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This was a really fun, rewarding and easy project so I am just chomping at the bit to share. These floating IKEA Lack shelves were a 'gift' from the previous owner when we bought the house. Not really, they just didn't take them along. I really loathed that the previous naturally wood color completely matched the color of the wall. Truth be known, I love floating shelves but the before version did absolutely nothing for me. Now, my eyes are drawn upwards and away from the fact that...we still haven't found a suitable rug for our living room area, ha!
Back when we started this project, I was chatting with CC Hubby about color options. I was thinking a white or navy blue would be really great and he gave those an, 'OK.' We both finally agreed on a dark brown and set off for Home Depot to purchase three cans of spray paint. We both pointed to the same brown shade, at the same time, and laughed our heads off. Right then and there we knew we had found our new shelf color.
We also bought three cans of primer because we wanted to make sure that...a - the new paint stuck to the shelf and b - that these puppies were able to take a little wear and tear over time without the paint scratching off. Since you see the shelves everytime you walk up and down the stairs, this was imperitive.
The finished painted product produces a more eye catching result than we expected so I just had to share. I mean honestly, how drab and boring is the before. Not to mention, the fact that our living room became 'stockpile central' for stuff we were too lazy to carry up the stairs. Now we have another place to lounge and relax in addition to our new TV room sectional HERE. Let me walk you through a brief step-by-step tutorial of the process below. And, per our usual, I'll breakdown the total cost of this project at the way bottom. I think you'll be very impressed!
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So here's a view of what was going on before the shelf rehaul. A ridiculous array, if I do say so, myself. It's quite embarrassing for me to say that this is the first room people see when they enter CasaCullen it actually looked like this for months. I just told visitors to wear blinders on the right side, ha!
The handy hubster and his gigantic ladder are busy taking down the shelves. I honestly think there was a FOOT of dust on each of them. I had the grunt work of cleaning off the shelves, post wall removal.
Pre-prime time, the hubby took some very fine grain sand paper and gave the shelves a quick one-over. Then he got down to business, priming all the sides except where the shelf attached to the wall. So it was a perfect set up to have the shelves laying like this...a very easy paint job, I must say.
This is one happy primer painter, eh?
And now, the chosen one!
A close up of the finished area with our new shelves and layout. All the red matted framed pictures were a gift to CC Hubby for Valentine's Day a few years ago. We've traveled to Italy and few times together and absolutely love it. There are two vintage Italian maps and four pictures from our travels in Italy. The globe was a rare find at Goodwill and the round vase was a purchase from our time living in the Caribbean.
A view of the new shelves while walking up the stairs.
And a close up of everything.
I also wanted to take a minute to highlight what some fake greenery can do for a vase. I thought that I was just going to leave the Caribbean vase empty (blue arrow above) but upon further thought, I headed out to Michael's and scooped up three faux pieces of greenery for $2.99/piece. As you can see in the picture above this one of the finished shelf project, it really does make a difference!
Cost Breakdown for this DIY Project:
IKEA Lack Shelves - already owned
Fine Grit Sandpaper - already owned
3 Cans of Valspar Primer - $10.32 ($3.44/can)
3 Cans Valspar of Brown Spray Paint - $9.36 ($3.12/can)
Framed Pictures - already owned
Globe from Goodwill - $3.99
Caribbean Vase - already owned
Faux Floral Greenery - $8.97
Grand Total for the IKEA Lack Shelf Rehaul - $32.64
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