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When we decided we were going to do DIY built-ins in our living rooms, I think I saved 100 Pinterest posts on how others have done their builds. I thought about building custom shelves, but that was a little complicated and would have taken too long for me at the time. So I landed on doing built-ins using a Billy Bookcase Ikea hack.
Billy bookcases are great for several reasons:
They are extremely versatile. They come in several different widths and colors. They can also be painted to the color of your choosing.
They have extenders that make the bookcases taller than they are, which helps with built-ins.
They can be stacked together to create a wall of built-ins.
Crown molding can be easily added to create more character and more of the built-in look.
Doors can can be added to Billy to create additional storage options.
Could the Billy Bookcase get any better? I don't think so.
Here is what our Billy Bookcase looked like once we added our built-in magic. Doesn't that look pretty incredible? Heck yeah it does!
Okay so I know you are dying to for me to tell you how to do this DIY in your home. Let me show you.
Ikea Oxberg Door x 2
Black Cabinet Pulls - 4 pulls
Crown Molding -10ft
Baseboard - 10ft
Shoe Molding - 32ft
Primer - must use extra adhesive primer to attach to Ikea finish
White gloss or semi-gloss paint (We did Pure White by Sherwin Williams - our fav)