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Gold and Marble Ikea Hyllis Hack

Hey everyone and welcome back! I am over the moon about how this hack turned out, and I can’t wait to share with y’all how easy (AND CHEAP)  it is to do!

I was inspired by the Hyllis hack originally shared here, and had it saved forever on Pinterest waiting to be used. However, for my office, I wanted something a little more glam. I love love love marble and gold combinations, so I don’t know why it took me so long to think of this but a lightbulb finally switched on in my head. I made two of these shelves so if you are just making one, cut these supplies in half.

Here are the supplies you will need for two shelves (click on the item name for its direct link):

Ikea Hyllis Shelf

Gold Spray Paint x 4

Marble Adhesive Sticker x3

Putty Knife

Pine Wood (from a 12x12x1 board) cut into 6 shelves measuring: 23 9/16″ x  10 5/8″ (If you don’t have a saw, no worries, you can have these cut at Lowes)

Pine Wood  (from a 12x8x1 board) cut into 2 shelves measuring: 23 10/16″ x 10 13/16″ [These are for each unit’s top shelf]

Screwdriver

Clamps

Drill

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Assemble the Hyllis Unit, and in a well-ventilated area – preferably outside – begin spray painting. (I tested out both options, of spray painting before assembly, and after, but due to painting the screws, it’s just easier to already have it assembled and ready to go).
Keep the strokes as smooth and even as possible to prevent dripping. Allow the first layer to set before continuing. This spray paint’s coverage is awesome, so you really won’t have to wait hours upon hours before finishing this part. Make sure to paint the ENTIRE unit, even underneath the shelves, otherwise you’ll see the galvanized metal show through.

Step 2: While the unit is drying, we can move on to creating the “marble” shelves that will be added to it. Once your wood shelves are cut to the measurements included in the supplies list, Lowes is awesome y’all forreal, it’s time to get your marble adhesive sticker and putty knife out. This is also surprisingly easy to work with and adjust. I was super nervous that it would be all over the place sticking to itself and that this whole project would be a bust, but this sticker is stellar. Use your putty knife to smooth out any bumps or air bubbles. You need to cover one side and all the edges.

Step 3: Once the unit is dry, after you have covered all of your wooden shelves, it’s time to put it all together! Taking your screwdriver, loosen the screws on each end of the bottom three shelves, then take the marble covered wood pieces and set them on the shelves. When they are laying flat against the metal shelves, tighten those screws back. This will secure these to your unit. For the top shelf, take the wood piece and clamp it at each end on the top. Now, drill in three holes evenly spaced across the middle of the shelf  (not all the way through, just enough for screws to fit in and secure it). Using your screw driver, secure those.

That’s it! Now here’s the fun part: Staging the unit!

 

Making one of your own? Tag me so I can see your completed Marble & Gold Hyllis Hack!

 

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    Kimberlee Farr

    November 8, 2016

    This is such a perfect DIY. Love your adaptation, can’t wait to see more!

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    lily

    February 13, 2017

    thanks for posting this project! I want to paint my Hyllis shelves white but wasn’t sure if I was going to have to disassemble them to get a good paint job (groan) so I’m super excited to just paint them as is after your recommendation! 🙂 How many coats did you end up painting? Did you use a sealer coat?

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      blondebossbabe

      February 13, 2017

      Hi! Glad you enjoyed it :). I did not use a sealant initially but ended up using a spray one by Rust-o-leum after I began seeing fingerprints from moving the shelves around. So I would definitely recommend using one as soon as you reach the level of coverage you want! For one Hyllis set I used a little less than a bottle and 1/2 of spray paint in total, varying in layer coverage depending on which part of the shelves were going to be on display – letting the first layer set is definitely the key though! Depending on what type of white spray paint you’re using you may use less than that. Hopefully that helps 🙂 I would love to see your results!!

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    becca

    March 14, 2017

    Do you have to do the wood shelves? cant you just cover the shelves already on there with the marble paper?

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      blondebossbabe

      March 14, 2017

      It’s very customizable! You don’t have to do the wood shelves if you prefer not to, and instead can apply the marble adhesive directly onto the shelf surface 🙂

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    Nikki

    March 20, 2017

    What size screws did you use?

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      blondebossbabe

      March 20, 2017

      Hi Nikki! For securing the top shelf to the hyllis frame, I used 1/2 inch screws, and wouldn’t recommend anything longer than that for the measurements used in this project

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    stare przepisy kulinarne

    April 26, 2017

    Very good website – bookmarked

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    Marta

    May 16, 2017

    Hey 🙂
    Can you add pictures again please? Because the old has probably already expired. 🙂

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      blondebossbabe

      May 16, 2017

      Thank you so much for alerting me! Apparently there was an issue with the images displaying on mobile browsers. They should show now 🙂 Thank you again!!

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    Amber

    May 18, 2017

    Where did you find your marble adhesive sticker?

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