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


  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.

    Just great.

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  2. Wow, that spray gun looks fantastic! Must go and get myself one.

  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.

  4. looks freaking awesome! love it.

  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.

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

  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

  8. Great idea, cheap and looks very effective! Nice work ;-)

  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

  10. amazing! love the way they look on the wall. brava on the cheap project!

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