Monday, November 18, 2013

Ikea Hack: Vittsjo Shelf

You may recall my earlier plans for the office, I shared them before we even moved

Earlier this year, I decided I would not have a dining room in the new house. Besides the fact that we never used it, I was inspired by fellow blogger, Emily Clark and made it my home office.

Emily Clark's dining room turned home office
While Emily opted for built-ins with a library feel, we wanted something less permanent since we don't think we will live here long-term. However, it is the first room guests see as they enter, so there is a lot of pressure to keep things tidy. And, this house has NO storage. 

I didn't like having all the stuff cluttered on the credenza and especially HATE seeing the printer front and center -- seriously un-cute!

View from the front door
I remembered another dining room turned home office from our anti-dining room post. Don't you love this clean-lined minimalist set up?

I LOVE it! I love the shelves and the way Duo Ventures styled them. As big, Ikea fans, Jacki & I knew these were the Vittsjo shelves. 
Since my walls are navy (SW naval), I thought black would fade into the background. 

You don't have to go further than a google search to see that the vittsjo shelves are everywhere, in a bunch of colors:
Ana Antunes

So I went to Ikea...on a Saturday...big mistake. The website said they had plenty. They did not. Ikea is 2.5 hours away from my home. Not cool. In an excellent stroke of luck, Jacki's sister-in-law was going to Ikea the next day and picked them up for me. Thanks Jenny!

This is what they looked like:

Here are most of the pieces:

Three cans of spray paint later, this is what I had:

The hubby felt sorry for my severe lack of spray painting skill and took over. Thank goodness! It looked a lot better after he was finished.

Here's where it landed:

While I was at Ikea, I snapped up some magazine storage boxes and some other boxes for storing office supplies. I was so excited, I had to get busy styling. I did curb my enthusiasm long enough to avoid scratching the paint job on the bottom shelf with the printer and box. 

After letting it dry overnight (read: before coffee) I moved the printer to its new spot: 

I love it. What do you think? I'm not finished with the room yet so I'll keep the rest of the details under wraps for now. But, stay tuned. I'm very obsessed with focused on this project so it won't be long now.

Sharing today with: It's So Very Cheri


  1. How stable does this unit seem? Do you think it needs to be attached to the wall? Are the pre-drilled holes noticeable? It looks great thanks for sharing!

  2. Can you share what spray paint brand and color you used?

  3. Hi I am in a rented apartment & love this unit however I need a stand alone unit? is this okay or does it have to be attached to the wall??x

  4. Changing the colors of standard ikea furniture is a good way of making them over!! The contrast looks much nicer with grey.


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