Well, it took almost a full year, but Adam’s dresser has gone from this:
I spent a good part of last summer/fall spray painting it and decided that I hate spray painting furniture. I also stained the top. And it’s been like that since February.
Then, I saw Ikea spice rack bookshelves all over the blogosphere and decided that I MUST HAVE SOME. So, I had my Karen pick up 10 before she came to visit.
They are only $4, but not available online. I saw them on ebay for the ridiculous price of $12. Karen just graduated from grad school, and I think she should get a part time job selling Ikea merchandise at an incredible markup on ebay, to help pay off her student loans. Don’t you think that’s a great idea?
Anyway, Karen snapped them together so quickly that I couldn’t even get a picture, and then I spray painted them to match the dresser.
And then came the hanging.
I decided to put them on the dresser because I’m a chronic furniture rearranger, so I didn’t want to do anything permanent on the walls, especially since I knew these wouldn’t be the easiest things to install.
How to Hang Ikea Spice RacksSupplies:
#6 x 1 inch wood screws
First, I made a mark at 12 inch intervals up the side of the dresser. A foot seemed to be a good distance between the shelves. Almost all the books fit that way, and the ones that are a bit too tall are on the top shelf.
Then, it got tricky. The second screw had to be in exactly the right spot, or it wouldn’t work. After redoing 3 of the 4 shelves on one side, I got smart.
I measured the distance between the two hangers.
And marked it on my level with a piece of tape. (side note: it doesn’t do a lot of good to use a level when the front legs of the dresser are on the rug and the back legs are not. Oops.)
Then, I made the mark for the 2nd screw.
Next, I predrilled holes, using a drill bit that was slightly smaller than my screws. I used the 3/32nd one. And I used #6 1” wood screws (The #8s had too big of a head, FYI.)
Finally, I inserted the screws so they were still sticking out a bit and then popped the shelves on!
To see the whole transformation of the dresser from start to finish read:
Almost Done (that was in Feb.)
And for most posts on Adam’s room, click here.
Any other creative ideas for the other kazillion books we have? Please share!
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