Gold Ikea Ekby Bjärnum Shelves

September 3, 2014Sarah Khandjian

Love the gold trend? Add some metallic shimmer to your home by spray painting affordable Ikea shelf brackets gold!

As part of my home office refresh I updated the existing Ikea Ekby Bjärnum shelf brackets  with a few coats of metallic gold spray paint. The new look satisfies my desire to make everything gold and makes them look a little less default.

I first primed the brackets with a coat of Kilz oil-based spray primer and then used Montana Gold spray paint in Goldchrome to give them a metallic gold finish. They needed 3 thin coats to fully cover the metal finish. Though Montana Gold is my favorite spray paint, I found this finish to leave fingerprints. If I were doing this again, I definitely would wear gloves while installing the brackets to avoid smudging the pretty gold finish. And since these brackets have exposed screw heads, I gave them a quick coat of paint with some liquid gilding so they match the brackets.

Use Montana gold spray paint to transform Ikea Ekby Bjarnum silver shelf brackets  into beautiful gold ones!

Want to make everything gold? All it takes is a few coats of spray paint to transform these Ikea shelf brackets into something more stylish.

Do those scalloped storage jars look familiar? I gave the lids a quick coat of spray paint so they now match the gold brackets. The gold storage box is just a plain white box I picked up at the craft store that I covered with some gold mylar tape.

Hmm… I wonder what else can I make gold?

Poppin white pencil cups / Poppin white ruler / Print by Emily McDowell / Storage jars by me (tutorial here) / Wall color: Soothing Green Tea by Glidden


  • Sarah C.

    September 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Cute! We have the same shelves in our (former office now turned) nursery. The regular stainless finish works better for our home/style, but I love what you did and love the aged finish you achieved. Nothing tackier than fake looking brass/bronze/gold!

  • Jessica

    September 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I often wonder the same thing… :)

  • emily

    September 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    clever and cute!

  • Lee Ann L.

    September 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Oh, I had to go check this out. It took some digging around; but, I discovered these can hold up to 44 lbs. Perfect for catification (making a space cat friendly). Thank you for showing these off! :-)

  • Tara

    December 1, 2017 at 6:13 am

    How have these held up? I’m going to do it this weekend and wonder if I need to seal the paint? Do they fingerprint still? Thanks!!

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