Can You Paint Billy Bookcases?

Yes! You can paint Billy bookcases from IKEA to match any room in your home. Get tips and tricks for the best way to do it.

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Whether you’re looking to add a pop of color or achieve a more cohesive look in your home, painting your Billy bookcases is a great way to update your space. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

What You Need

To paint your Billy bookcase, you’ll need a few supplies. First, you’ll need primer and paint. You can use any type of paint you like, but we recommend using latex paint for a smooth finish. You’ll also need a few tools, including a paintbrush, painter’s tape, and sandpaper.

Once you have your supplies gathered, it’s time to get started. Begin by sanding down your bookcase with the sandpaper. This will help the primer and paint adhere better to the surface. Next, use the painter’s tape to create straight lines and edges. Once you have the tape in place, apply a coat of primer to the bookcase. Be sure to let the primer dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

Now it’s time to start painting. Begin by applying a thin layer of paint to the bookcase. We recommend using light strokes and working from top to bottom. Once the first layer of paint is dry, apply a second coat if necessary. Again, let the paint dry completely before removing the painter’s tape. That’s it! Your Billy bookcase is now ready for use.

Preparing the Bookcase

Before you start painting your bookcase, you need to make sure that it is clean and free of any dust or dirt. You can do this by wiping it down with a damp cloth or by using a vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment. Once it is clean, you need to sand the surface of the bookcase to help the paint adhere better. Use a fine-grit sandpaper and sand in the direction of the grain. If there are any areas that are particularly rough, you can use a medium-grit sandpaper. Once you have finished sanding, wipe down the bookcase again with a damp cloth to remove any dust.

Painting the Bookcase

To paint your Billy bookcase, you will need:
-A can of paint (I used white)
-A paintbrush
-A piece of sandpaper

First, sand down the bookcase with the sandpaper to make sure the paint will adhere properly. Then, using the paintbrush, apply a coat of paint to the bookcase. Let the paint dry completely before putting anything back in the bookcase.

Finishing Up

You can paint your Billy bookcase any color you like using regular latex paint. You don’t need to sand or prime the bookcase first, but if the existing finish is in poor condition, you may want to sand it lightly to improve the adhesion of the new paint. For a high-gloss finish, use a latex paint designed for use on cabinets and trim; for a lower sheen, choose an eggshell or satin finish.