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Knock-Off Shelf Tutorial

It all started with 2 metal Ikea shelving units ($14.99 each) and a stack of pallet wood and a few left-over 2×4’s! I started back in the winter and the cold made it tough to work on. (I’m a complete wimp below 40 degrees.)


Knock Off metal shelves


The boys helped with painting the shelves a matte - spray paint. They painted the top to bottom, the undersides of the shelves and everything. I still had to touch of some spots by hand and it took just over 2 cans of spray.


Knock Off metal shelves


Once everything dried and it warmer up quite a bit outside I started working on the frame using lengths of 2×4. I measured equal pieces to build up the height since the original shelves are quite short. Next I measured pieces of pallet wood to help hold the inside braces in place and finish the outside at the same time.


Knock Off metal shelves

Knock Off metal shelves




With all of the pallet pieces cut to size, I stained them all using a mix of 2 shades (Colonial Walnut and Windsor Oak) from the Minwax Water-Based Rubbing Stain collection. It really helped add a little something to the wood. Then I rubbed it over with Feed and Wax wood polish.


Knock Off metal shelves


I used wood screws to attach all of the pieces together and it’s super sturdy! I’m still playing with styling the shelves and the wall isn’t nearly finished but here is the finished shelving project! Done!


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Next up . . . what to do about that annoying post - thingy in the middle of the wall. I can’t wait to show you how I worked that one out!


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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/28/2015 - 12:32 am

Thank you Carole!

Carole West @ Garden Up Green - 06/27/2015 - 9:21 pm

This is cool - Excellent finished product. Kudos!

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/23/2015 - 9:11 am

Thank you Vicki! I’m so glad you liked it. (I think my Hubby felt the same way every day when he came home to see what I had added, lol. They stayed upside-down forever!)

Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden - 06/22/2015 - 10:09 pm

Oh my goodness this such a neat idea! I was excited with each picture trying to figure out the end result! Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/19/2015 - 4:13 pm

Thank you! It took forever but they were so worth it.

Meredith @ The Palette Muse - 06/19/2015 - 2:56 pm

This is so cool! I love a good IKEA hack, so I’m pinning this one to my IKEA Love board. I have two of these exact shelves in my office, maybe someday I’ll make them over like this!

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/10/2015 - 11:31 am

Thank you Vicki!

Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 06/10/2015 - 11:30 am

Thank you Karen! Good luck with your project!

Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod - 06/09/2015 - 8:09 pm

Jennifer - this is a fantastic makeover! Such a creative way to change up standard shelving - great job! Thanks so much for sharing this fab idea at Something To Talk About Link Party!

Karen - 06/09/2015 - 4:07 pm

Man, that is so smart! I would have never thought of such a creative idea. I think I may have one of those in my garage that I should drag out now!
Thanks so much for sharing at Something to Talk About!

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