DIY: Ikea Spice Rack Bookshelves

From the time I found out I was pregnant with Ellie, I began imagining her nursery, adventure-themed and filled with books on a front-facing bookshelf. I had my eye on this bookrack from Pottery Barn Kids for the longest time but I could never justify the $190 price tag. Here are a few pics of her nursery we’ve taken over the last few months.

Ellie is 10 months old now and has accumulated SO MANY books, but still no bookshelves, so I checked Pinterest for ideas and came across this Ikea hack using $4 Ikea spice racks as bookshelves. I’ve never been a big DIY’er–I pin a lot of DIY ideas, but never actually do them, lol. BUT the project seemed simple enough so I thought I would give it a try.

I started by ordering eight Bekvam spice racks from Ikea’s website. The closest store is two hours away, so it was nice to be able to have them shipped. Including shipping, I paid $45, which i considered a bargain compared to the Pottery Barn bookrack. Below is what they look like in the package on the left, what the disassembled parts look like in the middle and what the rack looks like assembled on the right.


The only color option is natural wood and I wanted white shelves, so I used a can of extra white semi-gloss and some foam brushes that we already had at home. The Pinterest post used spray paint, but I read that she had to spray four or five coats to completely cover the wood and I’m too lazy for that. I painted two coats, sanding before painting and after the first coat using some 150 grit sandpaper that we also already had.


Once the shelves were painted, they were ready for hanging. The racks come ready to hang but they do not include mounting hardware. We picked up these drywall anchors at Lowe’s and they worked great. We used screws where we had access to studs and used the anchors where we didn’t have studs.


Andrew was nice enough to hang them for me–four rows and two shelves per row– and we’re both really happy with the results. We had a lot of the materials we needed on hand, so it only cost $50 to add a feature I know Ellie will benefit from for a long time. Overall, it was an easy project and I definitely recommend it for a budget-friendly shelf idea.

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