Trash To Treasure Ikea Bookcase Hack

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As I was redoing my home office I debated about whether to toss this well work and inexpensive Billy Bookcase. I wanted a much more upscale and grown up look, and decided to give the bookcase a chance to become something beautiful! See how easy this project was...
This bookcase was several years old and had a few chips, a bit of warping and functional, but no longer attractive. I started by simply cleaning it up and since the shelves were removable I took them out and laid some heavy concrete bricks on top to straighten them out.
We purchased crown molding that was pre-primed and painted at the home improvement store. After measuring we cut 90 degree angles with a compound mitre saw. I've gone into further details on the blog at shabbyfufublog and linked that below.

There are several ways to attach the molding and we decided to use small finish nails. If you use a nail gun, a good tip is to pre-drill so that you don't split the molding.
Once the bookshelf was finished off at the top I touched up any chipped areas with a tiny paintbrush dipped into craft paint.

To prevent warping, I would not recommend these inexpensive shelving units that are made of MDF to be used for holding lots of heavy items.
Now I have a beautiful and modern looking bookcase for storing office supplies in my white file boxes and display options above to inspire me.
If you have any questions, I'm always happy to answer...and please see my blog post for more. It's conveniently linked below!
Suggested materials:
  • Bookshelf   (Ikea)
  • Crown molding   (home improvement store)
Janet Coon-Shabbyfufu
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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