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Let’s make wall art from IKEA shelves!

Someone threw out large, open design IKEA shelves. They sat out in the rain for days before I took pity on them. They were too big for me to use as is – 20″ square – and left where they were, eventually they were going to be tossed in the garbage truck. So I had no qualms dismantling them.


Previously I had seen an idea that I liked in a magazine using painted wood slats as a wall decoration. Looking at these oversize IKEA shelves inspired me. I used paints I had and decided to do a random pattern on each panel, not matchy-matchy. Initially I thought I’d set them up as squares but realized triangles would look cooler. I was going to have the points touching, but discovered that would make the piece too long end-to-end for where I intended it. So I hung them, one nail apiece, overlapping just a bit; the whole thing is about 6.5′ long and looks vaguely retro – 60’s? – to me in a way I really like. It’s bolder than anything I would have done in years past. Such an easy project and so satisying in the result.