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By Caylin Harris/Real Simple
January 21, 2018
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Unfortunately, we’re not all blessed with the perfect kitchen. Thankfully, with a little ingenuity, a trip to IKEA, and a working knowledge of a few DIY basics, you can turn your outdated space into a room you’ll love spending time in. Real problem solvers, these awesome hacks will add a luxe touch to your kitchen, while adding storage and saving space.


Charmed Crown Blog

Caffeine Fix

Running out of counter space? Use a storage cart in a soft custom color to create the perfect nook stocked with all of the necessary supplies for preparing the ultimate cup of cocoa, java, or tea. Find the full how-to on Charmed Crown Blog.


Sugar & Cloth

On a Roll

Some wheels and pretty hardware transform this simple bookshelf into a stylish and mobile bar cart. With plenty of room for all of your entertaining essentials, you’ll always have the right glass, garnish, or mixer close at hand. Follow the complete how-to on Sugar & Cloth.


Livet Hemma for IKEA

All in the Details

A stack of beautiful wood cutting boards looks lovely displayed on your counter (and they’re downright useful, too). Take a simple style board from IKEA and add leather details to the handles for a custom touch, as Livet Hemma did here.


Oliver and Rust

Island Dreams

If you assume your kitchen is too tiny to accommodate its own center island, think again. You just have to be a little less traditional in your choices. To customize the IKEA cart above, Oliver and Rust painted the base, added a beautiful marble slab top, and secured a towel holder on the side.


Golden Boys and Me

Room to Spare

We bet you didn’t know that those BILLY bookcases you had in college could come in handy later in life. To turn the classic IKEA bookcase into a clever storage counter, Golden Boys and Me added beadboard along the side and topped it with a piece of butcher block.


Swoon Worthy

Stylish Storage

There’s no reason your favorite mugs should be hidden inside a cabinet! Instead of springing for pricey brass hardware, using gold spray paint on a towel rod can give you the same look for a lot less. Find out how to do it at Swoon Worthy.


Melodrama

The Best Seat in the House

Don’t worry, these stools only look expensive. Add some personality to plain seating by spray painting golden touches onto them, as Melodrama did with these IKEA stools. Choose stools that can tuck under a counter to save valuable space in the kitchen.

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