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IKEA Hack: Make the $20 SNILLE Chair Look Like an Expensive Office Chair!

Have I mentioned how much I love living in Austin? Not only is the weather amazing, and downtown very cool…but I also live 10 mins away from Ikea! So guess what that means?? I will be doing tons of Ikea hacks on the site, I hope y’all enjoy them!

This weekend, hubby and I started working on our shared office, in lieu of having a formal dining room, we transformed that space into our office..and while those ‘reveal’ pics are still a few weeks away, I am ready to share a fabulous Ikea hack that I did on the SNILLE chairs we purchased for $19.99 each.

I loved these chairs and you can’t beat the price, but I really wanted to make them look a little more elegant, and if you’ve been following this blog for a while, y’all know how I feel about gold spray’s an instant fix for everything!


For the SNILLE chair I laid out all of the metal hardware on a piece of cardboard in my garage, and used the Rustoleum Gold Metallic Spray Paint to turn it into a custom chair…and it looks like a million bucks!




This article has 10 comments

  1. Tanisha

    I just finished this today! The tutorial was pretty easy and straightforward–the only thing I would add is that after painting the legs and all the attachements, it was kinda difficult fitting things together. The layer of paint must have increased the circumference around things by like millimeters, because it was hard to pop things into place. Took a little more muscle than I was expecting, haha!


    Hey there, You’ve done a great job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends.

    I am sure they will be benefited from this website.

  3. kate

    The IKEA Klimpen DESK you have going there………………..can you PLEASE tell me if the bottom drawer has a hanging file thing in it?????? Been trying to tell off IKEA’s site!!!!!!!
    Thanks, to anyone who knows!!

  4. Massiel

    Hi! I’d like to know if the gold paint comes off after a while. How permanent is this paint? Most people tend to rest their feet on the chair legs (I’m one of them!). I want to buy these chairs and like te hack.

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