My Ikea Vittsjo Hack

I wanted new shelves.

Not just any shelves, but shelves that looked like this.

Shelves that be pretty and functional.  A place to mainly store books, keepsakes, pictures and other mementos.

But then reality set in.

The cost of a simple pair of metal shelves---whether they be rustic or a sophisticated etagere were staggering.  For example, the cost of this shelving unit as pictured is in excess of $2,000 before tax and shipping.

Child, please.

Poverty and ingenuity pointed me towards Pintrest and the internet to find a solution.  Luckily I found many examples of a hack for the Ikea Vittsjo shelving unit.

While it's not a dead ringer for what I wanted, the silhouette of the shelf is pretty close.

More importantly, they didn't cost hundreds of dollar a piece.

After much researching, a trip to Schaumburg via public transportation (that is a story unto itself) and a few Amazon purchases later (Huzzah for gift cards!) I started my DIY project.

So far, so good.

As you can see, it's a multi step process.  My little DIY is also complicated by the fact that I live in a condo and have limited protected space to spray paint.  Luckily the weather has been on my side and if it continues to hold, I'll be able to finish shelves two and three sometime in the next few weeks.

Once I get everything painted, the shelves reassembled and styled I'll snap a picture.



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