If you missed part 1 (the planning) check it out here.
SO. Before I get to the details, lets start out with what we bought at Ikea: 3 Billy bookcases (one of them is the skinny one), and 2 Billy bookcase extender shelves.
Now…for how we got there.
I decided on Mocha Accent by Behr for the back of the built-ins and Wheat Bread by Behr for the wall color. I really like how white bookshelves look with darker backs.
We had an assembly and painting party in order get the bookshelves ready to be installed. I painted the back of the shelves before we assembled them so I didn’t have to tape and paint them when it was assembled.
If you’re going to paint the backs of these shelves, be sure to use primer. After that, it took two thin coats of paint applied with a foam brush to get a smooth finish.
This was the state of the office for way too long because LORD KNOWS Micah has an anti-DIY sixth sense that is triggered anytime he goes down for a nap and I try to get anything done. And then he wakes up and smiles when he sees me and my heart melts and I tell him he can take a 6.5 minute nap any time he wants because those smiles are so worth it.
Somewhere in the midst of it all, I got the room painted. I didn’t bother to paint behind the shelves because hey…might as well not waste paint, time, and effort! Yeah just say it…I was being lazy. Whatevs.
I didn’t like how the shelf adjusting holes would be showing. Once I add trim, the shelves won’t be adjustable anymore so we don’t need the holes. So I filled them with caulk, used a straight edge to wipe away the excess…and yeehaw…no more ugly holes.
Since the top bookshelf needed to be evenly spaced, we had to cut off the bottom. So I just traced a line that marked the excess, cut it off using this
table saw, and reassembled it.
So here’s the current state of the office (with our junk everywhere…just keeping it real) #sorrynotsorry
By the way, can I get an amen for how randomly perfect the bookshelf dimensions are!?
The left bookshelf’s back was drying so that’s why it isn’t installed yet.
Next up: installing the overhang, building bases, secure them to the walls, and add moulding!!
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