DIY built-in bookcases



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.

DIY Built-In Bookcases As Seen on the Live Well Network!  Get the built-in look for less at Mrs. Hines' Class


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,

DIY Built-In Bookcases As Seen on the Live Well Network!  Get the built-in look for less at Mrs. Hines' Class

 
collections of books,

DIY Built-In Bookcases As Seen on the Live Well Network!  Get the built-in look for less at Mrs. Hines' Class

 
sentimental pieces,

DIY Built-In Bookcases As Seen on the Live Well Network!  Get the built-in look for less at Mrs. Hines' Class

DIY Built-In Bookcases As Seen on the Live Well Network!  Get the built-in look for less at Mrs. Hines' Class

DIY Built-In Bookcases As Seen on the Live Well Network!  Get the built-in look for less at Mrs. Hines' Class

 

DIY Built-In Bookcases As Seen on the Live Well Network!  Get the built-in look for less at Mrs. Hines' Class


and text books.

DIY Built-In Bookcases As Seen on the Live Well Network!  Get the built-in look for less at Mrs. Hines' Class


I am so, so pleased with my DIY built-in bookcases.   



Before

DIY Built-In Bookcases As Seen on the Live Well Network!  Get the built-in look for less at Mrs. Hines' Class



After

DIY Built-In Bookcases As Seen on the Live Well Network!  Get the built-in look for less at Mrs. Hines' Class



P.S.  This makeover was featured in a segment on the show Deals on the Live Well Network along with the dresser makeover

DIY Furniture Makeover As Seen on the Live Well Network!  Get the designer look for less at Mrs. Hines' Class


and the coffee table turned ottoman.

DIY Furniture Makeover As Seen on the Live Well Network!  Get the designer look for less at Mrs. Hines' Class



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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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

Comments

  1. Awesome! They look beautiful!

  2. Sharon, this came out really good and the displays you showed look great!!

    Cynthia

  3. Impressive! Love the styling too! ;)

  4. They came out great, Sharon! And, I love all your decor.

    xoxo
    Denyse

  5. Just stop it! This diy streak is putting you into Martha territory!
    These are gorgeous.
    -Nonnahs

  6. Wow, that’s quite a compliment. Thank you, Nonnahs. I’m so glad you like the bookcase.

  7. Thank you, Donnamae. The styling is ever-changing, but I think I need to leave well enough alone at this point. :)

  8. Aw, thank you Denyse. Your kind words make me feel like a rock star. It doesn’t get better than that!

  9. The shelves are stunning, love how you styled them.
    XO
    Kristin

  10. They look great Sharon and so much better with the holes filled in (I need to do that too, thanks for the reminder!) – have a great week!

  11. So lovely, Sharon. You combined function and beauty in such a wonderful way.

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