Jonathan Lo of Happy Mundane put his simple spin on cut-and-pasting contact paper to Ikea staples like the Enteri shelving unit and the Micke desk in a recent post on Happy Mundane.
Home Depot carries the stuff so there are no barriers to entry here.
Lo went with the wood grain finish to particular avail on his Micke desk. The splash of pattern, rather than the entirely refinished Enteri unit, really lights up the workspace (pictured above) and sports a deliberate, designer's mind approach.
This is a simple, fun way to quickly upgrade any sturdy but unexceptional apparatus. In fact, we did the same thing to our Micke one rainy, IKEA Saturday afternoon: