Thursday, 15 May 2014

My Customised Ikea Alex!

The Ikea Alex. The answer to every beauty obsessive's storage problems. A standard fixture in almost every beauty blogger's bedroom. BUT... It's undeniably boring-looking. It's not ugly as such, just quite clinical and plain. I decided a couple of weeks ago that I was going to change this...


Say hello to my new and improved Alex, customised with my own fair hands!

I absolutely love the results. If you have an Alex at home and you're thinking of making it a little more 'fancy' looking, here's how I did it:

First of all I chose a paint colour. I used 'Duck Egg' blue from Laura Ashley's line at Homebase in an Eggshell finish. Next I used masking tape to mark out the stripes. I used the width of the tape to determine the size of the stripes, which was really easy, so if you want smaller stripes, I'd recommend using a different width of tape.
I applied a little strip of tape to every drawer to act as a spacer in between lines so I was sure they were all evenly spaced. I also worked from both sides in (as an even number of stripes didn't fit for the width of the unit) So there's a bigger stripe in the middle, ready for the knobs!

Next, I removed the spacer strips of making tape, and painted the sides and stripes with three coats of my Duck Egg Blue paint (waiting for each coat to dry before starting on the next)

After leaving it to completely dry overnight, I removed the masking tape.


Finally, I drilled holes in the centre of each drawer (measuring the centre carefully with a ruler and pencil!) and popped in mis-matching knobs from Zara home.

I chose these ceramic flower ones as they are fun and had a variety of colours, but they were also the most affordable from Zara's home collection (which, on a side note... is amazing!) They were £5.99 for a pack of 2.


What do you think? I'm totally in love with my Alex now, and I'll definitely be customising more of my Ikea furniture soon!

147 comments:

  1. WOW, I love it such an amazing idea :) I might have to do something like this to my Alex draw :)
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  2. So beautiful! What a great idea... and I especially love the drawer handles! xo

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  3. Oh Fleur I absolutely adore this, what fab colours and I love those door knobs!

    I am currently up cycling my oak drawers at the moment, I'm using Annie Sloans Chalk paint which is really fab to use, dries so quick I literally did 3 coats in one evening. I'm just about to distress it a little and add some glass door knobs I can't wait for it to be finish. Currently eying up lots of other furniture in my house to do, love that it's now a unique piece and perfect for our home as yours is too.

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    1. Liza ii got some glass door knobs from screwfix recently - £3.59 for a pack of 2..... i previously bought some from Laura ashley at £16 for a pair.... the screw fix ones are really nice!! Worth a look! xxxx

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    2. I am currently doing the same thing to my drawers!! Thanks Leanne for the tip!! XxX

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    3. Ooh this is fab! I ordered a pack of 8 glass ones off of eBay for £16 I believe which isn't too bad but I shall check out screw fix for future projects thankyou lovely. X

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  4. This looks amazing! The thought hadn't even crossed my mind to decorate mine!

    Stephanie
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  5. I really like it! Flowers aren't to my personal taste, but suit you down to a T! Very fun and girly :) Cant wait to see your finished office/beauty/filming room ;)

    Nicole xx

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  6. Вow, such a lovely idea for spring :)

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  7. It looks really lovely, I love the duck egg blue! xxx
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  8. Great idea....you did really well....that's some collection you have as well!
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  9. Wow! This is great idea, it looks amazing :)

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  10. This is AWESOME!

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  11. Wow! You really did a fantastic job of getting them looking very groovy x


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  12. What an amazing idea Fleur! Well done! xx

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  13. i loveeeed what you did with it ,it looks awesome :)
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  14. Very creative! You could paint it in a more contrasting color may be! :D Bright orange anyone?

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  15. Wow I definitely want to add something like this to my room! Looks amazing
    Sarah x
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  16. That's such a great idea! Fab job on the painting and I love the bright flower knobs. Definitely need to try this out! xx

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  17. I definitely agree about them looking quite clinical. This was such a creative idea, it looks gorgeous!

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  18. Wow, absolutely love this, the handles are gorgeous. Wouldn't have thought of customising one, might have to purchase myself one and also customise mine. Great post.

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  19. Looks fantastic! What a perfect way to revamp boring old furniture. Loving the ZARA knobs too! xx

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  20. Did you take all the make up out to paint it?

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  21. This is such a good idea and it looks amazing! I love it! X

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  22. this looks really cute! Such an amazing idea, Fluer:)xx
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  23. This is so nice! Love how you've made it your own, especially when everybody uses the same makeup storage now it's great to see how to change it up! X

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  24. So pretty, what a fab idea!
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  25. Love the colors. Amazing what a little paint and few knobs can do.

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  26. This looks gorgeous! I'm looking to update my bedroom furniture soon but struggling to find anything I like, now I'm inspired to buy something plain and be a bit creative! X

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  27. It looks amazing!

