I’ve been redecorating my living room (and entire apartment tbh) and needed a new home bar set up. I’ve been using a bar cart for a few years, but I needed a better set up to store my liquor and glass collection. A bar cart wasn’t going to cut it anymore, so I went on a search for a cabinet. I’m no stranger to an IKEA hack, so I took a trip to IKEA and spotted the VALJE shelf and liked the size and set up of the shelves. It reminded me of some mid-century pieces I’ve seen in my vintage home decor magazines. It took about two minutes for me to figure out how I would transform it.


Paint. Quick and easy.

I didn’t take step by step photos because the process is really easy. All you have to do is spray paint the leg pieces gold and then put it all together by following the IKEA assembly instructions.

VALJE IKEA HackWhen it gets to the part where you insert the backboard, mark a line where the vertical shelves divide the board and then use paint to make the different colored squares. I got house paint samples in custom colors from Lowe’s and painted the cardboard side of the backboard with a few coats. Then insert the backboard and finish the remaining assembly instructions. If you already have this piece you can just carefully paint in the squares.VALJE IKEA Hack DIY BarEasy Mid-Century Inspired VALJE IKEA Hack Bar.jpg

That’s it! Done!

DIY Home Bar Cabinet VALJE IKEA Hack.jpgI stocked it with liquor and filled the shelves with my favorite bar accessories and vintage glass collection.

Colorful VALJE IKEA Hack DIY Bar CaseColorful VALJE IKEA Hack DIY BarVintage Glassware in Bar CabinetI love the way it turned out! I used colors that would tie in with the colors used in the rest of the house. It’s one of the first things you seen when you enter my front door so I had to make sure it was good.

Living Room Bar DIY.jpgEasy VALJE IKEA HackCute right?!

Stay tuned for more home updates and DIYs!


13 responses to “IKEA VALJE Shelf Turned Colorful DIY Home Bar”

  1. Mara Wolf Avatar
    Mara Wolf

    What paint did you use? I painted an ikea piece a few years ago and it looked awful and chipped. I want to do this though! So cute!

    1. Krys Avatar

      I got little paint samples from the hardware store and painted a few coats onto the cardboard side of the backboard so no chipping! Easy peasyyyyy!

      1. Savannah Avatar

        Hi there what are the specific paint color names you used? I want it to be exactly those colors thanks!

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    I simply love how colorful and fun it looks! I’m definitelly going to do something similar at my place. Thank you for sharing it!

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    Where is that mirror from?!?

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