Thursday, January 28, 2016

Our Great Room Bookcase Project ...

Happy Thursday, friends!

I wanted to share a little bit more about a project we did in our great room before Christmas ....

For several years (whether in this house or our last), we've had this buffet under our TV.  While it worked really well in the niche in our last home, I just felt like it was a bit lost on the wall in this house.

In an effort to fill up the wall a bit better, we wanted to add custom built bookcases, but they would've cost more than we wanted to spend on this project.  That's when we turned to Plan B.


And AFTER!  Thank you, IKEA ... once again, its selection and affordable prices helped us bring our vision to fruition!

We purchased four of their Billy bookcases (2 tall and 2 short), along with two of their extenders.  We also purchased doors to go on the bottom half of the tall ones and to cover the entire bookcase on the shorter ones (photos from 
While we love the look of the Billy bookcases just as they are once you put them together, we decided to "beef them up" a little bit to give them more of a custom look.

We did that by adding crown molding to the top (thanks to our neighbor, Colt, for cutting our molding for us), along with picture lights (IKEA).  I then added lattice molding to the fronts and frames of the shelves so that they appeared a bit thicker.  I then finished them off by adding black knobs to the cabinet doors in place of the white ones that came with them.

You "know" I enjoy having more shelves to play with where I can add little goodies such as ceramic horse bookends ... pretty faux greenery ...

or cute arrow art and metal orbs.

I just had to have this cute wire basket (TJMaxx) ... hoping I can find one more just like it!

At night, the picture lights help illuminate that side of the room, which used to be a bit dark.

On the weekend evenings, when not with friends or watching sports in the "man cave," you can find us right here.

One more time ... 

And, AFTER!  

The new bookcases join the two other projects we did in here ... beefing up the fireplace and adding a new chandie.  Oh how I like affordable home improvement!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by,

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Gee Singh Newbanks said... Reply To This Comment

It looks wonderful Becca. Ikea, what did we do before we discovered it? Luv the horse head bookends. I live in The 'Horse Capital of the World' , would luv a pair of those .
Happy almost weekend!!
Hugs, Gee

KUNIs little white castle said... Reply To This Comment

Now it looks so much better, elegant and cozy
Hugs Kuni

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, Becca. That looks so good!!! Love the lights, too.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said... Reply To This Comment

Oh wow, that looks fabulous!! How are the picture lights wired? I would love to use them here. I wish we had an Ikea nearby!!!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca! Love this; finishes off the room beautifully (of course I didn't expect anything less than beautiful when I saw you posted!) Have a fun day - Jeannette

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said... Reply To This Comment

These are gorgoue. I love how you designed them and the lights are a wonderful addition.

the cape on the corner said... Reply To This Comment

a whole new look. enjoy your space.

LISACPARSONS said... Reply To This Comment

Love it!

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said... Reply To This Comment

That looks so amazing! Great idea to use IKEA bookcases and customize them yourself. Very cool!

Suzy Handgraaf said... Reply To This Comment

They look great, Becca, and are perfect for that spot!

Janice Boucher said... Reply To This Comment

Looks fabulous! Where do you get your decorating inspiration from? Books? Magazines? I would never have a vision like you do....putting things up in such creative ways. Keep the pics coming! I love to see your improvements.

Paige Rose said... Reply To This Comment

Really fresh & pretty!! I love how much space you have now to decorate & the TV looks awesome know when someone says that , it was an awesome project!! Happy weekend Becca!!


Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said... Reply To This Comment

It looks beautiful and that is something I would love to have. I also like the horse bookends, so cute.

Nancie said... Reply To This Comment

Your new look is awesome! I love IKEA. We are going there for our next project, the mud room! What area of your house did you put the sideboard? I just love that piece of furniture. I've been scouting everywhere for it or a similar one for my kitchen! Happy Weekend!

Brooke Stephens said... Reply To This Comment

Love it Becca, Great idea! It looks like they were built in. Well they kinda were. Very creative!

Becca said... Reply To This Comment

Thank you so very much, Paige, Janice, Suzy, Jeannette, Kuni and the cape on the corner! Have a wonderful weekend!

Becca said... Reply To This Comment

Thank you, Nancie! Have fun at IKEA designing your mud room ... love their cabinet selection! The sideboard is now in our foyer ... for now, anyway! ;)

It's actually the base of what used to be our "hutch buffet" ... we removed the "hutch" part many years ago. You "might" get lucky on Craigslist or even at a antique/thrift store buying an inexpensive hutch buffet and just removing the top if you see a base you really like. Good luck!

Carol said... Reply To This Comment

What a wonderful transformation, Becca! If I didn't know better, I'd think you were having a bit of an affair with IKEA! I think IKEA has something for just about everyone, me included. I've seen the Billy bookcases used in so many ways, and they always look great, especially when crown is added. Great job as usual, Becca!

Warm hugs,

Kim In Texas said... Reply To This Comment

I love it! You did an amazing job!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said... Reply To This Comment

What a magnificent project and transformation Becca!....truly looks like a most beautiful built in. And of course you decorated the shelves so wonderfully!!!...I am sure you cannot stop staring at this beautiful wall of cabinetry!!!

Sue J said... Reply To This Comment

LOVE this! I wish we had a wall to do something like this. Beautiful work, Becca. Sue ~ x ~ The World of Suzy Homemaker

Decorify said... Reply To This Comment

Very nice!

christyjames said... Reply To This Comment

Wow this is stunning! So light and bright.
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Lynda Brandly said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, I had visited before and seen this but hadn't commented...What a difference! And you did such a beautiful job! It looks professional and really makes the room!
love and blessings~
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Anthony and Rachel Orme said... Reply To This Comment

I love this! Infact I will be doing almost the exact same thing. I have just one question, did you just paint the wall behind your tv or did you do something different? I love your blog and your style. Thanks for posting!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said... Reply To This Comment

What a fantastic idea! These made a gorgeous "built-in"! You have a gorgeous home and I love your style! Your room looks amazing!

Edward said... Reply To This Comment

It looks really beautiful,
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Bonnie said... Reply To This Comment

Where did you buy the blue, yellow and green pillows used for the coastal living room make over! I love them!

Danna Walters said... Reply To This Comment

Love your style. Where did you get your new chandelier and your floor lamp. I am looking for those very styles.

Gabbie Montiel said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca! My husband and I came across this post through Pinterest and we feel in love with the design so much we're going to try it for ourselves. I was wondering what you are using to hold up your TV on and how you connected it to both bookcases. We live on a Military base and housing doesn't allow us to hang our TV like we'd like, this is a fantastic alternative though! (:

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Luella said... Reply To This Comment

Wonderful painting it was,..
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