Another (easy) Ikea hack…

So, here’s another quick Ikea hack for ya.   Oh, yeah.  Love me some hackage.  This is a project that I completed a while ago, actually.  And it’s shown up on the blog quite a few times.

The piece that I’m referring to is this guy….


I get some questions about him, so I thought I’d share the deets.  The truth is, this was a super easy, cheap and changeable hack.  Come to think of it, “hack” may be overstating…   It was that easy.

It all started when we were gifted this Ikea bookcase by my sister-in-law, Jesse…


It’s the Billy bookcase from Ikea.  She no longer needed it and we were in need of storage, so we took it off her hands.   We used it as an open book shelf in our last house, but needed a bit of concealed storage for our front room once we moved into our current house.   At this point, Jesse enlightened me to the fact that Ikea sells DOORS for these exact bookshelves.   Shut the front, um, door. Yeah.

So, we checked them out.  Here were our choices…


For some reason the full-length solid door that was available at our local Ikea wasn’t on their website, but here’s the shorter version just to give you an idea. This solid one was great for concealed storage, but seemed a little too “institutional” for what I was looking for.  And this one…

BILLY OLSBO Glass door IKEA Push to open; creates a clean look with no handles needed.

Was all glass.  Lovely.  But was too exposed to meet our needs.   Then, we spied this guy…

BILLY OLSBO Panel/glass door IKEA Push to open; creates a clean look with no handles needed.

Business on bottom.  Fun up top.  It was the mullet of doors.    And you know how I love a good mullet.

Before we even laid down our credit card to adopt these puppies, I decided that I wanted to frost the glass for a little more concealment and style.  So, we brought our mullets home and I took a trip to our good ole’  local HD where I picked up a can of this….

I laid my doors on top of a few cardboard boxes for a more comfortable work height, taped around the windows with painters tape and shielded the wood with spare pieces of cardboard.  Then, I applied several thin, even coats of frosting spray to the glass (leaving dry time in between).     Once the doors had cured, we attached the them to our bookshelf leaving this….


It was okay.   The frosting didn’t camouflage the contents as much as I’d hoped and I realized that we needed a bit more concealed storage space than previously thought.  Enter this guy…


Why, it’s a roll of wrapping paper that I found at the One Spot at Target for a buck.  I simply attached it to the back of the doors with Scotch tape.


I also added some stainless steel knobs that we had leftover from the kitchen.   I’d love to change them out for those more colorful ceramic Hobby Lobby knobs for a bit more interest some day (when I remember to buy them, anyways).

Which brings us to today…

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And in case you’re like me, and you enjoy snooping around in other people’s stuff, here’s what we store in there…


Our extra decor items that aren’t currently in use.  My cabinet of misfit toys, if you will.   This is where I shop in my house for free. We also store some old textbooks and larger cookbooks in here. I love the storage that this unit provides and the fact that if I ever get tired of the current wrapping paper I could always change it for something more colorful for a completely different vibe.

So, has anyone else done quick Ikea hacks that they’d like to share?  I love hearing new ideas!

Chicken wire ikea hack

This is gonna be an Ikea hack kinda week. I’m just feelin’ it. So, I’m gonna ride that feeling to Happinessville.

Remember this cabinet?


I briefly referenced it in this post.  We originally purchased it to be our media cabinet for the living room. And it was purchased during this time period, when I was highly confused about what furniture and layout would work best in our oddly-shaped living room.  I’d erroneously convinced myself that we needed a teeny media cabinet since the room is smallish. But, honestly, I never really liked the darn thing.  Sure, we needed something. But, it’s just so… Blah. And boxy. And brown.  I tried to jazz it up with the spigot faucet knob from Hobby Lobby. I even painted the back panel on the inside grey and navy for a splash of color (although, it’s kind of hard to tell).   Once we adopted our current media cabinet, ole’ plainface here was demoted to the front room where it’s been holding down the fort ever since.

Now, although this cabinet isn’t my fave, we never really had a reason to part with it. After all, it’s the perfect size for its current home, it provides storage and is a good place to keep our cable/internet/modem/router thingie thanks to the glass door. I was just never particularly excited by the sight of it.

So, the other day, as I was doing a yoga video in the front room, I completed one fateful upward dog, glanced at the cabinet and exclaimed “EUREKA!!!”. Yoga must’ve brought me clarity or something. Unexpected bonus, right there. I realized that the cabinet simply needed a bit of organic detail. Something rustic and curvy to offset the plain, square lines. And, the detail needed to allow our wireless modem to still function. So, preferably something meshy, with holes.  “CHICKEN WIRE, YOU FOOL!!” I exclaimed.   How had I never thought of this before??!!

So, I hit up Home Depot and grabbed a roll of chicken wire for just over six bucks…


Once I got home, I removed the door from the cabinet and took off the door knob….


I measured the window, allowed about another inch on each side and the cut my chicken wire down to size with some wire cutters…


I did my best to flatten out the chicken wire by bending it against the arch (caused from it being rolled up). It was easiest if I stepped on it while bending it in the opposite direction with my hands. Then, I used my trusty staple gun and stapled the chicken wire to the inside of my door…


I will warn… Chicken wire is feisty stuff. I highly recommend wearing protective gloves. My hands got scratched up all over during this process. After attaching the chicken wire, it looked like this….

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Which, I liked.

But, then I decided that if one is good, two must be better.  So, I cut out a second piece of chicken wire, but in the perpendicular direction to my original (so that the honeycomb shapes were turned 90 degrees). Then, I stapled the second sheet over the first…


I trimmed all of the excess chicken wire around the edges, reattached the door and handle. And I was left with this….




A little side-by-side before and after action…

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It’s exactly what I was going for. A bit of rustic detail in a more freestyle pattern to break up the blockinesss of the cabinet. It gives some subtle interest and style. All for under 6 bucks (if you consider that I still have chicken wire left over for other projects).

Even Lucas liked it….


So, anyways, this project was quick and easy… it took under an hour to complete and I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Also, on another note, I’ll tell ya’ll….. I’m getting excited about the bathroom. I finally found fabric for the shower curtain, so now that I’ve gotten that, a paint color has been chosen and I’m hoping to get my paint on next weekend. YEAH!!!! Fingers crossed and knock on wood that all goes to plan. 🙂