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I feel an IKEA hack coming on…

You guys, I totally wish we had an IKEA near us. It would be so handy. So convenient. So DANGEROUS. For our bank account.

My first IKEA experience was with a group of girlfriends and we all kept looking at each other and saying things like, “shut up!”, “are you kidding me?”, “this is ONLY a DOLLAR!”. From the room set-ups, the smart designs, and those yummy meatballs, my first trip was a blast and I was hooked.

We’ve taken a few trips since then and have bought some pieces that work really great in our home. Furniture is expensive and when you have rooms to redecorate or a new house to furnish, it’s nice to find pieces from IKEA that are affordable and good quality. Ok, this post is not supposed to be an advertisement for IKEA, so let’s move on to the good stuff. 🙂

Do you know Kate? Ok, I don’t KNOW Kate, but I LOVE her blog. Centsational Girl has been a favorite of mine for the last couple of years and I am always inspired by her projects and design and what I want to talk about today, her DIY. Feast your eyes:


I love me some built-ins. She has done other built-ins with IKEA shelves that impress me, but this one has me really excited. We have been trying to figure out what to do in our living room to house our TV and electronics and at the same time add some interest and design to the room and I think we may have our answer.

I’ve been drooling over Pottery Barn’s Logan Media Suite in Antique White since we moved in.

Pottery Barn Logan Media Suite

However, at a starting price of $2700, that baby will have to stay at Pottery Barn. I’ve been keeping my eye out for something similar, even checking Craigslist and other pre-owned furniture stores to see if we could find the bones to build one ourselves.

Insert Centsational Girl’s post and I’m feeling really excited. With a slight modification to Kate’s plan, we can have a functional and super stylish solution in our space. Our plan is to use two Billy bookcases, a Besta cabinet with the underframe, and the Besta height extender to act as a bridge between the Billy bookcases. (Instead of the Besta shelf on the cabinet) This way, we have an opening to put our television. We’ll stagger the pieces for dimension like Kate did and trim it all out so it looks all finished and purty. While I won’t be painting the backs of the cases pink, I am tossing around an accent color or maybe fabric?

I’m going to spare you the Photoshop rendering we did over the weekend so we could see what it might look like. It’s just not blog worthy. I don’t want to embarrass myself in front of my expansive group of readers. (Hi Mom.)

I really hope we can head to IKEA soon (the Besta pieces are on sale through February 3rd). I want to get this project started!