Today, I present to you my very first Ikea hack (and yes, there’s totally a website devoted to getting creative with Ikea furniture). A few weeks ago, JT and I made our first trip to Ikea Detroit, and returned home several hours later with a full car. We purchased two of the above shelving units (the Traby shelves, found here) for $50 each. We purchased the feet for these shelves for an additional $1 each.
Each bookshelf got 2 coats of white paint (which we already had), and, inspired by the recent trend in funky wallpapered bookshelves (here, for example), we decided to do our own little wordy treatment on the back of these bad boys. I picked up a used book for $1.99, ripped out all of the pages, and decoupaged them to the back of the shelving units (before the shelves were actually put together).
After the paint and glue dried, Jason put the shelves together. Check it out:
(On a totally unrelated note, the numbered pictures on the bookshelves are recycled table numbers from our wedding last year. Each one shows a photo of both J and I at the age numbered in the middle. My mom and I slaved over them for an entire weekend, and it seems silly to have them just sitting in a box. I’m not sure about putting them here – do they clutter up the space even more? I’m determined to find a home for them, just not sure if this is a good one.)
What do you think? I think I love them. (I also think I may be the only one in the house who notices them, based on their short height, and positioning in the room. But they make me happy, and that’s all that matters, right?).
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