The Very Best IKEA Transformations We’ve Seen All Year

updated Dec 14, 2020
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We’re not sure which we love more: IKEA or the chain’s brilliant shoppers who constantly figure out new ways to surprise us. (You know who you are!) Although this year looked very different in a lot of ways, one thing remained the same: We saw lots of projects featuring IKEA products in smart ways. Of all the before-and-after photos we saw this year, these inspired projects were the absolute best. They show off some of the best ways IKEA fans have transformed spaces — large and small — with a dose of creativity.

Kitchens get more fun and functional (and beautiful!) and even a drink cart gets the flair we all need right now. Let’s take a look.

1. IKEA Creates a Farmhouse-Style Kitchen

IKEA cabinets and a wood countertop helped rescue this non-functional kitchen. Handy homeowners beefed up storage with a pantry built alongside cabinets and pulled everything together with an inky blue new color palette for a kitchen to dream about.

See the transformation: Before & After: A $3,000 Kitchen Redo Featuring IKEA Cabinets and a New Farmhouse Style

2. IKEA Fixes a Builder-Grade Kitchen

This luxe, black-and-white kitchen reno — done in just three weeks! — stars everything good and functional about IKEA, plus some splurge-worthy extras. This kitchen got a massive makeover for a (relatively) modest $12,000. Not that expensive, considering all the changes that were made!

See the transformation: Before & After: This Small, Builder-Grade Kitchen Gets a Major, IKEA-Filled Upgrade

3. IKEA Cabinets Save a Tiny Kitchen

A dark and cramped kitchen (only 75 square feet!) gets a bright, eclectic new life, thanks to IKEA cabinets with oh-so-pretty Semi-handmade doors, and a creative use of low-cost but high-quality materials. The new kitchen looks like an entirely new space.

See the transformation: Before & After: A Dark 75-Square-Foot Kitchen Is Now Modern and Bright, Thanks to IKEA Cabinets

4. IKEA Wows in an Under-$500 Makeover

This Philly renter pulled out all the IKEA stops (and more clever hacks; hello, contact paper countertops) to transform her drab rental kitchen into a showstopper full of character. Who knew spice racks and spray paint could go so far?

See the transformation: Before & After: This $500 Rental Makeover Was All Possible Thanks to IKEA Hacks and Contact Paper

Credit: IKEA

5. An IKEA Basic Gets Major Flare

An adorable but basic IKEA cabinet gets a serious upgrade (with trendy rattan!) courtesy of this online retailer, no trip to the hardware store needed. Hint: It’s a mini bar now!

See the transformation: This Company Made All of My IKEA Hack Dreams Come True—Without Going to the Hardware Store

If you had to pick a favorite on this list, which one would you pick?