Published on August 1st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Billy going Chic!

Materials: Billy Book case

Description: 1) I had the Billy bookcase (birch veneer) at home for almost 5 years now… and after hours of trolling the internet and devouring a ton of blogs, I decided to do something “worthwhile” this summer.

2) So first, I got a Zinsser Cover Stain Primer High Hide Cover-Stain ALKYD (Quart size, which I’ve used on 3 projects so far, and there’s quite a lot remaining!)and a tiny tin of Valspar latex enamel Gloss-White, half pint (used it to paint the entire book case, a mirror, a couple of frames..and there is a bit left)

3) I went to the dollar store and picked up 3 polyester paint brushes for just a dollar total! (easier to clean, just dip them in hot water and its clean..unlike the nylon ones that are super annoying).

4) While there, I picked up an adhesive for a dollar each, to stick it to the back bone of the book case.

5) So first, I dusted the book case with a damp cloth and then I added one coat of a the primer in the direction of the grain of the wood. (Used a nylon brush for it..and I keep this brush separate. Use it only for priming)

6) After the primer dried, I added about 2 coats of the Valspar paint leaving the back bone as is.

7) Once the paint dried up, I plastered the adhesive and let it dry..!

8) Voila! A little paint and lot of patience, Made Billy go Chic!
~ Suga3

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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".

4 Responses to Billy going Chic!

  1. jo says:

    it is not going to be total chic until you in some way cover the small holes on the sides….;-)

  2. The Amateur says:

    Thanks a ton guys! Appreciate it! :)

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