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IKEA Hack | Wallpaper + A Pop of Color

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

IKEA is a go-to retailer for so many of us on the hunt for affordable decor, storage and organizational pieces for our homes. There are endless possibilities for transforming or “hacking” their goods into custom, one-of-a-kind pieces. Want to know what’s even better than an IKEA hack? A THRIFTED IKEA Hack! YES!! Today, I’m sharing how I gave this plain jane Billy Bookcase a bold new look using some wallpaper and a fun, bright color.

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

SUPPLIES

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IKEAΒ Billy Bookcase [similar here]
Paint [I used this]
3 inch foam roller
angled paint brush
removable wallpaper [Tempaper]

DIRECTIONS

While I wasn’t necessarily actively looking for a new piece for the mudroom, I was keeping it in the back of my mind. We were making do with an IKEA Kallax piece that was too deep and too wide for the little nook in the mudroom right near the door leading to the garage. It wasn’t the perfect piece, but we had it so we used it!

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

I filled each of the 4 bins up with hats, gloves and scarves and each of us had our own bin so-to-speak. One day I was out running errands and decided to pop into my favorite local thrift store and saw the bookcase at the back of the store. I immediately thought how perfect it would be since it checked all the boxes—tall, thin and shallow. I measured it and decided for 20 bucks, I was going to take it home. Sometimes thrift stores or even Goodwill sell items that are currently selling in that retailer’s store. Like how some Target clearance items go to Goodwill, for example! Β And this piece retails at IKEA for $79.99 currently. Well, like some things I thrift, they tend to sit in the garage or basement until I have some free time to work on them. After receiving a roll of fabulous self-adhesive, repositionable, removable wallpaper from Tempaper, I instantly knew I wanted to use it on the bookcase. So, I was off to gather supplies and get started.

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

First, I wiped down the shelves and sides with a warm, soapy rag to give it a good cleaning. After that, I opened up my can of paint [which was originally going to be a can of plain white paint!] and poured a little in the paint tray. I first grabbed my angled paint brush to get at all of the edges and creases at the back since it’s tricky to get a roller tight to the edges and corners.

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

Please note…I did NOT use a primer on this piece. Oil-based paint tends to go on smooth and be more durable, plus with the use of the foam roller, I was really able to get good, full coverage!

Next, I laid out the shelves and rolled a coat of paint on each of them. After that, I went back to the main piece and rolled a coat on the inside, outside and front edges. Let dry for 2-4 hours. You can lightly touch your paint to see if it’s sticky or dry and decide how much longer to wait before applying a second coat. Another tip, this paint was oil-based and was sort of a pain to get off of my hands, so I recommend wearing gloves if you want to protect yourself from scary blue hands!!

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

After applying the second coat, I went to the back of the bookcase and removed the backing.

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

This particular piece has the thin backing set in tracks on each side, so it was easy to slide the 2 back pieces up and out from the top after removing the tiny nails that help hold them in place. I could’ve taken the backs off before painting, but it didn’t really matter.

Next it was time to apply the removable wallpaper in this fun black and white geometric print!

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

The bookcase was narrow, but not narrow enough to roll the paper out from top to bottom. I simply rolled the paper out from left to right, lined it up on the left and then made a cut along the right side. Then I peeled off the adhesive backing and laid it down flat to the board.

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

Since it is repositionable, removable wallpaper, it was so EASY to apply and then pull up and readjust if need be. Still a big fan of the wallpaper we chose for our master bedroom accent wall, but it isn’t the removable kind! I was able to smooth out and air bubbles with my hands, but could’ve used a ruler or something with a straight, flat edge.

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

Each board used 2 different pieces of wallpaper and it was really easy to match up the pattern and then trim off the top and sides again before laying it down.

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

You could also press your wallpaper down and THEN do the trimming, which doesn’t need to be perfect since it will slide back into the track with the sides unseen.

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

If you’re new around here, then you’ll quickly learn about my affinity for black and white geometric prints!! See my fave rug round-up here!

After sliding the freshly papered back pieces down from the top, I hammered the tiny nails into the back at the top and bottom of the piece and into the middle stationary shelf so you couldn’t see the nails poking through. One by one, I put the shelves back in and moved it into place after a full 24 hours after painting! I didn’t put any sort of topcoat on the piece so I’m aware of the risk of the paint scratching off. I do recommend using an L-bracket or other form of wall mounting device to secure the piece to the wall to prevent tipping. Follow the instructions in your specific piece of furniture’s user manual.

