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Published on February 4th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


quick and easy way to change the colour theme of your furniture

it is always a challenge when you want to change the colour scheme of your home and old pieces of furniture stick out like sore thumbs. with some paint and creativity, you can bring you old furniture into the new scheme of things. here’s what lisa did.

“i recently did my first ikea hack and i would like to share my idea. as i’m turning my whole house into a black and white scheme, my birch veneer billy didn’t match anymore. i took the whole thing apart, and painted it. the outsides black and the shelves white (with black in the front).

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then i glued wall paper at the back of the bookcase, put everything back together and… voila! billy was black and white! i only had to buy the wall paper, and as i didn’t use all of it and i’m now using it to decorate other things in my house (i.e. my jewelry boxes which you can see in the pix below).”

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14 Responses to quick and easy way to change the colour theme of your furniture

  1. NK says:

    I love the wallpaper idea! I am pimping my cabinets out TODAY :-)

  2. Lisa says:

    I didn’t really do something special before painting my Billy. I just thouroughly cleaned all parts and than threated them as ‘untreated wood’. It’s really simple!

    Good luck and show us the results!


  3. Anonymous says:

    Did you did anything special prior to applying the paint or did you just applied it. It will be great if you can put the steps that you took. Great hack
    thanks for sharing

  4. AsianCajuns says:

    I haven’t painted mine yet because I wasn’t sure what type of paint to use. Now I have no excuse. Thanks!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yes, please let us know what type of paint you used! I definitely need to do this as my Billy is totally last season.

  6. Lisa says:


    I bought the wallpaper in Holland at Praxis, it’s part of their own collection.

    To paint the whole thing, I just used ‘normal’ (gloss) paint which I still had from painting other wooden things. So basically I just treated Billy as wood without a finish. No problems whatsoever.

    Good luck!


  7. Anonymous says:

    looks neat.. i used small mirrors on the inside of everyother self with itmes that would reflec looked good and the mirrors were free ….maj

  8. Jessie says:

    I’m interested in knowing what type of paint you used, too. I have a Borghamn height extender I’m using as a bookshelf (thanks to a previous ikea hacker post!) but it doesn’t match my black furniture either,.

  9. Anonymous says:

    What kind of paint did you use and has it stayed on without chipping?

  10. aasisara says:

    I also want to know what paint you used!!!!!!!!!!!! please!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Cool. Would like to do the same. Could you tell me what type of paint did you use to paint the shelves which are covered with wood laminate? Thanks.

  12. Hi Jules

    I’m from Turkey İstanbul. I love your blog. If you want to share this I2ll be happy :)

    These are the Ikea table decor ball I use on my home wall decor maybe you like it here is the link.

    And these one I made a lap top table :)

    And last one for cooker girl :)

  13. Erin says:

    i really love the wallpaper idea. i have a billy bookcase as well and i’ve always hated the way the back of it looks. it’s not so bad when you have books on it, otherwise it just looks reaaally cheap. i think i’ll try this one day =)

  14. Ruah says:

    Where did you get that fab wallpaper?

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