Tuesday, September 6, 2011


A few weeks ago one of the mums at the preschool my 2 younger boys go to sent out an email with a list of furniture, toys, appliances etc her family were selling before their big move to Dubai. Unfortunately somebody else was quicker off the mark than me and snaffled a white Expedit the same size as my dark one and a pine bookcase, BUT I did get in first on a set of Ikea Billy bookcases, yay!!!

I bought 2 wide bookcases and one narrow for a grand total of $70! These would have cost $227 altogether new and the best bit is that they very kindly delivered them to us and they were fully built so no assembly required, yay! They fit so perfectly in this space in the study they actually look like built-ins.

I got straight to work making them "nice" with all my husband's books and some of my vintage "things". As you can see I kept it "man style" with mostly wooden and industrial items (I did sneak one of my typewriters onto the bottom shelf, you may notice it if you look carefully :-)

It's great for all of the books that were stuffed away in boxes and the vintage items that were hidden away in cupboards to finally have a home. See that pink book? It's called "The Speed Reading Book" by Tony Buzan, my husband has yet to finish reading it ;-)


Emma said...

They look great and what a fantastic bargain!

Vintage Sweetheart said...

Your shelves look great. It's much nicer to have things on display instead of out of sight!

E :)

Esther said...

I've been wanting to build built-ins in the lounge and have been eying off Ikea as an alternative. You certainly got a bargain and they look great.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love the look of these bookcases...they do look built in. Nicely decorated also! Great Bargain!!

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

What a great set and a killer price. I love our expedit shelves. They are fantastic in the kid's rooms.

Paula said...

fantastic find and price! love your decor touches too :)