Combine Two Rugs to Make a Runner

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Lora from Craftivity Designs has always loved a striped runner and was dreaming of one for her office. The Birmingham Black Woven Cotton Rug from Dash and Albert is one of her favorites, but $133 was more than Lora wanted to spend. On a trip to IKEA, she spotted the Soften Rug which had dark gray and white strips just like her inspiration rug. One rug was too small, so Lora picked up two and stitched them together with some fishing line. Now Lora has that 10-foot-long striped runner she was dreaming about for only $50!

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Blue Velvet Upholstered Settee

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Ayisha from The Pursuit of Handyness wanted the perfect settee for her new master bedroom. Unfortunately, the “perfect settee” in Ayisha’s book cost almost $2,000, which was certainly not justifiable for an occasional piece of furniture. Since there was a shortage of DIY settee tutorials out there, Ayisha was forced to figure it out herself. She used an old Ikea chair to save money on the construction and splurged on the foam. In the end, Ayisha got exactly what she wanted in the size and color that she wanted for only $140!

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Geometric Copper Pipe Pendant Light

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Brynne of The Gathered Home fell in love with the Block 2 light created by the talented Henry Pilcher and immediately knew she wanted to do a “spinoff” DIY. Instead of recreating the look with wood as in the original, Brynne decided to use copper plumbing pipe. She also used an Ikea Foto pendant, spray painted glossy black, and built the icosahedron around it with copper pipe pieces and copper wire. Inspiration: $2111. Brynne’s DIY version: $50.

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IKEA Dresser Makeover that Saved $3,000

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Chris and Julia of Chris Loves Julia “amped up” an unfinished six-drawer dresser from IKEA and turned it into the piece they’d been dreaming of for their in-progress nursery. Julia says it was an easy makeover, involving the addition of couple of boards and a coat of mint paint. Now the couple can sit back and enjoy the $3,000 they saved and pack their beautiful dresser full of tiny clothes!

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Shabby Chic Painted Dresser

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Lisa from Salt Marsh Cottage fell in love with an eclectic dresser that looked like it had been “crafted from random pieces of reclaimed wood.” Since it was discontinued (and $495!), Lisa recreated the effect with an unfinished pine dresser from IKEA. The unassembled piece made the project a cinch and only cost $35. As Lisa says, this is a great project even if you don’t consider yourself a great painter. Imperfection is part of the beauty, so you really can’t mess it up!

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DIY Wood-Tiled Nightstands

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Monica and Jess of East Coast Creative were inspired by one of the amazing projects in their Creating with the Stars competition last March to transform an unfinished wood nightstand from IKEA into a truly unique and eye-catching piece. The crafty gals cut and stained wood pieces in varying shades to have the look of pricey tile and then glued them to the drawer fronts. Thanks to IKEA’s $35 nightstands, it cost less than $100 for the PAIR of stylin’ nightstands.

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$100 Wood and Metal Bookshelf

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Draven of Draven Made found a budget-friendly alternative dishing out $1,000 for a wood and metal bookshelf from Restoration Hardware. The answer came in an inexpensive metal shelf frame from IKEA. Draven simply traded out the existing glass shelves for wood ones she had cut at Home Depot. Unless you are into welding, this is a great starting place for creating a custom metal shelf. As Draven says, “You could Krylon-spray paint the metal any color, add crown molding to the edges of all the shelves, build a wood base if you don’t like the exposed legs…”

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Convert a Wingback Chair to a Rocking Chair

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With a baby on the way, the last thing Kenz from Interiors By Kenz wants to do is frivolously spend money. That’s why she found a way around spending a fortune on the wingback rocking chair she wanted for the nursery by instead looking for the perfect chair to convert. The answer came in the IKEA Strandmon wingback chair which Kenz combined with some unfinished runners she found online to create the ultimate rocking experience!

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