Billy is so my boyfriend. Billy and me, we got a thing going on. But whenever Billy arrives at my door, I still find he is too ordinary, too plain, unacceptable in his current state. I find it necessary to improve him and refine him so that he is oh so much better.
I’m a fan of the IKEA Billy bookcase having used him to make built-ins in 2011, created some shelving in this awesome playroom, sidled him up next to a Besta in my office, and for the fourth time we’ve again partnered together. Now, two Billys flank the French doors in the guest room (also our oldest daughter’s room when she’s home from college) but this time they’ve been beefed up a bit so there a hiiiiint more stylish.
I used the basic 11” inch deep Billy with the extension on top for added height. We mimicked some things we’d done in the past, adding crown like with this set of Billys and baseboard like with these Billys and thicker trim like with these custom built-ins in our family room to make the shelves appear thicker and more substantial.
To beef up the fronts of these basic shelving units, I chose 2 ½” lattice trim for the vertical sides and 1 ¼” lattice trim for the horizontal shelves, both purchased at Lowes. We attached them with a brad nailer, and I painted them to match (I used some leftover ‘Dove White’ by Valspar, a nice match to Billy white).
To create the dividers, I bought extra Billy shelves for $5 at IKEA and Matt trimmed them with the miter saw to fit vertically between the shelves. They’re secured with a few brad nails. The result was a more custom looking bookshelf with division every other shelf. The backs are painted in Glidden’s ‘Regal Wave’ a dark moody blue.
We added a second bookcase on the other side of the doors for additional storage and a balanced look.
*Sorry for the blown out pics, I photographed these later in the day than expected, but you get the idea.
I still have to repaint the walls and find a decent dresser for the space, but it’s coming along nicely. More details on this room in the weeks to come!