Not Your Typical Paint Job
Take your Billy to the next level with a patterned and textured paint job. After securing enough paint stirrers to cover the side of your shelves, use painter's tape to mark off a geometric pattern and get to work. A genius addition of hooks allows for even more efficiency in low-storage areas like the bathroom.
Luxe Library Lighting
If you crave a higher brow look, don't turn your nose up at this plain Jane. With the addition of some crown molding and lights, the old standby will be transformed into the ideal place to showcase art, collectibles, and books. Paint the back of the case a bright color to really help your displayed items to pop.
A Crooked Console
If you're looking for something even more modern than the standard IKEA ensemble, turn this shelving unit on its head—er, side—and split diagonally into two units for a very geometric console. You can use a spare Billy as parts to build the extra cubbies. Then, keep together or split the pair for use around the home as a buffet.
Elevate the look of any room literally and figuratively in one move: Raise your Billy bookshelves off the ground several inches and secure to the wall. Not only do the floating shelves give the room a polished appearance, they create the illusion of more space by clearing the floor below.
Trim a Little Off the Top
While most of these hacks require paint, hammer, and nail, this valance project puts your sewing skills to task. The addition of the valance adds a fun flair atop shelves in a nursery or child's room. Swap out fabric for felt cut in the same pattern for a no-sew version.
Ready for a Wheelie
Outfit a short shelf with wheels and, all of a sudden, you have a mobile work station. Transporting all sorts of supplies becomes a breeze. The possibilities are endless: next-level lemonade stands, anyone?
Pull up a (Window) Seat
Built-in bookshelves are a highly coveted and cost-prohibitive item for book lovers looking to showcase their home libraries. Billy to the rescue: The bookcases can achieve a more permanent look with crown molding. Bonus points if yours top or frame a window seat.
With sides of beadboard and a butcher block top (also from IKEA), this once-bookshelf is unrecognizable as a country kitchen's island. Max out storage possibilities by adding wire baskets to the side for paper goods.
For more on big box furniture transformations, consider:
10 IKEA Favorites Made Better by a DIY Paint Job
Dressing Up the Dresser: 11 Creative DIY Transformations
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