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 for books. We wanted to create outward facing book storage on a small sliver of wall we had in the room.
When I helped decorate my friends’ nursery last year (check it out here), we used IKEA spice racks for books 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?
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IKEA Spice Racks for Books Supplies You’ll Need:
- Bekvam spice racks from IKEA
- This white spray paint, but they have a bunch of colours you can choose from (and even a few different white options)!
- Primer spray paint (any brand would be fine)
- Fine grit sanding sponge
IKEA Spice Racks for Books The How-To:
Assemble your spice racks and then start off with a few coats of your primer. I find this raw wood from IKEA really soaks in the paint.
Once I started applying the white spray paint, I did a light sand between coats with a fine grit sanding sponge to get the racks more smooth. This really helped give them a polished look and kept them super soft to the touch (good for little fingers and hands!).
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. If we had a really huge room, I would have loved to do bookshelves across a whole wall. Dreams!
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!
Which do you think came out on top?
Want more ideas?
If you are looking for more kids room decorating ideas, be sure to head over to Maya’s mint and pink nursery. There are a whole bunch of DIY projects in that room that came out so sweet!
Have you guys done this spice-rack-as-shelves trick? Do you display lots of books in your home? Got any fave children’s books?