Today I’m sharing our library wall that we made with IKEA BILLY bookcases. I have always wanted a library in my house. We just don’t have the space to dedicate an entire room to a library, so we opted to put a library wall in our living room. This room already screams library to me with the brass fixtures and big fireplace. Hiring this out would had been big bucks so we came up with a way to customize store-bought bookcases to fit our wall and tweak them to have some add-ins. We’ll be breaking that down all week-long. I thought it would be a little much to put everything into one post!
In case you don’t remember, here is the Before:
See all those books in the left corner. Yeah, it’s definitely going to take time to fill up 4 bookcases, but I love that we will all add to it over time. The reason I chose this wall is because it is long and it runs the whole length of the upstairs. I wanted to break it up and define the space more. Also, adding the white bookcases here reflects the light from the big picture window across the room. It has brightened up this room so much.
Are you ready to see the After??!!!
I am so in love! We went with the BILLY bookcase because it comes in a depth of 11”. That way we are not compromising that much space from the wall. We are now gaining so much shelving and storage. We added details to make it look built-in which we have an entire post dedicated to so we can explain the process.
We also have been joking with you guys how we have been P-I-M-Ping our library wall. Here’s what we’re talking about…
We worked on a tight budget and we were able to add hidden speakers and a sound system, library lights on remote control, and add details to finish it off and add more appeal to our bookcases.
We have all been enjoying our library, especially the kids.
Here’s some shots of the finished library wall in our space…
I also feel like this window totally fits in with the library wall now…
I love the contrast of the blue wall against the white bookcases…
We have plenty of room to grow our library…
Shelves are so fun to style! You know I’ve been enjoying that!!
It is so nice to have this in our living room. Everyone has been enjoying it and I love that. This has really enriched our home and we did it on a tight budget! We’ll be sharing what we spent at the end of the series when we post the source list.
Even our new puppy Zoey feels right at home in here…
Tomorrow we will be sharing how we installed our secret speakers and wired our sound system. You can’t pimp a library wall without some dope beats, right??
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