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  28. Oh my goodness! That's such an amazing change. Makes me want the Ikea Alex!
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  29. Wow! Would have never thought to paint my Alex drawer, let alone put cute little knobs on the drawers! Fantastic job! Might night to add this little project to my list ;) www.aliciaseveryday.blogspot.ca

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  30. Great job! It looks beautiful!

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  31. That looks so cute! totally inspired now!

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  32. I love it. Looks so great!

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  33. You gave me some ideas. Actually a loooooot.

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  34. This is absolutely beautiful!!! Please do more Home DIYs. I loved how clean and professional it looks! Well done!!

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  35. This is really pretty! Love the stripes and the flower knobs. :)

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  36. Wow! I love this. I've looked at these draws so many times in Ikea and even though they are practical I really hate how clinical they are and their minimal style just wouldn't fit in my home, but you have made me rethink this! They look amazing!

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  37. wow what an amazing idea! I love my Alex drawers xx

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  38. looks amazing...would love to try something like this

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  39. This looks great! Such a good idea! Just a simple change but it looks so amazingly different! will definitely consider this when I can only find boring looking drawers in the future! :)

    Love Amylou x
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  40. This looks so cool, you've done such a good job of it Fleur!
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  41. it looks fantastic, can you tell me how wide this is?

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  42. You did a great job! love your style! I love doing this to old dressers too!

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  43. Love it Fleur! It's so nice to see your crafty and creative side! You always put a lot of work & effort into your project and the end results show that.

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  44. I am not fan of the fancy handles (would choose subtle ones) but the idea with stripes of different colour makes me want the Alex storage for my new home. I have sailor-themed bathroom, so darker blue will be perfect! Thanks for shairng the idea!

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  45. Wow that looks great! Such a great idea! I love customising furniture so it looks a bit more unique and special. Well done, Fleur!

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  46. I love it Fleur! You did a great job, such a unique look and so you...

    Helena

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  47. cute!
    xx
    daniella
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  48. I love it! They look amazing and so unique.. I love the handles, they're so cute xx

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  49. This is very cute :) I really like the mismatched knobs!

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  50. It looks amazing! very nice idea, Fleur, well done :D

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  51. Great Job! I love the strips & colour but the flower handles are not for me x

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  54. I absolutely love it! Is it a grey or blue color or is it a mix of both?

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  55. I really REALLY like the paint colour you chose and how well the stripes came out, but those floral handles make the unit look really ... busy. Almost cheap. But yeah, the pain job turned out really well xx

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  56. I love the flower detail on the handles :)

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  57. This looks so cute ! its such a clever idea

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  58. This is lovely. I really do enjoy the look of the Alex 9 system but your customization is amazing. I especially love the paint color (I'l be jotting that down for future reference). I also like the fact that you added those knobs. Even though I'm not too big on florals, I love the ones you chose.

    Now I feel inspired. Maybe I should start investing in furniture instead of lipstick.

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  59. Wow those draws are amaing, you must have alot of make up to fill them! The flowers are so pretty :D Love it!!!
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  60. What an amazing DIY! I love this, the glass door knobs are gorgeous xx

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  61. This looks lovely - such a good idea! And the flower door knobs are really cute!

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  62. It looks amazing and I will definitely be trying it to make my ikea items look more shabby chic.

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  63. You did great and the mismatched knobs make it very unique! xx

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  64. Wow, it turned out amazing! I adore the knobs!

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  65. glad ur back from dallas !!!!

    charly xx

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  66. It looks amazing! You did such a good job painting it x

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  67. such a great idea, the thought of painting ikea furniture never even crossed my mind!

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  68. It looks so much better! :)
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  69. Brilliant! I love it! So many people are going to be doing this now!

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  70. They look great! I love the flower knobs.

    Kat x
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  71. Super creative! I think you've just inspired a lot of people to get arty! xx

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  72. This is such a creative DIY project! I love the door knobs :)

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  73. Wow, that looks great!
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  74. Great post. It looks lovely
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  75. I love this Fleur, you made it look really cool :) xx

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  76. Soo cute! What a gret idea :)
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  77. Wow I'm really impressed that you did this yourself. How creative! I wonder if lots of people will copy your design now? Xx

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  78. I've been resisting buying an Alex for the longest time, but after trying (and failing) to find an alternative way to store my make up I'm pretty sure I'll have caved by the end of the month! I love the idea of thick stripes, the blue looks beautiful with the white :)

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  79. OMG! This looks fantastic! I was thinking about customizing my Ikea Malm dresser, but I'm totally afraid to mess it up. Maybe I should just give it a try...

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  80. This looks brilliant! You're very talented - I'm sure that mine would not look so professional if I tried!

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  81. Such a great idea, thanks for sharing it with us!

