Published on January 11th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Billy dresser

Glyn and wife send me two hack. This is the first: a dresser for their dining room and it’s so thoroughly disguised. I would never have thought this cottage chic dresser was previously an Ikea vanilla Billy.

My wife and I are real Ikea enthusiasts. We wanted some sort of dresser for our dining room and didn’t want to pay dresser prices. So we had a go at creating one on a shoe-string budget. First of all we took a plain white Billy shelf and cut it in half. We then had a spare Pax wardrobe top which we got from the Ikea’s bargain basement and fixed that in the middle.

For the back we’ve used some tongue and grove panelling. For the side borders we’ve used some skirting board which we got from the local DIY center. We also got some wood lengths to use them as “plate holders”. The top border was some part of an Ikea bed head (also found in bargain basement). It had the ideal shape for what we had in mind and had to come with us.

All plain wooden items we’ve painted with some white base coat in order to give it a bit of a used look. Also the curtains are made from Ikea fabric.”


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6 Responses to Billy dresser

  1. Wow, this turned out amazingly! Very clever and functional at the same time!

    Seems a bit of a shame to cover the nice writing on the wall, though.

  2. Monica says:

    wow! that turned out great!

  3. WF says:

    Easy and not bad.

  4. These are all the wonderful dressing of all the rooms and everything is on its place very neatly and very decently.

  5. DJinny says:

    Not my style at all, but So Very Well Done!!!

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