Kicking off our IKEA to the Max week, we’ve got Suzy from Real Happy Space here to share her brilliantly easy IKEA hack industrial shelf — for the perfect blend of modern and rustic, metal and wood! We set our guests up with some Q&A’s to make it easy to get to know them and their projects — be sure to go visit Suzy, too, because you’ll love her projects! See all the IKEA to the Max posts here (and all our previous IKEA posts here), and be sure to subscribe by RSS or email to get updates for every post.
How to: IKEA Hack Industrial Shelf
by Suzy of Real Happy Space
Tell us about you and your site. What’s your favorite part of DIYing, and what are some of your favorite projects?
Hey fellow Remodelaholic readers! I’m very excited to be here sharing my Ikea hack with you guys today.
I started my blog, Real Happy Space, to share my diy home and decor projects (and spare my husband from listening to me yammer on about my latest idea). I love upcycling items, recycling scraps and tweaking something store-bought to make it uniquely perfect for our home. Two of my favorite projects so far are this penny starburst mirror and this wooden bench I pulled off the curb and transformed.
Which IKEA piece(s) did you hack? and why did you choose that (over another product, or building from scratch, etc)?
We have a small corner in our dining room that needed a furniture piece to provide some nice storage and display, but we also wanted to keep a few items out of reach from our mischievous toddler. The room already had a wood dining table and wood dresser, so I wanted a touch of metal to contrast those heavy wood pieces. In a nutshell, we were in need of a budget-friendly storage solution for a small space, so Ikea was a natural choice.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I always look at the least expensive options first and then work my way up. When I came across the Hyllis shelving unit I knew I had found “the one.” It was the perfect size for my space and you can’t beat that $15 price tag. Yes, at first glance it didn’t look like something I wanted in my dining room, but that’s where the hacking part comes in.
What did you do?
To dress up this basic shelving unit for my dining room, I first gave it a couple coats of matte black spray paint. It took two cans to cover the whole thing.
I wanted to make the shelves look a little more substantial, so I added wood planks to the shelves. I first cut 1” x 12” boards to the correct length (23 9/16″ for the bottom three shelves and 23 10/16″ for the top shelf). Next I ripped the boards to the correct depth (10 5/8″ for the bottom three and 10 13/16″ for the top shelf). After the stain and poly was dry it was time to add them to the shelving unit.
With the metal shelves completely assembled, I loosened the screws slightly for the bottom three shelves, then simply set the shelves in place and tighten the screws back up. This kept the wood snug in place.
To attach the top shelf, I aligned the wood on top of the metal shelf and used clamps to secure it, I then unscrewed the metal shelf, flipped it upside down and placed it on my work surface. I used a drill to make four holes in the metal and wood, I then used screws to secure the wood to the metal. Lastly, I camouflaged the screws with a touch of spray paint.
Would you do it again? Why or why not? and if yes, what would you do differently next time?
There are so many ways you could customize this piece by using different paint or stain colors. I love that it’s so inexpensive, so you’re not risking much. Why not go out on a limb and try something totally different?
Update, 3/29/18 — Reader Features
Three of our readers shared their versions of it this week over on Facebook. Michelle is using a similar industrial style shelf in her kitchen:
And two other readers, Stacy (first pic) and Shanna (second pic) took the hack one step farther to make a wide media shelf, perfect for decor and the TV! (Just be sure to anchor any shelf like this securely to the wall, for the safety of both your TV and your fellow house-dwellers.)
Suzy, thanks so much for sharing with us!