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  1. Monika Dudikeni

    December 21st, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    wow impressing and beautiful! :)

  2. Angela S

    December 28th, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    thank you so much!

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  4. Megan Friedl

    January 4th, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    What is the name of your paint color? Love it!

  5. Angela S

    January 4th, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    It’s Classic Grey by Benjamin Moore!

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  7. Tonantzin

    September 15th, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Hi. Looks beautiful. I have the supplies needed to do this, but my question is how do you like the height of the TV on the short Billys, 41.5″ tall?? My husband thinks it’s too high. Doing research says ideal height should be at eye level when sitting down. Which then means these are too high, but know lots of people put above fireplace and that’s even taller. Would love your thoughts on it.
    Also thanks so much for sharing how get access to cords in back, was concerned how going to do that.

  8. Angela S

    September 28th, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Hi there,
    Definitely! It is higher than a typical TV stand..but to be honest we used to use those white Kallax shelves (on it’s side) and actually built a little stand to add height. So this is almost perfect for us..and we personally never even thought about the height. Then again I think we prefer looking up more when laying on the couch! Hope this helps!

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  10. Melanie Amparo

    December 2nd, 2016 at 7:55 pm


    Did you actually attach the big bookshelves to the wall? If so, what did you use? Can you show us a picture of the bottom left where you cut the back piece?

  11. Angela S

    December 5th, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Um, I think we actually just added the brackets to the top of the shelf, and these bookshelves have a cutout for trim on the back so it’s very flush either way! And ours has the 2 smaller ones pushed out more because we needed to access the plugs in the back. Let me know if you have more questions (feel free to email me hello@saffronavenue.com)

  12. Samantha R.

    December 20th, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Hi! Gorgeous space! Curious, where is the coffee table from?

  13. Angela S

    December 28th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Hi there, It’s from Overstock!

  14. Angela

    December 28th, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    It’s from overstock!

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  18. Debbie Albert

    November 11th, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Do you remember where you purchased the white shelf (laminated) board? Looking at Home Depot and Lowes and the largest depth is 12″. Thanks!

  19. dfordice

    November 14th, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Did you have to paint the shelves to match the trim? Or what paint colour did you use on the trim that matched the shelves? It looks amazing by the way!

  20. Maria

    April 19th, 2018 at 2:34 am

    I love this and would love to do something similar in our house! Curious if you wattaxhed the big shelves to the wall so they won’t fall or wabble. Also how did you attach the brown molding to the top?? Thanks in advance!

  21. Maria

    April 19th, 2018 at 2:35 am

    I love this and would love to do something similar in our house! Curious if you attached the big shelves to the wall so they won’t fall or wabble. Also how did you attach the brown molding to the top?? Thanks in advance!

  22. Angela

    April 19th, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Yes, we used those L brackets at the top of the shelves, and the crown molding was attached with finishing nails and wood glue!

  23. Whitney

    April 20th, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Where did you buy the laminated board for the top?

  24. Angela

    April 20th, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    It was at Home Depot (or Menards) and in the shelving area!

  25. Elissa

    May 6th, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    You may have already answered this, I apologize if it’s redundant. Did you paint the entire unit or did the white trim and top match the ikea white? If you painted what color did you use and what parts or process (sanding…primer…???) if you painted ithe entire unit? Thanks so much for sharing this hack!

  26. Angela

    May 7th, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    No worries! We did not paint the ikea white bookcases, but we did paint the trim, 3 middle boards, and the crown molding! We actually used our left over satin impervo dove white from benjamin moore and it matched perfectly!

  27. Megan

    June 26th, 2018 at 1:23 am

    I am hoping to build something very similar to this. I’m trying to figure out how you attached the 1/2″x6″s between the bookshelves. It looks like they are flush with the front of the bookcases, are they nailed from the side? You can’t even see the line where the 1/2×6 meets the bookcase, did you fill it with caulk, or just paint? Thanks so much!

  28. Angela

    June 26th, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Of course, we did nail it with a finishing nailer (so tiny nails) on the sides of the bookcase. Because they are so tiny you can fill those holes in. And we did get pretty straight 6″ boards so we were able to get it pretty flush with the bookcase and then sanded it a bit, added some wood filler and then paint!

  29. Annie N.

    June 27th, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Looks great! Out of curiousity, what are your wall demensions?

  30. Angela

    June 27th, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    That is a good question…I’d have to re-measure, but as you can tell we only had about 6-8″ on each side of the bookcase (so it didn’t take up the full space)

  31. Jessica

    July 8th, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Hi there,
    Where are your wicker baskets from?

  32. Angela

    July 12th, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Good ‘ol Target!

  33. Kimmy

    July 12th, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I just bought the bookcases after looking at hacks for over a year I decided to draw inspiration from yours
    Now just if that sister would come over….. next step, measure how big I want my spaces and buy trim/mounding and paint/lights. Thank you!!!

  34. Angela

    July 13th, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Ha! Have fun, it’s the best…I get to play around with the shelf styling every season and love it!

  35. Christina

    July 22nd, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    I am looking to do something like this, but we have create something over our vents. In the before picture it looks like there are vents on the wall, what did you do for that?

  36. Angela

    July 23rd, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Hi there,
    Yes, we four on the wall, the 2 air supply vents on the bottom and then the air returns on the top (I believe that’s the right terms ;). We closed the bottom ones simply because we have 3 more in the living room and didn’t think it was necessary. Also, the middle vent on the bottom probably could be open a bit since the 2 middle (short) bookcases are pushed out away from the wall about 8-10″ or so!

  37. Liza

    November 5th, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    What did you use to / how did you attach the new ” Face” pieces to the bookcases (ie. the boards separating the units, the baseboard, and top mantle)?

  38. Angela

    November 5th, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Just a finishing nailer and wood glue!

  39. Megan

    November 20th, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    What is the color of your accent wall?

  40. Angela

    December 29th, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    The navy one is Hale Navy from benjamin moore!

  41. Leticia

    December 29th, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    There are two “tall” billy shelves did you use the ones that were 79.5 inches or 93.25 inches?

  42. Angela

    December 29th, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Didn’t know they had 2 sizes so I had to go measure! We have the 79″ ones!

  43. Damien

    January 7th, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Where does the lamenant white board go on this project? I am currently trying to put this together like yours.

  44. Angela

    January 7th, 2019 at 2:35 am

    I used that as the top of the 2 lower shelves! We don’t have it ‘secured’ per say because we can pull it out to access the cords behind :)

  45. Katie

    February 26th, 2019 at 2:24 am

    I’m curious if you remember how much the whole project cost you when it was all said-and-done? I’m trying to price it out and see if your Ikea has is comparable to building from scratch or if it saves a good chunk of money.

    Thanks! I can’t wait to start this project (:

  46. Angela

    February 27th, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Yep, you’ll see above it was around $450!

  47. Bree

    March 9th, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Love it ! Where did you get you white chair from ?

  48. Angela

    March 10th, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    It was a wedding gift on Zola.com ;)

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