I’m a firm believer in a good balance of splurges and saves. And when it comes to the saves, there’s always an IKEA hack for that. I knew I wanted to include a styling library in my office for the One Room Challenge to showcase some of my favorite books and decor and to store styling props I use for shoots. When I came across Studio McGee‘s solution (see in my week one ORC post here) I was SO surprised to see that their shelving was from IKEA! They simply fancied the drawers up with beautiful hardware. You’d never guess it was only a couple hundred bucks. It’s the perfect shelf for an at-home office and you can even add more drawers if you wish! Although this is a super simple hack, I wanted to share the details for how I did mine.
P.S. You’ll have to wait for the final ORC reveal for fully styled shelves!
- FJÄLKINGE Shelf Unit with Drawers
- (2) Amerock 12-5/8″ Center-to-Center Golden Champagne Bar Pull or hardware of choice
- Measuring Tape
- Phillips Screwdriver
- Drill Gun
- White nail polish (if your drilled holes chip beyond where the hardware covers)
1. Begin by measuring out your hardware for center alignment on your drawer fronts. If you go with the same style and length I did, you’ll want to measure about 15.5″ in from either side and 3.5″ from the top and bottom. This is where you’ll drill your holes.
2. You’ll want to use a drill bit that is just slightly larger than the screws your hardware comes with. The shelving and drawers are very well built, but the drawer fronts are made of particle board, so you may experience minimal chipping around the drilled holes. I simply touched mine up with a bit of white nail polish.
3. Assemble and place your drawers on their tracks before you attach hardware. Building the drawers requires you to lay the drawer front flat on it’s front so it would be difficult to build with the hardware attached.
4. Pop them on and voila! You’ve got fancy pants shelves for just over a couple hundred bucks.
You could add knobs, t pulls, card file pulls, cup pulls, double bars instead of one long one… whatever you like!
I can’t wait to fill these up with all of my styling goods, stationery, gift wrap, etc. This past week was a super productive one for my ORC tasks. Here’s what I’ve completed so far and the few things I have left to do:
- Paint (Farrow & Ball’s ‘All White’ really gave the room a fresh look, remember the before?!)
- New hard wood laminate flooring, layered with this lovely Braided Jute Rug from eSaleRugs
- New hardware on storage room door and updated switch plate and outlet covers
- All furniture and decor ordered, mostly received
- Hang wallpaper
- Build IKEA shelving and upgrade with new hardware
- Install custom baby gate at the stairway entry
- Un-pack my gorgeous new Colette Desk from Ave Home
- Install new pendant at the stairway entry
- Install this sleek new fan from Haiku
- Hang drapery
- Hang Minted art on statement wall
- Layer on the details
Follow along with all of the other talented designers participating!
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