Ikea Expedit

Ikea Expedit

We still can't believe that more than 100,000 of you have checked out our Ikea Expedit Project!  What originally was supposed to be a temporary fix for our organizational needs has now served our home for a whopping 2 years!  It works as our family's command center ~ organizing keys, mail, files + crafts.  We were (and still are) humbled to think that a simple addition of a chalkboard would spark so many re-pins on Pinterest.  Read on to see how a measurement mishap turned into one of our best projects to date! 

After taking measurements of the empty space behind our front door, we opted to purchase 3 individual Expedit Shelving Units.

To our dismay, we realized our measurements were off by 5" and didn't love that it practically stuck out past our door frame.  After about an hour of debating whether or not to return the whole thing, we had the idea to turn the end unit 90 degrees.

This allowed the entire unit to fit perfectly due to the fact that the cubes are more rectangular than square.  Then to conceal the blank side we added a chalkboard.  

We taped off our edges using 3M ScotchBlue Painter's Tape and taped down old cds to round the corners ~ gave it a couple coats of chalkboard spray paint from Home Depot and voila!  Our very own custom Ikea Expedit.

After completing this project, we received a lot of requests for a buying guide. Again, thanks for taking the time to check out our blog and best wishes for creating your own organizational area!

We purchased 3 individual Expedits, added a chalkboard and styled with the following:

{1}  West Elm Basket

{2}  Industrial Pulley

{3}  Ikea Magnetic Board

{4}  Ikea Magazine Rack

{5}  DIY Chalkboard

{6}  West Elm Vase

{7}  Anthropologie Camera Album

{8}  Crate and Barrel Wire Baskets

{9}  Pottery Barn Magazine File

{10}  Large Clip Was A Gift

{11}  Ikea Woven Baskets

{12}  West Elm Magazine File + Storage Box

{13}  Pottery Barn Baskets