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
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.
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!
Wondering how we made it? It was easier than you think!
We started by putting together the IKEA shelf, which went surprisingly fast.
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).
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).
And that’s it my friends! I told you there was nothing to it!
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!!!
Don’t forget to check it out in the room!
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!