Our townhouse is a work in process. Little by little, we’ve been adding touches to make it feel more like home.
One of the first changes we made was to add Ikea’s Billy Bookcase system into the living room.
We’ve built it up piece by piece as the budget allowed & realizing the practical storage needs we have in this space.
We started out with two short units:
Then added 2 tall units.
The doors on the bottom of the units help hide a multitude of everyday items ~ like my office supplies!
Most recently, we purchased and added the height extension shelves:
They are easy to assemble and attach to the top of the bookcases, making them nearly ceiling height.
(I forgot to take a good picture of this step, but you can see a peek of it to the left of the above picture…)
The absolute icing on the cake plus a cherry on the top was adding shiplap to the middle and craftsman style molding to the top:
Those final finishing touches made all the difference. Suddenly the place feels casual and relaxed with a big dose of farmhouse style. (I love it SO MUCH!)
I wrote a detailed post on how we installed the budget friendly shiplap feature here.
And, today, I want to go all Paul Harvey and tell the rest of the story.
I’m not gonna lie. My husband did nearly everything on this project, so I had to consult him to put together this tutorial. My only part was painting it and taking pictures…
How to Add Craftsman Style Trim to Billy Bookcases
Pneumatic Nail Gun
Step 1: Measure carefully to determine how much lumber will be required for the specifics of your project.
You will need the same amount of 1x2s as 1x3s. If you want the molding to be wider, you may want to choose 1x4s instead of 1x3s.
Step 2: Cut the side pieces of the trim with a chop saw.
Measure from the back of the wall to flush with the front edge of the bookcase. Each side piece will be 1- 1×2 and 1 1×3.
Step 3. Attach the 1×2 to the top of the 1×3 with a pneumatic nail gun, referring to the pictures below for placement.
(The right side piece will be a mirror image of this piece.)
Step 4: Prepare the front trim pieces by measuring the width of the bookcase plus adding in the measurements of the side trim pieces you prepared in step 3.
The front piece will have the 1×2 extending beyond each end of the 1×3 (as illustrated in the picture below).
Step 5: Paint the trim the color of the bookcases.
I found lots of helpful images on Pinterest for the color match formula for the Billy Bookcase system. I took the image from this helpful article and had the paint mixed up in the exact same paint type at Sherwin Williams.
However, the paint color did NOT match! I don’t know what happened. It may have very well been a mistake in the tint done by the young man who mixed it at my local store, so refer to that formula at your own risk!;) I ended up creating a custom mix with Simply White and repainted it after we had it installed ~ which helped take out the overabundance of yellow in the tint…
Step 6: Using the pneumatic nailer, attach the side pieces to the bookcase, with the top of the trim touching the ceiling.
Step 7: Attach the front piece to the bookcase, ensuring all joints are lined up correctly.
Step 8: Caulk the nail holes and the gaps.
(Sidenote, that gap up there drove my husband crazy… He probably would have redone it, but I just said to fill it with caulk!! It works like magic.)
This is the Dap product we used called “Dap Fast Dry Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus Silicone”. We don’t bother using any fancy tools. Just applying it with a finger works great.
Step 9: Once the filler is totally dry, touch up paint with a final coat.
All those little finishing touches will pay off in the end.
We love this Modern Farmhouse feature in our house!