billy bookcase built ins furniture upgrade

Photo: Chris Carey, Just a Girl

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The Stealth Way to Add Built-Ins
Custom bookcases can give your living room a sense of style, while adding tons of additional storage space. But if the hefty price tag has turned you away in the past, consider following Just a Girl blogger Chris Carey's guide to faux built-ins that look just like the real deal. Carey bought four IKEA Billy Bookcases ($69 each) and created a custom-looking wall unit by adding a baseboard, trim molding to the gaps between the bookcases and crown molding at the top. Her total cost, including the bookshelves, was just $368—and it took her only seven hours to build!