I came across the picture above on pinterest and fell in love with how bright and beautiful the shelves were, but the Ikea VITTSJO shelves were $79 each. That is way too steep for a girl that mostly shops at thrift stores! I combed the internet for a cheaper alternative and found the Edsal shelves below for $26.87 on Amazon.
I bought the paint bhg.com suggested from Walmart for around $3.50 a can and needed 8 cans total.
I painted and put the shelves together two different ways. With the first shelves I painted all the pieces and put them together as soon as they seemed dry. Bad idea! The pieces all got scratched as I was putting them together and because I was trying so hard to not scratch the paint, the pieces fit really wonky.
The next set of shelves I put together completely and then laid them on their side and painted them.
This worked great for the sides and support pieces and the front and back but when I painted the actual shelf pieces it dripped all over the place. Still the second shelf results were better than the first.
For best results I would suggest standing the shelves upright for painting or painting all pieces individually, waiting a day or so till they are completely dry, assembling the unit and then touching up any scratches at that point.
Even with the issues I love the way the shelves turned out and they definitely brighten up the living room!