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Please contact us to discuss Cutom Built-In possibilities and how we can perfectly match them to your needs. Andrew Smith Woodworking provides fine interior custom woodworking services throughout the southeastern Michigan counties of: Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, Genesee, Shiawassee, Ingham, Jackson, and others. The first thing we did was measure the wall to determine how many Billy bookcases we needed to fill the wall.
Next, we removed our baseboard and determined what kind of board we needed to place underneath all of the bookshelves to prop them up so that the baseboard would fit in front of the shelves. Next, we separated the shelves evenly and secured them together using wood shims and wood screws. Glitch #1: I wanted a built-in look of course, and I wanted them safely and securely attached to the wall. Glitch #3: We had a full foot of space above the bookshelves and needed a ton of moulding to cover up the space.
To cover the seams between the bookshelves we used 2″ moulding cut to size and glued on with Loctite. Glitch #4: We had weird gaps at the top of our bookshelves between the moulding and the shelves because the bookshelves are not completely flush across the fronts. I have read a bunch of reviews stating that the Billy’s sag under the weight of books. Hi Stu, it has been almost two years and the shelves have held up great with no noticeable sagging.
I knew I wanted the bookshelves to run all the way up to the ceiling, so we purchased the extender kits for each shelf. We used a 2x10x12. Our floors are uneven so we used cardboard as a temporary prop, but those were replaced later on with wood shims.
We had to cut a portion of the wood underneath the bookshelves to expose as much of the vent as possible. We had to remove the moulding and the door to fit the bookshelves and also needed to flip the hinges so that the door would close properly.


Matt shaved off some of the moulding with a rip-cut so that is wouldn’t get in the way of the door.
The books will cover them up quite a bit but hopefully their beauty will still peek out :).
I actually want to find a small piece of furniture and try my hand at the milk paint process.
We used 4 Billy bookcases with the height extenders (and left off the backs) and 1 narrower Billy bookcase with height extender in the middle. You will probably need to attach wood blocks to the ceiling in order to have something to attach the trim to. Because of the way we chose to space out our shelves we actually have several spares stored in out basement. I have half inch thick square aluminum tubes that I’m going to screw into the bottom of the shelves that will have the heavier books on them. I also knew that I didn’t want to cover up my brick wall, so we chose to put the bookshelves together without the flimsy cardboard backs. Glitches come with the territory of taking on a new project, typically for the first time ever. The brick is over 100 years old so it is brittle and we haven’t had good luck with fastening anything to it securely. Next, we drilled holes in the floor of the center bookshelf  and we will eventually cut this piece out and place a decorative grill here. I have a bench I got from the thrift store, picked up fabric at Hobby Lobby and can’t wait to trick it out. Ikea sells a ton of options when it comes to the Billy system and it’s easier to navigate those options in the store than online.
I want the flexibility to move the shelves in the future if I want (and the holes don’t bother me at all).
This summer, I have been on a mission to tackle the things in my home that I dislike and this room was at the top of the list!


We chose to attach two blocks of wood to the studs in the wall on the right and left-hand side. They will be filled to the gills with books, books, and more books with no accessories in sight. Because I’ve chosen to have the open wall as my shelving backdrop, reinforcing the middle of the shelves is not an option. We sold the trundle bed, added our former master bedroom queen bed, and sold all of the bookshelves. Then we ran two 2x4x12 boards across the entire span of the bookshelves and secured them with wood screws through the top of the bookshelves. After a lot of discussion, we were finally on the same page as to how to fill that 12″ gap. So, I have the top front of each bookcase exposed, one side is up against a wall and the other is shown.
I really wanted a cleaner look for all of the thousands of books we have spilling all over the place.
Matt is an intellectual, has his PhD in Religious Studies, is a teacher, and is completely addicted to books.
Matt’s not really used to working with me on projects and forgets that we need to take pictures!
So we wound up using four separate pieces of molding and layering them to create a built-in look. Creating an Ikea built-in Billy bookshelf is something I have wanted to do in this room for years.
As much as I would love to have cute shelves showing off fun coordinating tchotchkes, these bookshelves will contain 100% books!



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