Bringing new furniture into your home doesn’t have to be a huge investment, and most of us don't have the space for big expensive items anyway. This is where IKEA comes in to save the day with its easily customizable looks and affordable variety of options. Some of the best projects we’ve ever seen are ones that have been spruced up our customers on a budget. Have a look at a few of our favorite examples.
Upgrade legs and hardware
As far as affordable furniture flips go, there’s no better method than to add new legs and hardware. At Norse, our stunning legs and hardware in a variety of finishes can glam up any IKEA piece you're dealing with. Our chic hardware is universal and pairs beautifully with our leg options.
Whether a piece is old or new, sometimes all it needs is some fresh accessories to make it more your style. Adding some extra height with legs is perfect for maximizing your storage because you have space to hide a few things underneath your piece as well.
Customer Mable took her Besta sideboard to the next level by adding Sara brass legs after assembling her new Cane doors and panels from Norse onto her IKEA Besta frame.
Add a fresh coat of paint
Painting your old furniture will give it a fresh new look and style. You can paint your furniture as a whole, paint only the drawers, or add an accenting pattern or design. There’s a lot of free creativity that comes with painting that allows for a personable piece.
You don’t have to order a fancy brand or anything like that, you can find quality paint at any home and garden center. Be sure to prime your furniture before painting to avoid chipping in your furniture’s new life. Norse pieces in the DIY finish come prepped and primed, so all you have to do is paint.
Customer Charles Bilash created this piece using Eva doors and panels in the DIY finish with “Florida Keys Blue“ paint from Benjamin Moore. He added our Sara brass legs and Elisabeth brass knobs to finish the look.
Swap the fronts
If you’re going for a fully custom look, there’s no better way than to give the whole piece a new face. At Norse, we specialize in custom doors and paneling in a variety of finishes for IKEA Besta, Sektion, and Malm- which are all perfect for small spaces. Custom pieces from big-name brands can get pricey, so we're on a mission to make getting a custom look more affordable. With 11 different door styles to choose from, we can’t help but consider ourselves one of the best options for customizing your cookie-cutter IKEA pieces.
Our customer Jordan bought this used Malm nightstand for cheap, swapped out the drawer fronts with our Susan fronts, and added new hardware to create this brand new piece. Adding Silver Sage fronts was just the color pop he was looking for on this plain Malm piece.
The GoodWill, Salvation Army, and Facebook Marketplace are great places to find all sorts of affordable (sometimes free!) furniture from in local neighborhood that is waiting to be flipped. Shopping at these places is not only more cost efficient, but far better for the environment because you're reducing waste and saving resources by not having anything shipped to you.
We love seeing our customer's style, so if you've upcycled a piece using Norse products, tag us on Instagram and use #norseinteriors to be featured on our page.
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