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How-To: Transform Something Cheap Into Something Spectacular


I'm truly surprised by the ingenuity of the readers and DIYers on Ikea Hacker, a site that documents home enthusiasts' adventures in transforming Ikea furniture and accessories into something unexpected. Take Markus, a DIYer with an enthusiasm for the "As-Is" section in Ikea (I admit that I, as well, love this section). He says, "My favorite area of Ikea is the 'As-Is' section. And one of my favorite parts of the 'As-Is' section is where they have all their wood parts, such as drawer fronts, cabinet doors, desk parts, etc. I love the variety in color, size and finish of the pieces. Tons of ideas come to mind as I look through the assortment."

Markus found four identical 13.75-inch square white pieces of MDF in the "As-Is" section, and since they were only $0.99 each, he decided to experiment with them.

To see what Markus created with his MDF squares, read more.

Markus explains,

My wife and I wanted to create our own original artwork to put up on one of our walls. A laser engraver would be our means of doing this. I used to work at a trophy / sign shop and practically perfected the laser machine and experimented thoroughly! The owner still lets me use it when I want, which I greatly appreciate (he doesn't even charge me!). We wanted a nice floral/natural image to encompass the four pieces, which would be laid out in a big square.



What a cheap and pretty way to spruce up their walls! While most people might not know how to use a laser engraver, using stencils can create a similar effect. Have you created art for your home that's similar to this? You can read all about the project on Ikea Hacker.

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