IKEA KALLAX Hack – Industrial Storage For A Boys Bedroom

An IKEA KALLAX hack that will turn your IKEA KALLAX/EXPEDIT storage cube from average, to cool, fun and industrial! 



IKEA KALLAX HACK - TRANSFORM THE EPEDIT CUBE INTO AN INDUSTRIAL STORAGE BOX / GRILLO DESIGNS WWW.GRILLO-DESIGNS.COM

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IKEA KALLAX TUTORIAL - FAKE THE INDUSTRIAL LOOK / GRILLO DESIGNS WWW.GRILLO-DESIGNS.COM

 

So I actually published this post a year ago. Pre – DLSR camera days . Pre- I have no idea what blogging actually is days and pre- IKEA hacking days… No …. wait that’s an obvious  lie. There has never been pre-IKEA hacking days .

I’ve been IKEA hacking since I was in nappies! Duh.

 

Alright, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration …

What I’m trying to say is, that I’m just revamping this post … just a little . I’m answering readers questions from the  previous post and adding in a few more details. I also was super productive today and took some new photos of this old thing while my son was at school.

 

 

I know right..check me out. Totally ‘Adult-ing’ today…for a change!

 

 

DIY IKEA KALLAX HACK

 

This  IKEA EXPEDIT cube now known as the KALLAX had been sitting in our guest room for quite some time before  I decided to give it a complete makeover for my sons bedroom

 

WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE IKEA KALLAX FOR THIS IKEA KALLAX HACK / GRILLO DESIGNS WWW.GRILLO-DESIGNS.COM

 

I’m talking a whole industrial style makeover, because lets face it…this whole industrial style craze isn’t a new thing for me. Not at all.

 

DIY TUTORIAL FOR THE IKEA KALLAX HACK / GRILLO DESIGNS WWW.GRILLO-DESIGNS.COM

 

Many readers asked if I had used metal brackets in this makeover. Answer is no…. I faked the metallic look (a similar way I had done with my 3D Wall Letters). I’ll show you how!

 

MATERIALS USED FOR THIS IKEA KALLAX HACK:

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HOW TO GET THIS HACK ON!

 

Sand IKEA cube down with your sanding machine. You just need to roughen up the waxy type surface so the paint primer has  something to grip onto. As you can see, my IKEA KALLAX cube was a little battered looking. I blame it on the contact paper I stuck to the top for my sons playroom makeover!

 

IKEA KALLAX HACK : SAND DOWN THE IKEA KALLAX CUBE / GRILLO DESIGNS WWW.GRILLO-DESIGNS.COM

 

With a nail, make little holes around the front of the KALLAX cube. You can measure and mark with a pencil  before hand if you like things to be perfecto. I literally winged it here!

 

 

Then hammer the screw heads into those holes you made. This will give the appearance of faux rivets. You can also use notice pins (push pins) to get this effect – see what I mean by clicking here

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NEXT COMES THE PAINTING…. Spray paint the grey primer paint on in thin even coats making sure to cover the screw heads to get rid of their shiny chrome look!

 

ikea kallax hack - paint the screw heads / grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

Now paint on the outer layer of paint once the primer is dry.

 

 

FYI I have an awesome post on HOW TO PAINT IKEA FURNITURE if you feel like you need more detailed steps of the process

 

IKEA HALLAX HACK TUTORIAL - USE A ROLLER TO APPLY PAINT / grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

I chose to use the Aldi chalk paint (just because I wanted to see what everyone was raving about). Mixed opinions really – the price was ok, but because it was so thin,  I had to do several coats…which kinda defeats the object of using chalk paint…

 

CHALK PAINT I CHOSE FOR THIS IKEA KALLAX HACK/ grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

This is how the KALLAX cube looked after several coats of paint.

 

IKEA KALLAX HACK FOR KIDS BEDROOM/ grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

I painted the inside of the cube with Dulux Orange Gloss.This needs about 12 hours drying time in between coats. Why the colour orange? I had a grey and orange theme going on in my sons room – check out this similar looking storage I made with these very same colours!  

 

DIY IKEA KALLAX HACK USING DULUX AND CHALK PAINT/ grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

Saw wooden timber floor board to the size of the top of the KALLAX and hammer in place with nails – the thickness  of the wooden planks depends on your choice here.

 

WOODEN LOOKING IKEA KALLAX HACK FOR BOYS BEDROOM/ grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

You can then sand and stain the raw wood. I used dark oak varnish for this but you choose any stain colour you like.

 

IKEA KALLAX HACK WITH RUSTIC WOODEN PLANKS/ grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

Now comes the fun part! Once the paint and stain has dried, grab your silver leaf rubbing wax. Squeeze  a little at time on to a cloth (or your finger) and rub it on to the outside of the KALLAX cube. This wax lifted the flat grey effect and gave the surface a whole new metallic touch!

 

 

Seriously this stuff is awesome…. you need to buy it now!

 

APPLYING SILVER WAX TO MAKE YOUR IKEA KALLAX HACK LOOK MORE INDUSTRIAL / grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

Finally, seal the whole unit with clear wax and leave to cure for a couple of days! if you’re  a little uncertain about how to use wax on furniture – check out this post by Sincerly Sarad

 

DIY RUSTIC LOOKING IKEA KALLAZ HACK/ grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

Can I let you into a little secret? This is legit what this IKEA KALLAX hack is now being used for in my sons room. Clothes storage….

 

ikea kallax hack used for clothes storage / grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

I cant even share a full shot because the sight is embarrassing. Yes I know, I’m a terrible mother . My son is four and I should be keep his clothes tidy right?

 

Well… yes and no… I’m trying out parts of the Montessori approach which is why I made this cube in the first place . It’s at his level and it’s easy for him to choose what he wants to wear..

However, I admit it could be more organised- so I’ll be blogging about that soon. Watch this space!

 

 

IKEA KALLAX HACK - TRANSFORM THE IKEA KALLAX/EXPEDIT INTO INDUSTRIAL STORAGE/ grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com


 

IKEA KALLAX HACK –  BENCH SEAT IN LIVING ROOM

 

ikea kallax hack - make a bench seat / grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

IKEA PAX HACK – UNDER BED TOY STORAGE

 

ikea pax hack - underbed toy storage idea / grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

IKEA HACK –  DIY WALL PLANTER

 

ikea hyllis hack wall planter / grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

IKEA BILLY HACK : KIDS SHELF AND TOY BED

 

IKEA billy hack for a kid / grillo designs www.grillo-designs.com

 

 

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Comments

  1. Rachel

    I keep looking at this – just fantastic. Really creative and so well done. Great job!

  2. Love IKEA hacks! I recently did one for another bookcase and it looks so much more elegant. Love this for an edgy modern look.

  3. Oh my gosh, how cool is that! And super easy, too! Thank you for sharing.. I will have to do this for my boy’s room!

  4. You did a great job and it looks terrific. I’ m not all that handy…but wish I were.

  5. Vincent

    I am actually very impressed the way you have made it! Every time I see it I am thinking “it really does look nice”.

    1. Thank you 🙂