The legs are on! and they have been for a few weeks, I have just been to busy to snap a photo. I threw a few items on her to make her look sorta pretty... just an empty shelf looks really sad and this looks only a little sad. Kind of like the wall above her. (yes, my shelf is a her). Intentionally not shown is this really big, blank wall. Yikes... but that is a task to tackle another day. This process was super simple, I chose one of the original legs I was looking at, while it was not my first choice, the legs I really wanted were not in stock and I have no patience when I get really excited about a new project... here is what I brought home.
I marked the screw holes for the plate and the Mr. drilled holes and screwed them in. The legs then just screw into the plate. Pretty simple. I had to wait to the next day to paint my legs since it was a bit too dark outside.
So the next day, I went to town priming and painting the legs. I went with gold for the legs, it will tie into the room when it is all done. I did not sand my legs before or between any coats, I wanted a textured look. Maybe I will change my mind and sand and add another coat of paint for legs that look like solid gold. A girl can dream she is that rich right? pshh... I decorate cakes for a living. That will never happen.
Once again just because I love looking at it. It is going to be far more functional storage when it is all done, but here is where it had landed for now. I don't think the photos do the gold on the legs justice at all, the look very luxe in person.
A little budget breakdown
expedit shelf from Ikea - FREE it was a gift, but if you are buying one $69.99
Legs - $11.90
Plates - $9.76
Spray Paint - paint and primer $8.04
Total = $29.7 (99.69 if you have to buy the expedit)
What do you think? Better then just sitting on the ground? Do tell!