IKEA BILLY Bookcase Library Wall >>> SOURCE LIST

IKEA BILLY bookcase library wall feature

Today we wanted to share our sources and costs with you guys. We love to find inexpensive alternatives for our DIY projects. I hope you have enjoyed this series and we will try to cover as much as we can.

Frame for header

Building the Library Wall >>> Source List

(4 ) BILLY bookcases purchased at IKEA ($59.99 each) $260.43 

3/4″ Top Choice Birch Hardwood from Lowes $53.70 

2×4’s (already had) no cost

Screws (1lb. box is more than you need but we wanted them for other projects) , anchors, brackets, spring roller catches purchased at Lowes $37.49

Liquid Nail from Lowes $5

(2) 8ft. long baseboards purchased at Lowes $32

Crown molding purchased at Menards $15.85

Fast’N Final Lightweight Spackling purchased at Lowes $6.73

Valspar Paint and Primer Semi-gloss (color off the shelf white) purchased at Lowes $17.34

Total cost including tax = $428.54 

Picture Lights

Library Lights on Remote >>> Source List

(4) Brass Picture Lights from http://www.lightingemporium.com ($13.49 each + shipping) $62.91

Surge Protector on Remote from Lowes $19.50

Extension cord from Lowes $7

Total cost including tax= $89.41

Wiring sound system

Hidden Speakers >>> Source List

16 Gauge mini-spool of Monster speaker wires from Best Buy $21.49

Insignia 2-way Indoor/Outdoor Speakers from Best Buy $42.99

Total cost including tax= $64.48

If you would like to see all the posts on our library wall this past week check out these links:

THE REVEAL>>>Before & After shots of our project

MUSIC >>> How we added hidden speakers & a sound system

LIGHTS >>> How we added brass picture lights & put them on a remote

TRIM >>> How we made our bookcases look built-in

STYLING >>> 7 Tips for styling bookcases 

After LIbrary Wall

That was such a fun way to kick off Let’s Rock This House! Our next project for this series is Pimp My Patio. We have just started on this one, and will be giving some behind the scenes sneak peeks on Instagram #rockthishouse

xoxo Kristin

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26 Comments on IKEA BILLY Bookcase Library Wall >>> SOURCE LIST

      June 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Carrie :)

  1. Mel
    June 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m grateful for all of the hard and time consuming work you have put in to write this series. Thanks so much. I’ll be sure to keep you posted as to when I get my own built ins completed.

      June 16, 2013 at 8:28 am (2 years ago)

      Awesome! Can’t wait to see it :) xo Kristin

  2. Jayne
    June 16, 2013 at 6:22 am (2 years ago)

    It looks like you spent way more to build your library wall! It really turned out beautifully :)

      June 16, 2013 at 8:06 am (2 years ago)

      The lights and sound were so inexpensive. The wall was the majority of our cost, but compared to hiring it out or buying all the materials at the store we saved a lot :) All the wood alone would of put us over budget so the BILLYs were a great alternative. xo Kristin

  3. now at home mom
    June 16, 2013 at 10:08 pm (2 years ago)

    It looks so pretty and it looks expensive but glad to know it isn’t! :-) the lights and the trim makes them look so rich!

      June 17, 2013 at 6:45 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Ingrid :) IKEA is such a great resource for things like this when you are working on a small budget :) xo Kristin

  4. Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor
    June 17, 2013 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

    Seriously Kristin this is one amazing billy hack! I love it. Everything you’ve done has made them look so custom. You would never know they are from ikea. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. You Rock!

      June 18, 2013 at 8:12 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Shavonda :) We are totally happy with the result. xo K

  5. Katrina
    June 17, 2013 at 11:21 am (2 years ago)

    Your bookcase turned out so good!! :)

      June 18, 2013 at 8:12 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Katrina :) xo Kristin

  6. Suzanne
    December 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Love your billy bookcase and we have done one very similar except with glass doors on one case for display. I cannot locate the picture lights for $13.00 on the lighting emporium. I want them in brushed nickel, do you have a part number?

      December 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Suzanne :) I don’t have the part number. The link in the post links to the ones I ordered. That was back in the summer. Hope you can find something that works. xo Kristin

  7. Andrea
    April 29, 2014 at 10:55 am (1 year ago)

    I am wondering how you attached the in-between panels of plywood to the bookshelves. I am paranoid that the stuff Ikea makes their products out of is just hollow stuff that will split if I nail anything into it. Did you use a nail gun, screws…what?

      April 30, 2014 at 6:53 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Andrea, I used roller ball hinges. You can get them in the hardware aisle at any home improvement store. xo Kristin

      • Trey
        May 9, 2014 at 10:02 am (1 year ago)

        This looks fantastic and I’m using some of your ideas on my own project. Once your panels are closed, do you have a lip on them to pull them open again or do you have a “push to open” latch on them? How do you keep it looking flush without having a gap yet still have enough space for it to open on the hinge without scraping the cabinet?

      • Jenn
        March 25, 2015 at 8:39 am (2 months ago)

        I can’t find “roller ball hinges” anywhere, even in an online search -and I can’t find them in your pictures. Is there any chance they’re ball hinges or roller ball catches? Thanks!

        March 26, 2015 at 7:15 am (2 months ago)

        Hi Jenn, yes, those are the same thing. Sometimes the name on the packaging varies. You should be able to get them at any hardware store. xo

  8. Yolanda Nash
    August 10, 2014 at 11:08 am (10 months ago)

    I seen and read in Better Home&Garden in August I have alway wanted a wall of books cases now I know how to do won’t be in a house of my own for while with my mother . Just hope this inform still available when I need thank
    U all did a great job

      August 11, 2014 at 6:45 am (10 months ago)

      Thanks so much Yolanda :) xoxo Kristin

  9. Mandy
    August 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm (9 months ago)

    Hello! We absolutely love your design for your library wall! We just had a quick question about the BILLY bookshelves. There are a couple BILLY shelves on Ikea’s website, do you remember the dimensions of the ones you purchased? The ones that are currently priced at $59.99 look considerably smaller than the ones you used. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for posting this project!

      August 29, 2014 at 5:19 pm (9 months ago)

      Sorry, Mandy! I was in CT all summer and I just saw this. We went with the 7 ft. tall ones. xoxo

  10. bianca
    September 4, 2014 at 10:50 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi, I just love the library wall! My question, could you build in your flat screen TV, cable box and DVD player?

  11. Heather Thaxton
    March 25, 2015 at 4:17 pm (2 months ago)

    Do you happen to have the specific white color paint you used from lowes? Thank you so much for this post!

      March 26, 2015 at 7:16 am (2 months ago)

      It was matched at the counter. You can just take a chip from the bookcases and have any paint center tint to match the color. xo


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