Beautiful Bookshelves: IKEA Done Right

This Old House

Yesterday morning, while browsing on my laptop at a local coffee shop, I discovered this frat house turned humble home. The owners did everything from plastering their own walls to ridding the place of graffiti and animals of all sorts. Everything was beautifully done, but the one thing that stood out wasn't high end. It was from IKEA, but it looks like a million bucks.

We love Billy bookcases, even if they aren't made from hardwood. They're inexpensive, versatile and perfect for customizing. In this home they were outfitted with trim to give them a built-in look, and when combined with doors, they look like a grown up, sophisticated library.

The doors not only make the bookcases feel a little more mature, but also keep out dust — which, when you have as many books as this couple does, is a good thing. This library could be created in any home to make a big statement on a small budget. You'll want to see more than just the library though, so make sure to check out the whole makeover at This Old House. You won't believe your eyes. They were brave souls!

(Image: Timothy Bell for This Old House)