Billy Bookcase Redemption

Remember when I had this epic fail stenciling my Billy Bookcases? So many of you commented and sent emails telling me that they looked great. I really have the sweetest readers! I just couldn’t live with them though. I’m a perfectionist by nature and they were driving me crazy as soon as I finished them.

I knew I still wanted the back of the bookcases to have the same sort of stenciled “effect”…without me having to ever touch a stencil again. Luckily for me, I came across a roll of this stuff at HomeGoods (where else!?!)

Moroccan Print Gift Wrap

A perfect bookcase backing if ever I saw it!  I took it home and modge-podged it to the backing that I had messed up:

Billy Bookcase

Looks so much better right? I had to wait for Hubby to get home to help me pull up the backing on the right side of the bookcase. It was really stuck!

Using some 99c a foot trim, I beefed up the bookcase a little:

Billy Bookcase with Trim

I also added trim to hide the seam between the two bookcases, but forgot to take a picture (bad blogger!).

I caulked the edges and painted everything Valspar’s Dove White. I actually overlapped the paint onto the shelves so that it blended properly.

Billy Bookcase Makeover | Wife in Progress


I’m not finished styling it, but I love it already!  Obligatory before and after shot? Yes, please!


I think I’ve redeemed myself! Stenciling mishap, you did NOT get the best of me!!!!

What do you guys think? Big improvement on my last attempt at Billys? Have you redeemed yourself on any project fixes lately? Spill the beans in the comments section!

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  1. Erica says

    What did you use to cut the trim? Also did you only use the wood glue to attach the trim to the bookcases? Thanks!

    • Jenna says

      Hi Erica,

      The trim is attached firstly with nail glue and then with a few finish nails to make sure it’s securely attached. I have this miter box that I use to make most of my cuts. You can pick one up at Lowes or Home Depot for about $15.

  2. says

    The stencil-inspired background is great! But I’m especially impressed with the difference that 99-cent trim makes; I’ll definitely be using that tip.

  3. says

    I really love how your remade your bookcases… they look fabulous! I have been really wanting to try the trick of paper on the back of some bookshelves… am re-inspired to get on it!! Thanks:)

    Thanks so much for linking up at the Inspiration Monday Party this week! I was so excited to guest host and to get to see so many fabulous new projects and blogs! Have a great week:)

    Krista @ the happy housie

  4. says

    How lucky to have found such a similarly designed paper. I still like the stencilled one you did as it would have been a great conversation starter for admiring visitors. But this one works too :)

  5. says

    I love that paper a lot!!! And good shout on beefing up the shelves, the chunky look is much better and gives it a more expensive feel.

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