1 The pastel chest of drawers
The owner of this dreamy home in San Francisco has transformed a simple pine Rast chest of drawers into a pretty, vintage-inspired piece thanks to a couple of coats of paint and some fancy new handles. I love the way she’s painted each drawer a different colour and mixed up glass, ceramic and brass handles. Plus, the use of rose pink and peachy coral shades ensures it’s bang on trend.
2 The TV unit
This Dutch home is just the best. Take a tour of it here. That low-level TV looks pretty smart right? Well it’s actually made from an IKEA storage unit and a scaffold board cut to size. Designed by the homeowners in collaboration with local company Steigerhout en Zo. It would be pretty simple to recreate this hack at home – just ask your local DIY store or timber yard to cut a piece of wood to the correct size for you, then lightly oil or varnish it before fixing it securely to the base unit.
3 The sunshine yellow chest
This also started life as a pine Rast unit and it’s been upcycled beyond recognition by design blogger Kristin of Bliss at Home. The carcass has been painted crisp white and the drawer fronts bright yellow, and a white, crackle-effect overlay has been added to the front of each drawer, along with a smart brass handle.The stroke of genius, though, is the elevation of the entire unit thanks to the addition of wood and brass legs. This unit was originally designed to sit on the floor, so the base has been strengthened and a set of four legs added, transforming it from a basic unit into an elegant piece of furniture.
4 The ‘that’s not IKEA’ kitchen
Yes, this is an Ikea kitchen, albeit one that’s had quite a design makeover. Homeowner Beth, an interior designer, and her partner, hacked the Metod kitchen in their London home by painting the units sage grey and fitting new handles, then topping the lot with honed marble work surfaces. The result is a beautifully bespoke painted kitchen without the bespoke price tag.Beth also painted the wall panelling in the adjoining dining room in the same colour as the kitchen units for a cohesive look.
5 The sofa with pretty legs
How much thought have you given to the legs of your sofa? Consider taking a second glance, as an upgrade could transform the look of your living room. This Soderhamn sofa has gone from ‘off the shelf’ to ‘bespoke’ in a flash thanks to the black and gold legs that have been swapped in to replace the standard slim metal ones.There are numerous shops now that are dedicated to offering beautiful drawer pulls, table legs and even cupboard fronts to pimp your flatpack furniture, so take a look and see what you could upgrade.
6 The built-in cupboard
I love this one. A bespoke run of units behind the sofa gives this Dutch living room a smart, pulled-together look. But rather than splash out on a custom-built piece of furniture, the owner actually made this by pushing three white Billy bookcases together and customising them with half-height doors across the top. Simple, but very effective.
7 The nautical chest of drawers
This Tarva chest of drawers was upcycled by the same homeowner as the first, pastel pink unit and it has similarities in style. But while the pink unit has a mismatched charm, this has a crisp, nautical feel thanks to bands of navy, white and sky blue teamed with crisp brass drawer pulls and smart ceramic handles.
8 The bespoke wardrobe
Think this looks like a bespoke wardrobe? Think again. The clever owners of this home created this wraparound bedroom storage by utilising the two existing wardrobes either side of the bed and filling the space in-between with a row of Besta cabinets. By adding a slim picture ledge underneath and two wall-mounted lights, they created the perfect storage solution for a small bedroom.
9 The cabinet with the leather handles
Looking for a quick furniture hack to refresh your kitchen? It doesn’t get easier than upgrading your door handles. The design-savvy owner of this home swapped the standard door knobs on the Hemnes cabinet with custom-designed leather handles for an instant style upgrade.
And the 10th? You’ll have to look on Houzz to see it! Read the full article on Houzz here: