i am so excited to finally share the ikea pieces that james and i have been working on. i posted a sneak peek a few weeks ago, but we finally finished all of the details this past weekend.
we have been slowly working on zhushing up our little home (it's an apartment, really, but it feels like home) and the time came to buy some new furniture. the main priority was hidden storage; in such a small space, even a little bit of clutter can make the entire place look messy and unkempt.
we looked online, in local shops, and resale stores for nice furniture for months, but we realized the hardwood furniture we liked was out of our budget. complicating matters, i wanted a bookcase with doors to keep things tidy and dust-free.
we settled on the billy bookcase with paneled glass doors. i liked the idea of showing some of our books and decorative pieces, but still having plenty of room to hide, so the half-glass paneling was perfect.
taking a cue from kate's amazing ikea hack i painted the back panel a dark charcoal - behr's stealth jet - and filled in the peg holes with white nail hole filler. unless you're up close, you can't see the holes, which is usually a tell-tale sign of an ikea piece.
we also wanted a streamlined media center with storage and the besta storage unit fit the bill. we paired it with glossy white doors and topped it with white glass.
we chose the standard square legs, but spray painted them with rustoleum's metallic spray paint in gold.
speaking of hardware, i've had jen's home tour posts bookmarked for ages because i love the brushed brass pulls and knobs that she has used.
we did consider other legs for the besta unit, but couldn't find anything that we loved for a decent price. although the spray paint is gold and the rest of the hardware is brass, it matches really well. after seeing how great the legs looked, we disassembled the bookcase doors to spray paint the hinges and screws. it was a bit of a hassle to do so after the fact, but it's one of my favorite details.
so, friends, what do you think? have you hacked any ikea pieces? if so, i'd love to see them!
all images: james roy photography