Mudroom Built Ins from Ikea Bookcases for $300

Juju bookcases 05.09.15
Detailed step-by-step instructions (and additional pictures) can be found on my blog here:

Basically, I assembled 2 Billy Bookcases, 1 Billy Wall Shelf, 1 Smadal TV Console from IKEA and attached them to the wall up against a section of beadboard forming an inverted "U" shape. I also attached the bookshelves to the wall shelf for added stability. I left the TV stand free and just pushed it against the wall (as a bench and shoe storage) so that I could remove it to sweep under it. I did reinforce the TV stand with some metal L brackets to support the weight of my kids sitting (and standing and jumping) on it.

Where the shelves met the wall, I added quarter round trim and added corbels under the wall shelf for architectural interest. I also added crown molding along the tops of the shelves.

I had paint color matched and painted all the trim, beadboard and crown molding "Ikea White" (which is actually more of a cream

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  • Kyle G
    Kyle G Middletown, NJ
    This is great! Such a smart idea to use some pre-fab Ikea furniture to save time and money. I'd love to create something similar. Thanks for sharing!
  • The Space Between
    The Space Between Key West, FL
    GREAT idea! It really is amazing what basic ikea pieces can become with a little ingenuity.
  • Kris S
    Kris S Minneapolis, MN
    OMG...great idea! I am definitely stealing and using in my house. Thanks for sharing!
  • Mandi J
    Mandi J Crestview, FL
    I love this!!! Great job!!
  • Sebastian A
    As a custom furniture builder I probably shouldn like ikea.... But I do like what you did in your mud room...don't tell anyone.b
  • Catherine S
    Catherine S Oakland, CA
    Love it!
  • Lyn D
    Lyn D Palm Coast, FL
    I will be needing that for my craft room, thank you ;)
  • Nancy De Blauw
    We'll done!