Clever IKEA Hacks Saved Thousands of Dollars on This Colorful Home Reno

Stained glass in entryway of newly renovated home.
Pink painted galley wall in entry of newly renovated home.
Reading nook under stair in home with colorful wallpaper.
Colorful wallpaper in hallway nook with seating bench and storage.
Colorful wall paper in bedroom.
Newly renovated pink and green kitchen with charcoal and white checkerboard tiles.
Pink painted kitchen island with butcher block countertop in newly renovated home.
Butcher block countertop on kitchen island in newly renovated home.
Pink tile backsplash in kitchen after renovation.
Colorful painted frame of dining table in newly renovated home.
Purple sectional in child's playroom with black and white botanical themed wallpaper.
Large built in credenza/ media center in newly remodeled playroom.
Purple sectional sofa in newly renovated home with black and white botanical themed wallpaper.
Vintage fireplace in mauve painted living room with custom shelving.
Mauve custom built shelving in newly renovated living room.
Blue sectional sofa topped with decorative pillows in newly renovated home.
Yellow armchair with ottoman in front of window of newly renovated home.
Colorful wallpaper in hallway.
Purple wainscoting with"Love" sign above in newly renovated home.
Blue painted desk in bedroom with blue and white bird motif wallpaper.
Four poster bed in colorful child's room.
Four poster bed in colorful child's room.
Weaved wooden front dresser in child's room.
Double desk in home office.
Wooden desk top in renovated home office.
Grey and white patterned tile in newly renovated bathroom with soaking tub.
Soaking tub in newly renovated bathroom.
Floor plan of newly renovated home.



LOCATION: Billingham, United Kingdom

STYLE: Colorful, Eclectic



To say Stuart and Salma Chatto have made some updates to their four-bedroom house in Billingham, U.K., over the three years they’ve owned the place is an understatement. What hasn’t the creative couple done to their home? But don’t think they’ve spent a ton of money — Salma and Stuart have DIYed things themselves and used IKEA hacks to create their stunning home.

Carpeted stair runner in newly renovated home.

The first DIY they actually ever did in their home was craft a built-in gate for their stairs when they couldn’t find a baby gate that fit their bannister. “So my husband and my father-in-law built it from a cot, drilled it into the wall and the bannister, and I eventually painted it the same color as the wall going up the stairs,” Salma writes.

Standing lamp in living room of newly remodeled home.

One of Salma’s proudest DIY projects can be found in the living room. “I wanted this room to be the adult room that had all my ornaments I had collected and loved and that had been passed down to me,” she begins. “A place my husband and I could retreat to in the evening, but also a big room that our guests can all sit in and enjoy.” She was also looking to figure out the fireplace area, which she wanted built-in bookshelves around but was quoted almost $2000 to get it done professionally (out of their budget).

Vintage fireplace in mauve painted living room with custom shelving.

So the couple hacked IKEA’s BILLY bookcases, adding trim to the doors, a scallop trim to the top, and painted them, all for under $750. “We did it in our spare time, which is normally evenings, so the timeline was about two months with how much we had to paint and build them,” she writes. The living room isn’t the only place with IKEA hacks, though. The playroom has a ton of storage, thanks to the IKEA KALLAXs that line one wall.

Four poster bed in child's nursery room.

Salma explains the bedrooms mostly got cosmetic updates like paint, wallpaper, lighting, and more (she estimates that each bedroom cost under £500), but the bathroom and kitchen/playroom were the biggest renovations. They hired professionals to “move” the kitchen to the other side of the room where a utility room (and plumbing) were.

Pink tile backsplash in kitchen with green cabinets after renovation.

They got rid of the kitchen’s upper cabinet and installed open shelving, and they kept the existing bottom cabinets but painted them green. They added an IKEA built-in fridge/freezer cabinet (also painted green) and built a larder next to that. Along with an island made from existing kitchen cabinets, budget countertops, floor and wall tiles, and some new appliances, Salma says the new kitchen cost them just under $10K.

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Round mirror in entry of renovated home.


  • Playroom — Lick “Blue 04”

  • Landing Ceiling — Frenchic “Dusky Blush”

  • Entry Walls — B&Q “Dulux Easycare Blush Pink Matt Emulsion”

  • Stair Paint — Frenchie Paint “Smudge”

  • Living Room — Rust-oleum “Lilac Wine”

  • Playroom — Lick “Blue 04”

  • Cupboard Paint — Rust-oleum “All Green”

  • Kitchen Island — B&Q Lick “Pink 10 Eggshell Emulsion paint”

  • Kitchen Walls — B&Q “Dulux Mellow Mocha Silk Emulsion”

  • Booth Colour block — I Mixed Several Paints to Get That Colour

  • Bedroom Paneling — Rust-oleum “Violet Macaroon”

  • Bedroom Wallpaper — Wayfair

  • Bathroom — Dunelm “Seafoam”

Stained glass in entryway of newly renovated home.


Mauve painted shelving in newly decorated living room with blue sofa.


Blue painted custom credenza in child's playroom.


Wooden dining table in kitchen.


Shelves filled with ceramics in newly renovated bathroom.


Thanks, Selma!

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