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Ikea Hack from Bookcase to Bar Table

Lately all our focus has been on finishing the basement, how we’re going to decorate it, how we’re going to use the space other than to just watch television and how we will entertain there.

So when HomeRight asked if I’d be interested in a bookcase challenge, my first thought was to create something for the basement. Here’s what I came up with my Ikea Billy bookcase!

Ikea Billy Bookcase Hack Challenge from HomeRight

The basement is not finished but our industrial bar table is!

Ikea Hack from Bookcase to Bar Table

Ikea Billy Bookcase Hack

Here’s what we did…

  • Measured the outside edges, for trimming out.
  • Cut left over 2″ x 4″ lumber, from the basement 🙂 for the trim
  • Shelf board – 1″ x 12″ cut to fit each side
  • For the top, I used a 3/4″ piece of pre-cut wood –  that was originally going to be a desktop…but that never happened.
  • For the shelf trim, I used 3″ craft boards.

I decided that I wanted the paint to be a gray-wash on some surfaces. I sprayed these with a watered down gray color using my HomeRight Finish Max. Before the paint was dry I wiped it with an old t-shirt.

I wanted the 2″x 4″ trim and top to be painted with Modern Masters Metal Effects, a two-tone, copper and patina finish. I brushed these on, but you can use the Finish Max with their paints also. I was just too lazy to tape off my gray-washed areas.

Gray-wash finish- Billy Bookcase Makeover with metal and graysWrapping the edges…
Ikea bookcase transformedBase-coat and 2nd coat of the metal effects –Ikea Bookcase Hack - Bookcase to Bar TableMan-cave metal effects industrial bar height table – Ikea Billy Bookcase makeover

From bookcase to Bar Table

The perfect height for hanging out watching a ping-pong game. Storage for whatever you need in arms reach. With adjustable shelves!

From Ikea Billy Bookcase to Bar TableI found the perfect baskets at TJ Maxx, it’s like they were meant to be a part of the makeover. The color matches the gray washed areas, they’re the right size and lined with fabric.

Metal effects

Metal effects on wood

Ikea Hack

The bar table is waiting for the basement to be finished, but my grandsons couldn’t wait to enjoy that pizza! I’m looking forward to fun times in the man-cave at the industrial bar table made from a bookcase!Pizza at the new bar table

The Industrial Bar-Height Table created from an Ikea Billy Bookcase…

From Ikea Billy Bookcase to Bar Table

Be sure to enter the latest giveaway for a HomeRight Finish Max plus bonus accessories,right here!

Thank you HomeRight for providing the bookcase and helping me stretch my imagination with the Ikea Billy bookcase challenge! I’m honored to be a HomeRight ambassador.

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  1. Voted! Good luck!!

  2. Debbie,

    Your bar table from an Ikea Billy bookcase turned out great. I am loving the colors!


  3. This is brilliant, it turned out terrific! I invite you to share this creative post at my Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. You can link up from Wednesday at 7PM (MST) to Sat midnight) Hugs!

  4. Wow Debbie…this hack is amazing!!!….Has to be one of my favorites!!!

  5. Debbie,
    This is so cool and imaginative! I absolutely love this idea…perfect for summer entertaining!

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