I’m not sure where I first saw this Ikea hack for cute kids bookshelves made using spice racks, but it stuck in my mind and we now have several around the house.
The spice racks cost a whole $3.99 from Ikea and have a plain wood finish, so are perfect to paint or stain. I have two different sets and have used paint to finish them off and match our colour scheme.
They are the perfect size for displaying quite a large amount of books in a fairly small space and are great for adding to areas that wouldn’t otherwise accommodate a bookcase.
We’ve placed ours low to the ground within easy reach for the kids and I use them to rotate books from our larger bookshelves so the kids have something different to read each week.
To paint them, I simple bought a sample pot of paint in my preferred colour and gave the shelves two coats each. I then used a spray varnish to give them a shiny finish (you could use a matt one). All up it cost me about $25 to make four bookshelves including the little mounting screws (I used stronger ones to hold the weight of the books). I had some left over paint so I used this to paint some photo frames to tie the shelves into the room a bit more.
Turning Ikea spice racks into bookshelves
What you’ll need:
- Ikea Bekvam spice rack/s
- Small sample pot of paint in your preferred colour
- Spray varnish
- Screws for mounting to the wall (ask the hardware store what is best for your wall type)
What you do
- Remove any stickers and residue from the wood
- Paint and allow to dry. Be careful of drips!
- Repeat with a second coat
- Spray with 1-2 coats of the varnish
- Mark out your placement, make sure it is level!
- Screw into the wall and attach
- Decorate with books or ornaments.
Note: I didn’t use any kind of special wood preparation treatment before painting them (against my mothers advice!), but so far they have been up for over 3 years and are still going strong. I think the coat of varnish helped a lot with keeping them looking good.
As well as using them for kids books, they are great as mini shelves or as part of a workstation area.
You can also mount them upside down to create a more traditional flat shelf for display.