Simple DIY Kitchen Shelves

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 Branšs baskets; $12.99.

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Tom S.
Past Member 2 years ago

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

we dont have space for shelving, but luckily we have tons of cabinet space :)

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe4 years ago

WOW - they look great.

Vita Pagh
Vita P4 years ago

Storage is always needed. Thank you for tips.

Latoya Brookins
Latoya Brookins4 years ago

If I don't find suitable bookshelves soon (from yard sales, thrift stores) I am going to have to have my stepdad build me some.

Sandy Davitian
Sandy Davitian4 years ago

Very nice... thanks for sharing.

Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck4 years ago

Nice! Thanks.

Val M.
Val M4 years ago


Lady Kaira
None None4 years ago

cool ty

Joanne S.
Jo S4 years ago

Fab, thanks.