Before and after: This conventional IKEA PAX is now a chic walk-in closet

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Monochromatic IKEA PAX hack after project
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When it comes to ingenious IKEA hacks, it is hard to rival the PAX. This iconic closet system is a staple of stylish transformations – but we may have found one of our favorites to date. 

Enter Megan Righelato, the Essex-based designer behind the flatpack hack that will excite fashion and interiors alike. Armed with her PAX units, Megan created an ultra-chic walk-in closet that will inevitably fuel your interior envy. 

However, fear not – because Megan has given a glimpse into the design process so that you can recreate her monochromatic walk-in closet idea. Here, she reveals everything you need to know. 

IKEA PAX – before the makeover 

Beige coloured room before IKEA hack

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Prior to the renovation, Megan's bedroom exhibited a neutral color scheme – complete with a beige carpet and dated white walls. However, this minimal scheme was a perfect, untouched canvas to showcase Megan's chic white bedroom idea

'We purchased the PAX wardrobe units from IKEA,' Megan begins. 

But, how did she transform her units from bland to bespoke? 'We decided to add beading to the drawer units to match the more traditional style of our bedroom, such as the paneling,' she adds. 

Beige bedroom with room for IKEA hack

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'The coving was a nightmare to get our heads around, but with the help of YouTube, we ended up mastering [the technique],' she continues. 

'I realized that it's important to not be afraid to make mistakes and that it always gets worse before it gets better. We got to a point where it felt like it was never-ending, but we are so pleased with the result.'

IKEA PAX – after the makeover 

IKEA PAX monochromatic makeover

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To set her PAX aside, Megan painted the unit in Crown's Satin White which overrode IKEA's traditional white color. She then added cup-shaped handles to the wardrobes to give them a sense of regency. 

Plus, for an unrivaled boutique aesthetic, she designed space for a stool and a large mirror – a dressing room essential. 

Finally, Megan dressed the space further with a vinyl herringbone effect floor which replaced the carpet in the closet space. The diagonal lines also gave the space a contemporary twist that wouldn't look out of place in the Sex and the City reboot. 

IKEA PAX closet hack following renovation

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'We wanted to go for a calming vibe so kept the tones neutral. However, we used black accents to add more modern touches throughout the room, such as the black sockets and the statement chandelier. We also added paneling to the walls to create a traditional look,' Megan says.

This is the dressing room idea our A/W '21 wardrobe deserves. If you need us, we'll be at IKEA. 

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Megan Slack

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team.

Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.

Megan currently lives in London, where she relocated from her hometown in Yorkshire. In her home, she experiments with interior design trends and draws inspiration from the home decor ideas she observes in her everyday work life. Her favorite pieces include her antique typewriter and her expansive collection of houseplants. When she isn’t writing, she is browsing London’s coffee shops and bookstores to add to her ever-growing library, taking over the open shelving in her apartment.