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How to get your kids' room organised (and keep yourself sane!)

July 29, 2022

How to get your kids' room organised (and keep yourself sane!)

Mess! It's everywhere. On the floor, on the bed, on the desk. Even in the toy box. How does it get there? It seems like as soon as you tidy up, it all appears again. It's like the mess multiplies when you're not looking. Here are some hints to get the kids organised so you don't have to shut the bedroom door every time you have a visitor!

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Make an Entrance: why first impressions matter!

July 15, 2022

Make an Entrance: why first impressions matter!

The entrance to your home is one of the first things people see and can make a big impression. Here are some tips on how to make your home's entrance look its best!

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Colour wheel on desk with keyboard

June 12, 2022

The basics of colour theory for the DIY-er

Colour theory is so important to interior design that it's often considered the cornerstone. But what if you're not an experienced designer? Try these tips on how to use colour effectively in your next project. 

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bedroom chair dresser furniture upcycle

June 06, 2022

2022's Emerging trends (and how to incorporate them in your home!)

2022 is well underway and what are we seeing so far in interior design? Keep reading to learn about three exciting trends that have emerged and how you can incorporate them in your home. 

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Elegant IKEA Kallax Sideboard: Photos and Shopping List

August 31, 2021

Elegant IKEA Kallax Sideboard: Photos and Shopping List

Turn your everyday Kallax into a luxe upcycle! We've done the legwork by creating a project shopping list for you. The list includes IKEA article numbers and product links.

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How to take "Insta-worthy" photographs of furniture

August 29, 2021

How to take "Insta-worthy" photographs of furniture

Taking Insta-worthy photos of your furniture and interior decor doesn't require an expensive camera or lighting set up. Just whip out your phone and get started with these tips!

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How to add handles to your IKEA furniture

June 27, 2021

DIY Project: How To Add Handles To IKEA Cabinets

So, you've decided to hack your IKEA drawers and you've found the perfect combination of Lux Hax Styl-Panels and handes. Drilling to add handles will require a few basic tools + our step-by-step photo instructions to help you get it right the first time.

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Rattan Rescue: How To Repair IKEA Furniture Fast

May 25, 2021

Rattan Rescue: How To Repair IKEA Furniture Fast

This IKEA furniture repair project is a way of fixing fast furniture—FAST! As well as being quick, it's also affordable, totally mess-free and will extend the life of your Ikea piece while refurbishing it with 'rattan' style and flair. (All in less than 15 minutes!)

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10 Luxury IKEA BESTÅ Hacks

April 10, 2021

10 Luxury IKEA BESTÅ Hacks

If you've got a home organisation challenge or want storage furniture with style, look no further than IKEA BESTÅ. What do you need? A TV bench? Dining console? Office storage? Sideboard? BESTÅ is your go-to! We've selected 10 projects that show just how versatile - and luxurious - BESTÅ can be. 

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DIY IKEA Kallax sideboard

October 09, 2020

DIY Project: IKEA KALLAX Sideboard

Take IKEA hacking to the next level with this easy, show-stopping DIY IKEA Kallax sideboard. Anybody can now make their own designer-look furniture pieces for a small fraction of the price you’ll pay in stores. Which means... You can now afford the looks you love!

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Boho-inspired collaboration: The DIY Decorator x Lux Hax

January 27, 2020

Boho-inspired collaboration: The DIY Decorator x Lux Hax

When we heard that The DIY Decorator, Australia's Zoe Gilpin, was about to tackle a guest bedroom makeover that involved an IKEA Malm bed, we messaged Zoe and suggested that Lux Hax could lend a hand. This is the product of our combined creative juices ⁠— a new Styl-Panel design that transforms one of IKEA's most popular beds from Scandi to Coastal in the time it takes to boil the kettle.

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Can you paint IKEA furniture? Yes!

January 19, 2020

Can you paint IKEA furniture? Yes!

Can you repaint IKEA furniture? You betcha. And it's surprisingly easy. Follow these four steps and you can transform your favourite flat-pack furniture into any colour you like. Along the way, I'll share some of my favourite IKEA paint makeovers.

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Lux Hax customers show us their ah-mazing IKEA MALM hacks

November 03, 2019

Lux Hax customers show us their ah-mazing IKEA MALM hacks

Want to save thousands on bedroom furniture? Or elevate your flat-pack furniture into something not so… umm… IKEA-ish? You’re in the right place! We’ve put together a selection of IKEA MALM makeovers from our creative customers.  Read on to see fabulous examples of humble flat-packs being transformed into hero pieces with Lux Hax Styl-Panels.

