$8 Bunnings buy transforms plain Ikea cube: 'So much nicer!'

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A savvy DIYer has shown how they transformed a plain furniture staple that many of us might already own into something a little bit more chic, stylish and unique, all while sticking to a budget.

Betty, from South Australia, decided that her basic, white Ikea Kallax storage cube needed a bit of a makeover so she turned to good old Bunnings Warehouse for a cheap and cheerful solution.

A savvy DIYer has made their plain Ikea storage cube 'so much nicer' with an $8 Bunnings buy. Photo: Facebook (supplied).
A savvy DIYer has made their plain Ikea storage cube 'so much nicer' with an $8 Bunnings buy. Photo: Facebook (supplied).

“We’re a busy family with four kids so Ikea furniture is our go-to for affordable and practical solutions,” the mum tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

“But I wanted to give the cube a little bit more of a homely look so I searched Bunnings for different pieces of wood panels and none fitted the look I wanted,” she adds.

That’s until she came across the ‘Flexi Storage’ oak shelves which come in a range of lengths and widths and are pre-cut and ready to go. She grabbed two of the 900mm x 200mm shelves at $9.87 each and two of the 600mm x 200mm shelves at $7.67 each which ‘fit perfectly’ with her plan.

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Bunnings's 'Flexi Storage' oak shelves cost just $7.67. Photo: Bunnings.
Bunnings's 'Flexi Storage' oak shelves cost just $7.67. Photo: Bunnings.
Betty took this snap to show the shelves laid out on top of the cube while still in their packaging. Photo: Facebook (supplied).
Betty took this snap to show the shelves laid out on top of the cube while still in their packaging. Photo: Facebook (supplied).

“The shelves were an affordable option in the colour I wanted, plus no cutting which is a bonus!” she explains.

So, why would you add extra shelves to a storage cube? For Betty, it was all about making the piece look more polished and finished off, so she attached the shelves using liquid nails to the top of the unit giving it a sleek feel.

The whole makeover cost her just $35, excluding the original price of the Ikea cube, which proves that prettying up a boring bit of furniture doesn’t need to break the bank.

Betty earned high praise for her 'clever' hack. Photo: Facebook.
Betty earned high praise for her 'clever' hack. Photo: Facebook.

When Betty shared a snap of the finished product on Facebook she was met with heaps of praise for her nifty hack.

“Love this,” wrote one.

“This is smart,” said another.

“The wood top makes all the difference,” added one.

Others flooded the comments section with questions about how and what Betty used to complete the DIY as well as some who shared pics of similar projects they’d done at home.

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