Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Billy Bookcases!

I'm in love with Billy. Shhhh......don't tell my husband! Ha! Ha!
I spent the last couple of weekends fixing a storage problem for the playroom. A couple of weeks ago I took my annual trip to IKEA and picked up some white Billy Bookcases. I was inspired by
Kate's Billy to Built-Ins.

I knew that I wanted them to look like one bookcase, rather than three separate ones, but mine would be free floating on a large wall, rather than "built-in." 

Kate used the 15" deep bookcases, but my IKEA did not have those, so I had to settle for the 11" ones. I thought the smaller depth might be a problem, but it actually worked out perfectly for us, and saved us some money. The deeper ones were $79 and the ones we used were $49. Score! We used three of these:

The only problem was a gap between the shelves here:

I solved this problem by screwing the shelves together. I was a little worried about the hardware showing, but it's not very noticeable once the shelves are filled:

Next, I added some pine board trim (from Lowes) with a nail gun to hide the gaps and make it look like one unit, instead of three.

I ended up having to mix some paint colors from my collection in order to blend the pine trim with the IKEA white, which is not really white, but more of a cream.

 I am still tweaking the styling of it, but I am content with it at the moment. In the future, I might paint the back/interior, but for now, I am happy with this project. It cost under $200, creates lots of storage, and looks pretty stylish in my opinion.

Check out the cute printable subway art from Anything But Perfect!

Ahhh....organization in the playroom at last!!!

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  1. Very nice!!! I look forward to the day when my playroom can look that nice and my kids will keep it that nice!

    1. Thanks, Aimee. I thought the messes would get better as my kids get older. Not true. However, it does help to have a specific place for everything. It helps you, as well as the kiddos, when it comes time to clean up!

  2. Nice Kelly! I love Kate's bookcases too. I'm your newest follower and would love if you linked up to my little party!

    Hope to see you there!

    1. Meg, thanks so much for becoming a follower! It's so hard getting followers when you are a newbie like me!

  3. Wow, those shelves are amazing. I'd love to do something like that in my daughters room. Thanks for stopping by