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Lux Hax customers show us their KILLER IKEA KALLAX HACKS

September 02, 2019

Lux Hax customers show us their KILLER IKEA KALLAX HACKS

The IKEA Kallax range is one of the most popular of IKEA’s storage solutions. It’s modularity makes it super flexible. Plus, its clean, cubist design makes it a blank canvas ready for elevated styling - Hamptons, Boho Chic, Classic... whatever!  We take a look at some of the ways our customers have restyled IKEA Kallax into killer furniture pieces using Lux Hax Styl-Panels.

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How to patch a hole in the wall (and why)

June 10, 2019

How to patch a hole in the wall (and why)

A friend recently admitted to me that the bare walls of her home were not a continuation of her journey towards Minimalism, but due to the fact she was afraid to put hooks in the wall.  What? “I’m renting” she explained. “I’m not going to put hooks and holes in the walls because it will cause problems when I leave.” 
Read on to learn how easy it is to repair a hole and the benefits to causing a little damage. 

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How to make your rental feel like home

May 23, 2019

How to make your rental feel like home

It’s your home but it’s not your home. You want to fix and redesign. You flick through design mags and are inspired, but can’t follow through. It hurts. Even the IKEA catalogue seems to taunt you with all it’s space-saving tips and helpful hooks, racks, and floating shelves that require you to drill into your landlord’s precious walls. 

Read more for simple, effective ways of styling your rental so it feels like home.

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"My expensive-looking IKEA cabinet"

November 15, 2018

"My expensive-looking IKEA cabinet"

This post comes via Laila Ayoubi and her blog 'Lilzyliz.' She recently made-over an IKEA Besta sideboard, transforming it from a Scandi staple into a luxe and expensive-looking Hamptons hero! Laila shows how the project came together. With her permission, we've shared her photos and provided a link to the full post. Enjoy!

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DIY Project: Placemat Cushions

October 13, 2018

DIY Project: Placemat Cushions

Have you popped into Spotlight lately? For readers outside of Australia and unfamiliar with Spotlight, think: Hobby-Lobby-meets-Bed-Bath-and-Beyond. They currently have a selection of woven placemats that look great on the table and, with 20 minutes of hand sewing, can be transformed into fabulously textural throw cushions. Read more for project details.

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How to make your home look luxe for less

October 01, 2018

How to make your home look luxe for less

"In an ideal world, we would all have a world-class interior designer at our disposal to create a space that exudes comfort, luxury and sophistication," writes Caitlin Chander from News.com.au. Read Caitlin's interview with Lux Hax's Kylie Hughes about her five tips for affordable, DIY-driven interior design.

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DIY Project: Jewellery Display and Storage

September 07, 2018

DIY Project: Jewellery Display and Storage

No more necklace tangles or widowed earrings! This easy Kmart-slash-IKEA hack will turn your jewellery collection into a display-worthy piece of art and home organisation triumph!

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DIY Project: Built-in IKEA BILLY Bookcase

August 07, 2018

DIY Project: Built-in IKEA BILLY Bookcase

Here’s the ultimate “shelfie”… A DIY customised bookcase that started its life as IKEA Billy shelf units and is now mistaken for expensive custom cabinetry. This project will show you how to save thousands on a custom-built bookcase, yet still achieve professional-looking results that "wow". Handyman/girl skills are all you need - no advanced carpentry skills or special tools required.

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DIY Project: Drop Zone! A Victory for Home Organisation

July 17, 2018

DIY Project: Drop Zone! A Victory for Home Organisation

Do you love an organised home? Yep, me too. Yet our kitchen was constantly littered with the daily detritus of work and school—bags, shoes, sports stuff, books, keys ("where are my keys?!") and drifts of sand my son likes to empty out of his shoes. This solution was a DROP ZONE! Here's how it happened...

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Building a backlit media console using IKEA BESTÅ

May 04, 2018

Building a backlit media console using IKEA BESTÅ

Discover how to design and build an IKEA BESTÅ media console that's a happy compromise between "his" desire for a large-screen, surround-sound theatre experience and "her" desire for an affordable solution that hides all the freaking equipment and cables. Read how the project came together and, of course, links to the IKEA products used!

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Five Mother's Day Gifts for Mums Who Like their IKEA Hacked

April 20, 2018

Five Mother's Day Gifts for Mums Who Like their IKEA Hacked

Mother’s Day is just a few week’s away (Sunday, 13th May), so chances are your family are starting to think about what to get you. Quick! Before you end up with a bath bomb you have no time to use or yet another pair of fluffy slippers, start dropping hints about what IKEA hacking women really want. Here are a five suggestions.

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