IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

The original plan for Sawyer’s IKEA Billy Bookcase was very different than how it turned out. I would say that around half of my ideas change shape from the original idea – that’s a part of design and planning, sometimes plans change. In my mind, the bookcase would have no glass, and cane webbing in place of the glass. Then when I actually purchased the IKEA bookcase, I realized that the glass was incased in between the wood doors. And I wasn’t going to break out the glass so it was staying put. After unboxing the door, I realized I only had about 1/18 inch of wood to staple the cane webbing into the wood… um what?! The cane bookcase idea wasn’t going to work. As usual, I went to the Internet to brainstorm other possibilities for the IKEA Billy Bookcase boho hack. Jen of City Farmhouse actually paints right over the glass – her bookcase unit turned out beautifully, check it out here. I considered decoupaging paper and fabric, stapling fabric, contact paper, and peel and stick wall paper. I ordered some free contact paper samples and knew right away that paper wasn’t going to get us the boho look. We needed texture! Sawyer has had a burlap pin board for several years and she wanted to keep it with her new room design, so we decided to try out some burlap fabric in the bookcase.


IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack – Tutorial

The steps are easy and straight forward. In fact, there are probably many other ways to attach fabric to cabinet doors, but this is how I did it. You can also check out my short video to see how easy it is, but here are the steps:

  1. Measure the cabinet door and determine how much fabric or burlap you need to buy.
    (I only needed three yards for this 8′ bookcase because the burlap is 45″ wide.)
  2. Cut the burlap in half and iron out any creases.
  3. Apply double sided tape around the inside of the bookcase, right against the edge of the wood frame near the glass.
    (The tape is just to reinforce the edge of the burlap and help keep it in place. It may not be necessary at all.)
  4. Use a small nail and lightly hammer the nail into each corner of the wood to make a start for the thumbtack.
  5. Then carefully hammer a flat thumbtack into the shallow nail hole until it’s flush with the wood.
    (I evenly placed 10 thumbtacks around each cabinet door.)
  6. Add door hinges and attach doors and handles to the cabinet.

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack – Video

Be sure to watch the entire video from start to finish. It’s short and the end shows how I organized the inside of the bookcase, shelf by shelf! Also, please hit that Like button!


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IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

IKEA Billy Bookcase Boho Hack

Full disclaimer: It’s not perfect. There, I said it! I didn’t cut the burlap perfectly straight, I didn’t cut the burlap correctly (just google it), and I didn’t finish the burlap edge with a stitched edge or glue – nothing. But it still looks good, it works well, and it really does look cool in-person. This bookcase is a place for my daughter’s stuff and even though it’s organized stuff, it’s not stuff that she wants to look at all the time. So, covering the glass doors with inexpensive burlap was our fix. I love the idea of painting these doors, but that style wasn’t as good as a fit for this room. We could have found a different cabinet for her things, but we wanted a tall and slim bookcase to do the job – and the IKEA price couldn’t be beat. The point is, this worked for us and I hope it inspires ideas to help make your furniture or design work for you. Design plans don’t always pan out, so be encouraged that you’ll find a solution that works well and looks good too! And I’m always happy to help brainstorm possible ideas, so leave me a comment or shoot me an email!

If you don’t want clear glass doors on your cabinet or bookcase, there are lots of different techniques to consider. Using burlap is just one idea to consider and it was really easy to install and it’s not permanent. If we remove the burlap, tacks, and tape, there will be 10 tiny tack holes left, but we’re not worried about those. If you like this side of my teen daughter’s room, you gotta check out the other side with her bed. I created boho farmhouse shiplap with a plant shelf – it’s relaxing and soothing~


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How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap

How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap

The farmhouse style has been taking shape ever since Joanna Gaines made us all so aware of its simple beauty. There are many interpretations of the farmhouse style, I tend to lean toward the modern farmhouse look. However, lately I’ve been infusing some boho throughout our house. I love the textures and natural elements found in the bohemian look. The boho style can also be super colorful or simply neutral, it’s so flexible and fun! In designing a look for my teenage daughter’s bedroom, it was definitely going to be boho, but I wanted it to flow with our home too. I’m so excited to show you how to create boho farmhouse shiplap and give you a mini tour of her bedroom design.


