Think outside the box when constructing an Ikea Expedit bookshelf to construct your own custom shelves like this one from Ikea Hackers made from 3 separate Expedit units. real-simple-finds-smart-organizing-ideas Heck, I'd be happy with just one Expedit!
A great way to breathe new life into an old piece is to give it a new coat of paint. Choosing a contrasting color for the inside really makes this piece fresh & new. - good idea for adding some colour to a room if I don't want to paint a whole wall