On Design's IKEA-Jacked Armoire Is Children's Woodgrain Bliss


Interior designer Elizabeth Holmes has no qualms about using IKEA furniture in her work, especially if she can customize the famously flat-packed items.  In a recent post for her blog, On Design, Holmes explains her design philosophy before describing how she turned an IKEA storage shelf into a playful dresser.

I never turn my nose up at the thought of an Ikea furniture piece residing in a room I’ve decorated, so long as every other piece of furniture in the room isn’t from Ikea. A space is much more interesting and much less like a furniture showroom when its contents are sourced from different places, giving it an eclectic and lived in feel. And when it comes to Ikea furnishings, I’ve been known to add a few embellishments to create exactly the wanted look. Case and point: this Expedit shelf goes from bathroom storage to a playful dresser in a kid’s room.

Holmes woodgrain inspiration for this piece came from a mid-century modern armoire that she once found at a Brooklyn flea market. Using vinyl, a grommet punch and “faux bois” contact paper she does up the Expedit to a wonderful end.  Typically, this is what we would call an "IKEA jack" -- an IKEA hack that aims to replicate a specific piece of non-IKEA furniture -- though in this case only one aspect of the vintage armoire was replicated.

As you may know from visiting this site, PANYL offers several woodgrain finishes that are more durable and of a higher grade than ordinary contact paper.  For Holmes' jack, our Rosewood finish would likely be the closest match.

Holmes notes that making her lovely piece required “Straight lines, steady hands and a lot of patience.”  We aim to cut down on those stresses with a process that often takes less than 15 minutes.

Slide on over to On Design for the entire post and to share her project on your social networks!!!