So if you read the post, The Great Billy Bookcase Fake-Out, you know the story. To recap, we bought the cheap $60 bookcases to flank our fireplace in hopes that we could jazz them up with some molding. Kinda give it the built-in effect, you know? First I painted the backs of them, and we were left with this:
We (and I say "we" but I really should just say "he" - my dear husband did this entire project. Sure I thought of it, but I would never have figured out how to execute. We make a good team;) )
ANYwho...WE (ha!) started at the base first. The base isn't flush, so we didn't want to attach the molding without rectifying that first. We used a little gorilla glue to glue down a piece of 1/8in thick wood trim. Problem solved. Oh, and one super cool thing about the Billys? Check out the bottom left corner there - that cut-in? That's for over the base molding of your room, so it can go completely flush against the wall! GENIUS!
Once the glue had dried, Paul cut some base molding to fit, and attached it using the nail gun.
So then we were left with this:
Once all that molding was up there, we made sure all the nails were flush, did some caulking, a tiny bit of sanding, and it was time to paint.
Now, obviously I had to paint all the trim, but I decided to paint ALL of the bookcase, because the trim was so bright white, that the bookcases just looked dingy. See what I mean?
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And now my skinny-itty-bitty bookshelves have gained some weight! Who knew that could be a good thing?! ;) We added it all up, and spent about $60 in molding. So added onto the $120 for both bookcases, we spent $180 on our "built-ins" - not too shabby!