Painted Ikea TRABY - Shelf Units

Introduction: Painted Ikea TRABY - Shelf Units

We painted Ikea TRABY shelves
and hanged them on the wall.
This project required a lot of customizing and preparation. Although I'm very happy with how it came out, I would recommend to do something like this ONLY if you have a workshop outside of home: I painted and dried these shelves in my living room - very messy process that lasted for a couple of weeks.

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Step 1: Shelves - Preparation

a) shelves were painted or stained before assembly
b) shelves were re-enforced with wood boards in order to hold the weight

Step 2: Walls - Preparation

a) the wall was checked for studs, so the shelves can be attached to studs for sturdiness and reliability
b) the wall was marked with grid lines to arrange shelves in this order

Step 3: Shelves - Mounting

the shelves were screwed directly into wall studs (they use the same technique for kitchen cabinets mounting)

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice result, but this is more of a slideshow than an instructable. Do you have any more pictures of the process?


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Got me here - it is more an idea, than step-by-step instructions how to do it. :) I have a couple more pictures of the process, but they might be very discouraging :) I was not happy with my choice of colors and re-painted the shelves (a couple of times) - all this was done in the middle of our living room, and pictures show mess and half-repainted shelves. The idea is that we: 1. painted TRABY shelves with Rust-Oleum paint 2. hanged them on the wall in what seems like random order. The top of some cabinets can also be used as open shelves, which create more interesting space.