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 LindaHomeisWhereMyHeartis.com.
We bought kitchen cabinets from Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
We bought kitchen cabinets from Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Two coats of primer and trim paint.
Two coats of primer and trim paint.
Butcherblock countertop from IKEA. I stained it a dark walnut, Then three coats of polyurethane.
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.
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).
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 painted all the bookcases.
We added the fascia (top piece).
We added the fascia (top piece).
We added trim to give it a clean finished look.
We added trim to give it a clean finished look.
We added the sconces. We prewired before the bookcases were put up and attached to the wall.
We added the sconces. We prewired before the bookcases were put up and attached to the wall.
The finished bookcase.
The finished bookcase.
All dressed up
All dressed up
All Falled Up!
All Falled Up!
Before and After
Before and After

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  • Kara Baker
    on Jul 12, 2017

    Beautiful! I love it!
  • I absolutely love the look of the design and you did a wonderful job building it. After looking at it more closely, I would build it with only two sections on either side. I think having the smaller "squares" of shelving is too busy, and too much repetition of what you place in the little "boxes" takes away from the design and makes it a little monotonous. Sometimes less is best.


    I know this is just my opinion, and you my must follow your own heart, and be happy with the outcome which you obviously are, and that's what is ultimately important.

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