Ikea Hack: DIY Gold & Marble Shelving Unit

FullSizeRender-13Some things are just better together. I feel this way about gold and marble. I can’t seem to get enough of this luxurious pairing, but the cost (not to mention the weight!) can add up quickly, so I made it my mission to find a way to create the look for less.

Below you will find instructions on how to create a gold and faux marble shelving unit for $70 to $110 depending on the size of the unit you choose. Buying a genuine marble and gold shelving unit at a store will likely cost upwards of $1000, so this DIY will save you a ton.

The quantities listed below are for the large Vittsjo unit. If you Choose the skinnier or shorter versions you can likely cut one roll of marble contact paper and one can of spray paint. The project can be completed in less than 2 hours.

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Here’s what you need:

For safety I also recommend a reusable respirator to avoid breathing in the paint fumes and rubber or gardening gloves to keep the paint off of your hands.

After assembling the shelving unit, remove the shelves and set the unit on top of the drop cloth. It’s easier to apply the spray paint in a controlled area like a garage where you aren’t affected by the wind, but make sure you have adequate ventilation (leave door open).

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Follow the directions on the paint can. Don’t hold the can too close to the shelving unit and keep moving it while you spray or you will get drip marks. If you get drip marks, wipe them off and respray the area. I did one coat and touched it up within an hour as needed. Let it dry for 10 hours before attempting to move it. I noticed that the paint chips somewhat easily so be careful and keep extra paint for touch ups.

Next measure and apply the contact paper to the bottom and top shelves. Use the shower squeegee to smooth the paper and prevent bubbles. If you get bubbles you can pull the paper back and start again. I left the three glass shelves as is, but you can technically apply the paper to the glass shelves as well. You would need three additional rolls of contact paper.

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I’m using the shelves to display my jewelry lines, Alicia Mohr Jewelry and Ali’s Collection Jewelry in my studio and I think I’m going to do a second one for my guest room.

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My assistant surveying the finished product :)

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Get the Look (for less)

Don’t you just love this spread in the October issue of Marie Claire? An arm full of arm candy is a must do these days and a chunky gold chain bracelet is a classic staple that you will find yourself wearing for years to come. I would wear every one of these bracelets, but the truth is many of them would break the bank. Aside from Michael Kors Bracelet ($149), all the horizontal bracelets are priced in the thousands. I am not one for skimping on quality, but if you can get the same look and feel for thousands less why wouldn’t you? To prove this point, I placed the Ali’s Collection Gold Plated Link Bracelet on the left alongside these stunners. It looks right at home, don’t you think? And for only $85, it’s a steal.