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« on: October 20, 2009 03:44:18 PM »

I needed some new bookcases so I went for the IKEA Billy Bookcase in white as it is the cheapest model in the UK.

I also bought metres and metres of the white IKEA fabric with green and black birds on it, I plan to use it in the kitchen too.

It took me an entire afternoon to build the bookcases and apply the fabric (possibly due to all the tea breaks I took).

I covered the backboards to the bookcase with the fabric, I used adhesive spray to hold the fabric in place.

The hardest part of the whole process was actually sliding the fabric covered boards into the bookcases without them getting stuck or the fabric bunching up, but I managed it in the end.

I really love the end result, the tops of the bookcases are now covered in plants too! I need to take another photo to how this.

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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2009 04:03:25 PM »

that looks really nice, much better than plain old cardboard backing! I have some shelves that could use some special treatment, too Smiley

also, the fabric makes them not look cheap!
good job!

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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2009 04:12:25 PM »

That looks stunning. I am just about to buy a White Billy bookshelf (30? cheap!) and was a bit put off but the starkness. I may have to give this a go:D
Do you have any in progress shots?
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2009 12:28:13 AM »

Thanks both!

@Scowlene - I don't really (like i said to busy drinking tea ha ha). But build the cases first and then cover the back with fabric before sliding them on. The smaller bookcases were much easier. In total the whole thing cost less than 100.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2009 10:36:18 AM »

What a great idea...and a great job!  This looks really nice.  I love IKEA furniture, and it's so easy to put together, I think.  I have the white Billy bookcase, but with the Billy doors on the bottom half of the bookcase, from my daughter's prior bedroom, which is now a sewing/crafting room.   I want to use it for storage and whatnot, but it needs a pick-me-up, for sure.  Maybe I can cover the door fronts with fabric...thanks for the inspiring idea!!  Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2009 05:10:51 AM »

I love the choice of fabric, it looks so great all put together!  Smiley

I'm interested in personal swaps, PM me!

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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2009 09:02:19 AM »

Thank you, I'm still loving it everyday!

I was actually intending to buy doors too but they were out of stock when I went, I'm glad I didn't now as the whole thing came in under 100 which is fab and within budget.
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