Superstar This project was by Crafty Superstar #8: Amy Krist

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C. A. Rosetti, Buzău County, RO
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[using stained paint sticks]

Who doesn't have at least 15 IKEA pieces in their home? While our kiddos are still pretty young I cannot justify buying "real grown up" expensive furniture [nor is it me]. So I wanted to funky-ify our current entry way piece [two Expedits secured together] and used a bunch of stained paint sticks!



  • Step 1

    First you want to wipe down the top of your IKEA piece with soap and water. Let it dry (apx. 30 mins)

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Ikea Hack - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next you want to start sawing off the "handles" of the paint sticks

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Ikea Hack - Step 3
    Step 3

    You should have a pile of these after you're done

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Ikea Hack - Step 4
    Step 4

    Since I used 4 different stains, I made 4 piles and started to stain (be sure to wear those rubber gloves!)
    They will dry pretty quick (I was impatient and started gluing them on within an hour after staining)
    Just follow the drying time on the back of the can (if you're the patient-type)

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Ikea Hack - Step 5
    Step 5

    Time to add the glue...grab one of the millions of paint brushes on hand in your kids' play room and brush on a line of Liquid Nails on the back of each stick.

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Ikea Hack - Step 6
    Step 6

    Start in a corner of the shelf and place one stick at a time down the "front" edge. This will give you a straight edge to work from. Be sure to alternate your colors for a "random" look. When you're done with one row, move to the next row and be sure to stagger your paint sticks (or however looks best to you).

  • Step 7

    Once you're satisfied with the look and all the paint sticks are straight and butting up next to each other, time to place some heavy objects on them while they dry (at least overnight). I used a bunch of cook books. You don't need too much pressure on these sticks, as you don't want to break them, just enough weight to be sure they stick to your piece.

  • Step 8

    You will have some gaps on the ends where your paint sticks didn't quite make the full length of your shelf. That is why I picked up some extra paint sticks so I could use for the open gaps. Just measure the length of the open space on your piece, cut your paint stick to length and repeat steps 4-7.

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Ikea Hack - Step 9
    Step 9

    Once the glue has set now it's time to seal it with a nice poly. I like using a clear satin finish, water-base poly. The sheen is noticeable, but it's not too glossy.

  • How to make a bookcase / cubby. Ikea Hack - Step 10
    Step 10

    Let dry completely and enjoy all the "oohs" and "aahhs" from everybody!

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