Built-ins are lovely.
Seems like most old houses have them, usually flanking an even lovelier fireplace. Our house does not have these. As a matter of fact, our little living room really has absolutely no focal point—nothing to gather furniture around or give the room that old-house charm. And so it was that I looked at pretty built-ins around the Web, thinking that at least a girl could dream.
But then I started seeing the hacks.
(this next one’s my fave!)
(sources for all above images can be found on our Pinterest)
…ordinary people just like me with ordinary focal-less walls just like mine, hacking good old Ikea shelves. Some even making them look like built-ins! That above one from According to Braswell gave me goose bumps. So I started a project that I’m embarrassed to admit took months to complete.
Mom helped me assemble an Ikea Expedit unit. We propped up the unit with pieces of 2×4, construction glue and L-brackets. (Ignore the mom legs.)
Painted the wall that would become the back of the “built-out” Dusy Miller by Glidden…the color scheme in our living room is inspired by favorite, very worn J. Crew tote:
We cut the floor trim where the shelve would sit away from the wall and reinstalled it, along with a few extra pieces leftover from removing it in the kitchen, around the bottom (no pics, sorry).
Sat like that for months, the poor thing. Until this afternoon, when I got sick of looking at this unfinished project. Guess Centsational Girl lit a fire under my lazy arse when she posted her super awesome Ikea-hack built-in. So I added trim to the top. Here’s what it looked like when I started (way too contemporary for our old little house):
With trim (as you can see, we have use of an AWESOME chop saw, thanks mom & dad):
Trim painted to match the unit:
And there ya have it, folks! (Uh, please ignore the stuff that clearly does not work in here. And the empty shelves. Thanks, dears.)
Note the little hole I cut into it (above) to fit the power bar cord—no moving outlets in these original plaster walls! And no, I have absolutely no problem with an unhidden TV in the living room. It’s a TV. Everyone has one. I’m over it.
Living room focal point=COMPLETE!