These Instant Ikea Upgrades Will Blow Your Mind

When you live and breathe Ikea, creating a unique-looking living space can be a challenging decorating mission. While we certainly appreciate all the convenient and budget-friendly options the Swedish home superstore has to offer, we can't help but notice that our Ikea-outfitted apartments can look a bit, well, characterless.

Martha Stewart Living has just the right hacks to bring a bit of pizzazz to your flat-pack furniture. The best part? These DIY are all super easy to follow — as they only involve simple gluing and dyeing techniques — so you don't have to be a crafting mastermind to pull these off. Click through for our favorite how-to for taking five common Ikea items from drab to rad.

Photo: Courtesy of DANA GALLAGHER/Martha Stewart Living
Dip-Dyed Baskets
Woven baskets are the MVPs of decorating: They add a rustic touch to your interiors, on top of offering ample room for storage. This simple dip-dye tutorial will upgrade Ikea's Byholma wicker basket from basic household item to chic design store find.
Photo: Courtesy of CHELSEA CAVANAUGH/ Martha Stewart Living
Handles With Flair
The easiest way to freshen up a basic dresser is to replace the handles. Here, an Ikea dresser gets a mid-century-style makeover, with natural leather strips as embellishment. Braided bolos and brass tubes are also great alternatives to create a more sophisticated look.
One Curtain Panel, Four Ways
Ikea's Ritva curtains provide a great canvas for customization. This tutorial demonstrates four different ways to transform these white panels: Stamping a circular pattern using the rim of a glass, embellishing crocheted stripes with iron-on tape, tinting the fabric, or adding a pom-pom trim to the edges.
Photo: Courtesy of Ted CAVANAUGH/ Martha Stewart Living
Raffia Door Panels
Raffia is a lightweight fabric with a close resemblance to woven grass. Simply follow this tutorial and use spray adhesive to overlay the material on Ikea's plain Hemnes wardrobe.
Photo: Courtesy of AARON DYER/ Martha Stewart Living
Etched Glass Tumblers
Turn an ordinary tumbler into a chic cocktail glass with this easy tutorial. Etching is a simple crafting trick that creates a blurred effect on a glass surface. You'll be able to achieve this cool "glass-half-full" effect or make monogram stencils with the technique.
Photo: Courtesy of Ryan Liebe/ Martha Stewart Living
For more tutorials to jazz up your Ikea homewares on a dime, check out the latest issue of Martha Stewart Living.
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