Archives for July 2012

Built In Bookcases {DIY Ikea Billy Bookshelves}

Built In Bookcases {DIY Ikea Billy Bookshelves}

Built ins define an entry via BHG

Built in Bookcases

Built-in bookcases not only add a ton of character and storage, but they really can make a small house feel so much bigger! I’d much rather have built-ins than a bunch of free standing furniture.

I think everything just looks so much roomier in a small space when bookcases and cabinets are built in! It is awesome how these built in bookcases featured in Better Homes & Gardens, above, define the entry way and give the living space extra character.

Want the look of these wonderful built ins, but want them on a budget? I love that you can find the perfect bookcases for this kind of DIY or handyman project at IKEA!

Built In Bookcases {DIY Ikea Billy Bookshelves}

Built ins home office via BHG

Bookcases like these would be quite easy to add to a space, either as a DIY project or the perfect project for a hired handyman. While they are “built-in” they are not actually built in to the wall, which makes things much easier in an existing space. Add some crown molding and trim or cabinet doors and you have a custom bookcase for less.

Built In Bookcases {DIY Ikea Billy Bookshelves}

Built in bookcases in bedroom via BHG

These bookcases are perfect around the bedroom window!  And the closed storage below the open shelves could provide much needed extra storage for everything from blankets to pillows to family photos to all those magazines we don’t want to let go of!

Built In Bookcases {DIY Ikea Billy Bookshelves}

Built-in Bookcases Children’s Room via BHG

This bookcase makes the most of the corner and creates a perfect spot for a connecting window seat.

Many bloggers have used IKEA bookcases as built-ins and I think that is a FABULOUS IDEA to get a built-in for much less than most custom bookcases.

This Billy Bookcase Tutorial from Just a Girl looks fantastic! If I can find a handy man willing to do this for me I would be all over this project. Check it out and I think you’ll agree it looks amazing!

Built In Bookcases {DIY Ikea Billy Bookshelves}
Built-in IKEA Billy Bookcases, via Just a Girl

 Have you added any built-ins to your home?

 

Goodbye, Carpet.

Goodbye, Carpet.

Thanks to Lowe’s for their support and installation of the floors in this home improvement project!  

This weekend we had a pretty exciting development at our house! Remember our wood floor project I mentioned awhile back?

Goodbye, Carpet.

Well, on Saturday the yucky old carpet was finally removed from our upstairs hall, our master bedroom, the staircase, the living room and the dining room. YAHOO! Progress.

Goodbye, Carpet.

It is funny how simply getting rid of things you dislike in your house makes things feel better, even before the pretty new stuff goes in. I’m GIDDY, I can hardly believe this is my house!

First my kitchen was torn out, and now my floors! Basically my whole house is a happy mess right now.

Am I dreaming? Don’t wake me up if I am. It was a long wait (we’ve been thinking of these changes for three and a half years) so it is especially exciting to finally be able to see our house starting to be transformed!

Goodbye, Carpet.

We decided to spare ourselves the public humiliation time and hassle of a DIY project and have Lowe’s take care of our project from tear out to installation of our new pre-finished Hickory wood floors.

Goodbye, Carpet.

The smart people at Lowe’s decided it would be good to use Kilz primer on the upstairs hall and master bedroom floors prior to installing the wood. That will to seal up any odors that may have absorbed into the subfloor due to unfortunate pet accidents. Eh hem. Good to know.

Once I saw the white subfloor I almost called the whole wood floor project off. Painted white subfloors could look pretty cool! I may still do that in some of the bedrooms that still have carpet.

Goodbye, Carpet.

I’m so glad we made the decision to do this flooring project with the help of Lowe’s! Even our most simple attempts at home improvement seem to take FOREVER to complete due to our crazy schedule, lack of DIY skill and often my own indecision. It will be amazing to see a project like this TOTALLY transform our house in a matter of DAYS!

Goodbye, Carpet.

Update: Here is the Hickory flooring, it is solid wood pre-finished interlocking flooring. I did a little simulation for you with some of the planks! It is the same hardwood flooring we have in our kitchen and entry and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I’ll talk more about it after the installers come on Tuesday when I can show you more progress!

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