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13 IKEA Before-And-Afters That Make Our Jaws Drop

Sure, we've all seen the BILLY bookshelves and HEMNES bedroom sets that make us go, "Oh, that's IKEA." But every now and then we stumble across a wow-worthy piece that makes us go, "That's IKEA?!"
09/18/2014 07:41am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

It's no secret that IKEA can provide some fantastic building blocks for a home (HEMNES bedroom set anyone?). But with with a few coats of the perfect paint and new hardware, those same Swedish-superstore building blocks can be taken to truly unrecognizable levels. And the before-and-afters below aren't just proof of that -- they're the reason you'll be saying, "That's IKEA?!" over and over again.

From flat fur to dimensional duvet...

From boring basic to artistic armoire...

From short and silver to gold and glamorous...

From utility trolley to dream bar cart...

From nesting tables to stunning ottoman...

From blasé bookshelf to bold bench...

From simple stool to superbly stenciled...

From rough edges to gilded corners...

From lackluster seat to dramatic dining chair...

From poorly plain to polka-dotted...

From standard black to trendy metallics...

From woodsy fabric to artsy headboard...

From necessary shelving to beautiful storage...

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