A Plain White Shelf with {Rustic Charm} – AKA: An IKEA Kallax Wrapped with Wood

Looking for the perfect way to add some rustic charm to a plain ol’ IKEA shelf? You’re going to LOVE this IKEA hack! Check out how I gave this simple white shelf the ultimate rustic makeover!

An IKEA Kallax Wrapped with Wood

Looking for the perfect way to add some rustic charm to a plain ol' IKEA shelf? You're going to LOVE this IKEA hack! Check out this tutorial showing you how to wrap an IKEA Kallax with wood!
 


Hubs and I had an absolute blast taking part in the One Room Challenge a few weeks ago! Taking on an entire room makeover is a BIG job, committing to get it done in just six weeks was borderline crazy! But, even through the stress and chaos, we chose to take the challenge for what it was – just the kick in the pants we needed to finally give our son his rustic big boy bedroom.

This Rustic Boy's Bedroom design is overflowing with awesome DIY projects and budget friendly design elements!
 

Making over an entire room meant tons of shopping, projects and DIY’ing. The star of the show was definitely this DIY Plank Wall with it’s perfect weathered wood finish, but I’d say a close second was the bedside table that we designed using an IKEA Kallax shelf. It really does add that polished-rustic look we were going for!

One Room Challenge: Rustic Boy's Bedroom | making it in the mountains
 

Wondering how we made it? It was easier than you think!

We started by putting together the IKEA shelf, which went surprisingly fast.

Kallax Shelf
 

Then, it was just a matter of “wrapping” the outside in wood. We chose to use 1×3 pine, but you could really choose to use whatever wood you’d like. *Important tip: bring your wood into the room to acclimate for a few days so that it’s at it’s truest size when you start building!

You might choose to miter the boards as they meet at the corner, but in the interest of keeping things simple, we chose to match the look of the Kallax and have our boards meet with the top and bottom ends covering the edges of the boards running along the sides (see photo below).

Looking for the perfect way to add some rustic charm to a plain ol' IKEA shelf?  You're going to LOVE this IKEA hack!  Check out this tutorial showing you how to add wood to an IKEA Kallax!
 

We started by cutting and nailing on the boards for both sides first, running them from end to end on both sides. Then, after measuring our new width, we added on the boards to the top and bottom, making sure to cover the edges of our new side boards (as mentioned above).

The very last step was to stain the wood. I wanted a darker colour that would add some contrast with the shelf and the wood plank wall behind it, without being so dark that it would look too black against the white, so I ended up going with the same Minwax stain in *Early American that we had used on our DIY Window Valance, which turned out to be the perfect not-too-dark, not-too-light colour. (*affiliate link – for more information read our disclosure policy).

Looking for the perfect way to add some rustic charm to a plain ol' IKEA shelf?  You're going to LOVE this IKEA hack!  Check out this tutorial showing you how to add wood to an IKEA Kallax!
 

And that’s it my friends! I told you there was nothing to it!

Looking for the perfect way to add some rustic charm to a plain ol' IKEA shelf?  You're going to LOVE this IKEA hack!  Check out this tutorial showing you how to add wood to an IKEA Kallax!

Looking for the perfect way to add some rustic charm to a plain ol' IKEA shelf?  You're going to LOVE this IKEA hack!  Check out this tutorial showing you how to add wood to an IKEA Kallax!

Looking for the perfect way to add some rustic charm to a plain ol' IKEA shelf?  You're going to LOVE this IKEA hack!  Check out this tutorial showing you how to add wood to an IKEA Kallax!

Looking for the perfect way to add some rustic charm to a plain ol' IKEA shelf?  You're going to LOVE this IKEA hack!  Check out this tutorial showing you how to add wood to an IKEA Kallax!

One Room Challenge: Rustic Boy's Bedroom | making it in the mountains

One Room Challenge: Rustic Boy's Bedroom | making it in the mountains

One Room Challenge: Rustic Boy's Bedroom | making it in the mountains
 

I’m SO happy with how it turned out that I’m seriously thinking about wrapping all of our IKEA shelves in wood now! I absolutely love the character it adds to a plain and simple shelf that everybody seems to have!!!

Looking for the perfect way to add some rustic charm to a plain ol' IKEA shelf? You're going to LOVE this IKEA hack! Check out this tutorial showing you how to wrap an IKEA Kallax with wood!
 

Don’t forget to check it out in the room!

One Room Challenge: Rustic Boy's Bedroom | making it in the mountains
 

If you loved this, don’t miss these other fun projects we put together for the One Room Challenge!

Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!

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40 thoughts on “A Plain White Shelf with {Rustic Charm} – AKA: An IKEA Kallax Wrapped with Wood

  1. I’m all about Ikea hacks lately! I’ve been pinning lots of ideas to do once I move later this year. This one is awesome! It looks really simple, but it made this shelf look completely different. It totally fits this rustic room. Love it!

  2. I love it Kristi! It’s amazing what one can do to dress up Ikea furniture. There is an IKEA that’s fairly close to home and I’ve been dying to go! I’ve seen so many wonderful IKEA ideas lately.

    1. Thanks Kelly! It’s definitely one of my very favorite places to shop! There are so many fun things to discover and great deals to be had!!! Happy shopping girl!

    1. Thank you Amanda! It was such an easy project with such a big impact! I know just how you feel girl, before we moved back home, our closest was more than six and it was awful! Ours is still a couple of hours away, so I just keep a running list for when we finally do get there 🙂

  3. Wow! That looks incredible. I’m so impressed. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you stopping by to party with us. We hope to see you, Monday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  4. What an amazing idea! I have never been in an IKEA, but they are opening one in St. Louis SOON and I can’t wait. This IKEA hack is great and I love this entire room, too. And, what a great tip on bringing the wood into the room for a few days before starting the project.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  5. This is such a great project, Kristi! Such a creative way to dress up Ikea furniture! This was the most clicked link at the Talented Tuesday Link Party – we’ll be featuring you tomorrow! We hope to see you back again this week!

  6. I love this idea! What a perfect way to add character to IKEA furniture. Thanks for sharing at Bloggers Brags this week! I’m pinning this to our group board on Pinterest. Have a fabulous week!

  7. I know I have told you before how much I love how his room turned out but this Ikea hack is brilliant. It makes the shelves seem much more expensive but still easy to make at the same time. I definitely have to get myself to Ikea very soon. Thank you for sharing at Motivational Monday Link Party. I can’t wait to see what you share this week too.

    Bethany from The Southern Couture

    1. Oh wow! Thank you SO much Chelc! I’m thrilled that you love it enough to share! It’s such an easy way to dress up any plain, inexpensive shelf!

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