Thursday, August 22, 2013

IKEA Bookcase HACK

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If you read regularly, you've seen some of the rooms in our new house.
(here, here and here)

Lately, I've been working on the upstairs living area. My *favorite* project, maybe ever, has been transforming our plain IKEA bookcases into something WAY more fun!

I started out with the plain old Besta bookcase from IKEA.

Now, I could have just styled the shelves and called it good, but I felt like it just needed something more!

I stumbled on this AMAZING company called O'verlays.  They are pros at helping you customize, and basically transform, anything IKEA!

They helped me design some custom Greek Key panels for my Besta units.  After I got them in the mail, it was DIY time!

I started out with plain white doors. 
(**bonus** the doors are only $5 at IKEA!  I love how cheap everything is there!)

I carefully taped the edges.  I only wanted the front of the doors gold.  The sides needed to stay white.

Then it was time to spray paint.  I knew I wanted to use my favorite gold spray paint for the background.  The O'verlays were going to stay crisp white.

I did a million small coats, being careful not to soak the doors in paint.

The result was a smooth, gold finish.  I was in love already!

To attach the O'verlays, I used a little bit of superglue.  The gel kind that doesn't run everywhere.

At this point, I couldn't believe how awesome they looked.  I was so excited to get them on the bookcases!

Here's a little "before" shot of the bookcases.  Looking a little sad....

Andddddd, after!

Love. Love. Love.

Close up:

Can you believe how a little spray paint and some O'verlays transformed these IKEA bookcases?  It's awesome.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Those are super cute! Great idea! Pinning this!

  2. OMG! looks fantastic Sarah!!!! Your bookcase now looks so high-end! Great job!

  3. Gorgeous! Lovin' the gold and Greek key look. I like your reading area. Looks comfy. :)

  4. That is probably one of the best hacks I have seen!

  5. Wow oh wow! Thanks for linking up with Tickled Pink Times Two. This is an incredible hack!! Love it.

  6. Love it. I have been wanting to use those overlays. They are so cool. I love the whole room. Great job. I would love it if you would link this up to my link party that is going on right now.

  7. So cool! I had no idea you could do this. And I couldn't help noticing (and crushing on) the's fabulous!

  8. Um, this whole thing is gorgeous! Love your style.

    Stephanie @

  9. Oh wow! Your bookcase came out gorgeous! I love the gold that you used.. and the pattern is so fun!

    I would love for you to share this (and any other posts!) at my Life of the Party link up if you get a chance! Im going to poke around your blog a little more.

  10. This is so gorgeous! I love the gold under the overlays! If you get a chance, please link up to my linky party:

  11. Featuring next Friday at Bacon Time!

  12. So pretty! Love them! I am pinning this for later. Julia @

  13. These look amazing!! Do they open for added storage?

    1. Yes they do! There is a shelf in between them, so I have lots of extra space!

  14. Love this, such a pretty design and way better than just plain white ordinary bookcases!

  15. Okay, I am straight up obsessed! These are so chic and cute, and such a great storage solution. Thanks for the tip on spray painting, too. I am horrible with saturating things sometimes.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. What a great hack! I love how they turned out.
    - Lora @ Craftivity Designs

  17. Love it, this totally transforms the bookcases. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  18. Wow, what a great job you did with bookcases! They look so good & modern. I saw it on Kathe with an e.

  19. OMG I am loving this. Thank you so much for sharing. I am pinning it. I am your newest follower. Would you follow me back? Thank you so much!


  20. These are great! I love the doors on the bottom. they add a good amount of mass to the piece. And you can't go wrong with gold! Cheers

  21. I so love your Ikea makeover...beautiful job! I featured it today from last weeks Whimsy Wednesday Link Party!

  22. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your wonderful project on homework. Thanks so much for sharing it on The Inspiration Board. It makes me so happy to see beautiful creativity linked up!

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  23. Okay, seriously dying over how this turned out. I love it! The gold and the overlays - just stunning! I'll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow!

    Thanks for linking up!

  24. For over a year I have said I'm going to do this. You have reminded me to push this to the top of my to do list. Thanks for the inspiration and I will be featuring you this week on Motivated Monday.

  25. You should add dentil moulding to the top and frame out the the bookcase. That would really make it AWESOME... not that it isn't already awesome!

  26. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a featured button!

  27. WOW! I never would have thought to do that!! Gorgeous!

  28. Absolutely stunning !! Love it !! Great job !!


  29. AHHHHHH! LOVE IT! It looks so fantastic!! Bravo!


  30. Beautiful! Can you show detail on hinges? The overlay sent you the doors? What material?

  31. Cute...Could have painted the back gold to give more glam...

  32. Love what you did with the bookcases - I have spent most of my afternoon looking for bookcases to change up for our kitchen. Thanks for the resource. I will have to look into them.


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