Rustic Ikea Shelves

We have slowly been chucking away at our home to-do list and right now our family room is at the top of that list. This room is truly the “heart” of our home and we spend every single day enjoying it. Therefore, it’s the first space I want to finish up.
So far we’ve…
Next on the agenda…add some storage and style to the space!
This living room needs something to take it up just one more notch. How about a set of shelves?
You see that little corner to the right of the large art piece? Well, it was begging for a little “somethin’ somethin’.” I contemplated finding some more art for the wall, or perhaps hanging a few frames. But I ultimately wanted an area that I could style and constantly change.
I decided to go with some shelves!
Ekby Bjarnum IKEA shelves were exactly what I needed for this simple shelving project.
I didn’t want anything too fancy, because I didn’t want to distract from the other cool pieces in the room. Instead I wanted something a bit streamlined and industrial, but perhaps with a rustic twist. I also didn’t want to spend very much money on these bad boys.
Hmmmm…inexpensive, contemporary, easily personalized….Ikea was going to be the place for me!
I found the above EKBY BJARNUM brackets and purchased 3 sets. I liked the silver color and contemporary look. I was prepared to head to a hardware store to find some wood, but lucky for me Ikea had untreated wood in the shelving department. Score! I picked up 3 pieces and called it a day. #onestopshopping
To get the rustic look I wanted for these shelves I used Minwax wood finish.
To get the rustic feel and incorporate some dark wood tones into the space, I stained the wood with Minwax using a clean rag. Once that dried I sealed the wood with wipe-on poly.See the shelves in the corner of the living room? Now I have a place to put our favorite decor items.
Honestly the hardest part about this project was installing the shelves. I shouldn’t say hard…I should say time consuming.
It was just a matter of measuring, leveling, drilling, repeat. I was able to get the three hung in about an hour. (Okay, maybe more like 2 hours…I was catching up on some of my favorite shows at the time, so that slowed things down a tad.)
Two of the three shelves I got from Ikea. You can see the "F" for Finn, our white wale, our Chicago record and a few other accessories we love.
Rookie Tip: If you’re not drilling directly into studs, make sure you use wall anchors. It’s just a matter of using your drill bit to create a hole, tapping an anchor in there with a hammer, and then using the drill to screw the bracket on. Time consuming…but worth it in the long run!
When installing shelves, always use odd numbers instead of even. I went for three shelves here and I love the look.
I really love how they turned out! It adds the right amount of style and personality to the corner.These rustic IKEA shelves let me add some personality to our living room!How cool is that vintage camera on the second shelf?

I’m also really happy we went with three shelves instead of two. When it comes to decorating, always group in odd numbers. Think 3’s & 5’s, instead of 2’s and 4’s. Trust me on this one.

When I decorate these new shelves I like to use items that remind me of parts of our life together! You can see a photo of us on the top shelf, and a Missouri license plate - a reminder of our time in St. Louis.
Casey, enjoying some computer time in the living room with the new shelves.
I have a feeling I will constantly be arranging and rearranging our new shelves. But that’s okay. I’m in love and our family room is really coming together!


Love these IKEA hacked shelves at Casey’s place? Check out Bridget’s spin on the same shelves….
Rustic IKEA shelves at Bridget's place!

The Year of Casey

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I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.