You like the look of the high end, custom furniture. Your budget likes mass produced and inexpensive furniture. I understand the dilemma. Seriously, why can’t I get a Restoration Hardware piece of furniture at an Ikea price? So I set out to DIY my own custom piece of furniture to give it a little personality without breaking the bank.
This IKEA bookshelf was sitting in our bedroom looking sad and neglected. The black was too dark for the room and it frustrated me to no end when a thin book would get pushed all of the way back and slide down. Who wants to move a whole bookshelf to fish out the small thin book stuck in the back?
The first thing I tackled was the color of the shelf. I used Pure White milk paint, which not only lightened up the shelf, it also allowed some of the black to show through which gave the cabinet more depth than just a solid white surface. The result is a more vintage feeling white, something with character.
The above picture is from the first coat. I ended up using two coats of paint.
Next it was time to resolve the issue of the books sliding down the back and falling off the shelf. I picked up thin pieces of lumber at the lumber yard and stained them a slightly darker color. Then we laid them down across the back of the shelf and used a drill and some screws to secure them into place. No more missing books! And the shelf now looks like it was custom built! (Which I guess I can now say it was a custom build.)
If you want to update your own bookshelf you will need:
Ikea Kallax Shelving Unit,or any other brand of cube shelving
Paint and brush
Wood cut to size. For my shelving unit I used 5 pieces of 1 by 6, cut 58 inches long.
Stain for wood
Cordless Drill and screws. (*affiliate link)
This bookshelf ended up being the perfect mix of both modern and rustic. The clean corners of the shelf and white color keep it modern, while the hints of black showing through the paint and the pallet wood backing give it the rustic flare. Just right for my modern farmhouse.
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