Marker Girl Makeover – My Office Part 2

My Ikea Hack!

Marker Girl Design Studio Bookcases With my office redo my budget was limited since I am investing in other areas of my home at the moment.  I really needed extra storage. I had been obsessing with Ikea Hacks at the time and love Censational Girl’s Besta redo. So I enlisted my husband and wonderful son aka “Builder Boy”.  Since my son was born has been obsessed with building things. One of those father and son’s things that is so sweet.  ikea besta It wasn’t that complex, we just bought from  the Ikea Besta Collection.

1.  3 double bookcases with doors

2. (6) drawer inserts

3. (6) extensions with doors

4. Restoration Hardware glass pulls and hardware to give it a more polished look

We went to a local wood supplier that has speciality sizes for our very long set of cases so not to have a seam. Used birch wood. They cut it down for us. Then Builder Boy and my husband… built a simple boxed framed for the bottom 6″ x 1″ to mount the bookcase on top of the frame… and for the top a piece 2″ x 1″.

I went to Sherwin Williams and had them color match the Besta white color in a latex paint to paint the frames. Opted to paint the backs the same color as the walls SW 6021 Dreamy White. Easy to change when I am ready to give it a new look.


Marker Girl by Karen Davis Interior Design Studio Ikea Hack Proud of my builder boy and wonderful husband. Best gift I could have gotten. I think it looks great and serves its purpose for storage and display. If you don’t have a builder boy at home. See if you have a local handyman or sometimes painters can do small projects like these.

Here is Part 1 in case you missed it and stay tuned next week for Part 3

Happy Everything!



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  2. Beth Obear on February 7, 2015 at 7:28 am


    Your cabinets look amazing! Two questions for you: Do you have a picture of the frame that you built? Also, is it possible to order the desk in your office picture? Looks exactly like what I’m looking for. Thanks!

  3. Karen Davis on February 9, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Hi Beth, Thank You for the follow. I do not have a picture of the frame; the bottom is just a simple box frame that the book cases sit on top we have an inch on each side extra for the base and the front and back just a quarter of inch. The top is literally a piece of wood that is sitting on top hangs over the same dimensions. As for the desk it is from Magnussen the Kentwood writing desk

  4. Thea on August 24, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    In between each of the bookcases did you put trim vertically to hide the seam? I am just getting mine together and noticed the top and bottoms of the bookcases come out horizontally more than the bodies of the bookcases.

    • Karen Davis on August 24, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      No I chose not to since the seam lines up with the space between the doors. It is in a room that really only I am in as well. But you can and I would if this was a unit that was visible like in a family room. I have seen several on pinterest that give tutorials on how to do it in the past. All the best with it!

  5. Lisa McClanahan on November 6, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Hi Karen!
    I wanted to thank you so much for your posts about your home office redesign. I had been struggling to come up with some ideas on how to design my home office/craft room and stumbled upon your posts. I fell in love with what you did and got inspired. I did my own Ikea hack and basically copied your design/layout and I have to say that I am thrilled with the result! I couldn’t have done it without inspiration from you! Many thanks!

    • Karen Davis on November 6, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Hi Lisa,
      Glad to hear and thank you for following Marker Girl!

  6. Lori O’Grady on January 27, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Hi! I love your IKEA hack! I was wondering what drawer inserts you used. I can’t find anything under Besta on the IKEA website. Thanks, Lori.

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