I’m so happy to be kicking off the Ikea Hack to the Max week. Can’t wait to see all the other great hacks!
Thanks for sharing, Suzy!
Love it. and Doing it this weekend! Thank you for sharing on Pinterest Cass!
What stain and spray paint did you use?
I used Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch flat black spray paint. I did some experimenting with the stain – there are a few layers. I started with provincial (Varathane), then a layer of white/pickling stain (minwax), and lastly Jacobean (minwax). You could probably just skip the first two and go straight to Jacobean and it would look really nice.
Awesome hack! I’m so inspired Did you have to sand down the metal before spray painting it or do any sort of prep prior to spray painting?
Nope, I didn’t do anything to prep the metal before painting.
What do you mean your “ripped” the boards to the correct depth?
A rip cut is when you make a cut to a board parallel to the grain of the wood. My boards were 1x12s. The metal shelves were a little over 10\u2033 deep, so I had to cut down the boards to fit that depth.
Kicking off our IKEA to the Max week, we’ve got Suzy from Real Happy Space here to share her brilliantly easy IKEA hack industrial shelf — for the perfect blend of modern and rustic, metal and wood! We set our guests up with some Q&A’s to make it easy to get to know them and their projects — be sure to go visit Suzy, too, because you’ll love her projects! See all the IKEA to the Max posts here (and all our previous IKEA posts here), and be sure to subscribe by RSS or email to get updates for every post.
Tell us about you and your site. What’s your favorite part of DIYing, and what are some of your favorite projects?
Hey fellow Remodelaholic readers! I’m very excited to be here sharing my Ikea hack with you guys today.
I started my blog, Real Happy Space, to share my diy home and decor projects (and spare my husband from listening to me yammer on about my latest idea). I love upcycling items, recycling scraps and tweaking something store-bought to make it uniquely perfect for our home. Two of my favorite projects so far are this penny starburst mirror and this wooden bench I pulled off the curb and transformed.
Which IKEA piece(s) did you hack? and why did you choose that (over another product, or building from scratch, etc)?
We have a small corner in our dining room that needed a furniture piece to provide some nice storage and display, but we also wanted to keep a few items out of reach from our mischievous toddler. The room already had a wood dining table and wood dresser, so I wanted a touch of metal to contrast those heavy wood pieces. In a nutshell, we were in need of a budget-friendly storage solution for a small space, so Ikea was a natural choice.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I always look at the least expensive options first and then work my way up. When I came across the Hyllis shelving unit I knew I had found “the one.” It was the perfect size for my space and you can’t beat that $15 price tag. Yes, at first glance it didn’t look like something I wanted in my dining room, but that’s where the hacking part comes in.
What did you do?
To dress up this basic shelving unit for my dining room, I first gave it a couple coats of matte black spray paint. It took two cans to cover the whole thing.
I wanted to make the shelves look a little more substantial, so I added wood planks to the shelves. I first cut 1” x 12” boards to the correct length (23 9/16\u2033 for the bottom three shelves and 23 10/16\u2033 for the top shelf). Next I ripped the boards to the correct depth (10 5/8\u2033 for the bottom three and 10 13/16\u2033 for the top shelf). After the stain and poly was dry it was time to add them to the shelving unit.
With the metal shelves completely assembled, I loosened the screws slightly for the bottom three shelves, then simply set the shelves in place and tighten the screws back up. This kept the wood snug in place.
To attach the top shelf, I aligned the wood on top of the metal shelf and used clamps to secure it, I then unscrewed the metal shelf, flipped it upside down and placed it on my work surface. I used a drill to make four holes in the metal and wood, I then used screws to secure the wood to the metal. Lastly, I camouflaged the screws with a touch of spray paint.
Would you do it again? Why or why not? and if yes, what would you do differently next time?
There are so many ways you could customize this piece by using different paint or stain colors. I love that it’s so inexpensive, so you’re not risking much. Why not go out on a limb and try something totally different?
Suzy, thanks so much for sharing with us!
Remodelaholics, go visit Suzy at Real Happy Space for more great projects — you won’t want to miss her master bedroom makeover (love the storage wall!)
And be sure to subscribe by RSS or email to get updates for all our #IKEAtothemax posts so you don’t miss what’s coming up…
Original article and pictures take http://www.remodelaholic.com/wood-metal-ikea-hack-industrial-shelf/ site