One day I'd love to have a big beautiful playroom to keep all the fun (chaos) in, but that day is not today. Probably not even close to that day haha. We live in a darling 2 bedroom condo that we love so much (Can you say laundry room and his and hers closets?! what more could you want?) but we're living in one of the most expensive cities in the world, and we see ourselves here for the long haul! But that also means that we won't have the luxury of a playroom for a little while. The Bay Area the equivalent of "Nice weather today, huh?" is "Man, those real estate prices, huh?" BUT when your condo is in a redwood forest that's in the middle of a big city, you don't want to leave anyways. Sean and I grew up here in the Bay Area and welcomed our baby into the world here, our family is here, and we have the most amazing friends who have become our family.
Sean and I seriously love home projects and finding storage solutions and decorating and DIYing. We searched for the perfect toy storage solution for our living room to no avail, so we decided to make our own. We really wanted something that looked stylish and would blend in with our existing furniture and decor, but functional enough to store all of Greyson's things. We wanted him to be able to get to his things himself and we didn't want to be too worried about him beating up an expensive piece of furniture. Enter the ever famous IKEA Kallax.
I obviously turned to Pinterest and looked around at options. First of all, IKEA sells the cutest little drawers and doors to add on to the Kallax and I knew that I wanted to incorporate them both for functionality as well as an overall elevated look. So I happen to come across this photo that Fabric Paper Glue* posted in a playroom reveal and I knew this was the perfect inspiration. It looked modern and polished, and well, not like it came from IKEA haha... that's the goal of a successful IKEA hack, right?!
We picked up the 2x4 boxed Kallax shelf when it was on sale for around $50 then did as most young couples do- came home and put it together. All. Night. Long. What would a good IKEA piece be without a building date though, am I right?
Here is the list of products we used to recreate this amazing hack.
IKEA Kallax 2x4 Storage unit - White - $50
We snagged it was on sale, but I believe the regular price is $65
Top Middle Squares - Drawers - $40 ($20/pack of 2)
Each package of drawers come with 2. We bought 2 packages so we would have 4 drawers)
Top Outer Squares
We left empty and put cute books in them.
Bottom Middle Squares - Doors - $30 ($15 ea.)
We got 2 packages so we ended up with 2 doors and installed them to open out from the center.
Bottom Outer Squares - 2 Stripe Canvas Baskets - $26 ($13 ea.)
You have so many options as far as baskets go, but I chose these because I loved the canvas look with the rope handles. They are slightly smaller than the cubby, which I like because it makes them look less uniform and Ikea-y haha.
6 Legs - $15 ($2.50 ea.)
we got these mid-century modern style legs from Home Depot and painted the metal on the bottom gold and the wood on the top white to match the unit. The possibilities are really endless with the color though- have fun and make it your own! Since the unit is long you will need 6 legs to keep it from sagging in the middle. Pretty Pegs have similar beautiful legs that will cut out the painting step, but you'll pay more for a pack of 4 than you paid for the console itself. Great for color inspiration though!
6 Pieces of Mounting Hardware - $15
We used 4 of these mounting brackets for the corner legs and 2 of these for the middle legs.
Gold Hardware- $10* or $46**
These beautiful brushed gold handles* MADE the project for me. I ordered them through AliExpress months ago and happened to have some leftover. Since everything on Ali ships directly from China, some things can take a while to arrive, but I mean come on, you just can't beat those prices. I can't say enough about the quality, either. They are gorgeous and as high of quality as anything else you'll find at your local hardware store. They are just so good.
If you need something quicker, I love these** for the drawer pulls and these** for the two doors.
GRAND TOTAL - $186
At the end of the day, I'm really happy with the way this turned out and for under $200 I consider this a total win!
(I still need to take photos of how it turned out and how I styled it, so I will update as soon as I can!)
Happy IKEA Hacking!