How to Build LEGO-themed Shelves With Display Areas

Your kids are really into LEGO? Here is a way to theme their shelves so they look like giant bricks!

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Warning: Don't show the results of this guide to your LEGO-addicted kids. They'll want it in their room immediately!

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So the basic idea of this guide is to turn some corner like this...

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...into a LEGO-themed storage with display areas like that:

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A LEGO-themed storage with display areas.

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Here is a closer look at the doors.

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I had two main goals: more storage and some nice display areas to showcase my latest LEGO projects

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You can do this with any old shelves you have, as long as they have LEGOish measures. Anyhow, I'll show you how it is done from the beginning...

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First: Note all measures

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I use an app called 'Measures' to note my measuring. Sounds reasonable, doesn't it?

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Next up: Imagine what it will look like

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Draw it...

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... maybe build it.

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I had a look around and found that doors for IKEA BESTA shelves had the best proportions to resemble LEGO bricks.

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Buy the shelves & assemble them.

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In case you want to add lights, don't forget: You'll need some power (look at the center of the picture, there it is)

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I added IKEA Dioder lights to highlight the display areas

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Lights: Working.

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All shelves hanging.

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Last & most important: The LEGO-doors

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I ordered 60 of these wooden coasters to create the LEGO-doors. Found them on eBay.

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The concept is easy: Attach the coasters to the doors ...

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... and paint it in any color you planned.

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The detailed steps for the LEGO doors:

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Get dressed properly for painting stuff. Put on your DIY shirt and some old pants. Keep in mind: You might look like this in the end...

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Just kidding 😉

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First of all, the base colour of the doors and the coasters has to be the same. I bought white doors, so I had to paint the coasters white as well.

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Lay out the coasters on a large piece of cardboard and start painting them.

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Here is what happens.

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When you're done, wait for the paint to dry.

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Meanwhile ... Prepare the door!

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Put in the screws carefully.

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They'll come out the other end.

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With the screws put in you can easily add the painted coasters to the door.

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But: LEGO has many colours. So let's go on painting!

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Spraypaint the coasters once before you add them to the doors.

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Spraypaint the door as well.

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Do it again in other colours.

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Wait until the paint has dried.!

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Put a little wood glue on the back of the coasters

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Paint it once again and the door is almost finished!

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Spray it with clear varnish as soon as the color has dried. It will improve the lifetime of the color and give it a glossy finish.

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More colors, more fun!

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Whenever you have some finished doors mount them. But before you do that: Prepare to be amazed!

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Here are all my doors attached - except for the last one!

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But it is not done yet. I'm sure you noticed the largest door is still missing. I prepared something special for that one.

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The square door would look awkward as a LEGO brick since there is no 3x3 plate, so I had something else in mind.

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I had a LEGO logo printed on adhesive foil and attached it to the door.

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The doors look really awesome!

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You can use the display areas as a white box as well.

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That train station is still missing a train

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The mini modulars next to the switches. The lower switch turns on the lights in the display areas.

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A lot room for more LEGO!

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...or books & instructions.

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The downside: Costs

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The BESTA shelves & doors varied from 25€ (small+door) to 60€ (large+door&drawer) per shelf. Altogether ~300€

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In case you already have the shelves and doors and simply want to give them a nice new look, this will be a lot cheaper of course!

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The wooden coasters came 90cents per coaster. I ordered 60 because my initial planning was a little different.

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The spray paint was 8€ per bottle at the local hardware store, same applies to the clear varnish. I used 7 bottles in different colours plus 2x white and 3x clear varnish.

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The LEGO-Logo set me back 40€ at a local printing store.

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The DIODER lights were 20€ each, I used two packs. The remote controlled power outlet set me back 25€.

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Summed up: ~550€ plus many hours of making & coloring the doors ... Looking at it I must say: Worth every penny.

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