Hi friends! It’s great to be back! Today, I’ll talk about my first IKEA Billy Bookcase hack. Are you ready?
After investing time and effort in our front room trying to figure out what to do about it regarding storage organization and decorating, I decided to do IKEA Billy Bookcase hack. As much as I want to make this a step-by-step tutorial, I’m afraid I didn’t take photos of each step. But I’ll do the best I can to share what I have learned from this project.
It’s been 14-months since we moved to our house and believe it or not, I still have outstanding projects on my list. For this post, let’s focus on our front room. It’s a small space, and I’ve tried a few times already decorating it. But the absence of storage organization makes it less desirable. Many times I’ve shared my minimalist style which for clarification purposes, I defined as a balance between less and more so that it won’t be like living a deprived life.
Steps on how I finished my first IKEA Billy Bookcase Hack
1) When I ordered the IKEA Billy Bookcase, I made sure that I choose the right size. Our front room is a small space, and quite frankly, there’s not much room for error. I bought four white Billy Bookcase that measured 15 3/4x11x79 1/2 ” each but I only used three. The extra is intended for my next project.
2) As soon as I received the items, I immediately start putting it together.
See the hyperlapse video of me working. 🙃
3) I positioned the three bookcases where I wanted them to be then, and I measured the top, space in between the bookcases, sides, and the bottom. Then, it was time to find pieces of woods and mouldings at a local hardware store.
4) The fun part was cutting the pieces of woods and mouldings to its size specifications. I used my Ryobi Jigsaw power tool to complete this job.
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5) Then, I sanded the rough surface and edges of the woods using my Ryobi Sander power tool.
6) And it was time to put it together. I found it a bit more challenging though because seriously two is better than one. So, I used glue before nailing the pieces of woods and mouldings with my Ryobi Nailer to make the job easier. Yay, did it!
7) Time to paint. I used Sherwin Williams Snowbound paint to match with the trims across the house. In my opinion, the IKEA paint with Snowbound trims works very well and I’m happy with the result.
Decorating the IKEA Billy Bookcase Hack
Decorating the IKEA Billy Bookcase hack is my favorite part. Don’t get me wrong though I find myself loving the idea of using the power tools for this project. I’m pretty sure this won’t be the last hack. In fact, I’m already in the planning phase of making my husband’s library bookcase which I’m excited because I’ll be using the 63×79 1/2×11 ” bookcases. Stay tuned!
As a minimalist my goal every single time I organize and decorate is to maintain a balance between less and more. I’ve seen a few of minimalists who choose to arranged their books backward or wrap them with white or brown paper to maintain a clean look. I don’t adopt that concept because I would instead display my books to have one or two hopefully becoming a conversation starter when I have guests coming over.
The 90% of the decor items are what I have already owned. The gray cube fabric storage looks excellent, and I love its storage capacity. I’d say that the things I displayed have successfully showcased my style and color preferences. I have to admit that it took me a few tries to get to how it looks now. Unarguably, the IKEA Billy Bookcase hack adds character to our front room.
What IKEA Billy Bookcase hack have you done? If you haven’t yet, are you brave enough to try this project? What are your hesitations?