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  • Ikea spice rack bookshelves for children’s rooms

    How to make Ikea spice rack bookshelves…These are new bedside bookshelves in our toddler’s room, which are painted Ikea Bekvam spice racks. It’s probably one of the simplest Ikea hacks – where people take the furniture and use it for something else – but a really good one.

    Ikea spice rack bookshelves

    The Ikea spice rack bookshelves / spice racks work really well as bookshelves for children’s rooms, as they’re deep enough to keep lots of books on, and small enough so you can slot them in to make a cosy reading corner. Hers are right by her bed, so we can read books to her pre-sleep.

    They come in the pale wood, but we thought it would be fun to change the colour. Because we really want Eliza to be involved in her own room, she even helped me paint them (*cough* first coat).

    As they are by her bed, they also surprisingly useful for housing various objects including her evening water cup and whichever mini toy is the current favourite.

    I have a whole load of ideas of IKEA hacks for children over on my Pinterest board.

    We’ve been doing lots of work on the house recently. It’s not so much because we have a baby deadline now, but I’m so sick of it not being done. I do think it’s probably extreme nesting on a three-storey scale.

    So there’s been more paint in Eliza’s room, where  the only useful build-in cupboards in the house that we’ve left up – out of many – were the boxed-in shelves above her bed, so we (Alex) painted those bright green. I can’t take any credit for it as it was all his idea.

    Bright paint in children's rooms

    We all loved the colour so much we used it on her door as well, which previously had a terribly streaky whitewash.Painted doors

    Breaking news, we also painted our awful red fireplace (it looks a million times better, will post a photo shortly).

    Ikea spice rack bookshelves - a great Ikea hack, how to use Ikea Bekvam spice racks as bookshelves, perfect for a nursery or children's room

    If you liked our post on Ikea spice rack bookshelves, make sure you also read our colourful toddler room tour and felt ball garland tutorial



    1. July 2, 2014 / 2:20 pm

      Amazing work! I am now desperate to paint our doors! Funnily enough, it never occurred to me! I love the colours you’ve chosen. Looking forward to seeing your fireplace too. We have an awful electric pretend fire left by the previous owners. I can’t wait to replace it when we get the funds.

    2. July 2, 2014 / 7:35 pm

      I really love the coloursyou’ve used! I’ve been on the hunt for some of those spice racks for months to make some book racks but they dont seem to have them in bristol or milton keynes 🙁

    3. July 2, 2014 / 7:40 pm

      oh I love all the bright colours in your house! We did the same for Wilf’s room but hadn’t got round to painting them yet. Funny enough we are doing up his room at the moment as it seemed a little ‘babyish’ for him now he’s two and a half and I had it on my list to paint these yellow. Looks fab! x

    4. July 3, 2014 / 8:29 am

      this is such a good idea, and i love that turquoise!

    5. July 3, 2014 / 12:05 pm

      looking good – great colour picks!

    6. July 3, 2014 / 5:40 pm

      I can remember seeing this on Pinterest ages ago and thought what a great idea it was, I’m sure I looked in Ikea once but couldn’t find them. Will have to look again. Boxes a fab idea too and the colours look great x

    7. July 4, 2014 / 10:06 am

      I have to say I am a huge fan of Ikea for simple storage ideas – they are simply the best for stylish and useful storage

      Laura x

    8. Sowmia
      July 6, 2014 / 2:50 pm

      Lovely job!

      A few questions-
      1. What color/brand of turquoise paint did you use to paint the spice racks? Did you prime first?

      2. Where did you get the adorable teeny tiny bunting that is shown on the spice racks? It’s such a sweet touch!


      • gillian
        September 20, 2014 / 8:31 pm

        Thank you! We used a tester post from Wilkinsons – we didn’t prime first, just painted them straight on. The bunting was from Tiger – it’s brilliant! So much randomly good stuff x

    9. Emily Dew
      July 6, 2014 / 6:57 pm

      I love that you sent Alex a diary invite to block out his time!!!

    10. July 9, 2014 / 9:37 am

      It’s starting to look amazing. Of course I’ll give you a PROPER verdict when you invite me round for tea 😉

      • gillian
        July 9, 2014 / 9:01 pm

        Come round whenever! It is slightly chaotic at the moment with no kitchen and a light covering of dust everywhere though 🙂 x

    11. Tori
      July 11, 2014 / 7:35 am

      Where’s the green paint from? Great shade!

      • gillian
        July 17, 2014 / 12:33 pm

        It was Dulux I think – some kind of ‘feature wall’ paint. Will go and look in the shed! x

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