First, paint the shelves a bright red. She mixed red paint and light blue paint to get the right shade.
Let the paint dry and give it another coat, if necessary. When paint has fully dried, flip it to the side and use a black permanent marker to draw triangles along the side. This mimics the look of the Donkey Kong scaffolding.
Next to make the vertical spine visually “disappear” into the wall, paint it in a matching shade. As a result, the girders stand out more dramatically.
Now for the Donkey Kong accessories
She bought a drum-like pencil holder from Daiso and painted it blue. Then, labelled it “OIL” with white chalk pen.
A trip to a second hand store unearthed a toy wooden barrel which was a perfect addition to the set. I would have bought a few more to stack next to the gorilla.
She already had a set of 8-bit figures and they were just the right size for the wall shelf. This is a similar one on Amazon.
Miki is still missing Pauline, Mario’s kidnapped girlfriend and the reason he scales platforms and jumps over barrel bombs.
And with that, the set is basically done. All that’s left is to assemble, hang up on the wall and see “How high can you get?”.
What to pay special attention to?
One thing to note, the LUSTIGT wall shelf comes with two green ladders and one black one. Miki bought two sets to get 4 green ladders. The other black ladders were used with the unaltered LUSTIGT set.
Miki is not the only one to have done this.
@atyuriko tweets his version and exclaims, “Oh! I’m glad that there are people who reproduced it the same way as I did!”
atyuriko kept the shelves aligned, and added quite a few more ladders and barrels. He has Pauline too.
Reddit user @PlahausBamBam contained his creation inside a RIBBA 19″ x 19″ frame. After putting it together, he added a UV light bar and paint to give it a more old-school video game look. A very nice touch.
The Kong is in!
Want it in large scale? Forget the LUSTIGT. Use LACK wall shelves instead.