Living Room Edition: The Built-in Bookshelves

This IKEA hack changes the whole space

By Kara

The BEFORE

I had this ugly yellow wall in my family room and I was dreaming about a nice bookshelf for ages!

s living room edition the built in bookshelves, The BEFORE

Billy Bookcase Built-Ins

We bought an ol' BILLY BOOKCASE from IKEA. Ya know the simple white one.

s living room edition the built in bookshelves, Billy Bookcase Built Ins

Step 1: Add wood panels to the wall

We added four pieces of wood panels on the walls ( both sides of the fireplace)

s living room edition the built in bookshelves, Step 1 Add wood panels to the wall

Step 2: Cut out baseboards

The hub cut the baseboard out from the back wall so the Billy Bookcase could be pushed up against the wall.

s living room edition the built in bookshelves, Step 2 Cut out baseboards

Board and batten

It was time to update our circa 2000 Pottery-barn-inspired living room.

s living room edition the built in bookshelves

Tape out where the MDF will go, nail & paint!

The tape on the wall is my faux board & batten trick. First tape out where the MDF board will go.

s living room edition the built in bookshelves, Tape out where the MDF will go nail paint

AFTER

Board and batten was just the thing to complement our navy & white room. Bye, bye Pottery Barn circa 2000

s living room edition the built in bookshelves

Living Room Edition: The Fireplace

Just moved in and this was just not going to work. There were cracks and a poor repair job, so I decided to tackle this project.

s living room edition the built in bookshelves

Laying the wood strips...

I used $2 wood strips and concrete nails. I hammered them in at the mortar joints.

s living room edition the built in bookshelves, Laying the wood strips