds in the webisphere, but we had little time to pull something together so I stuck to something simple.

IKEA Kura Bunk Bed Hack by The DIY Mommy

My hubby spray painted the MDF panels a nice, bright pink before he assembled the bed (they’re originally a medium blue). I purchased a tension shower rod and then made some simple rod pocket panel curtains using the following method:

  • measure the width of the opening and multiply by 1.5
  • divide this measurement by 2 and this will be the finished width of the curtain panels (there are two panels)
  • add two inches to the width and 7 inches to the height of this measurement (to account for hems and the rod pocket) and cut two pieces of fabric with these dimensions
  • hem the bottom and sides of each panel (by turning 1/2″, then another 1/2″ and stitching) and then make the rod pocket on the top by turning 1/2″ and then 3″ and stitching

Thread a tension rod through the panel pocket and hang just below the upper bunk. The curtain hides a mess nicely!

It’s a simple and sweet update to the IKEA Kura bed!

DIY Crafts, DIY Home Decor

Paint an IKEA Cart

by Christina Dennis

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

Yes. I do have a wee bit of an obsession with all things IKEA. The prices work well for my little decor budget, and I’ve been really getting into “hacking” and glamourizing items from there! A few weeks ago, I added a bit of excitement to a plan IKEA doormat with leftover paint from this project that I want to share with you today: painting a “Bekvam” kitchen cart! I’ve painted furniture before, but since then I’ve learned a few more tips on how to make painted furniture look even better. Plus, I’ve simplified the process here by using a paint+primer product.

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy


  • a “Bekvam” kitchen cart (or any unfinished wooden furniture)
  • a pint of paint + primer (I used Behr’s new paint+primer)
  • Varathane wood finish (I used a satin finish which I love)
  • sander (my husband was kind enough to lend me his power sander)
  • mini foam roller
  • foam brush

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy


  1. Sand the piece well. I had used my cart for a few years prior to painting it, so I had to sand it quite a lot to get the dents and dings out.
  2. Paint the cart with one thin coat of paint + primer. I used a foam roller on the flat parts and had to use a small foam brush on the hard-to-reach parts (in between the wooden slats on the shelves and the interior corners).
  3. Let the paint dry for at least 2 hours.
  4. Repeat with a second thin coat of paint + primer and let dry for at least 2 hours.
  5. Paint the cart with a thin coat of Varathane using a foam brush. Use long, even strokes. Let the cart dry for at least 3 hours and then sand it very lightly if there are any brush strokes or bubbles.
  6. Repeat with a final coat of Varathane. This clear top coat protects the paint and makes the cart feel smooth and finished!

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

Paint an IKEA Cart by The DIY Mommy

Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.