IKEA Expedit or Kallax Hack

The Expedit shelving units (now replaced by the Kallax system) have been a popular, budget-friendly staple in many homes, they lend themselves very well to a DIY Bookcase Makeover. Taking a basic item and making it individual, can be easily achieved especially using a readily available material such as contact paper.

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One of vogue’s interior design trends for 2017 is the butterfly. By using a butterfly design contact paper and some simple styling, it is easy to turn a plain bookcase into a functional feature point and to add a little colour to any room.

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Supplies

  • Craft knife/Scissors
  • Contact Paper
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Self-healing mat*
  • Smoother tool*

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Step 1: Measure your bookcase shelf and make a note of the dimensions.

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Step 2: Using the shelf measurements, cut the contact paper to size. Use either a craft knife and a self-healing mat or a pair of scisssors.

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Step 3: Slowly remove the backing paper from the contact paper and taking care to line it up with the edges, apply the contact paper to the shelf.

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Step 4: Smooth over the contact paper on the shelf to make sure it is fixed into place and to create an even finish. A smoother tool can be useful here, but isn’t vital. Remember it is easy to re-position the contact paper if it isn’t quite in the right place.

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Step 5: With your first shelf completed, repeat steps 1-5 until you have covered all of the shelves. You can alternate contact paper patterns to mix up the look or stick with one design.

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Once all your shelves are covered, simply add items to your bookcase, such as boxes, books and baskets with magazines!