Ikea Billy Bookcase Hack | ORC Week 4

May 27, 2020

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.

Ikea Billy Bookcase hack

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.

Ikea Billy Bookcase hack

The first challenge I encountered was the gap between the bottom shelf and the baseboard.

Ikea Billy Bookcase hack

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.

Ikea Billy Bookcase hack

Next I cut the baseboard and installed it with a nail gun using finishing nails.

Bookshelf DIY

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. 🙂

Ikea Billy Bookcase hack

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.

Bedroom bookshelf DIY
DIY bookcase trim hack

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.

Caulking bill bookcase

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.

Sherwin Williams color matching Ikea bookcase

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.

Ikea Billy Bookcase hack

There is so much storage for my sons books and LEGO toys, it is perfect for my creative little guy.

Built-in bookcase DIY

The trim on the top of the shelf is simple, but gives that finished look that I was going for.

Ikea Billy Bookcase hack

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.

Toy storage and organization
Bookshelf organization

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!

Ikea Billy Bookcase hack

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How to create a built-in bookshelf using two Ikea Billy bookcases | Building Bluebird #diyhack

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  • Reply @sisterpink_ May 27, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Ah love that we both used IKEA Billy Bookcases for our built-in halk! So lovely!

    • Reply lindseymahoney May 28, 2020 at 9:28 am

      Thank you! I am LOVING your room transformation as well, I can’t wait to see the end result!

  • Reply Jenna Pilant of Room Bloom Design May 31, 2020 at 3:25 am

    So fun following along on this space ✨

  • Reply Tracy Chamberlain September 29, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Billy bookcases are a deleted item now.
    I rang to get more shelving and was a no go.

    • Reply lindseymahoney September 29, 2020 at 10:14 am

      That is interesting, I wonder if they are out of stock because of Covid-19 at your local store. I looked online and it shows they are still available to purchase.

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