This IKEA Shelf Got a Serious (Easy) Makeover Using Chalk Spray Paint

IKEA metal shelf in bohemian living room
credit: Sara Albers

Looking for a way to add a subtle pop of color to your home decor? We are giving you the easiest way to do just that — with this totally doable IKEA hack. We took the Vittsjo IKEA shelf and added some blush pink spray paint and faux wood contact paper for a feminine touch. Keep scrolling to see just how simple it is to make this sweet transformation.

Things You'll Need

IKEA metal shelf painted with blush pink chalk paint
credit: Sara Albers

Step 1

Follow the enclosed directions and put the shelf together.

IKEA metal shelf
credit: Sara Albers

Step 2

Using 220 grit sand paper, gently sand the shelf. Then wipe clean with a cloth.

IKEA metal shelf
credit: Sara Albers

Step 3

Time to spray paint! You can use a primer if your colored spray paint does not include it. We used a blush pink chalk spray paint that included primer. Spray the first coat with a light spray to "coat" or prepare the metal. Wait at least 30 minutes between coats. Spray the next coats in long straight motions. This helps control drips. Allow to completely dry.

Spray painting an IKEA metal shelf
credit: Sara Albers

Step 4

For that extra oompf, cover the top and bottom black shelves in faux wood grain contact paper. Once the paint is dry, place the shelves (including the glass shelves) onto the shelf frame.

IKEA metal shelf DIY
credit: Sara Albers

Step 5

Time to place all of your favorite books, plants, and more to create the perfect #shelfie!

IKEA metal shelf  in living room
credit: Sara Albers
IKEA metal shelf spray painted with blush pink chalk paint
credit: Sara Albers
IKEA metal shelf in bohemian living room
credit: Sara Albers

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