How to Customize IKEA Finds

How to Customize IKEA finds { } SO CUTE! Great ideas!

Hi I’m Ashley from Little Yellow Barn.

Though we all LOVE IKEA, sometimes their products can seem very standard and dull. Here’s a couple ideas to transform your IKEA purchases into more customized pieces!

Wire Basket “Organization Station”

I found some super cute baskets on a deal website a few months ago, but by the time I went to purchase them they were sold out. I had this idea for an organization station in my hallway and needed these wire baskets to make it work. I probably didn’t look good enough for specific baskets, but checked out IKEA and found these white ones just the right size.

 I had some extra metal spray paint left over from another project so I gave them a few coats to darken them up. So far, my favorite metal spray paint is Rustoleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze. Super easy to use and dries quickly!

While they were drying I cut up some scrap fabric and used stencils to paint labels on each piece. I bought a package of Walmart stencils a few years ago and they’ve held up great ever since! They’re 3″ stencils, which I had a hard time finding online, but this is what they look like. After that I cut holes on each side and used twine to tie around the baskets.

How to Customize IKEA finds { } SO CUTE! Great ideas!

Wall Shelves

I also bought these shelves with intentions of adding my own style to them. They all come so standard and boring, which can be a drag, but when you give them you’re own style it really adds to a room.

How to Customize IKEA finds { } SO CUTE! Great ideas!

I decided to paint the bases of the shelves white, which was super easy since they’re already plain solid wood. I used a brush to paint them because I had leftover paint, but spray paint would be super quick!

The top of the shelf I wanted a greyish brown stain so I mixed equal parts Minwax “Classic Gray” with “Dark Walnut” and LOVED the mixture! I gave the shelves 2 coats, let them dry and called it good.

Then I screwed the bases to the wall, and the shelf into the bases. This gives a very unique look to your wall, especially if you choose different colors to paint or stain with.

I hope you like my take on transforming your plain IKEA purchases! They’re great since they’re so cheap, but  left untouched can end up making a room look even cheaper!

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  1. 1

    Creative post! These are super cute ideas. I desperately need an “out” basket (typed while glancing at my mail-cluttered counter)!
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    I love IKEA too! I think we have something from Ikea in every single room in our house- yet none of it looks like it did when we bought it :) I have not seen those cute wire baskets- love those.

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    how is call the basket and the shelve??