This post is sponsored by HomeRight.
I’ve been working on my living room, and I’ve showed you the progress in several locations. As a very quick recap, this is the same wall when I started:
I started with a trip to Home Depot and bought crown molding to go around the tops of both Billys, base molding to go around the bottoms of the Billys (although only the front and one side of each, since they sit flush against the TV unit), and lattice molding to trim the sides of both Billys and the tops. While you should absolutely measure on your own first, because I am known for being a really terrible measurer, here’s my supply list (the links will take you to the exact item I bought):
- Crown Molding 12′ (I had some leftover but I always struggle with crown molding and wanted to have extra inches in case I messed up my cuts. Three cheers that I didn’t this time–I can’t tell you how often I’ve had to run back to the store for more molding!. You can cut this in two 6′ sections to get it in your car.
- Base Molding 4″ and I bought 8′
- Lattice Molding approximately 31′ (can be cut into two 32″ sections and four 76″ sections)
- A quart of paint to match the Billys–take a shelf in so they can color match it. I used an eggshell finish and interior latex paint.
- a tube of caulk
You’ll also need a compound miter saw and a pneumatic nail gun for this job.
I measured and cut all of my moulding pieces, then painted them, and then installed them into place. I then filled nail holes, caulked, and patch painted as needed. I’ll go into more detail about the measuring and cutting in just a minute, but for the painting I used my HomeRight FinishMax Pro to give all of my (pre-primed) trim a quick coat of paint, and it was lightning fast. I also gave the TV unit a quick coat of paint because it’s just a slightly different finish than the Billys (go figure!).
This paint sprayer is the. best. ever and it cleans up lightning fast. You can read more about it in this post, and don’t forget that we’re giving one away at the end of this post!
My highly professional spray paint set up:
I added the base moulding first, using a straight 45° angle. You’ll need to notch the side piece to fit around the shoe moulding (also called quarter-round) if you don’t plan on removing it. The Billys are constructed with a notch in the back of the bookcase so they’ll sit flush against the wall. Since we’re renting and we didn’t want to pull off the shoe moulding or the baseboards, I just used a hand saw to notch our baseboard and then sanded the edge.
Use your nail gun to fix the baseboard in place. Your moldings should line up pretty well; but you’ll use caulk and paint to fill in the imperfections when you’re done with the project.
The next step is to add lattice moulding to the top of the bookcases in preparation for the crown moulding; if you skip this step your crown molding will not sit flush against the front of the bookshelves.
Cutting crown moulding is always tricky; if you think you’re doing it exactly backwards from what you should be doing, then you’re probably doing it right! I will say that I only cut ONCE for this project–a new record! This is one of the best videos that I’ve used on how the process works, and I was able to cut my angles without coping them.
Unless you want to lose your mind, you should always cut all of the angles from the same continuous piece of crown molding. So, one 6′ piece for the one bookshelf, and one 6′ piece for the other. You also might not want to cut crown molding with your husband, unless, of course, you never argue.
This isn’t a bad joint for a DIY’er:
I added the lattice trim last of all, on the sides. This just gives the illusion of the bookcases being thicker and more substantial.
Then I filled the nail holes with spackle, the cracks with caulk, and painted a top coat.
That’s it! And since the pieces aren’t attached, we can reconfigure the setup in our next house if we need to.
The post on the velvet chair is here and the post on the gold garden stool is here. Someone always asks about the coral pillow–it’s from Stein-mart and I added the iron-on gold monogram.
We haven’t gotten our books out of storage yet, but they’ll be moving into their new home very, very soon!
As promised, here are the other posts on this room update:
Thanks for stopping by-
Great job! They look awesome, I’m calling you when I need crown molding 😉
I’d say no problem, Debbie, but I’m not entirely sure I can repeat that performance! LOL
Lisa Fitzgerald says
Love that awesome sprayer
It rocks. Good luck to you, Lisa!
Katherine Botsford says
Hi Chrisy, I just found your blog and LOVE your home! I found your blog because I was doing a search to find out if I could paint my backsplash kitchen tiles white. I see you did and they look beautiful. What I am wondering though is do they have a bit of a shine to them? I know you said you used the glossy paint, but just wondering if you think that is enough. They look beautiful, but it’s hard for me to see if they look shiny/glossy. Thank you so much for your time, and I look forward to following your blog and your ideas!
Katherine–thanks for writing. I’m so glad you found us and that you’re following along now. Yes, the tiles do look shiny. If you paint yours with a gloss paint and still want more shine when you’re done, you could always put a coat of polyurethane on top, but I didn’t do that. Good luck with your backsplash!
the cape on the corner says
that looks fabulous, and something you can definitely re use at your next location. i love the way you accessorized everything, too.
Thank you! I feel kind of bad that I took the “after” pictures before I brought all of our books back in, but it was fun to dress up the shelves in the meantime!
Astral Riles says
I absolutely love this. I am definitely going to have to add this to my DIY “to-do-list”. Thanks for the inspiration! Great job.
Thank you, Astral! 🙂
Hi! I saw you at TDC link party and could not resist clicking on your photo – it looked so much like mine! I loved reading about your project and really like how you added the lattice trim to the sides of your bookcase. I may do that to mine too. Thanks so much for that tip and inspiration!!!
Hey, Kristina–I’m so glad you stopped by! The bottom doors on your Billys are a great idea. Yes, the lattice trim is a nice touch. I “hacked” my first Billy back in 2011 and that was one of my favorite parts of the project–it just adds a little something extra.