We had sort of an awkward corner in our living room that wasn’t getting much use. A quick trip to IKEA and Lowe’s fixed that right up.
I got two of these inexpensive and extra tall white Billy bookcases from IKEA.
While my sweet and handy husband assembled the bookshelves, I painted the big boards that act as the back of the bookcase. I painted them a shade darker than the color of our walls. After these boards dried and had been tacked into place, I started the next project for fancying up the IKEA shelves: adding trim.
I bought four 8-feet lengths of the simplest, smallest moulding that Lowe’s had (less than $5 each). Using my $7 coping saw, which is a hand saw that makes very fine cuts, I made mitered cuts and trimmed out the exposed sides of the book cases. These also got a coat of blue paint and then were applied with Liquid Nails.
We filled the shelves with all our clutter: an antique Dala horse, silhouettes of family members, bins for magazines and some children’s books, picture frames, and other vintage and antique finds from our European flea market adventures.