I mentioned Overlays a while back and love how they can transform IKEA dressers and side tables - a little paint and some Overlays, maybe even some nice brass pulls could turn a plain dresser into a showpiece.
Little Green Notebook
I'm thinking a dark peacock blue or Hermes orange long dresser turned buffet in a dining room would be gorg . . . . .
Or, some brass corners at the hardware store can turn this simple LACK side table
Into something like this
OK, so what about upholstered pieces you ask? Well check out the genius behind Pretty Pegs:
They make legs specifically for IKEA sofas, chairs and beds. I am dying over this combination
Unfortunately, they are a Swedish based company, so between the exchange rate and the shipping costs, the legs could cost as much as your IKEA piece.
The same goes for Bemz. They make slip covers for IKEA sofas, armchairs, dining chairs, ottomans and beds. So many great patterns and colors to replace the slipcovers on your IKEA pieces. I guess if you are salvaging a piece of furniture from college, it could be a great way to make it look a little more grown up and a little less dorm room. Depending on the fabric you buy the cost to buy the piece + the slipcover, may get a little high, but that is the same with most slipcovers, and you have the luxury to wash and replace down the road. And they sure are pretty. . .
That striped bed! and the Marrimekko sofa! I think an IKEA trip may be in the near future. . . .