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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  • heycaryl

    It looks great. I might need to try that. I need another bookcase. 🙂

    • RachelShingleton

      Thanks! It was SO easy and I think it would be cool in a glossy bold color too.

  • pippinpearl

    LOVE the etagere and the new little kitchen nook. I wish I had a space like that!

  • Haley

    Just got my bookcases in today and I’m spray painting them this weekend! Thanks!

    • RachelShingleton

      YAY! Can’t wait to see! I still need to order my other one to make them a happy pair!

  • Amber

    Just stopped by the Stoughton IKEA in Mass on our way back from the Cape. I purchased two of the single towers. Did you prime prior to the gold?

    • RachelShingleton

      Ooh, good for you! No, I didn’t prime. I’m a lazy painter. 😉

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  • MB

    Hi, did you have to sand the vittsjo shelf before painting?

  • MB

    Oh, also, so you painted them first , THEN assembled? How long did it take to dry?

    • RachelShingleton

      No sanding was necessary. For the first shelf, I painted all the pieces first, then assembled. But when I got the second shelf, I assembled it first, and then painted it. It was speedy either way. The drying time was minimal, maybe an hour? I did do lots of touch-ups. You’ll go through at least 2 cans of spray paint per bookshelf.

      • Luce

        Sorry to ask again but was sanding necessary or not?

        • I did not, but I wonder if others have?