Before and After: A Campaign Style IKEA Malm Hack

By: Faith-towers Aug 31, 2015
Before and After: An IKEA Malm Hack
Photo: Faith Towers

I've had this black IKEA Malm dresser for years. And when I moved into a new house, the black just didn't feel right anymore. So I decided to transform it into more of a campaign style piece using chrome hardware and (believe it or not) self-adhesive contact paper. Keep reading to check out the transformation and the tutorial.   

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Eye Candy: 12 Easy & Beautiful IKEA VITTSJO Hacks

By: Lexy.b.ward Aug 20, 2015
12 Easy & Beautiful IKEA Vittsjo Hacks

I know that I proclaim my love/hate/mostly-love relationship with IKEA furniture, but can you blame me? There are just so many ways to make it your own. You've seen tons of hacks of the EXPEDIT and the LACK, and I feel like the VITTSJO series is having a moment. From gold to marble to wood accents, here are 12 of my current favorite hacks!      

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Before and After: A Glamorous IKEA Tarva Dresser Makeover

By: Faith-towers Jul 20, 2015

Before and After: A Glamorous IKEA Tarva Dresser Makeover

It's almost as if IKEA designed the Tarva dresser specifically for creative DIY types to transform. It's made of raw wood and has very little personality. But just wait until you see how Ashley transformed the Tarva into an unbelievably glamorous piece.   

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Roundup: 10 Fantastic IKEA Hacks You Won't Want To Miss

By: Faith-towers Jun 09, 2015
10 Fantastic IKEA Hacks
Photo: Infarrantly Creative

IKEA hacks are always a hit here on Curbly, and it's easy to see why. They're creative, affordable and completely customizable for your own home. So here are ten fantastic ones that I've been ogling recently.   

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If You Can't Beat 'Em, Embrace 'Em: How to Decorate Unsightly Cables and Wires

By: Miki40 Nov 22, 2011

created at: 11/22/2011

Ah...the wireless era! We're almost there, really, but it's taking too long. Why does the back of my desk have to look like an initiation test for a bomb squad?

Is this a gender issue? I mean, do guys find this photo appealing? Even Attractive? (Ed. - absolutely not.

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IKEA Hack: Make Custom Speaker Stands from Lamps

By: Diy maven Nov 03, 2011

Polsia wanted to elevate a couple of speakers to give them a 'mod look'. The thought was perhaps using a couple of vases, but when Polsia spotted the IKEA's Lampan Lamp ($7.99), inspiration struck. InstructionsContinue Reading

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How to: Create Your Own Graphic "Wallpaper" with Patterned Fabric

By: Chrisjob Sep 08, 2011

Friend o' Curbly Jessica Jones says, "I couldn't stand our boring white door anymore. Something had to be done. So over the weekend, we wallpapered it with a big, fun piece of fabric. I love it. And it's useful, too. There are four white doors in this corner of the apartment—bedroom, bathroom, coat closet, and outer door—and sometimes departing guests get confused about which one they came through. Now we'll just tell them to exit through the village." Continue Reading

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How To: Turn Any Bookshelf Into a Fold-Out Desk

By: Chrisjob Aug 31, 2011

I work from home, so I'm extremely grateful to have a dedicated office and craft room. But, I realize that's not always possible when space is at a premium. Luckily, if you have a space to store your books, you have space to create a custom, storable office, in the form of a fold-out desk.   Continue Reading

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Make: A Cherry Blossom Lantern

By: Diy maven May 11, 2011

created at: 05/11/2011

Joey took a plain old Ikea paper lantern and turned it into a garden of cherry blossoms. She used a bit of paint and faux cherry blossoms. However, if you'd rather make your ownContinue Reading

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How To: Calm Your Alarm Clock's Display and Sleep Better for 25 cents

By: Chrisjob Feb 15, 2011

created at: 02/15/2011

I'm a terrible sleeper. I struggle with falling asleep, and staying asleep. I got it from my dad, and I've tried meditation, different levels of mattress and pillow softness, earplugs, heavy curtains, and everything I can think of. And I've learned a few things over the years of trying to feel rested: I need a little bit of distraction to occupy my mind to fall asleep, and once I'm there, I need an absolutely black and silent room to stayContinue Reading

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My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Woodgrain Magnetic Memo Board

By: Chrisjob Jan 13, 2011

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/13/2011

Part IV: Getting Organized

I need a clean desktop to stay focused, so I knew I would need a memo board to keep current projects, notes, ideas, and "don't lose me" documents. I seriously dislike the look of white dry-erase boards, and needed something that didn't require pins or thumbtacks to attach documents. I've used magnetic paint before, but found it takes several coats and very strong magnets to make anything work.Continue Reading

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Ikea Hack: The Ultimate Twin High Chair

By: Diy maven Jan 13, 2011

Twins. Double the double the love; double the stuff. Joslyn and Jakob needed high chairs, but instead of buying two of them, their daddy, Jared, hacked a table from Ikea and turned it into Continue Reading

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My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Custom, DIY Desk (IKEA Hack!)

By: Chrisjob Jan 11, 2011

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

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Part III: The Custom Desk

(Read Part II here) Having figured out a functional floorplan, I busted out the hex-key and got things assembled. I chose a basic rectangular desk top with basic legs for my media workstation, and weeded my collection of gear down the essentials. It was still very apparent, however, that I needed more space:   Continue Reading

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Grönö Lamp Negative Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 10, 2011

Now THIS is my kind of Ikea hack. It starts with a cheap ($7) Grönö lamp and ends up a delicious accent lamp. Here's Continue Reading

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Desk-A-Day: How to Make a Wall Mounted Computer Station

By: Chrisjob Jan 07, 2011

created at: 01/05/2011

Today's Desk-A-Day post is extra special: not only does it provide a bit of inspiration, it shows you how to make your own wall-mounted computer station. This is perfect for those without a dedicated room to house a desktop computer, but who need a little bit of space to get work done without getting absorbed into the rest of the home.Continue Reading

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UNIKEA: The Ultimate Ikea Hack?

By: Diy maven Jan 03, 2011

BRIA 2 IKEA Standard Furniture Turned into Original Bookshelves by Kenyon Yeh

London-based designer Kenyon Yeh is probably one of those people who doesn't follow assembly instructions and is proud of it. Kenyon's UNIKEA collection starts with flat-packed IKEA furniture, but each were assembled as he pleased using Continue Reading

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'Enje' Window Blind Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 29, 2010

created at: 11/29/2010

The Evil Mad Scientists got all evil-mad with an IKEA Enje window blind and turned it into a custom-made window covering. Some of the stuff they used include Robogrips, a stapler, fusible tape, double-sidedContinue Reading

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Make a Torka Back-Lit Frame

By: Diy maven Sep 29, 2010

Michael's apartment needed two things: more light and more art. He solved both problems by getting all clever with a couple of IKEA Ribba frames.Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Cardboard T-Shirt Folding Jig

By: Chrisjob Aug 16, 2010

created at: 08/16/2010

French clothier All-Tribes created this awesome, short video that shows us how to create a tool for perfect and super fast t-shirt folding.

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How To: Hack a Keychain Card for Easier Wallet Storage

By: Chrisjob Jul 19, 2010

created at: 07/19/2010

I do my best to shy away from any extra keyring accessories: no decorative keychains, fobs, or extras for me. When offered a discount or loyalty membership, I always opt for the credit card sized version rather than the keychainable one.

Recently, a bunch of small, local businesses banded together to create a great program that I'm excited to support, and the only way to access it? Keychain card. I tried storing it in my wallet, but itContinue Reading

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