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  82. Amazing idea, It's so unique and different!
    xo Sophia
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  83. Oh my God!! What a great idea! Thanks for this post!
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  84. Great idea Fleur!

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  85. This is such a great idea. It looks beautiful and I love the combination of the stripes and knobs!

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  86. Brilliant Fleur, looks fab! I refurbished my current vanity years ago with new white knobs and painted it a beautiful green, now I just need an Alex drawer to do this to it too haha :) xx

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  87. You've done a great job, it looks so professional. I love the colour!

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  88. Looks really good, made what was probably a relatively inexpensive item look really expensive really like it!

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  89. It looks so pretty! I love customising things, it's got me thinking about what I can make next :)

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  90. Wow that's so nice! It definitely looks a lot better than the plain white. Can't wait to see what you customise next :)

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  91. It looks really adorable!

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  92. Me encantan los tiradores de las flores, aunque la cajonera es tan bonita que incluso blanca está perfecta.

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  93. I really admire how you like to be different. It gets a bit boring seeing every beauty blogger with the same piece of makeup storage. Customisation was such a good idea! xx

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  94. What a creative idea! I'm definitely going to give this a try.

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  95. Looks very cute, perfect drawer set for children if you have any down the track. On a side note, I've just popped up this weeks vlog if anyone's interested https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6ubtpXm194 xx

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  96. Such a cool idea!
    I have a tall Malm (by IKEA) but I want to try the tall Alex, like this one.

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  98. This looks great! :)
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  99. Such a good DIY! Ikea furniture can sometimes look a bit dull but it looks amazing :)

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  100. Wow, can't believe no one came up with this idea before. It's a really great DIY. I have the smaller version of the drawers, and I just love them. I really like the blue paint you used. I think I would have gone with different knobs though, something that matched the blue a bit more.
    Still, I love the idea!

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  101. It's so cute!

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  102. Amazing idea :) I should do this to mine when I get back from my trip!

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  103. Brilliant idea. I am yet to join the bandwagon and get the Alex. This has inspired me into a purchase for sure :)

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  104. Gorgeous it looks amazing!!

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  105. Very creative! :)

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  106. So cute!

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  107. This looks amazing, such a good idea. The colour you've chosen is gorgeous xx

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  108. I LOVE that paint color you used! It's so nice to see how you transformed this into something unique.

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  109. Looks awesome!!! Such a good & simple idea. Your interior design skills inspire me!

    Sarah x
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  110. OMG this is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

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  111. Such a great idea!! Makes way more unique:)

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  112. Lovely DIY. I didn't think it was that easy. Thanks for sharing.

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  113. I'm liking the new look!
    Never have I thought to do such a DIY!

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  114. Hi !
    I love the style of you commode but I prefer the original version :)

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  115. Oh my goodness, I adore this Fleur! I have a lot of the standard white ikea furniture and this looks like a fab way to spice some of it up a bit!! Thanks for the idea and amazing post!
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  116. Wow such a great idea, Fleur! I might have to do this myself!

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  117. Such a cool idea, I love the Duck Egg Blue stripes and the contrasting mismatch knobs. And Zara Home is truely amazing!! H xx

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  118. Love it! Looks really bold and fresh. Good job.
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  119. What a cool thing to do. Brightens up your space rather than a plain old white drawer. I think i'd be too scared though!

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  120. This is so cool! It looks absolutely amazing and I love the stripes! So creative. Please do an updated makeup collection!! http://rosebeautynow.blogspot.co.uk/ x

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  121. aw this is such a cute idea! I love it!
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  122. This is such an innovative idea! I have a really dull set of draws and think that this design idea would be a perfect DIY project! Thanks Fleur!

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  123. That looks stunning. Nice work. Stephen :o)

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  124. Genius! I'm a real sucker for duck egg blue as well. I know for a fact if I tried to replicate I would end up on the news for setting my house on fire - too clumsy for DIY!

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  125. i love this idea! A simple upgrade but also a new piece that can tie a room together or add a pop of colour.
    Not to mention the additional storage! My personal touch would be painting all the fixtures silver- to add a classy little bling.

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  126. This is such good idea. My aunts used to customize a lot of furniture. They would go to garage sales and get old furniture and re-do them and bring them back to life. I want to do crafty things like this with my current bedroom furniture. I also am going to try and make my dorm room look as homily as possible. Do you have any suggestions about how to decorate a dorm room from when you were in uni?? Thank you!!

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  127. What a fabulous idea! Even the stripes alone are a step up. Looks great!

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  128. This is such a great idea and it looks awesome! :) :D Might try out some DIY decorating on my Alex draw set!

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  129. Love the colours and the knobs you used, beautiful!

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  130. So cute. I never realized how plain and boring the Alex drawers are. I will have to do something like this to mine!!
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  131. such a great idea, love it <3

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  132. This is such a fantastic idea, they look lovely.. will defiantly be having ago at this

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