Ikea hack: adding beveled crown moulding to Billy bookcases

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Have I mentioned I love Ikea?  It’s true.  We’re in love.  I actually frolicked through the store Friday night, it sounded like a better thing to do than an hour at the gym, plus it’s like 2 blocks from my office and absolutely irresistible during those moments I’m trying to dodge a workout.

Remember these Ikea Billy bookcases? I stenciled them using an ikat stencil and Graphite Chalk Paint.  It was a painful process and took me 2 hours per bookcase.  Apart from the stenciling pain, I’m absolutely smitten with the result!  I wish I could say I won’t be stenciling anything anytime soon.. but I have a secret suspicion I’d be putting my foot in my mouth.  A few readers asked for full view shots of the bookcases, which you’ll see today as I’m sharing how I added beveled crown moulding to these Ikea Billy bookcases, which happened by complete accident!

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Supplies:

1″ x 4″ x 8′ basic pine board

1″ x 2″ x 8′ basic pine trim

8′ crown moulding

Caulk

White paint, color matched to the bookcase

 

Cut list:

A) cut two 11″ pieces of the 1″x4″ board

B) cut two 11″ pieces of the 1″x2″ trim

C) cut one 31 1/2″ piece of the 1″x2″ trim

D) cut one 31 1/2″ piece of the 1″x4″ board

E) cut one 31 1/2″ piece of the crown moulding*, beveled at 90-degrees, and mitered at a 45-degrees (*note: the 31 1/2 is measured at the bottom)

F) cut two 11″ pieces of crown moulding*, beveled at 90-degrees, and mitered at a 45-degrees (*note: the 11″ is measured at the bottom.  One piece should be cut in the opposite direction as the other)

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Directions:

Glue and nail both A pieces to the outside base of the bookcases.  Lean something heavy against them as they dry.  Glue and nail piece D to the front of the bookcase.  Add caulk to any obvious gaps between the pieces of wood.  Smooth out the caulk with your finger.

 

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Once you’re finished with the base, begin working on the top of the bookcases.   Glue pieces B to the top edges of the bookcases.  Stack something heavy on top of these pieces to help them dry in place.  Grab piece C and E.  I do not own a nail gun, so I chose to nail piece E (the long piece of crown moulding) to piece C (the long piece of 1″x2″ trim) to each other before attaching to the top of the bookcase – see pic below.  Repeat this process with both F pieces of moulding, although these pieces are much easier to attach with the 1″x2″ trim already glued to the bookcase.  Just position piece F against the already glued on B pieces, and hammer in a few brad nails.

 

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It was at this point I found out I’m not a mathematician.  Here’s the mistake I made:  I cut both the 31 1/2″ piece  and the 11″ of crown moulding at the wrong angle.  The bottom corners touched perfectly, however the top angles did not meet.  I thought I had my calculations correct, but something didn’t add up.  I wasn’t too concerned though, I decided a beveled corner edge would look great!  I had to cut a inverted-triangle piece of crown moulding to fit in the gap.  Again, I’m no mathematician, and I don’t own a protractor, so it was a game of trial and error until I got the right cut for the beveled triangle piece.

If you prefer not to have a beveled corner edge, just cut the pieces of crown moulding at an angle of 45-degrees, it should give you pointed edges that meet, instead of what I ended up with.  I really can’t complain about my mistake though, I think I prefer the look of beveled edges!

 

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Once I got two pieces that fit perfectly, I caulked them in place and let them dry overnight.  The next day I painted two coats over the entire base and the entire moulding on top of the bookcases with the color matched paint.

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(Crossing my fingers you don’t notice the dust bunny in the picture!)

 

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These beveled edges add a dimension to my bookcases that I didn’t have planned, but sometimes mistakes just happen to turn out to be better than your original plan!

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  • http://LizzieCaye.com Liz

    Awesome!

  • Amy

    Very classy! I love it!

  • Amanda

    How. No. Is this real life?

    Wow.

  • Ann E.

    Do you mind sharing what color paint you used to match the Ikea white? Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/GirlULove2Love GirlULove2Love

    Great job. I am in awe.

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  • Sarah Khan

    amazing! how did you attach the two bookcases together? do they have to be attached or are they freestanding and only attached at the crownmolding and base?

  • Jennifer Driscoll

    That is awesome – just what I was looking for!

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