Billy Olsbo

Published on June 7th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Billy doors = picture frames

Materials: Billy Olsbo, cardboard boxes, exacto knife, tacks, hammer, custom mats, art

Description: While perusing the discount section of Ikea, I found these Billy Olsbo glass doors (which appear to be discontinued) for $2/ea and immediately saw use for them as picture frames. I had an entire calender of botanical art that I have been saving to frame for awhile now. So, after a quick trip to Michaels, I ordered custom mats to fit the art and the glass doors for $4/ea.

I made the rest of the framing materials out of the heavyweight cardboard boxes and hammered in tacks, as I was being too lazy to go out and buy the proper framing supplies. All in all, each picture ended up costing less than $7. I only wish I would have bought more than 3. I’ll eventually replace the cardboard with proper frame hangers, but for now, they work.

~ lemurific

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

5 Responses to Billy doors = picture frames

  1. luckylass says:

    Thanks all. The holes were only on the backside of the doors. Given that, I left the holes alone.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great idea!

    How was the two holes on each door fixed? I didn’t see paint/patch in the details.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Pure Genius! I peruse the As-Is section all the time and can never think of a use for the doors. This was such a great idea. I cannot wait for my next trip to IKEA to replicate this hack!

  5. billyhacker says:

    I have 6 unopened white glass doors – anybody interested?

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