ROUND-UP OF THE BEST IKEA BILLY HACKS OUT THERE

If you saw Monday's post you saw the "before & after" of an ugly shelving situation that I dressed up for a client's office. 

Today I'm expanding on that theme and bringing you a round up of all the best bookshelf DIY projects I could gather up, along with links to the tutorials for each.  By far the most-hacked bookcase is the super affordable Ikea Billy ... it's kind of amazing what people have done using that as a base ... and I love that you can get really creative with mixing and matching in other Ikea cabinetry and storage furniture as well for a truly customized look.
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 Paint the backs in a contrasting color for added visual interest ...  

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Or paint the face of the bookcase in a contrasting color ...

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Mix and match the bookshelves with other Ikea cabinetry and storage furniture for a variety of storage and functions. (Hint: look at Hemnes, Besta, Borgsjo, Liatorp and all the kitchen wall cabinets as well!)

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Build it out all the way to the ceiling or keep it shorter and just add crown molding (although 
when possible I usually prefer it to reach all the way to the ceiling for a more seamless look ...)

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Definitely bulk up the faces of the shelves with wider wood trim to 
make the whole piece look more substantial and custom-made.

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I absolutely love the idea of adding integrated lighting ...


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This DIY-er added beveled crown molding ...
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 Wallpapering the backs of the shelves is a great way to infuse color and pattern into your space ...
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 These were built right onto an exposed brick wall ... how's that for texture!
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 I liked the mixed use of different sized bookcases used in this project ...
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 The arches definitely add a different twist!
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 Remove a few shelves here and there to make space for hanging art or a tv ...
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You can always add beadboard backing for some texture ...
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I particularly like the molding detail on the outer ends of the 
bookshelf, and the extra tall baseboard used at the bottom ...
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There you have it...PLENTY of inspiration here for customizing inexpensive, ready-made bookshelves.

I also have ideas for using small upper kitchen cabinets (you know, those short ones that go above the fridge) as built-ins for window seats and dining nook banquette benches ... stay tuned for more!

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4 comments:

PandaDisguises said...

A great selection of Billy hacks here. But can you (or anyone) tell me what colour paint I need to paint the fascias in order for them to match the off-white colour of the Ikea units?

PandaDisguises said...

A great selection of Billy hacks here. But can you (or anyone) tell me what colour paint I need to paint the fascias in order for them to match the off-white colour of the Ikea units?

PandaDisguises said...

Hi,

We bought Valspar paint which had a shade matching the wardrobes we bought. However the shade was an American one so we just took one of the shelves into B&Q. They analysed it and gave us a Valspar equivalent shade. VERY good match to the wardrobes. Hope this helps

Anonymous said...

I took a shelf to the local diy shop and they custom mixed a can ...sweet as anut

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