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Published on June 23rd, 2010 | by Jules Yap


EXPEDITion Guatemala

Materials: Expedit shelves, MDF, upcycled burlap coffee sacks

Description: After lining our office walls with EXPEDIT shelves, we realized we could never afford enough of the baskets that IKEA sells to fill all of the holes. To cover unsightly stored items, we fashioned “screens” out of MDF and covered them with burlap coffee sacks, scored from a local roaster. We think it evokes a way less Swedish and way more rustic, Guatemalan, Tanzanian, fair-trade, organic vibe.

1. Cut 1/2″ MDF into 12.75″ squares, glue two together at a 90 degree angle. Use pneumatic staples or finish nails to hold the pieces together until the glue sets.

2. Cut a 15×15 (or so) square from your coffee sack, center screen and attach with staples on the back. Add drawer pulls or knobs.

3. Hide all of your files, magazines, old photo printers and other knack behind screen.

~ Christian Seger, Field Store TX

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Jules Yap

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6 Responses to EXPEDITion Guatemala

  1. Iv just been setting up my bookcase and want something other than ordinary boxes. A screen is a great idea and love the use of burlap. Thanks for sharing!

  2. dining table says:

    I love the Idea and I really love the design. I wish I can do that. I wish you are going to share more stuff just like that. Thank you.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love this look, it is wonderful. What a great idea!

  4. Katie says:

    This is great – the shelves are SO functional but definitely a little stark looking. I bet you could do a “U” shape!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love the burlap! Out of curiosity, has anyone made these panels U-shaped (these are L-shaped) so you can slide them in without moving everything (placed with spaces on the sides to accommodate the “legs” of the U) on the shelf? Or could you put the L-shaped panel in rotated 90 degrees? My brain is churning (in a good way!).

  6. Anonymous says:

    I used bankers boxes that I intended to cover with contact paper and never did. Love this!

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