IKEA Bookcase Makeover

~I Love a Good Hack~


That almost sounds wrong…What I mean is…I love transforming or making over something. I love to make it my own, putting my idea into the design. Today’s makeover is super simple but makes a big impact!

IKEA Bookcase Makeover


IKEA Bookcase Makeover

First of all, you know I love IKEA! When I discovered the elegant look of the Vittsjo Bookcase, I was sold. At $70, what a deal! The glass shelves are awesome and the unit itself is great. I just didn’t want the look of the black metal frame of the bookcase.

IKEA Bookcase

I wanted to lighten it up but give it some personality. If you remember my Sea Fan Wall, you know I used gold frames in that project. That’s why I chose to make the bookcase gold. It plays off the opposite wall. I’ve also used some touches of gold in my mix of accessories for the room.

IKEA Bookcase Makeover

The spray paint I used for my bookcase was Rustoleum Universal Metallic Paint in Pure Gold. I love the color! It has a satin finish which gives it a soft look.

IKEA Bookcase Makeover

I’ve filled its shelves with mementos and memories.

IKEA Bookcase Makeover

I’m a firm believer in a little paint goes a long way!

IKEA Bookcase Makeover

Are you a spray paint believer? What’s the most unusual or unexpected thing you’ve spray painted lately?

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  1. Hi Leslie

    This looks amazing and there is absolutely no way you would spot it as an IKEA find – you have totally transformed it!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Kate x
    Kate at Home

  2. Looks great! I love the color!

  3. LOve it Leslie! YOu did a great job & I too, love a good IKEA hack:). Have a great weekend!
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  4. I love the soft gold you used on your metal bookcase. Much better than the black and a real update from the shiny brass/gold finishes. This has a nice fresh look.
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  5. Your bookshelf turned out great – love it in gold!! You’ve done a wonderful job styling it too, I like all of your photo frames and that big clock is beautiful!
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    • Thank you Heather! That clock was a find from HomeGoods. I love it! BTW, I love your nautical tie backs! So cute and clever! Have a great weekend.

  6. Looks amazing, great colors!

  7. Had to come back again, thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!
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  8. Gorgeous! Looks very high end!! Great makeover Leslie!
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  9. There’s almost nothing in my house that doesn’t eventually see a coat of spray paint! I love the way paint can completely transform something.
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  10. Hi! I just found you on Hometalk and I love your bookcase hack! Can I ask you where you found the large round basket tray on the top shelf? I have been searching every.where.! Would love to do this same thing in my living room. Thank you.


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