I’m so happy this Ikea bookshelf turned pool station is finally done! The shelf has been standing in the heat for a few weeks and I just couldn’t get myself to finish it. Even though, all it really needed was some paint and decoration, nothing major. Oh well, it is up now and it looks great I think. Not only that, but it’s useful and practical at the same time. Big score in my book!
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Ikea Bookshelf turned Pool Station
This is how it looked when I took it out of my daugher’s bedroom. She needed a bigger bookshelf and a while back, we bought her a new desk and bed in white so this look didn’t fit in with the rest anymore anyways.
But I didn’t want to just toss it out, I knew I needed storage on our back patio. So I figured, I paint it quickly, really just with the dry brush technique to make it look a little weathered and not so much like an indoor shelf.
And that’s all I really did. Using chalky finish paint, I gave it a refresh and I think it looks great this way. For outside anyways. I added plastic bins from the dollar store that I had in store but no longer needed. For this outside shelf they work perfectly, since they can get wet from the pool stuff and are easy to keep clean.
I left the bins without labels on purpose, I might want to use them for something different in the winter, and I kinda think this shelf has enough going on with all the different colored towels….
I like how I can have all of the pool stuff like towels and goggles and sun lotion stored in one place and have it look pretty at the same time!
If you like it, pin it for later!
Hopefully I’m ready to show you our back patio next week, as I’m only missing a few little details. Hope you like my shelf, I am happy having everything organized without spending money!
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