Restoration Hardware Inspired Shelves
I love Restoration Hardware's furniture, but we all know their pieces are very pricey. There is no way I would be able to afford anything from there on my student budget. So, this is the perfect opportunity for me to find a DIY project that would get me the "Restoration Hardware look". I'm slowly replacing the particle board furniture pieces I bought during my first round in university. Let's just say my shelves did not make it through multiple moves and pounds of textbooks. I wanted new shelves that were a perfect cross between rustic and modern, but would still fit within my budget. I was inspired by these two shelving units.
Guess what I did first?...If you guessed scour through Kijiji you were right! I did a search and found that one of the more inexpensive metal shelving units are the Hyllis shelves from Ikea. I found two for the price of one on Kijiji.
I took apart the shelves and spray painted the pieces black. I avoided painting the tops of the shelves because I planned on adding stained shelves that would cover the unpainted portion. I went and bought 1" x 12" X 12" pine planks from my local Home Hardware and paid to have them cut to the appropriate size of the shelves. I applied two coats of the Minwax Red Mahogany Alkyd Wood Stain per the manufacturer's instructions.
Once everything was dry, I rebuilt the shelves. In order to attach the wood, I loosened the screws, added the shelves, and tightened the screws to hold them in place. For the top shelf, I drilled a hole in the top metal shelf and used small screws to secure the wood.
The shelves turned out better than I expected! I recently moved and I'm trying to decorate the new place (new projects to come YAY!). So for now one of the finished shelves is home to my book collection. Let me know what you think!
- Ikea Hyllis Shelves - 2 for $15 from Kijiji
- 1" x 12" Pine - $46.64 (Cost includes the wood and charge per cut)
- Rust-Oleum Painters' Touch Flat Black Alkyd Paint - $18.06 (2 cans)
- Minwax Red Mahogany Alkyd Wood Stain - Left over from another project.
- Felt floor protectors - $2.26 (2 packs purchased from Dollarama)
Until next time.