Upgraded Ikea Billy Bookcase

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We needed some living room storage and style. Inspired by some posts I saw on Hometalk, I had an idea of what I wanted to do using IKEA bookcases.

We started out with 5 simple IKEA Billy bookcases

We wanted to create some storage space that wouldn't be on display, so we also bought IKEA cabinet doors from kitchen department and attached them on the bottom of some of the bookcases.

All assembled, it looks so nice and clean.

I bought pieces of wooden trimming to cover all of the seams between the bookcases.

Then my husband cut it to the right size

I painted them with 2 layers of white paint so that they were really covered.

I bought slats of wood that were cut the same width as the trimming, my husband then screwed the slats together in between the bookcases, and we glued the trimming onto the slats.

And here it is all put together, but, we are not quite finished yet...

I wanted to add lighting so it would be a nice display closet, so my husband drilled a round whole in the top of the closet cabinets.

Here's where we installed a spot light.

We then finished it up with trimming on the top and bottom and some led lighting on top.

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  • Sarah
    on Dec 10, 2019

    Where did you get the oxenburg in white only comes in black brown ands walnut

    • Wanda Rodgers
      on Dec 10, 2019

      I looked this up in ikea. They don’t have oxenburg bookcases. Not sure where you got that. She used Billy Bookcases, which do come in white.

  • Stella Ribeiro Morganti
    on Dec 11, 2019

    What ikea doors did you buy? Measurements? I planning on buying online.

  • Diane Hernandez Romero
    on Jun 21, 2020

    Hello, what IKEA kitchen doors did you use and what are the measurements? I’d love doors for my Billy bookcase but the ones sold for it are too tall for what I need. Thanks.

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  • Mim
    on Dec 23, 2019

    Looks professional and stately. Great job!

  • Terrie Marie Hoy-Recio
    on Jan 27, 2020

    I have a wall in my entrance I want to put at least 3 inovaded ideas but I'm making mine black I love what you have created

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