Transform an IKEA LACK Shelf into a Faux Cement Accent Piece

This innovative DIY project by @liz_besanson shows you how to transform an IKEA LACK shelf into a beautiful faux cement accent piece. It’s a fantastic way to add a touch of industrial chic to your home décor.

Materials Needed

To recreate this striking piece, you will need the following:

  • IKEA LACK Shelf
  • Fiber Tape
  • Cement Mixture
  • Trowels
  • 220 Grit Sand Paper
  • Polycrylic Sealant

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Prep the Shelf

Start by covering the entire IKEA LACK shelf with fiber tape. This will provide a textured base for the cement to adhere to.

Step 2: Prepare the Cement Mixture

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, prepare your cement mixture using cold water. Ensure the consistency is just right – not too thick, not too runny.

Step 3: Apply the First Coat

Work quickly to apply the first coat of cement to the shelf, as it sets in about 15 minutes. Use a trowel to spread the mixture evenly across the surface.

Step 4: Let it Dry

Allow the first coat to dry thoroughly before proceeding to the next step. This will ensure a smooth and even finish.

Step 5: Apply the Second Coat

Prepare a second, slightly looser batch of cement mixture. Apply this as your second coat, smoothing it out with a longer trowel and perfecting the edges.

Step 6: Sand the Edges

Once your second coat has dried, use 220 grit sandpaper to sand down any rough edges. This will give your shelf a polished, professional look.

Step 7: Seal the Shelf

Finally, seal your faux cement shelf with polyacrylic to protect it and enhance its durability.


With a bit of creativity and a few simple steps, @liz_besanson transformed a simple IKEA LACK shelf into an eye-catching faux cement accent piece. This project proves that with a little DIY spirit, you can create stunning, high-end looks for a fraction of the price.

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