Hello Friends. I hope you are well today and ready for our Ikea hack for Rustic Cube Shelves!

Last year we moved our son down to the basement and when we did we needed to give him some additional storage options.

Only we didn’t have time to build something from scratch. So we customized the Ikea Kallax shelves instead!

DIY Rustic Cube Shelves Ikea Hack Home Made Lovely

They’re currently down there, but the room isn’t finished so you’ll have to wait to see them in the space they were designed for.

Inside of DIY Cube Shelf Ikea Hack Home Made Lovely

Rustic Cube Shelves Supplies

  • Ikea Kallax shelving unit, 16 1/2 by 57 7/8 inches, 1
  • One-by-fours, knotty pine, 6 feet long, 5
  • 3-inch on center cabinet handles, 4
  • 1 1/2-inch narrow fixed pin hinges, 8
  • Magnetic catches, 4
  • Wood glue or adhesive
  • 1 1/4-inch brad nails, 128
  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Brad nailer
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Measuring tape
  • Sander and sandpaper
  • Hammer and other items for distressing wood
  • Dark walnut stain
  • Foam brush
  • Lint-free rag
  • Oil rubbed bronze spray paint (if necessary)


Step 2: Cut the Door Materials

Measure and cut 16 pieces of one-by-four knotty pine boards to 13 1/16 inches long. (These will make up the door fronts.)

Measure Wood Home Made Lovely

Cut Pieces for Wood Doors Home Made Lovely

Rip enough (not quite 1 inch) off of four of the door front pieces to create four 1-by-3-by-13 1/16-inch pieces.

Rip pieces Home Made Lovely

Measure and cut an additional eight pieces of one-by-fours to 13 1/16 inches long. (These will be used to fasten the door pieces together.)

Step 3: Assemble the Doors

Lay out three of the 13 1/16 inch pieces from the one-by-four and one 1-by-3-by 13 1/16-inch piece. This will be the front of one door.

Apply glue to two pieces of 13 1/16 inch one-by-four and adhere to door front, lining up the edges and pressing down to affix. See photos.

Gluing Wood Doors Home Made LovelyGluing backing onto doors Home Made Lovely

Using the brad nailer, also nail it in place.

Brad Nailer

Brad nail frame in place as well.

Repeat for all four doors, alternating the placement of the smaller board (1 by 3 by 13 1/16 inches) for a more rustic, reclaimed look.

Door Front Unfinished Home Made Lovely
Door Back Home Made Lovely

Step 4: Distress the Doors

Using a hammer and screwdriver, distress the door fronts by banging tools onto the wood at all angles. Distress the doors as much or as little as desired.

Raw Distressed Doors Home Made Lovely

Sand the edges and fronts of the doors to remove any rough patches.

Apply stain to the doors using the foam brush, making sure the stain sinks into all the dents and grooves. Let it sit for five to 10 minutes. Wipe off the excess stain with a clean, lint-free cloth. Let them all dry fully before moving onto the next step.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to stain wood, check out this post. 

Apply stain to wood

Wipe off excess stain Home Made Lovely

Step 5: Add the Handles and Hinges

After the stain on the wood doors is finished drying, decide which way you want your doors to go (vertically or horizontally). Then, on the front of each door, place a pencil mark at 5 inches and 8 inches from the top of the door. Drill holes for the handle screws.

Measure for handle holes Home Made Lovely

Drill holes for handles Home Made Lovely

Drill 1-inch deep clearance holes in back for the screw heads to fit. Be careful not to drill through to the front of the doors. Add the handles to each door.

Drill clearance holes in back of doors

Spray paint the hinges if necessary (it was for me as I couldn’t find black or oil-rubbed bronze hinges in the size and style I needed).

Locate one hinge 2 inches from the top and one hinge 2 inches from the bottom of each door on the side opposite the handle. Using screws that came with the hinges, attach the hinges to the doors.

Step 6: Attach the Doors to the Shelving Unit

Place the doors into the shelf openings and mark holes for the hinge screws with a pencil. Drill pilot holes (size appropriate for hinge screws) in the shelving unit and the doors. Attach the doors to the shelving unit by screwing the hinges into place.

Add the magnetic catches as door stops inside the shelving unit.

DIY Rustic Cube Shelves Wood Door Detail Home Made Lovely

Inside of DIY Cube Shelf Ikea Hack Home Made Lovely

Finishing Touches

You can customize the cube shelf further by adding hair-pin legs, rigid or swivel casters or some sort of backing to the shelf, such as tread plate or wood planking.

DIY Rustic Cube Shelves Ikea Hack Open Door Home Made Lovely

Have you ever hacked an Ikea piece? What’s your favorite Ikea hack?

This project designed and executed by Dean and Shannon Acheson, Home Made Lovely. This post first appeared on ehow.