One of the main challenges I always have while decorating my apartment is finding the decor I envision, at the prices I want. Neither of those are ever easy. Either I can’t find what I have in mind, or when I get close, somehow it’s the most expensive item in the store. I can drool over those high ticket items all I want, but let’s get serious, I’m no Rockefeller.

But it’s ok! This is where my handy-dandy DIY skills get to shine. This is where I get to do my favorite task of trying to figure out how to get the look I want for as little money as possible.

DIY Gold IKEA Bar Shelves For example, I wanted to expand my home bar area by adding 3 shelves above my bar cart. I wanted them to be gold to match said bar cart. My search pretty much turned up empty except for one option that was almost the right dimensions (from a store that will remain nameless) for over $100 per shelf. My other option was an IKEA favorite of mine that I’ve been keeping my eye on for a bit, and it just so happens that the EKBY JÄRPEN/EKBY BJÄRNUM combo was the perfect size, style, and price I was going for. The only drawback was that the brackets are only available in aluminum. Womp, womp.


DIY Gold EKBY BJARNUM IKEA Shelves via MelodramaThe right choice for me was clear and I’m glad I made it. Did I want to spend $300 on shelves from Unnamed Store, or around $60 for IKEA shelves and a can of spray paint? Um. DUH. The way I see it is if I can spend $60 total on a DIY version and use the extra $200+ toward other fun things like going away for the weekend or, I dont know, paying my bills, you’re damn straight I’m taking that route.

DIY Gold IKEA BJARNUM Shelves via MelodramaLet’s all just take a moment to reflect on the magic of spray paint. All I did was spray the brackets and screws with metallic gold chrome paint and it completely changed the vibe of the shelves. Done and done. So easy.

DIY Gold IKEA BJARNUM Shelves via MelodramaI styled them with the help of my growing glass and bareware collection, and a DIY framed print.

DIY Gold IKEA BJARNUM Shelves via Melodrama

Shelves: IKEA
Paint: Montana Gold – Metallic Goldchrome
Glassware: Baigelman Glass, Crate & Barrel, Target, Vintage
Bar Cart: Target
Chair: Vintage DIY
Floor Lamp: IKEA
Dresser: Vintage DIY
Lamps: Target


8 responses to “DIY Decor: Metallic Gold IKEA EKBY BJÄRNUM Bar Shelves”

  1. Smitha Easter Avatar

    Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love how it’s simple yet regal- your home is gorgeous! I’m totally doing this, thank you!! Where did you buy your spray paint? Do you think it would look good in copper, too?

    1. Krys Melo Avatar

      Thank you!! And yes I think it would look FANTASTIC in copper! I got my spray paint at Blick Art Supply store, but if you can’t find it at your local art supply stores you can order on Amazon xoxo

  2. jeskaduman Avatar

    These look great! Did you re-do your bar cart, too? I have a similar cart from ikea (probably similar construction) that I’ve been thinking about spray painting, but I’m not sure how it’ll hold up.

    1. Krys Melo Avatar

      The bar cart is from Target and came in gold. I’ve seen a few people spray their IKEA ones though, and it turned out great!

  3. Terre Tulsiak Avatar

    I can’t believe I never even considered painting these brackets. I’m going for black though, and reclaimed wood. I already have some metal pieces I have been mulling over…you may just get me up and out from in front of my computer.

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