5 More Ways to Fake Built In Shelving: The Sequel

A little over two years ago, I posted 5 Ways to Fake Built In Shelving.  It was fun to research, but I never anticipated that two years later, it would still be one of my most frequently visited blog posts!  Evidently, there are a lot of people out there who are looking for ways to get the look of custom built-ins without the expense of hiring a carpenter.  And in the two years since I hit the publish button on that post, I’ve seen even more great examples of how people are using inexpensive shelving units to make gorgeous faux built ins.  I’m not gonna lie, most of them make me want to take a roadtrip to Ikea.  So here’s the sequel, folks:  5 MORE Ways to Fake Built In Shelving.


1.  Library Shelving


Centsational Girl is the queen of faux built ins.  Don’t quote me on this, but I think she came up with the idea of dressing up Ikea Billy bookcases with molding and trim to look like custom shelving.  One of her latest ideas combines Ikea’s Besta and Billy shelves to make library shelves.  Painting the back of the shelves pink and adding brass light fixtures to the front really makes these bookcases classy.  Check out more of her shelving transformations here,here, and here.

2.  China Cabinet


This beautiful china cabinet at The Charming Nest totally had me fooled.  It looks like it was built into the room, right?  Nope, these are two Ikea Hemnes cabinets made to look like a single hutch.  The gorgeous hardware–like those latches on the glass doors–really adds to the effect.

3.  Wardrobe


Another blog with great ideas for faking built ins is Little Green Notebook.  Check out this beautiful wardrobe installation, made with Ikea’s Pax units.  Not only were these cabinets trimmed and painted, the interiors got some stylish touches, too.  And the mirrors on those doors?  Genius.

 4.  Window Seat


Looking for both seating and storage, A House in Holland put together drawers from Ikea’s Stolmen closet system to make this pretty window seat.  Some simple reinforcements and a comfy cushion were all it took.

5. Floor to Ceiling Shelves


I love the way Just a Girl styled her faux built ins.  Aren’t they beautiful?  The blue painted backs are a really nice touch to these dressed up Ikea Billy bookcases.

Okay, who wants to make a roadtrip to Ikea with me, now?  It’s pretty fun to think of all the possibilities!  Have you transformed any simple pieces of furniture into something more exciting, lately?

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  1. kristin marvin says:

    Yes, I think you got the Centsational Girl info. correct. 🙂 Her bookcase transformations are great. I am loving the Besta with Billy. Thank you for this post. I see a few that could work in a mudroom…..the bench and Besta part would be nice. Yes, we may actually be getting that mudroom with a new/bigger garage. These ideas could come in handy.

  2. Centsational Girl says:

    Aw, so kind Beckie! Thanks so much for the shout out… pinning! xo

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