before and after

before & after: a tale of 2 ikea hacks

by Grace Bonney

today’s first before & afters are all about ikea hacks– that popular pastime of changing inexpensive and basic ikea furniture into something customized and completely different.

first up is eric teng, creative director at dmd insight. eric decided to turn his ikea bedside tables into chic mid-century nightstands using a little bit of paint, a can of stain and some great new handles. he documented the entire process right here, but the pictures above speak for themselves. it’s always so great to see generic pieces turned into something that looks stylish and custom-made. great work, eric!

CLICK HERE to see ashley’s ikea table-to-ottoman hack after the jump!

our second ikea hack comes from ashley pace of the november workshop. in order to prevent her toddler daughter from bonking her head on the coffee table, ashley decided to turn her $30 ikea table into a stylish upholstered ottoman. using a piece of foam and anni albers fabric from knoll, ashley created a piece that matched the clean lines of the rest of the house, but was safe enough for the whole family to enjoy. great work, ashley!


Suggested For You


  • Wow-wow-wow! It’s unbelievable that such an elegant looking nightstand came of that dull dresser. Eric, thank you for sharing this fantastic work with us. You gave me lovely ideas on the verge of decorating a new dressing room.

  • I have been wanting to turn my coffee table into an ottoman for quite some time. I would greatly appreciate a step by step on the transformation shown here.
    Thanks in advance!
    God bless

  • The minute I saw this ikea hack on Design*Sponge, I knew I was going to tackle it. This is the first apartment we’ve had with room for a nightstand on each side of the bed, so we were on the lookout for some, and this was such a cheaper and a way cooler looking alternative to everything that was out there.

  • The link to the nightstand hack isn’t working anymore…any idea if there are step by step instructions elsewhere? Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.