Victorian Glam Doesn’t Require Vintage Purchases With This IKEA DIY

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The basic BILLY bookshelf from IKEA is a versatile, square case — tall, narrow, and available in a variety of natural wood tones (don’t worry about the color — you’ll be painting it anyway). Pick up two to four separate units to fill an entire 6- to 8-foot wall. Once you assemble your shelves, follow this step-by-step guide from A Carrie’d Affair to customize the cornice into an authentically Victorian shape — an arched opening mimics a grand building in the classical revival style, or if you’re a confident woodworker, you might opt for a take on a swan’s neck pediment for a look straight out of Kensington Palace.

Next, it’s time to find the trims you want to add to enliven your facade. Take a look at WoodUBend products to find trims to place along the cornice. @DIYDanie also adds strips of wood between each unit, to which she attaches similar trims to mimic a foliated Victorian frame or fluted column. The Victorian age was all about ornate carved wood, gilding, and excessive decoration, so don’t be afraid to go bold. Once you’ve attached your decorations with wood glue (or the adhesive which comes with the product), it’s time to paint!

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