IKEA Hack: Expedit Cubes

IKEA Hack: Expedit Cubes turned Industrial Storage for a Kid’s Room

I love IKEA and I love a good IKEA hack even more!

I’ve recently moved homes, and have started decorating my sons room (of course his room has to be done first!) I’ve been going for an industrial theme – of course a lot of DIY involved here as industrial decor costs a fortune! His room is quite small, so clothes storage was a bit of a challenge. I decided to go for an open clothes closet idea to open out his room space. I had an IKEA Expedit cube that I was going to get rid of, but quickly changed my mind when i came up with an idea! I was going to hack the IKEA cube!

Here’s my tutorial.

Sand IKEA cube down with paper or sander – I used my sander here. You just need to roughen up the surface to give the paint something to grip onto.  Hammer in nail heads for faux rivets. I bought these lovely round ones off ebay.

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Spray paint grey primer/undercoat or you can paint it on (I was a bit lazy here!)

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Now paint on your coats of the chalk paint with 1 hour drying time. My chalk paint was quite thin so I had to do several coats.

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Saw wood planks to correct size and hammer in place with nails – the thickness of the wood planks depends on your choice here.

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Stain wood with dark oak varnish or any color of your choice.

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Once the paint has dried, use a rub and buff metallic wax over the front and sides of the cube to give the metallic look.

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Once dried, seal the whole unit with clear wax and leave to dry overnight!

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Come visit it me on my Facebook page, Grillo Designs and see more of my work! 

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