Billy Bookcase+8-764012

Published on November 6th, 2010 | by Jules IKEAHacker


Billy Bookcase becomes Built-in

Materials: Billy, molding, wallpaper, paint

Description: A ten year old Billy, boring but still going strong got another ten years of glamor filled life by being turned into a built-in.

By adding mdf and crown molding the bookcase was extended up to the ceiling.

More molding was used to decorate the edges and make ‘fake’ supports.

Beadboard wallpaper gives the impression of a real beadboard back.

White paint ties it all in.

Full tutorial for the Billy built in.

~ Marianne@Songbird, Netherlands

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Jules IKEAHacker

"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".

11 Responses to Billy Bookcase becomes Built-in

  1. Anonymous says:

    From utilitarian to charming cottage style! Love it.

  2. ddgiant says:

    Love the work you did, looks great. Just one thing that I think it needs, 1/4 round or something along the left side to cover the gap between the wall and Billy.

  3. jo says:

    to me, the only thing it needs is some counterweight (is it the correct word?) to give balance to the room. the bookcase became very tall, and too slim, so it may need to be equilibrated with a shelter, running in the middle of the last beige stripe. same height of the last in the new billy.

  4. vipin says:

    Really nice one .. going to try also this .. blog is really good going to bookmark this page man

  5. Sofia R says:

    Thanks for this post…..I enjoyed it!

  6. Great change!!! Congrats, I love it!

  7. Julia says:

    What did you use to fill in all the holes?

    • Alan says:

      My guess would be they filled the holes in with some sort of spackling compound, like Polyfilla or similar. Silicone as suggested already wouldn’t be a great idea because it would give slightly, and I’m not sure it would take paint too well.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Very nice looking idea that is also space saving and practical. Perfect! Also, I think I can answer this question: What did you use to fill in all the holes?
    Must have used silicone.

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