Ever since Remodelista contributing editor Justine met blogger Katrin Scharl, they bonded over a mutual enthusiasm for old houses and warm shades of gray. Justine has enjoyed following the DIY trials and triumphs of her spacious home in the Germany countryside. Some of Katrin’s projects are quite ambitious (like refinishing the floors herself). Others, like this simple Ikea hack, leave you thinking, “Gee, why didn’t I think of that?” Here is Katrin’s brilliant project for the kitchen.
Above: Katrin’s newly painted Ikea shelves complement her recently renovated kitchen.
Above R: With saw in hand, Katrin’s husband customized one side of Ikea’s Besta shelves ($150) to fit the corner of their newly renovated kitchen.
Above L: By painting the shelves’ interiors with Farrow and Ball Down Pipe (left over from her library renovation), Katrin created a strong accent piece that feels more unified with the rest of the room.
Above: From ho-hum to wow: the finished shelves receive a final bit of order from Ikea’s Branäs baskets; $12.99.
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