Joanna Gaines-Inspired IKEA Hacks That'll Give Your Home A Fixer Upper Vibe

Burlap, shiplap, and vintage finds sum up Joanna Gaines' design fingerprint. She specializes in modern farmhouse styles and makes the rustic aesthetic even more desirable. However, you don't have to land a spot on "Fixer Upper" to give your humble abode that elevated country flare. We have Ikea hacks for you to decorate your home like Joanna Gaines.

While a top-to-bottom renovation is sure to transform your space, you don't need it to embrace the Magnolia star's look. "I'm a big believer that swapping in a few small things can make a big impact," Gaines told Elle Decor. "Like incorporating seasonal accent pillows or a new throw blanket, or simply adding a new vase with large, fresh-cut stems to your cocktail table." A few decor upgrades to showcase your personality will make you fall in love with your home all over again. With a few natural elements and neutral colors, it will be Gaines-approved, too.

From plant stand to rustic side table

Ikea's VANILJSTÅNG plant stand makes the perfect side table. The black metal legs are industrial, while the pine wood is rustic. Although designed for greenery, you can use it to spice up the living room as an end table or in the bedroom as a nightstand. The unfinished planks are stellar as is, but feel free to stain them for an elevated look.

Turn existing furniture into rustic pieces

Swapping out your hardware is an inexpensive way to bring touches of farmhouse chic to your home. Ikea's SKRUVSHULT handle and knob have an aged metal appearance adding dimension and character to your furniture. Transform dressers, cabinets, sideboards, and anything else with a handgrip. It will turn the piece into something new while giving the vintage yet industrial feel straight out of "Fixer Upper."

Wooden crates equal open shelves

Open shelves are a favorite of Joanna Gaines. They are a simple way to add more space to your walls and are functional decor. The KNAGGLIG pine box from Ikea makes a great base for your shelving. You can stain the wood or leave its natural grains on display. Simply drill two or three boxes on your wall to create the rack. Line them up horizontally or zig-zag them for extra style. They are great for storing house plants, books, and your favorite knick knacks.

Give a basic stool a farmhouse upgrade

The MARIUS stool from Ikea is nothing special – just plain black legs and a plastic top. However, it becomes a cool accent seat or side table with the addition of a wood slab. A chunky slice of your favorite tree's trunk turns the cheap stool into a designer chair. Screw the metal legs directly into the circle slap, and viola, a custom farmhouse piece.

A towel rack or stylish decor?

Wood is clearly a trendy material in the rustic design style. Implementing the natural element wherever you can will boost the contemporary farmhouse feel. Ikea's VILTO towel stand is beautiful as decor. Prop the ladder-like furnishing on the wall and hang magazines, macramé art, faux vines, or decorative fabrics. It's a simple ornament that is easy to swap out with different pieces. It also becomes a functional stand with added containers like the KUNGSFORS and HULTARP for storage.

From bookcase to farmhouse kitchen island

There are many DIY hacks you can do with an Ikea BILLY bookcase. But turning it into a built-in kitchen island is the most Joanna Gaines-esque of all. You'll need two 31 x 41-inch BILLY bookcases, one 15 x 41-inch BILLY, and a MÖLLEKULLA butcher block. After assembling the bookshelves, attach them with one-inch screws along the sides. Cut the countertop to size, roughly 80 inches, and secure it to the bookcases with screws. Now, you have a custom kitchen island with open shelving that you can spice up with paint or trim.

DIY wall sconce

Featured lighting is a stellar way to make a room magazine-worthy. Ikea's LÄTTAD place mat is the perfect shade for your contemporary rustic fixture. Along with the upcycled shade, you'll need the HAVSRIS cord set and a bulb. Cut a hole in the center of the place mat and insert the cord set's head. Then, screw in a stylish bulb like the MOLNART. Attach the DIY fixture to any wall, preferably where the hanging cord will blend in. The lamp brightens up the area with country charm.

Swap flower vases with pitchers

You can often spot fresh flowers in Joanna Gaines' designs, and the stunning bouquets don't just sit in traditional glass vases. For a vintage and rustic feel, the design guru uses jugs. You can recreate that style with the VINTERFINT pitcher. The white stoneware has a delicate green rim and is an ideal canvas for paint or leaving as is. Add your favorite flowers or branches to create a timeless centerpiece.

Transform a coffee table into an entryway bench

Ikea's LACK coffee table is better as an entryway bench in your farmhouse makeover. It can comfortably seat two, and the understorage is great for stashing magazines, umbrellas, or shoes. Add the LURVIG cushion on top, so you're not sitting on a hard block when lacing up your boots. Plus, the pillow cover is removable. Change it up to inexpensively refresh your mudroom anytime.

Don't forget the shiplap

You can't have a Joanna Gaines-inspired design without shiplap. Luckily, Ikea's BJÖRKÖVIKEN cabinet door is perfect for mimicking the paneling. Install the oak veneers to create a thin-plank headboard. You'll get the shiplap feel without buying individual wood beams. Leave the fronts their wooden shade, paint them to match the existing walls, or give them a pop of color for your country chic feature.