Vittsjö Ikea Hack…

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..do good things come in two?

Last year we made our Hyllis Ikea Hack and we love it to this day…
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…The one “flaw” we could find with it, was the location, as it is behind our couch 😉

So this is our living room…

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…so we decided to make “the sequel”.

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Hurray!

This time we decided to fix up the Vittsjö from Ikea

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…first step – put it together!

You have two choices, either use the Instruction manual, or – do as I did – “honey, can you put this together for me” 🙂

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…so I could not wait, and decided to style it right away…

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…but lets get “hacking” – we went to the local hardware store and had some wood cut down to size…

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…hubby made cuts in all the right places and the pieces came together…

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…as you can see here…

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…making everything fit like a glove…

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…and one by one we got the shelves ready…

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…I treated the wooden boards with wood stain, a mixed together antique oak and just a dash of cherry…

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…and here you see the before…

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…during…

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…and after!

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…just one quick coat and you´re done…

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…and them simply put them in the right place…
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…we deceided to keep the original shelves underneath – keeping all our options open.  Also we out some screws to fasten to top shelves down…

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…so now here we have the final product…

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…and as you can clearly see, the Vittsjö and the Hyllis are a perfect match!

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Then we style them and simply enjoy it all…

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…and the shelves make everything look pretty and put together…

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…a little bit rustic and industrial…

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…looking good, right?

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So even though its not the “same shelve” – the do compliment each other…

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We love it, how about you?
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17 comments for “Vittsjö Ikea Hack…

  1. Martina
    21.10.2015 at 11:25

    Wow, just as gorgeous as the HYLLIS one!!

  2. 31.12.2015 at 16:35

    Absolutely gorgeous. What were the dimensions on the wood boards?

  3. Sonja
    16.01.2016 at 15:25

    Looks great!! we are desperatly trying to find the right type of stain to have a similar look. Could you specify what stain type you used (since we dont get same brands here and its impossible to find a good online translation of whats written on the can …). Thanks!!

    • ana
      13.06.2016 at 16:20

      WOW IS AMAZING!!! COULD YOU GIVE ME THE SIZE OF THE WOODS?

      • Soffia - Skreytum Hús...
        23.06.2016 at 19:04

        Thanks Ana. We simply measured the shelves and cut them to the length that we found to be most agreeable. I recommend you do the same as it varies what wood you use and how it would look best!

  4. kat
    27.05.2016 at 08:51

    This looks fantastic! What a brilliant idea. I am going to use it for a solution to my living room, I cannot thank you enough!

  5. Stephanie
    30.05.2016 at 02:37

    Fell in love with this idea, I immediately went to Ikea to give this hack a try. However, I need a little help I was wondering what wood was used and measurements ? Hope to hear from you and again it’s an amazing idea.

  6. Natalie
    05.06.2016 at 17:31

    What tool did your husband use to cut the squares out of the wood boards for the perfect fit?

  7. Martina
    31.10.2016 at 21:15

    Im sorry, I dont get it – did you screw the top shelf? And also what measurement (deapth) did you cut your wood to? It looks like one board is thinner than the other is that correct, and if so, why? 🙂

  8. Betsy
    27.02.2017 at 19:12

    Hi – for those of us without husbands – I would also like to know how your husband cut the notches in the boards! That’s the only part of this project I would not be able to do myself…

  9. Patricia Loewy
    13.08.2017 at 18:49

    Great hack. Gonna try it for sure! I love a natural wood look and instead of staining it, I will use Danish oil. Just have to find pieces with a nice grain.

    To the other posters with questions about the boards. You can really do whatever you want – Home Depot fir boards come in 2, I think 6, and 8, 10 or 12 but the actual size is 7.5, 9.5 etc.

    The Ikea site says the depth is 14.125 inches, so you can do two 8 inch boards and have one cut lengthwise to 6.625 to fit, or cut a 12 inch one to 10.625 and fit it with a 4 inch one etc.

    Each one would look good I think, depending on where it will be placed.

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