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Published on January 9th, 2014 | by Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project.


From BILLY Bookcase to Rustic Floating Shelves


When we set out to makeover my parents’ laundry room we needed a multifunctional storage solution for shoes & other miscellaneous things. We decided that a wall mounted BILLY would be the best open shelving solution, but wanted to give it a custom, rustic look.

How’d we do it?

We took single & double width BILLY Bookcases (15 3/4″ W & 31 1/2″ W) and attached them using wood screws to create one unit. To give it more structure we attached an 1/8″ wood backer board to the back of the unit.

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To give it a bit of a rustic look we cut the bottom of the vertical elements & used pine boards & a brad nailer to cover the outside surfaces & then white washed them.

To mount the BILLY up off the floor we secured steel L brackets to the stud wall and mounted the shelf onto them.

And there you have it. From BILLY to Rustic Floating Shelves!

You can see the shelves in context on our blog here.

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3 Responses to From BILLY Bookcase to Rustic Floating Shelves

  1. Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project says:

    Thanks Tom! Glad I can provide some inspiration to help with your storage problems. Good luck!

  2. Amazing finish! Will have this done sometime this summer!

  3. Tom says:

    Great idea, thanks so much! This will solve my understairs storage problems (shoes, keys, jackets etc etc)

    You’ve got some fantastically well thought out ideas executed in a great way.

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