Hi friends! I hope you all had a wonderful and long holiday weekend. My parents came to visit us from North Carolina, and Nick and I had so much fun playing tourist to our first visitors since moving! We walked the monuments at night, went to a few outdoor markets, visited the waterfront, drank beer on a rooftop, and ate way too much delicious food. It was a great weekend!
Today I want to share with you the details of my DIY Ikea Hacked Shelving Unit.
I am loving it more and more everyday, which I didn't think was possible! I am so glad we did it, and it gets so many compliments any time we have someone over.
So, just in case you want to build one yourself (you should!), here's what you'll need:
The great thing about these brackets (other than the price!) is the fact that they can be mounted two different ways. We used a mix of the two (sideways on the bottom shelf and longways on the rest of the shelves) to accommodate for the baseboard on the bottom and also to visually fill up the spaces between the shelves. We also chose to mount the center brackets off center on the longer boards so that they would line up with the shorter board's brackets (since the 4 ft. board wasn't quite half the length of the longer boards). Once the brackets were mounted, I simply stained the boards with two coats of English Chestnut stain, and polished them with Murphy's Oil after they dried.
The project was fairly easy, save the fact that we had a tough time getting the brackets to sit flush to our textured walls. We might be crazy for putting that many holes in our rental apartment walls (we got permission!), but we don't plan on moving any time soon and it seems worth it for the mean time. What's a little spackle, anyway? I might regret saying that.
The whole project came in at right under $150. Since we didn't make any cuts, it only took about an hour and half to mount the brackets and attach the boards (plus staining and drying time). So basically, it was the easiest project we've ever done, with the biggest impact to such a small space. I'm in love!
See the whole shelving unit reveal here.
Make sure to pin this post so you can remember how easy it is to create your own shelving unit in just three steps!