Home Improvements!

Apparently my boyfriend and I both own an unnecessary amount of shoes and, until this weekend, we had nowhere to store them. Our flat doesn’t have a hallway and so shoes always just seemed to get dumped in the bedroom which looked awful and often led to me falling over them. I’m really not a fan of standard shoe racks as you either end up with some kind of shelving unit of shoes which still looks just as messy, or one of those hideous pretend cupboard thingys which only ever seem to come in ‘pine-effect.’

We wanted to find something to put against the wall in our kitchen. Currently this area held a very out of place bookcase, an old mirror which I horribly decoupaged a few years ago – apparently before I had any taste – and the box of frames which we still haven’t got round to putting up.

Cue a trip to IKEA!

home improvement before

We came across the Kallax (previously Expedit) unit which I’ve always been a fan of but never really had a use for. The Kallax series is great because there’s loads of different inserts and boxes so you can switch it up depending on your colour scheme. We chose 4 of the black Dröna boxes which is perfect for hiding all of our shoes and they’re only £2.50 each!

ikea kallax expedit drona

Turned on its side the Kallax was the perfect width for the space but not quite high enough and would have looked a bit stumpy. We decided to add some legs and chose the stainless steel Capita which added another 16cm making it the perfect height.

As I’m currently obsessed with copper we sprayed the legs with spray paint after carefully masking off the little black feet, and also decided to add some copper to the ugly decoupage mirror.

Ikea Capita legs spray paint copper

After an evening of stripping, we sanded and masked off an area of the mirror to be sprayed.

Decoupage mirror frame stripped back to woodspray paint copper mirror frame

*On a side note – I met my upstairs neighbour for the first time this weekend whilst I was outside our building wielding a can of spray paint talking to a passing cat. She didn’t say hello. I don’t know why.*

Once it was dry and we took the masking tape off there didn’t seem to be enough variation between the wood and the copper so we painted a thin stripe in baby blue as well.

mirror frame painted copper blue

Et voila!

Hope you like the finished result. My bruises and I are certainly pleased not to be constantly tripping over shoes anymore…

after home improvements interior ikea copper

Thanks for reading!

Tali x

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4 thoughts on “Home Improvements!

  1. This looks great, I love the idea of adding feet to the kallax unit. We have an expedit unit in our hall that we use for shoe storage, and now I am dying to add feet to it! I already painted the interior of the unit different colours (and might get around to writing a post about that in due course!) but there is still something missing; and feet is obviously where it’s at.

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      • I used Chalk Paint (Annie Sloan brand) in three different colours (Graphite, Duck Egg Blue and English Yellow). 2 coats of each colour and one coat of clear wax to seal. No prepping or priming needed. So far it is standing up pretty well to daily abuse from two small children!

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