Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lazy Susan Bookcase - Ikea hack

I spotted this Pottery Barn bookcase (for $699) and knew it would be great for my growing-up-way-too-fast "little" girl.  I was not, however, a fan of the price tag and knew it was an Ikea-hack waiting to happen!

Display-It Storage Mirror

Here's what I purchased to make it happen:

An Ikea Billy Bookcase in white ($39.99)
BILLY Bookcase IKEA Narrow shelves help you use small wall spaces effectively by accommodating small items in a minimum of space.

A 24" pine round from Lowes ($17.50)
 Stain Kiln-Dried Elliotis Pine Round (Common: 1-1/4-in x 24-in x 24-in; Actual: 1-in x 24-in x 24-in)
A couple pieces of corner trim from Lowes ($10.74)
 0.937-in x 0.937-in x 8-ft White Polystyrene Outside Corner Moulding
A lazy susan from WoodCraft ($5.99)

And a beveled mirror from Wal-Mart ($14.97)
Mainstays Beveled Door Mirror
Grand total of $89.19 for the essentials!  That's about 13% of the Pottery Barn cost!
Admittedly, I spent another $40 on the cute little items I glued on the side of the bookcase and had some extra trim pieces and paint on hand.  Still not a bad discount on the retail price!

Here's the how-to!
First thing we did was assemble the bookcase.  I left the Ikea directions in the hands of my six year old.  She took great pride in building the bookcase.
Good thing she was in charge because I'm sure I wasn't going to fit in that space to put that part together.

I do like to live dangerously.  My thumb likes my dangerous living less so.

 We finished assembly and realized the back of the bookcase was not so pretty.  Yuck, ugly plain cardboard back and exposed particle board edges.  First things, first.  We painted the cardboard back to match her room.

Here are the next problems: 1) my bookcase needs a bottom for attaching the lazy susan and 2) I didn't want to see this gap at the bottom of the bookcase back.

I solved the problem of no bottom by cutting some 2x4s to fit in the gap and them attaching a piece of spare particle board to the 2x4s.  The 2x4's are held in by using my nail gun and nailing through the bottom shelf of the bookcase.  The particle board is then attached to the 2x4s with glue and nails.  I also added a board across the back bottom as a support for a piece of trim that will cover the hole.

Next I added some painted corner molding to the edges and top of the bookcase to cover the exposed edge of the particle board.  I also attached a 6" wide piece of trim beneath the mirror in order to cover the gap that I mentioned earlier.  I cut it to fit between the corner molding pieces.  The support I added in the previous step gave it something to attach to.  You can see the 6" trim piece in the finished pictures at the end.  I used the nail gun to attach the trim pieces and then filled in the holes with some spackling before giving them another coat of white paint.

The final step was attaching the lazy susan to the pine base and the bookcase bottom.  I started by priming and painting the wood base.  Center the lazy susan on the base and mark where you will insert your screws for attaching the lazy susan to the base.  You'll notice that the lazy susan also has four large holes.   You also need to mark these holes on the base and drill a hole in the wood equal in size to the hole in the lazy susan.  You will use these large holes as a way to access the part of the lazy susan that needs to be attached to the bookcase. Essentially, you will put your screw and screw driver into the large hole you drilled in the base from the underneath side and attach the screw.  As an added tip, it's a good idea to drill (very small) pilot holes for all of your screws.  Do this on the base AND the bookcase before you attach the lazy susan to either piece.  It will make your life MUCH easier.

As you can see I added some vinyl lettering above and below the mirror.  I put the phrase "You are loved." at the top and "BeYoutiful" on the bottom.  The mirror was attached using a special mirror adhesive by Liquid Nails.

I added some Hobby Lobby finds on each side.  This side has a magnetic "white" board and a little fox with hooks for hanging some of her jewelry.  I attached both items using the "projects" type of liquid nails.

This side has a little framed A, a birdcage chalk board, and a clipboard for hanging one of her works of art (of which there are MANY).  Again, I attached these using liquid nails.

The shelving was put to good use very quickly.  It's nice that the shelving is the same size as many of the cube storage containers sold at Target.  We inserted one of those on the bottom shelf to hold some small stuffed animals.  If you wanted a less cluttered look, you could use cubes on every shelf.

I am sure another one will be built in the future for the little sister.  As a warning, because the bookcase is very tall and is not anchored to the wall I would not suggest it for use in the room of a furniture climber.  The little sister will get one eventually but not until I'm sure she has passed any chance of a climbing stage!

I hope you love it as much as we do.  

1 comment:

  1. I love this idea for my own jewellery and knick knacks that sit on my dresser clutter. Thank you.