Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bookcase Tutorial

I LOVE built ins. I Can't afford Built-ins. But, I do have a husband and he's willing to work for food :)
Here's how we turned our Billy Bookcases into Billy Built-ins, kind of.
I wanted the sides to be recessed and the front to pop out a bit, I thought it would give it more interest, much better then just a line of bookcases against a wall.


Here's what we did:
  • We used two Full width billy bookcases, and three half width ones. Then we just pulled out the center three and Lee screwed them together.

  • Then we used MDF for the top. Lee decided to use three smaller sheets of MDF instead of one large sheet because it was much cheaper and much easier to cut nice straight lines. We attached it in three sections:


  • Once the top was glued and nailed into place, we attached the trim. We used a chair rail instead of crown molding (like in our townhouse bookcases) because it was much easier to work with, and gives the same look for approx. the same price. 
Here's the up close final product:


  • And our last step was to fill in all of the seams, sand and paint the top. We chose Martha Stewart's TALC color, it's not an exact match but it's pretty darn close. 
I hope that was at least somewhat helpful. I didn't take any progress pictures, or any useful, non-blurry pictures anyway. So Lee drew up a couple of drawings for me :) I hope you liked them and everything made sense.

22 comments:

Mrs. Foot said...

This is great! Thanks for the tutorial. Makes perfect sense to me :)

I may need to try something similar in our house. Our two bookshelves are falling apart under the weight of our books and I need something that looks this pretty!

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

That is pure genius!!!! They look amazing!

Simply LKJ said...

Great job! They look like they were custom made for the space.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

I agree. Totally custom.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Raks said...

Awesome! Btw, what paint color is on your wall. It looks so nice.

KarenY said...

OMG! This is like...Secrets of Maillardville Manor. GREAT job on the shelves and the diagrams were very helpful.

Anne-Marie said...

haha love the term Billy Built-ins! Great idea having the centre pop out like that. I could sit in your library to chill out no problem!
xx

Edins House said...

Such a great project!
Ikea "hacking" at its finest ;-)
Victoria

Sarah Ann said...

That is such a great idea! If our home was more permanent I would totally do this!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! You guys are doing a beautiful job. Love following the progress :))

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Absolutely stunning!!!!

Jennifer said...

I am so amazed. Youve lived in your new house for like a month, while Ive been in my house for over 3years and still doesnt look as good as this one room. What are your favorite, basic must-haves that make a room feel and look so put together!

Anonymous said...

I brought the ikea kids round talbe to use as a coffee table because it looked so nice in your livingroom.

Tina

Maillardville Manor said...

Thank you so much for all the Bookcase Love!
To answer your questions:
The Paint Color is Mourning Dove its a Martha Stewart Color!
Heres our post about that color:
http://www.maillardvillemanor.com/2010/12/paint-color.html
Jennifer-You just gave me a GREAT idea for a post! Ill write it up this weekend an post by Monday hopefully!
and Tina Im so glad you liked the table!! It works pretty well for a coffee table :) I hope its exactly what you were needing :)

Annalea said...

Hi there! I just came over from Ikea Hacker, and I love your project. Ive seen similar things done, with a base molding added made of a plain 1"x3" mdf board with cap and shoe molding over that made with quarter-round molding. It would really complete the built-in look, hide the plain Billy feet, help keep small objects from disappearing under the bookcases, and dust bunnies from breeding in there. :o)

Thanks so much for sharing your project!

Feather on a Wire said...

Briliant!

NYC BikerBrat said...

Looks like an expensive custom built-in.... Beautiful job!

Liz1e said...

What a great idea! It looks fantastic!

Adriana said...

Just came over from Ikeahackers, I love this buit in, its awesome! Weve been thinking about doing something like this in our home and your tutorial is so helpful, thanks for the inspiration. Im your newest follower.

Sarah, Three Boys said...

Hi! I love this bookcase and wanted to let you know that I featured it on my blog! Come stop by and take a look. Thanks again for the awesome inspiration. Sarah

http://threeboys-home.blogspot.com/2011/02/what-makes-you-nervous.html

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh thank you for posting this. I need to try this. I cant believe you started with bookcases from Ikea - they look so fabulous after being transformed.

iheartorganizing said...

Just wanted to share with you what your genius creation inspired: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2011/03/built-in-beauty.html

I linked back to you, thank you for your blog!

xoxo,
Jen

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