Brace yourself—you’ll be tempted to add each of these clever IKEA hacks to your list of weekend projects.

From affordable prices to sleek, Scandinavian-inspired designs, there’s no shortage of reasons for IKEA’s predominance in today’s homes. While our familiarity with the furniture and home goods behemoth makes its products easy to spot, that’s not the case with the pieces below. Not only have these eight items been totally reimagined, but they’ve also taken the IKEA hack to a whole new level. Scroll ahead to see more, but get ready—once you’ve snapped out of befuddlement, we have a hunch you’ll be eager to hit up the closest store near you.

1. A Glossy, Moveable Bar Cart

Ikea's utility cart, the Raskog cart, makes for a refined and easily movable bar cart -- it already comes with wheels, and just needs some stemware, a wine rack, and other accoutrements, and voila! There you have one of the easiest Ikea hacks out there.

IKEA’s utility cart—the Raskog cart—can easily be transformed into a refined, transportable bar cart. Since it already has wheels, it just needs some stemware, a wine rack, and other accoutrements, and it will be ripe for entertaining. 

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The classic Ikea Expedit upright bookcase is transformed into a modern, unique sideboard thanks to the addition of some stained plywood, new legs, and a vision to orient it horizontally instead of vertically.

Jules from IKEA Hackers explains how this classic Expedit upright bookcase can be quickly converted into a modern sideboard thanks to the addition of stained plywood, new legs, and a vision to orient it horizontally instead of vertically.

Courtesy of Jules/Ikea Hackers

An all-white, flower-inspired pendant lamp -- the Ikea Maskros light -- is transformed into a sleek, Sputnik-like chandelier. Some gold spray paint, gold vinyl, and clear plastic dessert cups are the key ingredients in this alteration.

Bethany from Dwellings by Devore shows how an all-white, flower-inspired pendant lamp—the IKEA Maskros light—can be transformed into a sleek, Sputnik-like chandelier. Gold spray paint, gold vinyl, and clear plastic cups are the key ingredients in this alteration.

Courtesy of Dwellings by Devore

Ikea's natural wood Tarva dresser is given an elegant facelift in a few simple moves. The original straight legs of the dresser were trimmed for an angled profile to give it some personality, and a couple of coats of fresh, light green paint were applied. After removing the original wood knobs, new drawer hardware was added that completed the new look.

In this IKEA hack, blogger Sarah Sherman Samuel explains how the Tarva dresser is given an elegant facelift with just a few simple moves. The original straight legs of the dresser have been trimmed for an angled profile to give it more personality, as well as a couple of coats of fresh, light green paint. After removing the original wooden knobs, new hardware has been added to complete the refinished look.

Courtesy of Sarah Sherman Samuel

Minimalist, functional, and colorful -- that's what you get when several of Ikea's Ekby Tygvve Mensola wooden shelves are held up by painted Ikea's versatile Cekby Tore brackets. It's simple, easy, and yet innovative!

Functional, colorful, and minimal design—that’s what you get when several of IKEA’s Ekby Tygvve Mensola wooden shelves are held up by IKEA’s versatile Cekby Tore brackets. The team behind Teste de Legno shows how the entire shelf sits on caster wheels, allowing the unit to be easily moved.

Courtesy of Teste de Legno

Expect the unexpected with this magazine rack-turned-coffee table! Four of Ikea's Knuff Magazine Files are pinwheeled around each other to create a sculptural table top attached to a rotating artist stool. The result is a piece that is functional, full of storage, and intriguing in form!

Expect the unexpected with this magazine rack-turned-coffee table. Here, Kennth Yeoh pinwheels four of IKEA’s Knuff Magazine Files around each other to create a sculptural tabletop that is attached to a rotating artist stool. The result is a piece that is functional, full of storage, and intriguing in form.

Courtesy of Kenneth Yeoh/Ikea Hackers

Ikea is known for its basics, in particular its Besta book shelves, but even their door and drawer options don't fulfill all design visions. By installing some plastic rails at the top and bottom of one of the shelves, covering some fiberboard panels with wood-grained contact paper, and adding four metal legs, the basic becomes the brilliant.

We all know IKEA is known for its basic pieces, in particular the Besta bookshelves. Yet, even their door and drawer options don’t fulfill all design visions. By installing plastic rails at the top and bottom of one of the shelves, and covering the fiberboard panels with wood-grained contact paper, along with adding four metal legs, the team behind Petite Apartment has transformed this item into a brilliant design.

Courtesy of Petiteapartment.blogspot.com

Typically hidden under a mattress to support it in a bedframe, the Ikea slatted Sultan Lade is instead an item for display in this hack.  The Sultan Lade is hung from the wall off two sturdy wall hooks, and then the slats hold a variety of items, from lamps and books to Ikea S-hooks supporting storage baskets.

Although it’s typically hidden under a mattress to provide support, the Ich Designer has instead used the IKEA slatted Sultan Lade as an item for display. The Sultan Lade is hung from the wall off two sturdy hooks, making the slats multi-functional. From lamps and books, to storage baskets and knickknacks, this product now can hold a variety of items.

Courtesy of Ich Designer

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