Published on November 29th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


IKEA EXPEDIT BOOKCASE – industrial chic makeover

Materials: EXPEDIT

Description: An old black EXPEDIT got a new industrial chic look

1. Sand down the bookcase
2. Apply primer. I used a water based one, let it dry overnight.
3. Apply 3 coats of paint.
4. To style, add stamps, patina gel, wood wax, labels.

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~ maya, Israel

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6 Responses to IKEA EXPEDIT BOOKCASE – industrial chic makeover

  1. Joe Mahoney says:

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  2. Joe Mahoney says:

    Hi Maya,

    I am also very curious if you sanded down the entire thing to the wood (how long did that take!?) and what kind of paint you used. Your response will be really helpful!

  3. Anonymous says:

    LOVE IT!

    but what paint did you apply???

  4. Jacob says:

    Hi Maya,

    so did you actually only sand down the original black coat and got this look or does the wooden look come from the paint you applied?
    thx for your answer

  5. מיה says:


  6. Miri Iron says:

    This is brilliant. It’s like that movie, Victor/Victoria.

    This is an inexpensive shelving thing disguised as an expensive shelving thing that, in turn, is industrial waste/chic.

    I love the use of label holders and the smudged number on the side.

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