07 March 2011

The Ikea "Bekvam" spice rack hack: A progress report

So. Works have begun on the famed Ikea "Bekvam" (Mr Tonic calls them David Beckhams) Spice Rack bookshelf hack, so here is how things are panning out. Because I know you care. And because I am worshipping at the alter of budget-DIY-Bekvam-$2.49-heaven right now. What's not to lust. Got kids? Cash strapped? Listen up:


(above) The tools of the Bekvam-hanging trade: tape measure, level, offspring's HB pencil. Note the caffeine - you're going to need some form of artificial stimulant before you commence. Havaianas sold separately (actually, I bought them online here). Right. Lets party.


(above) Given the proportions of the wall, I went for the fetching side-by-side configuration, in four "shelves"/rows, almost up to door height. Who cares if a 3 year old can't reach the top shelf? I can. And besides. Looks good.


(above) See? They work and everything. And admittedly, they do actually look quite good unpainted. But...


(above) Enter Mr Tonic, a can of undercoat and a Bosch spray gun*. OMG. Mr Tonic is literally walking around the house looking for something else to spray. That thing is the bomb! * Beyond this point, our renovation will be referred to as Pre-Bosch spray gun and Post-Bosch spray gun.


(above) Consider them undercoated until further notice. Watch this space. And did I mention they were the "Bekvam" Spice Rack? And that they're $2.49 each from Ikea? I did? Oh.

Don't know what I'm talking about? Brush up on your Bekvam-ish. First I saw this post:  
Quick and easy children's book storage
After which, I posted:  
Budget DIY of the day: Spice rack kid's bookshelf
And then I posted: 
MORE Ikea "Bekvam" Spice Rack hotness!

And here we are. As always, you're ever so kind for visiting and listening to my decor ramblings. Thank you for stopping by. x


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  1. They look fantastic Louise. Any idea what colour/s you are going to paint them or will you tease us and wait until the final reveal?

    Little Miss A looks so serious sitting there reading.

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  3. So, the thing is, apart from congratulating you on a brilliant bit of lateral thinking, has your paint hardened? Because I bought a Bosch spray gun, followed the instructions about dilution of paint etc, spray painted a horrible ebay dining table grey...and it looks fantastico, but after months and months the paint is still tacky. You pick a plate up and it sticks slightly! So I'm interested in your experience.

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  5. Thank you Louise. This was the most perfect read to go with my morning coffee I can imagine. Brought a smile to my (grouchy, get the kids out the door) face. Oh, and the shelves look fab! Annie x.

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  6. Super! However,...am loving the thongs and pedicure more!! lol,.. what colour is on your nails?!?!

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  7. Love it! What an inexpensive and super effect feature for a kids room..will have to file this one away for my..one day house :) x

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  9. Looks so good Louise, I'm so stealing this idea. Can't wait to see what colour you have chosen, pink or turquoise perhaps? xx

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