DIY Built-in Bookcases

This is our biggest project to date. My husband bought all the tools we would need to build our built-in bookcases. He learned each tool as we needed to use them. You can read all about each tool at

We bought kitchen cabinets from Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Two coats of primer and trim paint.

Butcherblock countertop from IKEA. I stained it a dark walnut, Then three coats of polyurethane.

We built each bookcase section separately. We cut dado cuts for the shelves.

Three of the sections out of a total of six sections (three on each side of the desk in the center).

I painted all the bookcases.

I knew I wanted lights in the bookcases. We had someone run a wire through each box to the electrical box.

We added the fascia (top piece) to cover the exposed wire.

We added trim to give it a clean finished look.

We added the sconces. As I said, we had prewired before the bookcases were put up and attached to the wall.

The finished bookcase.

All dressed up

All Falled Up!

Before and After

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

31 Ways For You To Style Your Garden
Here's How You Can DIY The Hottest Home Decor Trends of 2018
15 DIY Projects That Will Make You Say "WOW!"
15 Genius Hacks to Keep Pests Away
30 Fun Ways To Keep Your Home Organized
29 Ways To Get A Splash Of Blue In Your House
3 Absolutely Adorable Ways To Display Your Plants
Linda @ Home is Where My Heart is

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 8 questions
  • Hummingbird
    on Nov 30, 2019

    What did you use under the cabinets to get them off the floor? Did you have a separate base for each cabinet?

  • PeprmintPatti
    on Dec 1, 2019

    It looks like you removed the 2 drawers on each side... is it just decoration or do the openings serve a purpose?

    • We took the drawers out of one side for the ethernet and computer for the tv which is right above it. I wanted it to look symmetrical so I removed the other drawers and put baskets for pens and pencils.

  • Candi Cornell May
    Candi Cornell May
    on Dec 1, 2019

    How did you join your butcher block? I have a very long kitchen counter and wanted to use IKEA's too, but didn't know how it would look butted up against each other.

    • Mary Russell
      Mary Russell
      on Sep 7, 2020

      A doweling jig would have been great for that.Even biscuit cutter would help alignment.Still would have had a seam,but alignment would be good.

Join the conversation

2 of 31 comments
Your comment...