Friday, October 11, 2013

Ikea Liatorp Hack

The major piece of furniture in the living room is done! It's the Ikea Liatorp bookcase that takes up almost an entire wall and holds the T.V., all my craft supplies, photo albums, and favorite accessories. 
I chose it because of the size--our T.V. measures 32 inches wide and the bookcase is 34 inches. So the proportions were perfect but it needed some changes to work in the room. 

There are many versions of this bookcase you can purchase...glass doors, open shelving, etc. I wanted to keep things simple so I chose open shelves with three sets of doors on the bottom for a classic look. Here is a picture of the Liatorp from Ikea's website:

The first step was putting the piece together since it's packed in flat boxes. (I love Ikea but hate to assemble!) There was certainly nothing wrong with the white color and the bead-board back, but it wasn't right for my living room and needed some hacking.

Next came the long and tedious job of painting. The good news is I used a primer called Stix.  Even though the Liatorp finish was glossy I didn't have to sand a thing which saved a lot of time and effort. I had the paint store tint it to match color of the paint I was using.
For the paint I used Benjamin Moore's Advance in a satin finish. It's water based but wears like oil paint and is perfect for furniture. The color is River Reflections.

Since it's not designed for a T.V. we had to make a few holes in the back for plugs...

I replaced the Ikea knobs with these solid brass knobs...
I knew the bead board backing would be too casual looking for this room so I popped in some foam core board panels covered in burlap fabric to add some texture and interest.
So easy to cover the foam core with a lightweight staple gun. 

The branch is from saveoncrafts...
I wanted an organic touch over the T.V.

My twig ball has a special spot...
Did you know that twig ball is the most viewed of any post since I started designmegillah?!

Behind the doors are all my craft and art supplies...
I love the white storage boxes...they are cheap and do a great job of storing anything (I even use them on my bedroom closet shelf for tights and panti-hose!).

It's not completely done...you can see some the shelves are empty or not quite finished.
But styling a bookcase is a whole other thing so that will be another blog post!
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17 comments:

  1. Looks great. Esp like that you painted the Liatorp to blend into your room. How many coats of paint did you use?

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    1. Thank you! It took one coat of primer and two coats of paint.

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  2. Hi - Could you tell me where you got the solid doors? Thanks! Laura

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    1. Ikea has doors specifically for this, bottom solid, top is glass.

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    2. I had the same question - found this through a Google image search for Liatorp because I liked everything except for the full-panel doors with glass on top. I'm looking for something with doors on just the bottom. Is this just no longer an option with this line?

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    3. You should check out Ikea's web site...they change their products all the time.

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    4. Hi Rita

      Similar question to Meghann:

      Are the doors part of the Liatorp range? (If so then perhaps they're just in the USA)

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    5. Hello all! I too loved the look of these, but after searching high and low to no avail I contacted IKEA and the solid doors are discontinued. Only the half glass and full glass doors are available. if anyone has suggestions on how to do a hack for solid doors for the liatorp I'd love to know!

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    6. MHamelin did you ever find a hack for the solid doors?

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  3. Hi Rita! Well done, it looks beautiful. If you don't mind my asking, where did you find the solid brass knobs? We have the same LIATORP series, and while I still love it four years later, I have never loved the silver ones. Would love to replace them with brass like yours!

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  4. Hi, where did you purchase this burlap fabric? Is there a brand and color that I can look for?

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    1. I just bought plain burlap from Joanne fabrics.

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  5. Rita,
    Could you perhaps provide the dimensions of the doors? I am hoping to do a little DIY to the liatorp since they've discontinued this option (although why I have no idea because it was MUCH prettier this way!)

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    1. Yes...each door is 17 1/4 inches wide and 30 1/8 inches high. Good luck!

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  6. We are thinking of doing something similar. I've been looking for a measurement of the bookcase without the crown molding. We've a wall run of 145", and trying to figure out how many of the bookcases we could squeeze in, to fit 4 bookcases, each could be no more than 36.25" wide san molding. But I can't find that measurement. The only one listed is 37.75" which I assume includes the molding.

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  7. Do you have the exact width of the shelves? Trying to see if my television will fit

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