You know what my apartments never have enough of? Wall space for me to hang a million prints and shelving for me to display all sorts of knick knacks. I need places for all my random shit, people. Which is why I'm determined to apparently install shelving into every square inch of wall space in our apartment.
Yep, I'm no longer afraid of that drill going into concrete walls. However, does it take approximately two days for me to drill six holes because my drill is a wimp, and I'm basically hammering the drill bit into the wall after the drill dies on me for the third time? Yes. Do I need to just buckle down and invest in a nice hammer drill? Probably. Will I? Not until I have two more projects that exhaust me, most likely.
Though I really loved the butcher block shelves I put up in the kitchen, I'm not a huge fan of the cheap utility brackets and I can only ride that spray paint one-trick pony so long. And let's be honest, shelving brackets that are even moderately cute are expensive AF if you're buying more than two, which earns you one measly shelf that will display like one sixteenth of my tchotchkes. So who comes to the rescue? You guessed it — IKEA.
I spotted these EKBY shelving brackets on an adorable old apartment tour on Design*Sponge and fell in love with everything — even the yellow color, which I copied. I was a big fan of the brackets' lack of bulkiness and how they suspended the shelves instead of propping them up. They were simple and modern without being pretentious about it and could be easily modified and customized.
I bought three of the deeper shelving brackets from IKEA (they have a 19 cm version and a 29 cm version) and then bought the pine wood separately at the hardware store, which I had them custom-cut to length and depth. I then stained the wood — at first I wanted to keep it the natural pine color, which is nice and clean and modern, but though it might look too bland against our white walls. I'm a little iffy on the decision still, but think I would've been happy either way.
Next came the yellow spray paint, the holes in the concrete walls the same way as last time, the hanging and the knick-knack arranging! I'm sure the objects will be moved around a lot more before I settle on something I'm happy with, but I'm excited to just have the space to do it.
Overall, it adds a lot to the apartment and definitely looks better than our cheap bookcase before, which was crowded and bulky. And yes, I'll probably use the new shelves as an excuse to go out and buy things to display on them!