30 May 2013

ikea hack: billy bookcase and besta storage unit

30 May 2013

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!


Alyssa said...

You guys did such an amazing job on this–it looks SO much more expensive now! I have an Ikea couch and we've been toying with the idea of changing up the legs, etc. Now I'm even more inspired!

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much, alyssa!! we're loving how they turned out. if you're looking for sofa legs, a couple of sites to check out are:

- www.unclebobsworkshop.com > we would have gone with these, but bob doesn't make legs for the besta right now

- prettypegs.se > pretty options, but pricey

Samantha Peterson said...

I love both pieces - love the idea of showing some of your books, but not all! So great how they turned out, this is when I wish I lived closer to an IKEA to help spruce up my town home!

gabyburger said...

Stop it!! we have that tv console and I'm doing this!! :)

ashley nicole catherine said...

aw yay! that totally makes my day!!

The Now said...

Whaaaaat?!?! This is awesome! I love the gold hardware. I have never done any hacking but I'm pretty inspired right now! xo

Lena said...

How gorgeous–the gold hardware is DIVINE!

Taylor O'Shaughnessy said...

I've been waiting to see this ever since you instagrammed it!! looks so so great you did an amazing job!!


Miss Margarita said...

love it!!

Short and Sweet Blog said...

So cute! Love the simple white lines and the gold fixtures!

Natalie Merrillyn said...

Love it! You guys did such a great job!

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks, lady!! it's even better in person AND not that pricey :)

ashley nicole catherine said...

thanks so much, taylor!! xx

Alison said...

I love Ikea hacks! You did such a great job, love!

parfums said...

Lovely pics, love them all .

pas cher

Jen said...

I love the idea of hidden storage! We have the same issues in our house (ok apartment) so I love how half of the bookcase has glass and the other half doesn't. I love the brass touches, what a fun idea!

xo jen

CharminglyStyled said...

Oh my! You did such an amazing job! I am always looking for extra storage {especially in tiny Chicago apartments!}, so this is a genius idea!


Annie said...

Love it!!!! Look at you DIY master!!!

nicewilliams said...

Hi Ashley- I'm doing something similar tomorrow post ikea trip, and I'm wondering- did you have to specially drill holes for the pulls on the front of the tv unit? They really make it SUCH a nice impact, and I'm wondering how labor intensive this will be (my home diy skills consist of hanging frames).

Alexi Demos said...

We are super excited to try this hack! About to spray Besta Legs now:)

Alexi at PicTricks

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