Ikea Vittsjo Makeover

Happy Monday everyone! I’m sensing some spring in the air and I’m super excited! I’m currently on spring break and enjoying the time off. I’ve got quite the to do list and I’m slowly checking everything off starting with some things around the house.  One thing I’ve been wanting to do in our living room is add some shelving in a corner that was crying for a little love. I’ve always had my eyes on the Ikea Vittsjo shelving unit.  I’ve loved all the hacks I’ve seen and thought it would be perfect for the space! 

Up until about a week ago the area housed a bar cart.

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I had plans to sell the bar cart but once I took everything off and cleaned it up I realized what a great piece it is and so it’s now making its home in the dining room, pics to come soon! 

For the shelves I purchase 2 of the Vittsjos.

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Unfortunately these shelves only come in black and thats not what I was looking for so out came the spray paint. I used Zinsser oil based primer and Rust-oleum Metallic paint with the gold top.  I assembled the pieces first before spraying. For each unit I used about 1 1/2 cans of primer (2 coats) and 2 cans of the metallic paint.  

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My best advice for this is once you think you’re all done bring the piece outside. Even though I was working inside the garage with the door open it was amazing how many spots I saw that I missed once I brought it out in pure daylight! There are a ton of sections that you are spraying so having someone else take a look can also help make sure you haven’t missed any spots! 

Once they were all sprayed I brought them inside. The majority of the unit has glass shelves except for the top and the bottom piece which are dark wood.  Since that wouldn’t go with the look I had going on I ordered some contact paper that looked like marble.  I ordered mine here

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I ordered one roll which was only able to cover two of the shelves so I had to order another roll for the two top shelves.  Since I don’t necessarily need the top pieces to put it together I grabbed my knick knacks and decorated the shelves.

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I still have to add the tops on, change up some pictures in the frames and adding some more items. I’m thinking there is a trip to HomeGoods in my immediate future! 

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo

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5 thoughts on “Ikea Vittsjo Makeover

  1. I am interested in the spray painting process. I have an outdoor bench and black spray paint. I’ve been putting it off since last summer because i’m afraid I will make a mess. Any tips on how to get it done and done well without painting myself, my clothing and glasses. 😉 Thanks! Really enjoying your blog! I get excited when I see a new post.

    • Thanks so much Leena! You made my day 🙂 As far as spray painting goes, it’s so much easier than most people think! My advice would be to practice on an item you don’t care so much about this way you can get a rhythm going that you’re comfortable with. I always spray in small bursts and my hand is constantly moving! You never want to hold the can straight on and spray directly on any item, that will just cause it to drip. Another great tip is getting a spray gun to attach to the can (you can see the one I have in the photo) it saves your hand from cramping up, you can find it at Home Depot/hardware store! I hope this helps! You could always go on YouTube too I’m sure there are tons of how to videos but trying it out yourself will always be the best way to go! Once you get the hang of it you’ll want to spray paint everything!!

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