Recently I’ve been renovating my home office. It’s been a work in progress and I’m far from done. I wanted to wait until everything was complete before sharing with you but so many of you have asked about these gold shelves on Instagram so I wanted to give you a sneak peek.I must warn you, once you spray paint your first item gold, you won’t want to stop! I used this tutorial to get startedbutchanged a few things around. This DIY project is so easy and fun plus it’s inexpensive as you can complete the whole project for under $100.
Assemble the Ikea shelving unit (refer to assembly manual). Pay close attention as you may end up with the wrong parts facing forward if you don’t.
Set the shelving unit outside (or in a well ventilated area) on top of the drop cloth or cardboard and spray paint in 3 to 4 light coats. Don’t apply heavy coats of paint as they will bubble up and will look very spotty. The trick is light layers. If you apply in a warm area, the paint will dry in a matter of minutes so you can apply the next coat right away. Once the entire shelf unit looks consistently painted, let it dry for approximately 45 minutes or so.
*Tip: Make sure to press firmly all the down on the spray paint can nozzle otherwise the paint will splatter out and bubble up.
While the paint is drying, start covering the 3 particleboard shelves with the natural marble contact paper. Properly line the paper up with the shelves, cut and then apply like a giant sticker.
*Tip: Use the backside of the contact paper as a guideline to measure and cut. Snip off any excess paper around the edges. Make sure to smooth out any air bubbles using a credit card at a 45 degree angle and pushing from the middle of the shelf out towards the edges.
Place the particleboard and glass shelves into the gold framing sections. Voila! Decorate with magazines, purses and any home decor pieces.
*Tip:If you want light to shine down from above, you’ll want the very top shelf to be glass.
I also spray painted my ampersand and eiffel tower book ends. They were both originally black. Don’t they look pretty? What a difference a little gold can do!
I love my new gold shelves so much! It looks much more expensive than it actually is and super easy to make. In case you aren’t into DIY projects, this gold bookcase is gorgeous!