DIYer Uses Simple Materials To Give An Ikea Shoe Cabinet An Epic Makeover

I'm a sucker for an Ikea hack, you're a sucker for an Ikea hack. We're all suckers for Ikea hacks. Why? Because we have taste, obviously.

TikTok is big on thrift and Ikea flipping, of course. User @sovehome decided to turn a standard shoe cabinet into a mini, trendy masterpiece, and the results have me wanting to hit up the hardware store. Let's check it out!

Here's what we're working with.

This is Ikea's BISSA shoe cabinet. It's one of their most affordable units at $29.99, and it's a godsend for small spaces! @sovehome decided to upcycle it into something more in line with their style.

You'll need to disassemble the cabinet for this hack.

It'll make your life a LOT easier. User @sovehome took the doors off and sanded the unit down, then grabbed a nail gun and some rounded reed from Amazon. Then, they just started nailing.

Feel free to get creative with it!

The reed is nice and bendy, allowing you to make some gorgeous, organic shapes. I love the wave and the loops on this. It's very on-trend!

The nail gun will leave divots in the reed.

Sové Home left the divots there, but you don't have to. Grab some wood filler and fill in those little dents if you'd like a more streamlined look.

She then added a wood edge band to the sides.

Adding it hides the white and makes the edges look more finished! It's activated with heat, which is why she's using an iron. You can get some on Amazon.

She then covered the whole thing with plywood and stained it.

You definitely don't have to do this step if you're trying it out! You can paint the edges, or even use wood texture contact paper if you don't have access to a saw.

Time to stain the rest.

A lot of people on TikTok weren't fans of the stain. Sové Home explained that she likes pieces in a darker tone since it goes better with her decor! You can skip staining if you don't like it, however.

All done!

Here's the finished product! I love the fun, swirl texture. It's neat how the stain didn't get into all the crevices, making the texture really stand out.

So, what do you think?

This is a pretty fun and inexpensive hack, and it's a really great way to totally transform a piece into something more personal to your style. Would you try it?