Ikea Kallax/Expedit Hack

It’s been five months since my last blog post, and we are rocking and rolling on the Project House, though mostly with small projects these days. But, I’ve come to find that little projects (like painting trim, or patching nail holes) can make a big difference in the look and feel of a place. It has all been going back to a book that my mom got me for Christmas, Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess. It’s great for any style, and gives basin instruction on decorating your house. I love that the words are not just fluff like a lot of decor books. Liess has a lot of quality text that goes along with her great images. So I’ve taken them to heart. I’ve organized the bookshelf, put the nice books front and center, the DVDs to the side, added some plants, and am finally starting to put photos in empty frames that have essentially been placeholders for months.

Habitat Lauren Liess

In addition to the bookshelf, I’ve made window trim my goal these days. Fill holes. Sand down. Paint. Repeat.

It. is. a. pain.

But it does make a difference.

And I also want plants everywhere. Which brings me to this week’s extremely easy Ikea hack: The Kallax (formerly Expedit) Ikea shelf hack.

I’ve been looking around for a nightstand – one that will maximize the little bit of space we have in the bedroom without breaking the bank. And Ikea is usually where I go when I don’t want to break the bank. So I turned to the versatile Kallax shelf. I got the little 2×2, which fit snug-as-a-bug between the bed and wall, 4 little bun feet from Home Depot, and some Martha gold metallic paint.


I started by making my little wooden feet into little metallic feet with the paint and then followed the easy-as-pie instructions from Sarah Hearts for mounting them. (The heavy duty top mount plates were in stock at my local HD.) I think the feet add a nice little bit of depth and keep it off of the floor, which makes cleaning much easier.

Kallax:Expedit Hack

Flip it back over, add a few plants, some books, and a photo or two, and voila:

Kallax Hack

Okay, maybe I went a little crazy with the plants (succulent, asparagus fern, other type of fern, a bouquet of baby’s breath and eucalyptus, and a few cast iron leaves for some height). But I love all the green – it just looks so much brighter and fresher.

There it is. Easy peasy. And can’t beat the $35 price tag on the Kallax!

Happy hacking!

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