Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ikea Hack in Progress

I'm toolin' people! And I can't wait to finish my next project!

Confession: We are still living in boxes. It's been 30 days and we are still not completely unpacked. With the hall closet behind us, we have started focusing on the built-ins in the master closet. Once that's done, the house should be in order. 

However, even though the kids' closet has been done for a while, their room is still a train wreck too. The only one to blame is me. I have been so indecisive over what to do with their book shelves. When we moved, I just thought they were too big for the room, so after 30 days of thinking, and thinking, and thinking, I decided it was time to hack them up!

Here is what I am working with:

Ikea's Billy bookshelf. Purchased nearly three years ago for a mere $80. I didn't want something quite so big in the room, so to the internet I went. After searching for quite some time, I found these, from Land of Nod:

Billy boy is having a makeover! First up, was to strip him down to his bareness. I know, it sounds so dirty. Also, excuse the grass, or lack there of. The exterior of our home probably makes our neighbors believe scary people live here.

I then decided on the height I was going for, and drew a line about six and a half inches below this point. I was not looking for a straight cut, so this line was actually going to be the top shelf, and then I planned on cutting the sides at an angle.

With the miter saw set to cut at a 33 degree angle, away I cut.

Billy comes with a nice little feature. The bottom of the book shelf had a cutout to accommodate a three and a quarter baseboard. This wasn't going to cut it, as our baseboards are six inches wide. So I enlisted Micah, who used a hand saw to take a nip off.

And sadly, that's all I've got for you. I'm in the middle of priming and painting, and should have it complete by this weekend! I am considering painting the back a fun color, other than boring white, but Micah isn't feeling it. Here's what I'm thinking:

I love it, but I just don't think I can get Micah on board. What do you all think?


  1. I like this look, especially for a kids room. If It was not for the kids room I would agree with Micah though. Can't wait to see the finish product. I am getting some good ideas for Seanna's room when we get into the house she is in the toddler bed transition once we move and has, i kid you not, like 150 books.

  2. I really like the color in the back. it adds such a pop and would work great in a kids room. Looking forward to see the entire place and all your projects soon!