before and after: ikea shelf

i thought i’d go a little crazy and do two before and after columns this week. as we’re nearing the holiday break i have a few great sneak peeks saved up so some weekly columns will get double and triple doses over the next week and a half. but for today i wanted to highlight this incredible diy makeover sent in by d*s reader kim rygiel of papericecream.

kim had three orange dvd shelves from ikea but just wasn’t feeling the neon anymore. so she decoupaged them using two rolls of martha stewart crafts wrapping paper in endive flourish. a small jar of mod podge was all it took and now the shelves look clean, modern and delightfully feminine.

quick note: kim had to take the shelves apart to get the doors off, but says it was relatively easy. i hope this will inspire you to makeover some of your own ikea furniture!

[if you have a before and after you’d like to share with d*s just send me an email right here]


love! enough to buy the ugly orange shelves and do the same… must look at


Man, I had did a great IKEA makeover to my old dresser about six months ago, but I forgot to take a “before” picture. Yay for everyone that takes something generic and makes it their own!


I have this shelf! The plexiglass is starting to get all scratched so this is an awesome fix! Good job!


I really, really, REALLY hate most orange tones–especially these hideously loud 60’s-70’s-ish ones–so almost anything would be better than the ‘before’ shot. The “Endive” colors and pattern have made this little cabinet simply elegant. Very nice. I’m going to play with this idea to revamp two plain white over-the-toilet-tank shelf/cabinet units in our bathrooms. They really needed ‘something’ but wasn’t sure what to do to them–until now. Thanks!


Great transition! The shelves before were something to laugh about!!