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Before construction!


My daughter, Sawyer, knows what she likes, but she’s also very open and flexible when considering other opinions and options. I had so much fun designing her bedroom space together. We threw around different ideas, color schemes, and how she wanted the room to feel. She likes color, but wanted the room to feel calm and relaxed, so we went with muted tones. The original feature wall was going to be diagonal board and batten, but it would have been too difficult for me to match up the boards with the french cleat bracket for her cane headboard – I just wasn’t up to that DIY challenge yet. She likes shiplap, but didn’t want white. We agreed to a light grey green, and found the most beautiful shade in Magnolia Home paint, called Clean Lines and it’s the best paint I’ve every used. I hate painting, I mean I seriously don’t like anything about it except picking out colors. I went ahead and brushed a coat onto the gap of the shiplap because it seemed like it would be difficult to paint inside it once it was installed. Magnolia Home paint went on like butter, hardly had an odor to it, and I painted all 9 boards in less than 30 minutes. Yeah, I went ahead and rolled the first coat on the entire board after feeling how fast and easy the layer went onto the gap. It dried quickly also and the finish was smooth and luxurious. I love it and have already started scoping out Magnolia Home colors for my husband’s office. I used about a half gallon after applying the second coat to the half-wall of shiplap. I’m guessing a can would have given me two coats of the entire 10’x12′ wall.


How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap

How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap – Video Tutorial

I did my fair share of shiplap research, and found that I had to look for several tutorials in order to figure out how to do all the necessary steps for my wall. For the side baseboard issue, Jeremy and I had to just brainstorm and determine what we wanted to do. And I figured out the hard way that I would need to trim off the shiplap gap along the very top board if I wanted my shelf to work out. I created a video that covers all the details I came across when installing my shiplap, but I’ll also list them out below. I hope you find all the details you need and don’t have to shop around to cover unforeseen issues. Please hit that Like button on my video~



At this point, I ran out of daylight and realized that I attached my last shiplap board. I didn’t want to take it down to remove the shiplap gap along the top for the shelf, so I ran over to The Home Depot and got another board. This mistake turned out for the best because it made the wall a better height for the cane headboard. Lucky mistake for me!


How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap
At this point, I thought I was done with attaching the shiplap… but there was a problem with my top board. Be sure to watch my video to know how to prepare your last board for the shelf install.

How to Create Boho Shiplap – Step by Step

  1. Remove the baseboard trim and outlet covers.
  2. Cut the side intersecting baseboards at a 90 degree angle using a multi-tool.
  3. Mart the studs on your wall or use a stud finder for each board (I had to do this a bit because the huge electrical box in the wall threw off the stud finder).
  4. Paint the shiplap gaps – or the entire boards. This is a good time to paint the outlet covers if you want a seamless look.
  5. For each board, cut off a small piece to make sure each end is cut square.
  6. For each board, measure the wall, mark the cut on the board near the other end that hasn’t already been trimmed. It’s better to have the board be too long and have to go back and shave off a little more. Having the boards fit as closely as possible will make your caulking step later a bit easier.
  7. Place the shiplap board in place on the wall, use a level in case your floor isn’t level, and then use a brad nail gun to secure it into each stud. Use two inch brad nails and place two nails into each stud.
  8. Repeat steps 5, 6, 7 for each board – except the very top board.
  9. Once all the boards are up, add plastic wood to the brad nail holes. Once dry, sand smooth. I like to vacuum the dust and wipe it with a microfiber cloth.

