When my daughter was crazy for Dora the Explorer, a piece of Dora wrapping paper pressed inside a cheap Ikea frame made her so happy. Now, two of those same frames display her American Girl posters, one of which she made herself with Scotch tape and cut-outs from a catalog.
We’ve had an old particle- board bookcase for so long that I don’t remember where it came from. It was headed for Goodwill 3 years ago when a can of red spray paint and a roll of paper (outdoor table covering?) from Ikea turned it into funky storage for our craft room.
Ikea Hensvik Cabinet
My favorite makeover, though, was with a vinyl tableloth – I loved the cheery print, but it was too girly for our family table. So I used it to cover the back of an Ikea chest in our infant daughter’s room. It served her well for 6 years before we traded it for “big-girl” furniture.