IKEA BILLY Bookcase Revamped (simple and small DIY projects)


billy bookcase stapled with fabric


ikea billy bookcase

We are back home!

We came back to our house last Friday afternoon, after three, almost four weeks of kitchen renovation. So, my old habits came back too, looking to decorate with inexpensive accessories and attempt simple and small DIY projects around the house.

In this post, I will show you 2 small DIY projects I did last evening and 1 mini DIY I did a while ago:

Revamping an IKEA billy bookcase with fabric

A couple of weeks ago, I bought the Sofia fabric from IKEA for a DIY project. I made a mistake when I took the measurements and never had time to go back and get more fabric. So, this evening, while watching TV in our basement and looking around to find something to decorate, I had the idea to revamp my black IKEA Billy bookcases by using the fabric I already have.

In the pictures below, you will see the result of one bookcase after I stapled the Sofia fabric.

These are the steps to follow:

1. Remove the back and the shelves of your IKEA Billy bookcase with a hammer and take measurements

2. Iron the fabric to remove all wrinkles

3. Measure and cut the fabric

4. Staple the fabric to the back of the bookcase

5. Place the shelves back

6. Make sure the fabric looks good from every angle

7. Decorate and style your IKEA bookcase

*(this helped me personalize my space)

Step by Step IKEA Billy bookcase

This is another small DIY project, I did last evening: cover an old small ottoman with fabric to give it a new look

I had some Sofia fabric left over, so I decided to cover up the top of one small white ottoman bought over two years ago. A very simple project, just secure and staple the fabric around the top of your ottoman. You get a new look:

Before small white ottoman Before small white ottoman with storage

After small white ottoman with top covered with Sofia fabric After small white ottoman with top covered with Sofia fabric

And this last DIY project, I did it a couple of weeks ago:

I used different letter fonts from the “Pages” Mac software, printed the “alphabet” on glossy photo paper and framed them on these inexpensive black frames. This small project took around 15 minutes to do and I am using it as art in our basement (our basement is our little boy’s media room, he loves it there)

black frames black frames with alphabet

Love how everything turned out! Now, we have a white-black theme going on in our basement with some hints of blue (my little one loves the color blue and red)

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. 1akaruby3 says:

    Like the colors❕❕

  2. swoodsonsays says:

    That looks great! I wish I had an IKEA close by – I love IKEA “hacks” and that graphic black and white is so sharp.

  3. Thank you! I love IKEA too! and the IKEA “hacks”. A lot of our furniture is from IKEA, we are lucky to have one nearby (only 25 min) away! 🙂

  4. What a difference fabric can make! These look great!!

  5. I love the result!! I’ve done the same project in the past with my billy and it looks amazing!! 😉

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: