The unfinished pine wood collection is the perfect canvas for a creative makeover.

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated January 23, 2018
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Painted a deep teal shade and adorned with leather pulls, the simple IVAR cabinet suddenly looks chic. No matter if your style is traditional, glam, or modern, the IVAR can be hacked to match it.
Livet Hemma

While IKEA was founded 75 years ago, its ever-popular IVAR collection is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. Known for its minimalist shelving units and unfinished pine wood construction, the collection has been a favorite of DIYers and IKEA hackers for decades. So it comes as no surprise that to gear up for the big celebration, the IKEA blog Livet Hemma is paying tribute to IVAR with clever new ways to hack the collection.

From painting the fronts of IVAR wall-hanging cabinets, to adding leather pulls to the doors, the experts at IKEA prove that hacking these pieces doesn’t require a big investment (in either time or money). Browse the stunningly simple upgrades below, then visit the nearest IKEA—your next weekend project awaits.

Livet Hemma

Create a Mood Board

Originally designed to be the sides of the classic IVAR shelving unit, the simple wooden frame is reimagined as a message board. By adding cork sheets behind the frame, it transforms into a spot to post inspiring images, to-do lists, and reminders.

Livet Hemma

The Power of Paint

Brushing the wall-hanging IVAR units with a coat of paint magically transforms them into custom cabinets. Choose one color, or mix shades within a palette, as Livet Hemma did here.

Livet Hemma

DIY a Room Divider

Adding a rattan screen to an IVAR shelf side transforms it into a beautiful room divider for a small space. Bonus: the perforated screen doubles as a place to pin up magazine clippings or inspirational messages.

Livet Hemma

Make It Match Your Style

Painted a deep teal shade and adorned with leather pulls, the simple IVAR cabinet suddenly looks chic. No matter if your style is traditional, glam, or modern, the IVAR can be hacked to match it.