DIY: Gold and Marble Shelves

DIY Gold and marble shelves Ikea gold shelves hack gold ampersand eiffel tower bookends
DIY Gold and marble shelves Ikea gold shelves hack gold ampersand eiffel tower bookends 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 started but changed 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. 
Materials needed:
Step 1:
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.
Step 2: 
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. 
Step 3:
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.
Step 4: 
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.

DIY Gold and marble shelves Ikea gold shelves hack gold ampersand eiffel tower bookends 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!
DIY Gold and marble shelves Ikea gold shelves hack gold ampersand eiffel tower bookends
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!

DIY Gold and marble shelves Ikea gold shelves hack gold ampersand eiffel tower bookends

DIY Gold and marble shelves Ikea gold shelves hack gold ampersand eiffel tower bookends gold sequin pillow Gold parfume bottle (Home Goods) // Chanel m/l (similar) // Anthropologie gold monogram mug // Kate Spade polka dot glasses // Starbucks x Alice+Olivia mug // Polka Dot straws // J.Crew striped tray (similar) // Tory Burch mini Robinson double zip tote // Gold ampersand (buy HERE, then spray paint it gold with THIS) // Eiffel Tower bookends (similar HERE) // Dress form // Forever 21 wool hat // Ann Taylor Ann Taylor Pearlized Crystal Statement Necklace // Moroccan trellis shag rug (buy HERE)// Gold sequin bow pillow // Pink polka dot pillow (similar

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  1. Looks great! I spray painted this bookshelf gold a few years ago and this is making me realize I need to touch it up! It’s moved with me halfway across the country so it has been through a lot! Loving the marble wallpaper detail.


  2. Thanks for sharing. One the projects around our house is our home office. Its currently a dumping ground lol

  3. great tutorial! i’ve been eyeing your shelves your instagram feed and now i think i’ll tackle it for my bedroom redesign. thanks!

  4. Hello! Love your shelves. I am working on this DIY at the moment and I just wanted to confirm did you cut an additional piece of glass for the very top shelf?

    How come you mentioned 3 particle boards? The Ikea shelf only came with 2.

    Thanks so much!


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