Bookshelf: Doors and hardware!

Monday Monday ... so good to me.  Am I the only one who sings this song by the Mamas and the Papas every Monday morning?  Well, not every Monday morning.  Sometimes I mix it up with "Manic Monday" or "Rainy Days and Mondays."  I've warned my taste in music is questionable at best.

Anyway, today I am excited to share the update I made to my tall skinny IKEA shelves in my dining room.  I bought them to flank my desk, and had a bunch of plans for them.  Here they are when I started this particular project.

I brought in the shelves because I wanted to fill that huge space, but I also needed storage.  Little loves art and I thought it was a good idea to hide, but still keep accessible, her coloring books, paper, crayons, colored pencils, glue, paste, scissors ... I could go on and on but that's only the tip of the artwork-iceberg.

I also needed a place for my shredder and for all the cords that go to the computer, speakers, lamp, shredder and other computer stuff.  I just cut a hole in the back of the bookshelves and have the cords running into the back.  Oh how hidden cords make my heart skip a beat.

Obviously, having these things out in the open would not do, which is why I wanted to bring in the doors.  I blogged about how I added crown molding to the tops, but there is still more to do, which includes:
  • buying doors for the bottom part of the shelves
  • adding hardware to those doors to match hardware on desk
  • painting the backs of the open shelves so the contents really pop
  • accessorizing the shelves; and
  • adding crown molding to the top of the shelves to make them a little more finished.
Today I knocked two things off this list!  I added doors and hardware.  This was so simple.  I bought the doors at IKEA - they're the Olsbo door and are meant to go with the Billy bookshelves.  They cost $35 each (which, incidentally, is not much less than the actual shelf cost!).  Hanging the doors was a breeze and easily took less than an hour.  

I picked up these little knobs at Lowe's. They matched the hardware on the desk pretty well and were only about $4 each.  

I just drilled holes in the doors and added the knobs and called it a day.  I bought one of these plastic hardware templates at Home Depot years ago.  I love it.  It makes drilling spots for knobs and pulls so easy.  I did this before I put the doors on the cabinet.

Now here is the almost-finished product!!  

Next up: painting the backs of the shelves.  I've decided on a color and cannot wait to share.  Have a terrific week!

See you swoon,

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