August 3, 2021
You should know by now that I LOVE a good IKEA hack! I mean… what’s not to love? They are inexpensive, usually simple, and make a big difference in the look of basic furniture pieces. If you have been hanging out with me for a minute then you have seen my other two Billy Bookcase IKEA Hacks.
The first one was for our builtins in our reading room. We used the Billy Bookcase to form the foundation for the entire builtins and it worked out so well! The second was another IKEA Billy Bookcase hack in our laundry/mudroom. My favorite part of this project was using paintable textured wallpaper on the door fronts. It really took it to another level and was super easy to do! This project is another IKEA Billy Bookcase hack using wallpaper, but on the inside this time and with lights!
I went back and forth for over a month on what I wanted to do with this piece. I was so indecisive that I asked for people to vote on what they thought over in my Instagram stories. I was torn between adding wallpaper to the inside or painting the entire thing dark green to match the she shed walls. The majority of people voted for the wallpaper and I decided to actually listen this time. I picked out this gorgeous wallpaper from Rifle Paper Co, well it actually picked me it feels like. I love this wallpaper so much that I am going to use it in our half bathroom as well.
I can say that this wallpaper is good quality, because I man-handled it for this wallpaper hack and it still came out good! It is definitely thick and the adhesive is strong, but I was still able to easily move it when I needed to. The real test will come when it gets super hot out there. If it stays up without assistance that is a definite win in my book! I will say though, that first impressions with Rifle Paper Co and their wallpaper are very good!
I ordered these strip lights from Amazon to go inside the cabinets and kind of just add a different element and they are pretty good! I feel like I should have picked more of the yellow tone color for the bookcase lighting but I still really like the way that it looks and what it adds to the piece. It was really easy to install and connect which is important, because you know I don’t like reading instructions. The lighting kit also came with several pieces to help you hide the wiring and keep everything nice and neat which is really important to me.
So the project that I put off completing for a couple of months took me less than an hour to complete start to finish. Why do we do that to ourselves? LOL. I am just glad that I got this quick DIY IKEA hack done and it looks so cute! What do you think? Is this something you would attempt or have you already? I am on the lookout for my next Ikea hack!