Monday, July 15, 2013

Pinned It, Did It! IKEA Spice Rack Bookshelves


I know this month is supposed to be all about the laundry room, but I am in a bit of stand still until I get the room painted, so I have been filling my time with other fun projects around the house.  And this project is too great not to share right away!

I think everyone who is anyone on Pinterest has seen and pinned this pin:

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I love repurposing items in a new way and this genius mom used $3.99 IKEA spice-racks and made them into bookshelves.  Seriously brilliant.

Behind the scenes, I have been working on a side-project of re-styling our family room shelving unit.  It is filled with random knick-knacks and children's toys and other clutter that generally speaking does not represent us or the look we are going for.  We had one whole shelf dedicated to children's books and it was seriously cramping my style. 


We love to read while snuggled up on the couch, so I knew the books needed a new home in the room and after seeing the above pin, I was pretty sure the $3.99 spice rack was my answer.

I had been to IKEA several times searching for these allusive spice racks and kept coming up empty handed.  (As one IKEA employee put it when I asked if they had any in stock, "Pinterest is killing us!")  Anyway, a few weeks ago I had a banner trip to IKEA with my friend, Alicia.  I scored all sorts of goodies that you will get to read about it future posts, but by far my greatest find was the spice racks.  Alicia bought two, I bought four and I bought four more for a friend.  They were piled up in our cart like Christmas presents under a tree, except without the dried out pine needles and lost bows. 

Once home, I laid out all the pieces on a garbage bag in the garage to give them a few coats of spray paint.  (I used Rust-Oleum Paint + Primer in Gloss White.)

I am not an expert at spray painting (to say the least) and I learned the hard way that I needed to prop the pieces up in order to keep paint from leaking underneath and making splotches.  Oops!


When it was time to paint the back side, I used folded up cardboard and rolled up aluminum foil to keep the wood pieces off the plastic. 


Both sides got two coats of paint, plus one extra coat over the entire piece once it was assembled.

J&A "helped" me hang them on the wall in a corner of our family room, which basically means they tried to eat the screws and chased each other with a mallet.  Fun times.




I love this new little corner of our family room.  It is slowly turning into our learning corner with our learning board, table and chairs, and now our bookshelves. 


 Pretty great for only $20 and an hour of hands-on time. 


 What have been some of your favorite Pinterest inspired projects?

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13 comments:

  1. Those look awesome under that window and at such a great height for the kids. I have also been on the hunt for those stinkin' racks! Congratulations on a successful hunt (and project). :)

    I found your blog through the June Organize It! link party. As a fellow mom of twins (and blogger) who drools over great organization, I'm really enjoying it!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Carrie, and for leaving some comment love. Just finished checking out your blog. The surprise toys are genius. Love the idea that old toys seem "new" again once you hide them away for a while. Think I may need to try that!

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  2. So glad you finally found them. They look amazing. Our new space is smaller so we will probably be trying this!

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    1. Thanks! I am so happy with how they turned out. Let me know if you give them a shot in your new place.

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  3. This is such an amazing idea! When I finally have kids I will be using this idea in their room!

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  4. What did you use to hang these?

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    1. Where there was a stud available, I screwed directly into the stud. When I was screwing into drywall, I used screws with dry wall anchors. If attaching to dry wall, the dry wall anchors or molly bolts are necessary; I am afraid without them, it would easily pull off the wall. If you need help picking out the correct hardware, assemble to bookshelf and take it with you to Home Depot or Lowe's. The sales associates there are very helpful at helping you find the right product. :)

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  5. What size screws/anchors did you purchase??

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  6. Hi Stephanie! Honestly, I can't remember what size screws/anchors I used. I brough the shelf with me to Home Depot and had one of the handy employees help me pick out the correct size hardware for this project. I hope this helps!

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  7. Hi Kristin. So clever! I think I want to do this in our nursery and I love the idea of having 2 side by side; would you mind sharing how far apart you spaced them vertically?

    Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Bridgette! I recently took down the bookshelves since we painted our family room so I don't know the exact measurement. I decided the vertical spacing by grabbing one of our tallest books using it as a guide; I wanted to make sure the book would fit on both the upper and lower shelves. I hope this helps!

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