    Cutting around an outlet
  10. When you reach an outlet, you’ll need to use a jigsaw or multi-tool to cut the piece out of the shiplap board. It helps to use one of the trimmed off ends to help you mark on the trim piece where the electrical box is located. I show how to do this step in the video. Please hit that Like button if you watch.
  11. Before you attach the shiplap boards around the outlet, you’ll need to CUT the POWER and add a gang box extender. This will pop out your outlet so that it’s flush with your new shiplap wall. You much CUT the POWER in order to unscrew the outlet and shimmy the extender box onto the outlet box. You screw the gang box extender in place and then add your boards. Once in place and lined up, tighten your outlet screws and you can resume power.

    Install Boho plant shelf
  12. To add a simple plant shelf, you’ll need to trim off the gap from the top piece of shiplap. I used a circular saw to do this, but a table saw would also work well.
  13. Our wall was just short of 12 feet long, so I used two 1″x2″x6′ select pine boards and two 1″x4″x6′ select pine boards.
  14. Measure the wall, and cut all 4 boards to fit perfectly across.
  15. Place the 1″x2″ boards on the wall – I used painters tape to hold mine up. Mark the stud locations along the bottom of the boards. I measured up 1/4″ inch for each stud mark because this is where you predrill your screw holes. Make sure you face out the prettiest side to mark your screw holes because this side will be seen. They are at 1/4″ up from the bottom because they’ll be hidden by the 1″x4″ shelf board later.
  16. You can attach the 1″x2″ boards to the wall into the studs. Make sure the boards are flush with the top shiplap board and even with each other as well. I used 3″ wood screws to attach this board to the wall.
  17. Hold your 1″x4″ boards up to the 1″x2″ board and mark three places to add your pocket holes. They can’t be aligned with the screws into the studs, that’s why your holding it up to the 1″x2″ boards so see where those screws are located.
  18. Use the Kreg pocket jig tool to make your pocket holes. These are placed on the underside of your shelf board, make sure you pick the prettiest side of this board to be on top.
  19. You may need a helper to hold up the shelf while you attach 1.25″ screws into the pocket holes. You can leave the pocket holes exposed, or fill with plastic wood, and sand when dry. You can also add plastic wood to the middle shelf seam if you don’t like seeing the line.
  20. You can caulk the seems along the side walls if you want. I chose to do this because my cuts weren’t perfect and the caulk helped to line things up.
  21. Once dry, prep your space for the final coat of paint.
  22. Once the paint is full dry, attach your outlet cover and style~

How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap

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How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap

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How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap

How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap

How to Create Boho Farmhouse Shiplap

Magnolia Home Paint, Clean Lines color is so pretty and definitely one to see in-person for the true color. It looks great in this space and works well in our home. The beauty of boho farmhouse is that it’s so flexible, almost any color would work for this project. I hope this tutorial is helpful and inspirational. It was my first go with shiplap and it was challenging and fun. Now, I feel even more confident to take on other projects. Let me know what you think in the comments below and be sure to subscribe to get an update on the other side of this Boho Farmhouse bedroom, and more DIY and decorating!


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DIY Farmhouse Bunk Bed

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It seems like every kid likes bunk beds! I also love bunk beds! They are a great space saver and those custom-built ones are so amazing. Plank and Pillow created an amazing bunk for the buyers of their home when they sold it. And Our Faux Farmhouse whipped up farmhouse bunks and a desk area like it was nothing. I am not quite at the stage where I’m confident to take on building bunks from scratch, but I did have a vision to embellish an existing bunk bed and create my own DIY farmhouse bunk bed.

My future plans for this DIY farmhouse bunk bed is to add a flower box below the window and my teenaged daughter, Sawyer, suggested adding fairy lights. The fun thing about this bunk bed is that I can add festive holiday garland or change the bedding to give it a quick refresh. I may also add some artwork along the wall space of the upper bunk – we’ll see!

