Ikea is the place to score cheap furniture, and with a little creativity you can inject your own personality into their minimalist designs. That’s just what blogger Molly Madfis from Almost Makes Perfect did when she turned a $35 Ikea nightstand into a campaign style dresser with a few coats of paint and some stunning brass hardware. Similar styles sell for hundreds of dollars, but Molly was able to make a stylish look-alike for a fraction of the cost. For instructions on how to recreate the look, visit Molly’s blog.
Interior designer Naomi Stein from Design Manifest (http://designmanifest.blogspot.com) also worked wonders with the same Ikea dresser, but chose to push two together to create an Asian-inspired, campaign-influenced TV stand. Dressed up with high gloss black paint and exotic pulls and corner brackets, she created a striking piece of furniture that looks high end. For more photos and instructions, visit Naomi’s blog.