I was on a mission to get my husband’s and daughter’s school books off of my dining room table.
The bookcases would have to be narrow…no more than 12 inches deep. And I wanted a built-in look without the built-in price.
I set my budget for $60 and then searched the online classifieds. It took a few months before I finally found what I was looking for.
We brought home two Ikea Billy Bookcases in a brown black finish. Black is the new black except when it’s not.
I didn’t want black bookcases in the dining room. Instead I wanted an aged creamy color. So, I sanded, primed and painted until I got the look I wanted.
I’d tell you what color I used, but I mixed and played with colors I had in the garage.
I put a piece of trim over the gap where the two bookcases butted up next to each other to create the look of one piece. I also filled in the holes for the shelves with spackle.
Then came the fun part; styling! I filled the bookcases with photographs,
collections of books,
and text books.
I am so, so pleased with my DIY built-in bookcases.
P.S. This makeover was featured in a segment on the show Deals on the Live Well Network along with the dresser makeover
and the coffee table turned ottoman.
Click here to watch the segment and to get a complete list of project materials and directions.
See you in class,
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