My mom just discovered Restoration Hardware. As a side note, she pronounces “restoration” like “registration” so at first, it was a little difficult to know what she was talking about. Registration Hardware?? Mom, I just don’t get it. And then we spent 20 minutes over the phone explaining how to send me a hyperlink via email to what she was talking about.
OHHHHH Restoration Hardware. Why didn’t you say so??
So anyway, she’s been looking at their furniture and you know what that means?? More projects for me. (Because no one in our family actually BUYS furniture anymore…that’s my job 🙂 )
If you’ve been around for a couple months, you may remember that back this fall, Mom’s projects kind of took over the blog. First, there was the dining bench, then the built ins, then I upholstered the bench, then I built a table for the built ins.
Okay, well I made a statement that after the table, that that was probably not the end…there would be more projects. Thankfully, I did not disappoint, and here is yet another “mom project.” This time, a bookshelf for the living room.
I made her a DIY bookshelf to display all her random trinkets and pictures of her amazingly beautiful daughters (me and my sister, of course). And I’m going to show you how to make one for yourself…so you can use it to display pictures of me on it too. Because that’s totally not weird.
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1 sheet 3/4″ plywood
1 sheet 1/4″ plywood
Drill and bits
Circular saw (or table saw)
Kreg Rip Cut (optional, but helpful to rip plywood)
Miter or chop saw
Step 1: Build the carcass for the bookshelf
First, I used my Kreg Rip Cut and circular saw to rip my sheet of 3/4″ plywood into two 16″ wide strips (save the leftover for the shelves later). Then I cut the two strips into pieces 30″ long and 66″ long.
I used my pocket hole jig to drill pocket holes in the ends of the 30″ pieces.
Then I screwed the four pieces together with the 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws so that I had a “box” like shown below. NOTE: the bottom was screwed in so that the top of the bottom shelf is 2 1/2″ from the edge of the plywood.
I cut a piece of 1/4″ plywood from the sheet and nailed it onto the back (as shown above). And there you have a bookshelf carcass. Side note: I love building cabinets because I like to be able to say the word “carcass” as often as possible. Try it 🙂 It’s fun.
Step 2: Add trim to the sides of the bookshelf
I nailed 1x2s and 1x3s onto the sides for trim. This part is optional, but adds a whole lot of character to the piece. Everything was 1x3s except the piece on the front. I made this a 1×2 because the face frame will add some extra width later.
Then I lined the “boxes” with cove molding.
I built a face frame for the front and screwed it together with pocket holes and screws. The overall frame dimensions should be 66″x 33″ to cover the entire front.
I nailed this piece onto the front and then added cove molding around the bottom and crown molding around the top.
Step 3: Add the feet
I added feet to the bottom for a little extra interest. I love these feet from Osborne Wood Products. They are so helpful and they will even add the screw dowels for you (be sure to ask for this) so all you have to do is screw them in!
I predrilled a hole into the plywood bottom on all four corners of the piece.
Then I screwed the feet into the hole. Since the screws were already in the feet, it made it super easy.
And now, it’s almost done!!! Deep breath everybody!!
Step 4: Add shelves
I used a shelf pin jig to drill holes in the sides to make the shelves adjustable. I know my mom is even more indecisive than me (where do you think I got it from??), so I thought it would be good to allow the shelves to move.
So remember that leftover piece of 3/4″ plywood from step 1? I ripped it to 15″ wide, then cut it into three pieces about 29 3/4″ long for the shelves. You could add edge banding to the front. I used thin pieces of wood I had as scraps instead…it’s all the same haha.
I put shelf pins in and placed the shelves where I thought they looked good.
Step 5: Finish
As with everything, putty, caulk, sand as needed. Then paint and/or stain. I stained the shelves and mom painted the piece. We disagreed about the finish. I said stained shelves and navy cabinet. Mom said white distressed cabinet. We compromised and ended up with this:
Dad added a light to the top.
But I like it without the light.
And I am glad she went with the stained shelves.
And these feet?? Cute right??
So what do you guys think?? Besides the fact she didn’t paint it navy like I suggested, I thought it looked pretty good in her space. Oh and just in case you were wondering, I staged the shelf, so there aren’t any pictures in it of me…yet. I need to print mom some big ones so you can’t miss me in one of those little 4x6s 🙂
So anyway, back to the bookshelf…what do you think? Mom likes it, so my work here is done. Until the next project… 🙂
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Until next time, happy building 🙂