Customizing an IKEA bookshelf

We purchased this IKEA bookshelf years ago when we moved to Los Angeles.

 above image courtesy of IKEA

When we moved to Nashville we brought it with us, but it did not travel well!  The back of the shelf has a cardboard/particle board thingie (very technical term!) that holds the entire shelf upright and after the move it split. We tried to repair it with tape (why??  I don't know?), but it just wasn't working.  We didn't want E to grab onto it and the whole thing come toppling down on her.  Instead of throwing her out I decided to try and fix the old girl.

I painted the shelf with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Paris Gray.  I wasn't sure if it would work since I have never really painted anything with Chalk Paint that wasn't real wood.  Needless to say ASCP worked wonders!  Here is a picture with the frame painted.  Sorry for the blurriness.. I snagged this with my phone which usually takes better pictures than this, but I guess the only one to blame is the photographer...
I wanted to do something with the back of the shelf so I had some thin paneling type board (again..so technical around here) cut from Home Depot.  I wasn't going to tell you all this, but I will go ahead and be honest.  I had to buy it and have it cut twice, since apparently I can't use a measuring tape. It cost about $9.00 (times 2 = $18) for the back board.  I then covered the panel with fabric I got at Joann's with a 50% off coupon.  Total for the fabric came to about $10.00.  I used about 2.5 yds.  I used spray adhesive to hold the fabric onto the paneling and then nailed the back in place. 




Now that I'm looking at the shelf I am really loving the fabric on the back and the splashes of red.  I'll be posting all about or home office re-do shortly, so stay tuned for that.

Danielle


Linking up to these fabulous parties!
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wednesday's Wowzers @ Oopsey Daisy
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Inspired Creations Link Party @ Embracing Change
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Furniture Friday @ Decorating Insanity
Under $100 Link Party @ Beyond the Picket Fence
Friday Feature Party @ Redoux
Catch as Catch Can @ My Repourposed Life
LaThrifta's Cheap Finds  LaThrifta's Cheap Finds @ The Scott's Crib
Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Manic Monday Link Party @ Serendipidity & Spice

 

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Our Tennessee Life ...formerly The Retail DIYet: Customizing an IKEA bookshelf

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Customizing an IKEA bookshelf

We purchased this IKEA bookshelf years ago when we moved to Los Angeles.

 above image courtesy of IKEA

When we moved to Nashville we brought it with us, but it did not travel well!  The back of the shelf has a cardboard/particle board thingie (very technical term!) that holds the entire shelf upright and after the move it split. We tried to repair it with tape (why??  I don't know?), but it just wasn't working.  We didn't want E to grab onto it and the whole thing come toppling down on her.  Instead of throwing her out I decided to try and fix the old girl.

I painted the shelf with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Paris Gray.  I wasn't sure if it would work since I have never really painted anything with Chalk Paint that wasn't real wood.  Needless to say ASCP worked wonders!  Here is a picture with the frame painted.  Sorry for the blurriness.. I snagged this with my phone which usually takes better pictures than this, but I guess the only one to blame is the photographer...
I wanted to do something with the back of the shelf so I had some thin paneling type board (again..so technical around here) cut from Home Depot.  I wasn't going to tell you all this, but I will go ahead and be honest.  I had to buy it and have it cut twice, since apparently I can't use a measuring tape. It cost about $9.00 (times 2 = $18) for the back board.  I then covered the panel with fabric I got at Joann's with a 50% off coupon.  Total for the fabric came to about $10.00.  I used about 2.5 yds.  I used spray adhesive to hold the fabric onto the paneling and then nailed the back in place. 




Now that I'm looking at the shelf I am really loving the fabric on the back and the splashes of red.  I'll be posting all about or home office re-do shortly, so stay tuned for that.

Danielle


Linking up to these fabulous parties!
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wednesday's Wowzers @ Oopsey Daisy
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Inspired Creations Link Party @ Embracing Change
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Furniture Friday @ Decorating Insanity
Under $100 Link Party @ Beyond the Picket Fence
Friday Feature Party @ Redoux
Catch as Catch Can @ My Repourposed Life
LaThrifta's Cheap Finds  LaThrifta's Cheap Finds @ The Scott's Crib
Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Manic Monday Link Party @ Serendipidity & Spice

 

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21 Comments:

At March 22, 2012 at 4:10 PM , Blogger Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love this makeover! The pops of red are perfect with this color and the fabric on the back. You have given me some ideas for some inexpensive bookcases I have! Hugs, Linda

 
At March 22, 2012 at 5:16 PM , Blogger Kim@My Fairytale Cottage said...

I love your bookcase, what a great job. It turned out wonderful!!

-Kim :)

 
At March 22, 2012 at 7:58 PM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thank you so much!
Danielle

 
At March 22, 2012 at 7:58 PM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thank you so much, Kim!
Danielle

 
At March 22, 2012 at 9:07 PM , Blogger A Few Pennies said...

That is fabulous! Great makeover; thanks for inspiring.

 
At March 23, 2012 at 12:21 AM , Blogger Mr. Smith@TheSmithGarage said...

Nicely done Danielle. You know those cardboard thingies in the back of IKEA furniture just don't cut it, eh? I like the red stuff on the shelf - looks good.

 
At March 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM , Blogger mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity said...

Love it! I'm going to do this to some thrift store find living room shelves. Well, eventually. LOL!

 
At March 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thank you!

 
At March 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thank so much!

 
At March 24, 2012 at 4:09 PM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thank you!

 
At March 25, 2012 at 11:42 PM , Blogger Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

I LOVE the fabric you chose!! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

 
At March 26, 2012 at 12:43 AM , Blogger Emily said...

wow! So inspiring. We live in a tiny place, so a lot of our furniture is from IKEA. I may have to think about doing more customizing now! :O) I came over from serendipity and spice...

 
At March 26, 2012 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Stacey said...

Adorable shelf Danielle! LOve the pattern you chose! Laminate made pretty!
Thanks for coming by to link up...I would love to have you back this week!
See you there!
Stacey of Embracing Change

 
At March 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thank you! I just recovered a chair in the same fabric because I loved it so much!

 
At March 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thanks, Emily!

 
At March 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thanks, Stacey! I'll be back for sure!

 
At March 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM , Blogger Serendipity and Spice said...

This is fantastic! I love the backing! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday.

 
At March 27, 2012 at 8:06 AM , Blogger Diann said...

What a wonderful transformation! You did a terrific job! Thank you for joining TTF and I hope you are having a great day!

 
At March 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thank you!

 
At March 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM , Blogger The Retail DiYet said...

Thanks so much!

 
At March 30, 2012 at 9:36 PM , Blogger Monica @Decorating Insanity said...

Hello,
You have been featured here:
http://www.decoratinginsanity.com/2012/03/weekend-features-11.html
xo...mONICa

 

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