Ikea furniture is amazing for starting with a blank canvas and making it your own. From my experience the pieces are sturdy, good quality, and a very fair price. Entering into the ring is the Ikea Förhöja kitchen cart.
To update the Ikea Forhoja I used my go-to stain and latex paint, Minwax Dark Walnut and Rust-Oleum Flat Black latex paint. By the way, the whole cart except for the top table part has a finish on it. I used the latex paint instead of the stain on the bottom for ease so I didn’t have to strip it all down first in order to stain the bare wood. Latex paint covered over it just fine.
We had already used this cart for a year or two in a different apartment before I updated it. During that use it picked up some minor wear which the stain really brings out nicely. Adding a slightly aged look customizes it even more and removes that “cookie cutter” standard style.