Billy Bookcase Built In’s

Billy Bookcase Built In's

I’m really excited to be able to share one of the projects we’ve been working on as part of our living room transformation. I know custom built-ins are huge, with tons of tutorials all over the internet, but today I’m sharing what we’ve done to spruce up our own billy bookcases.

The ceilings in our home are pretty high, and due to the position of the bookcase we couldn’t make them look completely part of the room. However the bookcases without any trim on, although nice, definitely lack something:

Kasset original

We wanted to buy doors but at £35 a pop they seemed expensive compared to the initial cost of the shelves themselves. Fate obviously wanted us to have the doors, as on a random visit to Ikea they were all half price… so we scored 3 doors for just over £50 – instead of the £105 it should have cost. Bargain!! With the doors added the bookcases really began to take shape.

To help anchor the shelves in the room we created mouldings for the top and bottom of the shelves, using 2 lengths of wooden picture rail. We painted the wood with a similar colour to the bookcases – other people have taken a shelf with them and had paint colour matched but we decided to wing it. To secure the moulding to the top of the shelves we used glued on blocks screwed to the top and adhered the moulding at the bottom using our glue gun (best buy ever).

Billy bookcase custom

We also installed lights into the top of each shelf and I restyled the shelves, using our custom Kassett boxes. There are a lot of special items on display, some old and some new…

Shelf 2

These wooden beauties have already been shared on Twitter as part of #thriftythursday. They were a complete steal, made in the local area and only cost £3 for the pair. I haven’t decided whether to spray them so for the moment they’re keeping their natural look.

Shelf 1

This is one of my favourite photos from our wedding – the very first photo of us as a married couple! The incredible silver ornament (no idea what the proper name is) was a Homesense find.

All in all we’re really pleased with this project and it’s inspired us to take another Ikea classic and customise it for our next project!

Linking up at Say G’day Saturday, That DIY Party, The Pin Junkie, Best of the Weekend, Link it or Lump it Sunday, Inspiration Monday and Friday’s Unfolded.


  1. February 21, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    Oh my goodness!! Just when I thought your bookcases couldn’t get any better, you go and add some doors and trim to classy it all up. The decision to add lighting as well just brings it to another level. Way to go!!

    • Sammi
      February 21, 2014 / 7:38 pm

      Thanks Trisha – love that they come across as classy!

    • Sammi
      March 3, 2014 / 6:55 am

      Thanks Tasha!

  2. March 4, 2014 / 7:06 pm

    So lovely! Fantastic looking bookcase. Love the personal touches as well 🙂

    • Sammi
      March 4, 2014 / 9:48 pm

      Thank you so much Zakkiya – it’s great having somewhere safe to display our collections 🙂

  3. Alison Agnew (@Nancherrrow)
    March 6, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    Isn’t Ikea wonderful? I love how your bookshelves turned out! Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!


    • Sammi
      March 6, 2014 / 9:28 pm

      I am definitely an ikea addict Alison! I’ll definitely share. Thanks for shopping by!

  4. March 7, 2014 / 10:37 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this great post at Say G’Day Saturday. I love how you customised the bookcase. My sister loves Ikea too so would love to see what you have done with this. I’m featuring you at the party this weekend!

    Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

    • Sammi
      March 7, 2014 / 10:38 pm

      That’s made my day Natasha! I’m glad you like it and so much for the feature – I hope your sister likes the bookcases too 😉

  5. Tami
    June 24, 2014 / 4:35 am

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