Cubby system revamp

In sheer desperation to organize my overflowing playroom, I called Kristi over via text message “SOS!” and she came over to help… but got distracted with the kids dressup box! Luckily she rocks as she help me with this awesome DIY Ikea hack into bookcase! 
Oh, Aunt Kristi!  
After a trip to Circle K to get Diet Cokes, we got to work for real and within a few hours and a stop at Home Depot we went from this…


…to this!

First things first we hacked off the beat up top {thanks Dad!} with a circular saw, pulled apart the pieces we weren’t using and viola!  We really wanted to keep the baskets since they were kinda pricey {$15/each. Yikes.} and this was our simple solution.  

We secured the system with 2 L-Brackets, nailed down a a sturdy piece of MDF for the top plus cut out a new hole {for cords} and slapped beadboard on each side.

From that point it was all about trim!
I caulked in between the trim pieces and sanded the MDF before painting.  I would have liked to leave it white but unfortunately this is an Ikea piece we’re talking about so we all know ya can’t paint laminate! ;)

We could have left the unit raw with painted black top but you could see dowel marks and this way, it looks more like a custom piece.

PS: In case you’re curious what’s hiding inside Ikea furniture:
Classy, we know! 

Overall it took a couple hours of teamwork, about $40 in wood, a lot of paint AND a ton of Diet Coke ;)

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Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
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  • NYCLQ - WOW!! Be proud – You really did a GREAT job – especially re-purposing and salvaging this piece! LOVE all the great storage you created too! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend xo


  • Ginger@gingersnapcrafts - I have those same IKEA baskets. :) Looks great.ReplyCancel

  • kristen - It looks great! I have been wanting to do somethign similar with my entertainment center. I hate all the open cubby holes. This is going on my list do for sure now! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • allie - Haha. Kristi looks hilarious.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy - I am so excited to see what you did with your ikea storage, I am working on re-vamping mine too! I am about half way done. I never thought about adding molding, great idea!!! I am just re-vamping mine for my craft room… but I am still using the baskets I bought too because just like you said they were so darn pricey I would feel guilty not using them! Anyways SO excited you thought about re-vamping this guy too!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy HappyReplyCancel

  • Jennie - HEeeheeeEEE!!! I saw that first picture and thought, DAAANNNNGG! That girl's hair is NASTY! Someone needs to introduce her to some conditioner. I fell outta my chair when realized what it really was. LOVE IT!! This turned out amazing. I need to drink more diet coke so I can bust out some good stuff like ya'll. You girlies rock.


  • Tiffany - The first photo is hilarious! Ur hard work really paid off, the cabinet reveal looks great, u girls are good together. Will u chic as consider a font post? The fat curly one as ur signature on the photos is so gosh darn cute.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah @HannahHandmade - Come check out our HUGE GIVEAWAY! Only a few people have commented so far, so go check it out, there are 10 vendors!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie {Luxe Boulevard} - Oh dear, I just love this transformation. Thank you for linking it up to the Throwback Thursday link party. I'm going to be featuring this tomorrow.


  • HI THERE! - Great re-do! I was wondering if they could be cut down. I know those baskets can get expensive – they better last!
    Jenn :)ReplyCancel

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