Ikea’s DIY Contest and 8 Hacks We Love

Does it get any better than turning a bargain (or a dumpster delight) into a custom piece that perfectly meets your needs and fits your style at home? We don’t think so, and that’s why we love Ikea. Every single day Gwyneth and I are thankful that one of our neighbors thew out the Ikea Aneboda Dresser that would become our Dumpster Dive Dresser, and yesterday we got a double dosage of gratitude when Ikea selected our makeover as one of four finalists in their DIY contest!

To celebrate our excitement and the beauty of cheap & chic customization, we thought we’d share eight Ikea hacks that we just can’t get enough of. One day – when we have more square footage – we’re going to do each of these inspiring projects! (We bet a few of you want to add these to your list too. So if you’re pinning them onto your “Future Projects” board, please pin from the original sources in the links below. These ladies deserve the credit, don’t you think?!?)

DIY Sputnik Chandelier from Little Green Notebook

DIY Campaign Chest from For Chic Sake

DIY Leopard Tray from Simple Details

DIY Card Catalog Jewelry Box from AKA Design

DIY Nailhead Side Table from Clementine and Olive

DIY Shoe Cabinet from Ikea Family

DIY Mirrored Expedit from Design Manifest

DIY Dipped Console Table from The Sweet Beast


mk & Gwynnie

PS: If you’d like to cast your vote in the Ikea DIY Contest, you see all four finalists here. Voting ends next Wednesday, November 21st! Gwyneth would like to mention that two winners will receive Ikea gift cards – gift cards that could buy a lot of those tasty meatballs.


  1. VOTED! :) Thanks for the sweet shout-out ~ what great projects!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Pam, thank you SO much! And of course! We are in love with your tray – what a transformation!

      mk & G

  2. Voted!

  3. I voted too! And I love all of this inspiration. Makes me want to go home and slap some nailhead trim on my ikea coffee table tout de suite.

  4. Voted for you guys! Good luck!!

    xx, Jordan

  5. Matilda Joyce says:

    I’ve come on here to comment about 5 times and haven’t yet because I keep getting distracted by the awesome haacks!!! I voted, too!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      That sounds like us and Pinterest! There’s no such thing as “I’m going to just spend five minutes on Pinterest” over here!
      Thanks so much for voting! We have our fingers and paws crossed that we win! We’ll let you know as soon as we find out!

      mk & Gwynnie

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