IKEA Leksvik Buffet Before + After

June 30, 2011

You’ll love this IKEA hack! Elena Ferrer, aka Meisi, is a graphic designer and illustrator who lives in Alicante, Spain on the Mediterranean coast and is quite a crafty lady! She recently took her tired brown Leksvik IKEA cabinet, fixed the broken door and then thought that if she just emptied the cabinet, painted it in a gorgeous shade of aqua, and stenciled the door that perhaps she could make something that nobody notices in her home a thing of beauty and function. In a single day, she transformed her unloved dark brown “boring” cabinet into something personal in a style that reflects her taste and style. After the paint dried, she decorated her cabinet with favorite things, including her collection of books, fabrics and yarn.

IKEA Leksvik Buffet Before + After

IKEA Leksvik Buffet Before + After

IKEA Leksvik Buffet Before + After

IKEA Leksvik Buffet Before + After

IKEA Leksvik Buffet Before + After

IKEA Leksvik Buffet Before + After

IKEA Leksvik Buffet Before + After

I like that Elena printed the stencil for the doors onto paper, cut out the motif and then used paint and a sponge to apply the paint in a pale beige. See the cabinet BEFORE here. What a change, right!? It’s so inspiring to see how far a can of paint and some creativity can go!

Thank you Elena for writing to me to share this with decor8 readers today.

(images: elene ferrer)


  • Reply San June 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Oh, this is absolutely beautiful!! ;)

  • Reply Luciane at June 30, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    So cute!

    Love the color especially!



  • Reply Elena Ferrer June 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH HOLLY!!!!! I’m so happy to be here. Really my cabinet is now much beautiful and personal. I have enjoyed a lot painting and decorating :D
    Thanks again for the chance to show it to so many people :)

  • Reply cafenoHut June 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    colors and especially flowers on the bottom lids are wonderful

  • Reply Ana June 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    So adorable!

  • Reply Kristina - ingen vanlig dag June 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Wow, I love this! You can do so much with imagination, paint and some work. The color is perfect!

  • Reply Izabella Dennis June 30, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    What a wonderful and cozy piece that has been transformed from Ikea to personal, heirloom. Great job!

  • Reply Katie Truelove June 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    What a difference some color makes– I love seeing projects like this where someone has re-imagined something they already have! So lovely:)

  • Reply Tove June 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Yes, that’s really a big difference, loved the afterversion:)

  • Reply Naomi June 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Great job! So inspiring – makes me want to look at everything in my house with new eyes.

  • Reply Ada @ New York June 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Beautiful … including the cat : )

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen June 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    What a lovely idea – and it turned out so well! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Kristi June 30, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I love this! What a great idea and I love the paint color she picked.

  • Reply Sandy July 1, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I have never been to an Ikea, but want to! Love to see where a good imagination can take you….

  • Reply Sarah July 1, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Simply beautiful! I love that colour:)

  • Reply Mariela July 1, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Great idea, is beautiful. Also, I just got your book, every page is an inspiration. Thank you for this great book.

    • Reply decor8 July 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      @Mariela – Oh thank you, I’m so happy to know you like Decorate and are finding inspiration from my book! :)

  • Reply Maria July 1, 2011 at 2:49 am

    I love this too. Do you know if she had to use a primer first? I have an old IKEA computer desk armoire, but I’m not sure what it’s made of. It may just be cheap particle board, but I’d love to paint it. I just don’t want to make any mistakes and ruin it in the process, no matter how inexpensive it is.

  • Reply PriscilaPetersDecor July 1, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Wow. Adorable cabinet & fabulous color! Ikea is great!

  • Reply Jenni July 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

    This is actually a great idea! Ikea is very affordable and this goes to show that you CAN personalize their pieces too – though probably should stick to the bit higher end pieces, like this one. ;)

  • Reply Far and Away July 1, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Leksvik is pretty on its own but this colour makes it pretty even more! Nice job.

  • Reply nnes July 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

    really really nice

  • Reply Asiye July 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    this is amazing!

  • Reply Alysha July 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    So wonderful! I love seeing the little factory from Etsy as well–I have that shop listed in my favorites.

  • Reply isabel lampreia July 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I love the site this is beautiful!

  • Reply Elena Ferrer July 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Maria, I didn’t make anything before the painting, Leivsvik has a wood touch so I considered there were nothing to remove before. Maybe it had a little varnish layer but seemed invisible to me.

    And Holly of course I had read your book. :) And I did it very slowly. I had a special time before going to bed every day to concentrate in the photographs and its fantastic sense of aesthetics. :)

    • Reply decor8 July 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm

      @Elena – Oh how nice, I love to hear this. :)

  • Reply Haust July 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I love it! Beautiful colour!

  • Reply Sarah July 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I just painted my same exact hutch white. i removed the glass doors on the top.

    I LOVE the color you used. I might have to re-makeover the hutch again

  • Reply evaone July 8, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I admire you for your creativity and i definitely try this on my own..

  • Reply Shirl January 10, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I’m trying to find someone who would know how to fix the glass cabinet doors of an IKEA dining hutch that looks very similar to this. The left door keeps coming off at the top corner at the seam (not the hinge). Duct tape (yuk, I know) on the inside that doesn’t show worked for a while, but now the bottom left of the door is not staying either, so we have unattached now so the glass won’t fall. Wood glue did not work. I love this cabinet. Can anyone help?

  • Reply Laura January 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

    This is so inspiring! I found this already a long time ago and keep coming back just to remind myself that you can make things look like yourself. We are having a “let’s do something with our home”-day with my boyfriend and I think we are painting/fixing something to totally new look.
    Have a nice saturday! :)

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