Art in the Office: Canvas Expedit Doors

Dans Le Townhouse

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IKEA's Expedit is the world's most popular storage solution for home offices. But if you don't keep it tidy, looking at cluttered compartments will do nothing for your motivation and home office decor. Part gallery wall and part storage, here's a DIY project which elevates the shelving unit from dime-a-dozen warehouse furniture into a mini-museum.

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse wanted to cover up some of the cubbies of her Expedit, but found IKEA's ready-made doors were more than she wanted to spend. Instead, using 12"x12" canvases and inexpensive screw-eye and cup hook hardware, she painted and attached her own doors. The result is a swinging door that looks great and covers the clutter behind—and Tanya tackled 5 doors for less than the price of one door from IKEA.

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You don't need to ooze artistic talent to take on this challenge. Stencils and removable painter's tape can get you a long way in creating patterns, and you can always go the abstract route and let your brush do the talking. Check out one of these easy painting tutorials on the web to get started:

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Music lovers can also decorate/customize the Expedit with their record collection as "doors". Rekordit is a customization site which offers 2, 4, and 5 frame record display units designed specifically to fit over the popular IKEA EXPEDIT shelving system, providing both a stylish way to display your favorite records, while also protecting the ones stored inside from dust and damage.


(Images: Dans le Townhouse, erindotmcintosh; Rekordit)

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