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Today I am showing you my do-it-yourself Ikea gold shelving with Rust-oleum spray paint. For under $140, I updated black metal glass shelving unit to a gorgeous gold color with wood shelves. I replaced the thin glass that came with the shelving unit for plywood shelves that I painted white.
Ikea Shelf Hack
We needed a small shelving unit on either side of our fireplace in in the playroom and these shelves were perfect but they were the wrong color and had glass shelving.
Gold shelves are expensive to buy, even at Ikea. Black shelves from Ikea are the most cost effective and if you enjoy DIY projects, you can update a metal shelving unit for little money.
I purchased 2 Ikea Vittsjo black shelving units that were decent quality but the glass shelves seemed thin and flimsy so I opted to replace with wood.
The glass shelves would have been fine for lighter nicknacks but I wanted to store books and heavier objects so we cut plywood to fit the shelves that I painted white.
I removed the glass shelves and spray painted 2 coats of gold Rust-oleum.
I picked a windy day to get these sprayed and I remember thinking, “why am I doing this right now?”
To make the wood shelves, I used a large piece of plywood left over from a previous projects so my new shelves were free!
After two coats of paint on the top, sides and bottom, my new wooden shelves were finished.
DIY Ikea Gold Shelving with Rustoleum Spray Paint
- 2 cans Rustoleum Universal Spray Paint Gold
Instructions : Step by Step
- Remove glass shelving
- Wipe down metal shelving unit to remove dust
- Spray 2 coats of spray paint allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before applying next coat
- Cut 1/4" plywood to size for wood shelving. I used the same measurements as the glass shelving
- Prime the wood shelves with Zinsser Bin to ensure a smooth paint finish
- I painted the wood shelves white to coordinate with the playroom wall color
- Consider applying a coat of Zinsser Bin before painting the wood
- Be sure to allow the shelves to dry thoroughly before adding to the shelving unit.
The Ikea shelves painted gold are perfect for books, games and other smaller items that you would find in a playroom. Like I said earlier, the glass shelves would be fine for lighter items but I would not use glass in a playroom or for heavier objects.
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For the cost of the metal shelves and spray paint, I was able to add functional storage that is designer friendly.
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