Just when you mastered your home's most menacing decor challenges (lack of storage, too little light, too much light…), it's time to move and do it all over again. You may feel like you've been saddled with an interior design Rubik's Cube–you've got all the pieces (the dressers, the side tables, the lamps), but can't quite work out how to arrange everything seamlessly.
Well, imagine if Rubik let you add a fresh coat of paint… and maybe a few extra squares. That's essentially the thinking behind these IKEA hacks for recent movers. Rethink an old piece of furniture or create something entirely new on the cheap to celebrate your new space...
Easy Kitchen Organization
Moving is the perfect opportunity to vow that you'll never let your pantry or kitchen cabinets fall into disarray again (place your right hand on a cardboard box and swear it). To help keep your promise, try this hack from Apartment Apothecary, which repurposes Knuff magazine files as mounted kitchen organizers. They're perfect for long boxes, such as aluminum foil or wax paper.
A Small Yet Stylish Detail
Make your old hangers feel like new in your old space with a statement-making paint job. Here, Paper & Stitch took a pack of Bumerang hangers and gave 'em a quick dye to magically make them an artsy accessory that'll rival even your favorite thing hanging in your closet.
A Repurposed Dresser
You can also get creative with larger pieces. If you wind up with an extra dresser after the move, give it a makeover and move it to the living or dining room. Here, with the help of paint, flat corners, and new pulls, a RAST dresser becomes a campaign chest. Check out the full before and after here: Molly's IKEA RAST Turned Campaign Chest.
A new home means a new entryway, and if yours is lacking in the storage department, try adding an upgraded Hemnes shoe cabinet. This one by Jen from iHeart Organizing has been given a sophisticated gray paint job, plus vintage-style ring drawer pulls.
So, your new spot has everything you dreamed of… well, almost everything. If you had your heart set on built-ins, but it just didn't happen, you can hack your way to perfection. Take a look at how Gwen from The Makerista turned a few BILLY shelves into a built-in for a book lover. This project will take some time (so maybe wait 'til after you've unpacked your toothbrush), but the end result is impressive. Get all the details at The Makerista.