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Monday, September 13, 2010

IKEA Bookcase Makeover

Over five years ago I bought an IKEA Liatorp bookcase. It is the style shown which sadly, is no longer available. It has served us well for several years.


Fast forward a few years when I transformed a Craigslist hutch into a French beauty that now serves as our book storage.


I thought that we would get rid of the IKEA bookcase and look for something new to hold our tv and dvd player. After some thought of trying to use what we already had, Mr. Decor reconfigured the cabinet so it could serve as a small entertainment center. He removed the upper cabinet doors and repositioned the shelves.

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When we purchased the cabinet the back bead board was a sage green color. To make it fit in with the new color palette I decided that it needed a paint makeover.

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Given that I wasn’t really interested in taking the whole case apart to paint, I just taped off all of the edges.

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I first painted all of the edges and then the grooves.

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This was after the first coat. It required 2 coats total. The paint is the same blue that I used on the other bookcase. I did this to create a somewhat cohesive look even though the styles are different.

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After the paint dried I decorated it with more of a beachy look that seems to work well with my ticking covered wingchairs.

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Here is a close up that shows off the new color a bit better. Most of the decor in our home is filled with things that have personal meaning. The Panamanian baskets and wooden figurines belonged to Mr. Decor’s grandparents. (For new readers, Mr. Decor was born and raised in Panama.)

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I never underestimate what the power of paint can do. The entire project took less than two hours.

Have you had a quick project that took no time at all but made a big impact?



Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Laura, This is a wonderful makeover! It certainly got an updated facelift. And good for you to transform something you already have.
What paint do you use so that it won't chip? What fininsh do you put on your pieces?
I'm looking for a huthch to redo for my eating area.
Sharing treasures like these are so inspiring! Kudos to you!

Marydon said...

G'morn ~ Looking beautiful.

Have a beautiful week ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love your new bookcase, Laura, but I think it says a lot about the Ikea bookcase, too, that it has held up AND was able to be transformed/reworked to continue to be used. I love the blue you chose for the back! I need something about that size for my living room/office. Something with doors {or drawers} to be able to hide away the necessities that aren't so pretty out.

Whimsey Creations said...

It looks great Laura. Could I get you to come and play here for a week or so? With your style we could get a lot done LOLOLOL

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Laura,
Great job my dear!
Beautiful and it works perfectly.
I love that line of IKEA too, it's my favorite and so reasonable.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh that looks fabulous!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee it! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Laura, it works perfectly for the TV and it looks wonderful with the back painted. What a great idea to repurpose the cabinet. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Okie Chic said...

Looks great!!! Don't ya love Ikea

Everton Terrace said...

Job well done! My favorite thing, repurpose, reuse, recycle. I love seeing things get a new life.

My Cottage Charm said...

Hello my friend! :) First of all, you know I applaud a great re-furb...anything to save something from the trash..and secondly, it looks great! I doesn't even look like the same piece. I adore the beadboard!
Hope you have a blessed week!

mitziscollectibles said...

I think your makeover is great! I recently got a carpenter's estimate for bookshelves that exceeded $2,000. Now, I'm thinking about buying IKEA shelves and adding molding to make them look built-in.

The Boston Lady said...

I love this make-over! It's good to know that IKEA furniture can be updated. Your office space is an area to be admired! Thanks for your comment and hugs to Rudi - they give unconditional love no matter what.

Linda said...

It's totally charming! Though your original version is exactly what I've been wanting to use as a small hutch for years (we don't have room for larger), so I could display my dishes and my Mom's figurines. :) Maybe someday....

French Basketeer said...

LOVE it, and love the baskets especially!


Very nice, love how the new cubbord turnd out. HUGS MARY

Blarney said...

Awesome makeover!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Can you come make-over my house? Beautiful job!

Liz said...

Why yes I have! My little gumball machine. Way fun little project. Paint changes everything! :)


FrenchGardenHouse said...

Great Job!! I love everything you do, this is such a great idea in using what you have.
xo Lidy

Heather@myeverydaygraces said...

The bookcase looks terrific. It seems like I spend more time trying to put off starting projects than I do on the actual project! The hardest part for me is getting started:)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting the other day on the brownies:)

Perch said...

You and the Mister are so clever. It looks great. Love the perch. blue :-)

mydesignchic said...

That is amazing!! I adore the painted charming!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Excellent!!! Love the new beach theme! Good for you!

Tiffanee said...

What an incredible make over! Looks so great!!