I gotta be honest, I wasn’t sure I was going to finish this week 4 of the One Room Challenge! In the final minutes, I finished my Ikea Billy Bookcase hack and I am so proud of how it came out. If you are new around here, thanks for stopping by! Check out week 1, week 2, and week 3 of the One Room Challenge to follow the progress of my son’s bedroom renovation.
This week of the challenge included Memorial Day Weekend and my husband’s birthday, so I had no time to work on this project over the weekend. But I digress, I made it through and can’t wait to share my experience this week.
Ikea Billy Bookcase Hack
Here is a reminder of what the original bookcases looked like.
The first challenge I encountered was the gap between the bottom shelf and the baseboard.
I had some leftover wood scraps in our garage and discovered that the baseboard toe kick used on our kitchen cabinets filled the gap perfectly! I cut the wood to size and applied liquid nails to the board and taped it to the shelf.
Next I cut the baseboard and installed it with a nail gun using finishing nails.
I used that same kitchen cabinet toe kickboards to apply trim to cover the center seam. To cut the appropriate size for the three edges of the shelf, I used a table saw. My cuts were not perfect, but my hope was that caulk would hide a lot of the mistakes! It did. 🙂
At the top of the shelf, I had to sandwich two toe kickboards to the top shelf so that it aligned with the perpendicular trim boards. I spent a good part of the day trying to make crown molding work on the top of the shelf but couldn’t make it work. I decided to use a simple piece of wood to finish off the top of the bookcase. This gave a more streamlined look and I am really pleased with it.
On the side of the wall, I added a trim piece to give a more finished look. Finally I took caulk and filled all of the cracks and my mistakes! Haha.
When the caulk dried and the bookcase was sanded smooth, I painted the new trim on the bookcase to match the original piece. I brought a shelf to my local Sherwin Williams store to get the exact match in satin.
Ikea Billy Bookcase Hack Reveal
And here is the finished product! I am so happy with how the bookshelf turned out! It looks so nice as one connected piece, I can’t wait to try it again now that I know what NOT to do.
There is so much storage for my sons books and LEGO toys, it is perfect for my creative little guy.
The trim on the top of the shelf is simple, but gives that finished look that I was going for.
I found these horse bookends at a thrift store and spray painted them in gold (they were originally baby blue). Thomas loves animals and I like this touch of whimsy to hold up all of his books.
Thanks for checking in, don’t forget to visit next week to see what DIY project I tackle next! Check out the progress from all of the other OCR participants on the One Room Challenge blog too!
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