Cheap ways to decorate an ugly IKEA wardrobe?
By - gluestick449
The coating on that piece is paper foil on particle board - so you should be able to glue fabric or paper directly onto it. Modge Podge or it’s cheaper cousin a one to one ratio of white glue and water should do the trick. Apply the glue to the wardrobe, then smooth it slowly on. Be careful not to block the working parts of it and try to do your wrapping like how a book cover is done.
Modge podge is a great idea — thanks so much! I’ll definitely consider that.
Seconding the painting, there are also some interesting vinyl appliques you can get. False silhouettes can give depth.
Also, check out places like habitat for humanity restores. They get the extras from projects as well as old items from renos. You may find interesting wall paper, tile, trim and mirrors for a really low cost. Would require heading in and searching though.
I love restores so much! I used to go to the one in my old city all the time. I’ll have to find my local one and give it a try.
You could maybe thrift some fabric and drape it over or attach it somehow? Could you cover it in photos or use modpodge to attach card stock? You could literally hot glue anything to it. Pearls, beads, pennies, tiny mirrors.
Oh you could modpodge fabric to it to!
Love the idea of putting fabric on it!! That sounds like it could be really pretty. The thrift store near my house sells big rolls of fabric. Something to look into for sure
Oooh I love the idea of hot glue!!! Ty!!
Can you maybe sponge paint it? Maybe even sponge on as a pattern? Not sure of the texture but could you maybe glue on some decorative paper?
I hadn't thought of sponge-painting. I'll definitely consider that! It seems less intense than regular painting for sure.
Yeah and you could do it in the room since it shouldn't smell as nearly as bad as bigger canned paints. You can try on the back or bottom first to get an idea if it looks good before doing it then regretting.
YouTube has tons of ideas. Search for "Ikea hacks."
I’ve looked at these but most of them are pretty costly or require more tools than I have on hand at the moment.
Take the doors off and hid them behind the wardrobe if not anchored. Use a suspension rod to hang a curtain or screw in a hook to attach a line on. Replace the doors you could be lucky in ikea bargains
I used peel and stick wallpaper on my malm dresser and it looks so much better
Which kind did you use? I’m having trouble finding anything affordable
I picked up some gold contact paper off Amazon that was like 10$ per roll, but I’ve also seen some ok patterns in peel and stick shelf liner at Target/Walmart for less
Edit: searching for contact paper rather than peel and stick wallpaper should give you cheaper results
Yes, the wallpaper is made in larger pieces and more durable so it'll cost more. The stuff people use to line shelves will be much cheaper.
If there are doors: they can easily be taken off and painted elsewhere
If there are doorknobs: you can exchange them when you find some you like better at a flea market
You could also attach hooks to the door for your favorite jacket or so
You can attach fabric to glass, laminate, thermofoil with liquid starch (just google it, you'll see).
Don't use heavy fabric.
When you're done, peel it off and wash the wardrobe.