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Ikea Hack: VITTSJÖ Shelf with Liquid Gold leaf

Update! I did a second set with liquid gold leaf and they’re now residing in our newly painted living room.

A few weeks ago, one of my favorite blogs Little Green Notebook showcased this amazing Ikea hack by the Ana Atunes blog and I was immediately inspired. The transformation of a fairly blah $70 Ikea bookshelf was too good to be true! Or was it?

Like Jenny of LGN, I too love the look of gold etageres and we are in severe need of bookshelves over here.  So a few weeks later, a large box arrived at my house from Ikea and I got to spray painting. Jenny recommended using Krylon’s brass spray paint, and it was the perfect shade. I went through two cans of paint and waited for it to dry. Not too long later, I assembled everything and stepped back to admire the final result.

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Even my skeptical husband was bowled over by the final result. I’m so happy with how this turned out, I want to get another one to make a matching pair.  I think a pair of them would definitely up the drama factor in our living room.

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These shelves are the perfect way to showcase small accessories. I have no doubt that I’ll be switching these up on a regular basis as I love to find interesting items to group together. It’s also a great way to display pretty books too, like these from Barnes & Noble.

And of course, when I start rearranging stuff in the house, new little corners emerge. My campaign desk that was formerly in the entryway is now living happily in the kitchen nook. I’m actually loving it here; it’s the perfect little workspace.

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