The third and final project for Quinn’s bedroom design is a DIY farmhouse bunk bed. The bunk bed I selected was cute from the start, but I wanted to modify it slightly to give it more of a farmhouse look and coordinate it with the rest of her bedroom. Here is the bunk bed that I purchased from Amazon:


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DIY Farmhouse Bunk Bed – custom steps:

  1. Assemble the Amazon bunk bed per the instructions – but do not install the 3 roof pieces. See photo below.
  2. The Home Depot cut my 1/2″ sheet of plywood to the exact dimensions I requested. The 39″ x 76″ sheet of plywood fit perfectly onto the floor of the top bunk. Be sure to sand the edges and top surface if necessary.
  3. Measure the width and length of the roof area to calculate how much plywood you’ll need.
  4. The Home Depot cut my 1/4″ plywood at 27″ so that I would just have to make the vertical cuts.
  5. I cut seventeen roof shutters at 4.5″ wide. You’ll want to cut the plywood with the pretty-side face down. Be sure to give the edges a sanding.
  6. These roof shutters are connected to 1″x2″x6′ pine boards using a brad nail gun. I used 3/4″ brad nails. The 6′ pine boards are 12 inches apart.
  7. Once the roof is constructed, use clamps to hold it onto the bunk bed roof frame.
  8. Finally, brad nail the roof along the top roof frame board and the bottom roof frame board. I used 1.25″ brad nails for this step.

    I also created a video to show each step as well as my daughter’s reaction to her DIY farmhouse bunk bed and her new bedroom design. Be sure to check it out and hit that Like button.

DIY farmhouse bunk bed
Assembled bunk bed without the roof

DIY Farmhouse Bunk Bed

The simple step of creating my own pine roof for this adorable bed transformed it into a sweet farmhouse bunk bed for my youngest daughter, Quinn. The bed coordinates nicely with the huge peg board I made for above her desk. Her desk chair also has a small pine colored accent around the edge as well as the pine midcentury modern desk legs. It’s all very subtle, but it makes me so happy when the details add balance to a space.

Quinn loves her bed, she loves using the top space to get dressed, to relax or “sleep”, and to play. When a bedroom is too small to use the linear footage, consider using the vertical footage to get more function out of the space. The video below shows you just how simple it was to create this DIY farmhouse bunk bed! If you have any questions or comments, you can leave them here on this post or on the YouTube video.


DIY farmhouse bunk bed

diy farmhouse bunk bed
diy farmhouse bunk bed

diy farmhouse bunk bed
diy farmhouse bunk bed

diy farmhouse bunk bed
diy farmhouse bunk bed

DIY Farmhouse Bunk Bed – Video Tutorial


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Little Girl Bedroom Makeover – bed décor

Our sweet four-year old daughter, Quinn, LOVES so many things – like birds, butterflies, bees, bugs, books, jewelry, dresses, make-up, and clouds. Quinn was recently asking me about clouds, it was strange and completely adorable. She really wanted a cloud – to cuddle. She wanted me to get one from the sky and was convinced I could do it.

I told Quinn that I couldn’t grab a cloud from the sky and explained why – but the more I thought about it the more I wondered if there was actually a way that I could. I researched making a cloud with stuffing, but it looked too difficult with a good chance of looking horrible. Then I found these awesome clouds on Ebay. There are various sizes available and the prices were very reasonable. They arrived with clear kite string and hangers. Installation was so simple and they provided extra hanging supplies.

I fluffed them up a bit and voila – I managed to get Quinn some clouds! She keeps hugging them and sneaking pieces off of them to put in her pocket. I’m not sure how long they’ll hold up – she’s pretty obsessed with touching them. I have purchased a few more for aesthetic reasons – couldn’t stop myself.

I found this gold wire cubby and knew it would be perfect to select Quinn’s outfits for the week. She loves clothes and shoes, trying them on, changing outfits two, three, or five times a day! She loves dresses and piling on jewelry and lip gloss. So you can imagine mornings can sometimes get frustrating when she wants to wear clothes that just won’t work for school or daycare. With the cubby organizer, we’ll select the outfits for the week together – checking out the weekly forecast of coarse. I hope it will also help her learn the days of the week and use them as sight words for reading too.