And just like that, my thrifted IKEA hack had a new home!

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

I love the pop of color in the space! Don’t you?!

As for storage and organization, I left the bottom shelf open for a few pairs of shoes, which can be stacked on top of one another.

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

Hunter boots

We also have this shoe rack nearby which holds the rest of our footwear!

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

The next 2 shelves have a basket on each and are still low enough for the boys to reach. I attached a couple of labels and filled them with items we’ll be frequently using this summer – sun hats and baseball caps and then in the other basket – extra flip flops, sunglasses, as well as extra sunscreen, pool toys and bubbles for easy access before leaving the house! I think I’ll be adding in a bottle of bug spray, too!

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

One shelf up is free of clutter, but I thought a small clear organizer would be nice to set things like keys, wallets or sunglasses when you walk through the back door. I actually grabbed the clear tray from the plastic serving pieces section at Dollar Tree. It fits perfectly, serves a function and doesn’t take up too much visual space. I still want to show off that pretty wallpaper backing, plus it was only $1!

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

The top 2 shelves are more “styled”, but I do love the idea of keeping a few magazines and books close by the door in case I want to throw a couple in my purse or beachΒ bag before an appointment or heading to the pool. Yes, we are in Chicago-land, so more often than not, it’s the pool we head to, not the beach!!

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

And that’s about it! This IKEA hack took place at the perfect time since I’ve been slowly wanting and working towards a mini makeover in this space. The wall hooks you see to the left were added a few months ago and a bench near that [not shown] was brought up from the basement a few months before that. Β The bookcase created some storage and organization solutions for our mudroom / back entryway and I love how this tiny space is taking shape! One of these days, I’ll finish sprucing up the rest to share with you!

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

It always blows my mind what a little paint and some fun pattern can do to transform a space or a piece of furniture in this case. I definitely do not claim to be an expert on painting furniture, but with a little practice, it’s become something I’m not afraid to take on!

Soooo….Are you a fan of the bright and bold blue?! What’s your favorite IKEA hack?!

Don’t forget to pin for later!

IKEA Hack! DIY Billy Bookcase Makeover with Paint & Removable wallpaper! | This is our Bliss

Thanks for reading today! I’ll be back soon with a few red, white and blue projects just in time for your 4th of July celebrations! Have a great rest of your week!!

*Thank you to Tempaper for providing me with this awesome, easy-to-use removable wallpaper. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make This is our Bliss possible!

 

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  • Delia Gibbs
    June 24, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    Oh Rachael, this is “amazeballs!” I love everything that you did with this bookcase, space, and all. I love it so much I had to come up with my own descriptive word…lol.

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      June 27, 2017 at 3:14 PM

      Thanks, Delia!! You’re too funny and sweet! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a note πŸ˜‰

  • Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living
    June 21, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    What a great update! Love that pop of color and the wallpaper is sooo you!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      June 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM

      Thanks, Steph!! I’m waaaaay too predictable, aren’t I?! Maybe one of these days I’ll branch out!!! Well…I guess I did a little bit with the blue πŸ˜‰

  • Lisa
    June 21, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    What a great idea Rachael! It looks amazing and provides perfect functionality πŸ™‚ I am going to have try this removable wallpaper…..it’s makes things so easy!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      June 21, 2017 at 3:59 PM

      Thanks, Lisa! The paper seriously worked like a dream. I think I pressed it down and picked it back up at least 10 times and you’d never know! It was SO easy to work with! You should definitely give it a try. I’m already scheming what wall in the house I can get my hands on ha πŸ˜‰

  • Sue
    June 21, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    That turned out awesome! Perfect for the space and I love the pop of color!!!

  • Allison
    June 21, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    This is so pretty!!! I LOVE that wallpaper, too. Awesome job Rachael!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      June 21, 2017 at 3:57 PM

      Thanks so much, Allison!! This blue, black and white combo is giving me major heart eyes when I walk by it!!

  • Kate at KateDecorates.co
    June 21, 2017 at 12:27 PM

    Great hack! I love the blue combined with the geometric print black and white wallpaper. Nice job, Rachael!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      June 21, 2017 at 3:56 PM

      Thanks, Kate! I can’t *believe* how crazy in love I’ve been with bold colors lately!