Even though we had finished our nursery makeover before Maya arrived in August, there was one project that remained on the to-do list: using IKEA spice racks as bookshelves for board book display.
There remained a blank wall between the doorway and the closet that was the perfect spot for these slim bookshelves. See the area to the left of the closet?
When I helped design my friends’ nursery last year (check it out here), we used IKEA spice racks as bookshelves and I loved the way they came out. Easy to assemble and paint, and it’s nice to have the books facing outwards. Cute, right?
Well, I knew these would be the perfect solution for our little sliver of wall – the narrow profile was going to be just right. So I made a trip to IKEA a few weeks ago to grab four ‘Bekvam’ racks at $7 a pop, and pulled out some spray paint that I already had on hand. I started off with a layer of primer, and then did quite a few coats of a flat white. I did end up doing a light sand between coats with a fine grit paper to get the racks more smooth. They really soaked up the paint, so be ready to do quite a few thin coats (5 or 6, maybe?).
We used one of Maya’s bigger board books as a guide for how much space we wanted between the shelves (14 inches). We centered the shelves on the wall, and placed them so that they would be low enough for Maya to grab at when she’s a bit bigger.
The light switch was in a weird spot, but I didn’t want the shelves to be off-centered on the wall, so we just made sure that the switch would come between two of the shelves and still be easily accessible.
It’s so nice to have some of the books out of our big basket and up on the wall. Aren’t books just the best? If we had a really huge room, I would have loved to do bookshelves across a whole wall. Whatever the colour or size, I just think they make a room look cozy, don’t you?
**UPDATE: I have since also used IKEA’s Ribba picture ledges for outward bookshelves in kids rooms, and have done a comparison of the two products over in this post. Be sure to have a read!
Have you guys done this spice-rack-as-shelves trick? Do you display lots of books in your home? Are you bedtime readers? Do you have a favourite children’s book?
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