NOT JUST AN IKEA HACK.
Decided to write my first blog post about one of my favorite piece of furniture that I own right now – my chic gold glass étagère.
Last week, my husband and I went out for some furniture shopping and I kept seeing gold glass shelves, étagères (called them how you like). They are so “in” because of the simple clean-lined design, the metallic gold finish, and the overall elegant but modern look. There was only one thing that I actually didn’t like, mhmm, you guessed it – the price. These specific ones that I saw and liked were somewhere between $700 and $1,500.
The first thing that came into my mind was, “I can do it myself!” But how? Well… first of all, I went to an affordable furniture store. I guess you already know what I am talking about (oh my, is in the title) – IKEA.
I found exactly what I was needing, namely, this plain metal shelf from the VITTSJÖ series.
Ok, so we’ve seen this so called IKEA hack everywhere, right? So, why should you continue to read this post?
Because in this article I am going to teach you not just how you can transform a simple white plain metal furniture piece. You will also find out some extra tips about how you can have a gorgeous gold glass étagère that is perfect for your living room and speaks YOU.
All you need is:
- The shelf from IKEA (I got mine with 79.99$. WOW! Now this is a deal! Haha.
- 2 cans of metallic gold spray paint, like this one.
First of all, you need to assemble the frame. I guess it is very simple or my husband is very talented in putting furniture together because he did it very fast (You will be fine. The instructions are in the box).
The next step is to protect your working space because you are going to spray paint. I like to use things that I already have; so I used the IKEA box and the plastic covers that were coming with it. Be aware that they have some little cut outs (like the ones in the image).
So the first thing that came into my mind was to take some tape and fix the problem. This part was done very fast (I know that plastic covers are very cheap, so please don’t judge). I did it because I really wanted to start this project and I didn’t want to go out and buy a plastic dropcloth.
After you have your workspace ready you are pretty much set. You can start your “work of art”.
Is painting time!
You need to spray very thin coats of paint. Wait about 30 minutes in between them, 1 hour if you want to be very sure that no drama will happen. Then, let it dry.
Now your chic glass étagère is ready to be decorated.
Here is the part were most of the articles that I read end.
I believe that just now comes the important part. You see, you can decorate your glass shelves with things that you saw in magazines, yes, they look pretty and all of that, but don’t you find it is a little bit superficial?!
I personally believe that in the same way that the clothes we wear should represent us, our living space should represent, inspire, and speak about our personality.
So don’t just place random items that look cool, but decorate your étagère with objects that matter to you. You want to enjoy every corner of your house and you want everything to look not just BEAUTIFUL, but YOUR KIND OF BEAUTIFUL.
Here is what I did.
I used simple decorations that speak to me, like this gold BELIEVE sign that reminds me always of one of my favorite Bible verse from Acts chapter 16, verse 31: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved- you and your household.”
Or this blue navy books that are full of rich Jewish history. They remind me of my roots.
The gold menorah that my mom gave me before leaving from my home-country, Romania.
The soft white cotton that I picked from the alluring cotton fields. We live in Lubbock, Texas, so one thing that is so eye catching about this city, among many more other aspects, are the white as snow pretty cotton fields. In season, you cannot drive on the highway without admiring the crops.
The highest glass shelf holds a globe that makes me think always of how God can unite in love people that are so different. We are indeed an international family. My husband is from Mexico City and my little baby girl was born in Jacksonville, TX. I am originally from Romania and we live in United Sates. Also, it makes me think about our mission here on earth of making disciples of all nations, as Jesus Himself commanded us to do.
I guess you already got the idea behind this decoration technique. Make the space your own. We all want to stand out as “different” and sometimes we try so hard that we forget just to be ourselves. We are all unique individuals. Explore that side of you!
Other items that I used:
The Before and After pictures:
*DISCLAIMER: this blog post is not sponsored by IKEA.