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Ikea Hack Ideas for Your Kitchen: Diaper Genie Countertops and Bamboo Stick Knife Stands

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Since everyone and their mothers can't seem to stop talking about the new Ikea opening up in the Sweetwater/Doral/Unincorporated Dade, we at Short Order are providing you with some helpful Ikea hacks, straight from the DIY gurus at Ikea Hackers. These alternative uses for common Ikea products will not only change the way you look at a diaper genie forever, but will also leave you wondering how much free time some people must have on their hands.

See also: IKEA Miami to Open August 27: The Top Ten Items for Foodies to Buy

Place Mats Become Backsplash

So you just moved into a new rental, but you can get past the fact the kitchen looks like a mess hall at a North Korean POW camp. Well, just cut up some rubber place mats, glue them to the wall, and you have a geometric backsplash your friends will be envious of.

Baby Changing Station Becomes Countertop

This one seems pretty poetic: The same stand made to change soiled diapers is now a surface to bring your culinary fantasies to life. Practical and metaphorical genius all at once.

Magazine Holder Becomes Cabinet Bin

Dad's old Hustler rag can be easily converted into this pantry organizer and lifesaver with some screws and a little imagination. Make sure to give it a wipe down with some Lysol before you start placing food items on it.

CD Towers Become Spice Racks

Everyone has a pair of outdated CD racks collecting dust in their garbage, ready to make a utilitarian comeback. With just a simple modification, the same racks that once held your copy of Windows '97 can now hold your sumac, lemon pepper, and turmeric with equal ease.

Vase and Bamboo Sticks Become Knife Stand

Your collection of thrift store and bargain basement cutlery can look like any top chef's knife collection once you elegantly assemble them into this makeshift stand. You'll not only look less indigent but your dinner guests will be sure to praise your creative frugality.

Crib Becomes Drying Rack

I must bow at the miserliness of the baker who would rather convert their child's crib into a drying rack. This hack isn't for the faint of heart, but is definitely impressive.

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