Monday, January 30, 2012

Office Project Numero Uno (also happens to be a good Ikea Hack)

I wanted this bookcase.

But it wouldn't fit in my tiny office space. 

So I settled for a Hemnes from Ikea and got to work.

Step One : Cut a hole in the box (sorry for the Saturday Night Live reference

We primed all of the surfaces that we wanted to paint with a quality primer.  Sherwin Williams Adhesion Primer is what we used here and it's never led us astray.

So we primed away in mom's kitchen.

And primed away on mom's floor.

We did two coats of paint; this is after the first coat. Usually I like to preach the poor quality of Behr paint and true to form, it did an awful job of adhering to the primer, but that's what we used here.  The color is called Tuscon Teal. 

We painted the back board of the bookcase, which happens to be a thin sheet of cardboard, not even MDF.

And we painted some more.  This time the interior of the frame.  

The blue is really showing up royal versus the teal that it is.  Had to switch to Instagram to show the color better.

Thus, pay no mind to the 70's vibe going on in the following pics.

I added a little sparkle.  Can you blame me?

 A package of 4 brass box corners from eBay set me back about 53 cents.  WAHOO!

And voila!

More legit pictures soon.  And by soon, I mean probably in the next year because I have yet to master the art of taking decent photos.  So for now, most of my stuff is from my iPhone.

Happy start of the week!!



  1. I have coveted that piece of furniture too! I love your Ikea hack! I know you are loving the teal and black combo. I painted the backs of my shelves orange and blogged about it here if you want to see. Great job!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous!! Would you please come to the beach and motivate me for DIY projects?!??

  4. I saw your comment via Little Green Notebook and had to stop by! I love how this turned out. I want to buy the same bookcase for my daughter's room was thinking of painting it the same you have except with more of a turquoise paint! YAY - now I am going to pin this so I know where to come back to!

    Do you happen to know the inside width measurement of the bookcase?

  5. I've got a similar cardboard backed Ikea bookcase! Great idea to paint that cardboard - can't believe how much trouble you had! But the color is fabulous and I LOVE those little brass corners (the best 53 cents ever spent)!

    So glad you joined our Color party!

  6. Loving your color combination with the black. So pretty! It makes the shelves come alive!
    I'm a new follower and hope you'll stop by for a visit, Mary Alice

  7. The perfect use of color, and love the little addition of sparkle. :) Thank you for linking up. :)

  8. Love the color choice! I'm thinking of painting the inside of my craft/office armoire and that color could be a contender ...

    Thank you so much for sharing at our Crazy for Color link party!




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