Butterflies are another long-running obsession, I found this sheet of gift wrap paper to use as artwork in her IKEA frame. I love using IKEA frames in homes with children because so many of them don’t use glass and they’re light weight – it’s just a safe way to add framed art to kids’ rooms.

And because I took the hot pink metal industrial table from Quinn’s room to use as side tables in the family room, I replaced her nightstand with matching nightstands found at Home Goods. I love the industrial style and smaller size of these nightstands. The two cubbies add more places for her to hide and organize all her little trinkets. The light weight and rounded corners work great in case they get tipped over – they’re light enough to not hurt or cause damage.

Summer is a great time to redo bedrooms because a lot of stores carry back to school dorm décor. I also found her pink wire clip rack for her desk at Home Goods. Quinn’s bedroom makeover was so much fun to design and implement. It took time gathering all the elements and putting everything together, but it was so worth the wait – and Quinn is still thrilled and enjoying her ‘new’ room.

Pink wire clip rack with People of the Bible Conversation Cards by ‘Kids Read Truth.’

Well that’s it for Quinn’s little girl bedroom makeover. It’s no secret that I love decorating, but I love using what I already have to redecorate as well as adding some new pieces to really make a room special. I hope you’ve found inspiration reading this post! As always, please leave your comments and questions (I love helping with design/decor dilemmas.)

Here’s the other half of Quinn’s room – IKEA cubby storage and desk wall unit.

Little Girl Bedroom Makeover – wall unit

Our four-year old daughter, Quinn, has been ready to start school for a few years now, always wanting to work, write, and ‘read’, so it’s a good thing she starts Kindergarten in a month. She loves ‘working’ and getting on her ‘laptop’. Monkey see, monkey do, I guess. So, I decided it was time to design a work space of her own.

She inherited her older sister’s IKEA cubbies and they have been wonderful for storing toys and books. IKEA also sells table tops and legs, so I selected a small table top for $9 to match the cubbies. I also found 20” table legs to attach and make the table just the right height for Quinn.

The table fits so perfectly in between the cubbies! The three pieces create a multi-purpose wall unit – and this organized mama loves it. The white metal industrial chair is from Target, and Quinn calls it her office chair.

To complete the modern farmhouse style, I found a few vintage pieces to repurpose. The chicken feeder was in perfect condition, it just needed a little scrub. I cut up an egg carton and glue-gunned each egg cup directly under the chicken feeder hole. The egg carton cups keep the crayons and colored pencils from slipping through.

I found a small vintage bike rack at Aunt Bee’s House. It was quite rusty, so I had to sand it with sandpaper, a sanding sponge, an electric sander, a metal brush, and a sanding Dremel. Then I used Rustoleum gold spray paint to give it a new finish. I hung vertically on the wall to create a unique book and paper rack.

The white bins in the cubbies have some butterflies on the fronts. I used magnets so that Quinn could move them around, play with them, and when she no longer LOVES butterflies, I will remove them without harming the bins.

The pink wire rack is currently displaying People of the Bible Conversation Cards. These cards by Kids Read Truth are awesome – they break down a Bible story into an easy to understand bite for kids. There is also a question to ask your child as it relates to the story, as well as a short prayer. The fun illustrations on the front side are colorful and have just the right amount of detail to keep it simple and highlight important aspects of the story. Quinn looks forward to picking out a Bible card every night.

I spray painted the metal clips gold when I painted the book rack – I love these little details that help coordinate a look.

Quinn loves her new desk and we love watching her ‘work’. Her room is on the small side, but this desk and storage configuration saves space and it’s functional. The best part is that this set-up can grow with her by simply adjusting the table leg length as needed. I doubt it will follow her to college, but we’ll get as much out of it as possible.

I would love to hear your feedback and thoughts about this storage and desk wall unit or any of the projects from this makeover!

Check out the rest of Quinn’s bedroom makeover here.