Ikea Toy Shelf Redo


How I redid an old ikea toy shelf by distressing it.

How to update an old Ikea toy shelf by distressing it.

I found this Ikea shelf below at the thrift store for $16... Bugs in it, ugly old wood, Starburst melted to bottom. I love cleaning up cheap thrift items and making them look great so of course CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.  This actually wasn't as bad as some stuff I've found. FYI stickers come off easy with a hair dryer set on warm/hot (don't burn your fingers), if you're having trouble getting them off. 

All Cleaned Up
Started out by washing it and washing the bins out. I also scuffed up the wood a bit with my sander.

I put two coats of Tame Teal (Sherwin Williams) paint on the wood. This was leftover from painting the nursery. Doesn't it look gorgeous? I almost stopped here, but I really wanted to distress it so I did.

Distressed and stained, wiping stain off as I went. This is a picture of it once I sanded edges a bit before applying the stain. 

If you need more information on distressing, I have done a couple other distressing projects:
After giving it time to dry, I applied polyurethane. Scuffed a little after the first coat dried and then applied a second coat. I can't remember if I did a total of 2 or 3 coats.

Bin Redo

The bins didn't match because they were yellow and orange so I ordered this spray paint that's for plastic from Amazon. Then I spray painted them black. Spray painting is SO MUCH FUN! I bought one container at the store locally, but Amazon was actually cheaper for the spray paint.



Final Pictures, all setup!

Side View
I didn't have bins for every single part of it, but the bottoms made perfect spots
to place some of the taller toys. I really like how I was able to set this up to act
as steps to the changing table if needed. My 2.5 year old is a complete monkey,
but if I NEEDED to get him up there on his own more safely I could always hold
his hand when he walks up the steps. This seems like a sturdy enough piece of
furniture to do that. I'm just thinking about how I wasn't supposed to lift him after my c section.


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DIY Danielle: Ikea Toy Shelf Redo
Ikea Toy Shelf Redo
How I redid an old ikea toy shelf by distressing it.
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