Castle Bookshelf

Jess | Pretty Living
by Jess | Pretty Living
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I wanted to put a bookshelf in my daughter’s room and I figured why not get creative and make something fun with multiple purposes!

After some brainstorming, I decided on a large bookshelf/jewellery hanger in the shape of a castle.

I had some pine boards laying around which were the perfect size for my project.I drew up a few rough sketches of what I had in mind, and then just started experimenting, cutting sections of the boards at a time, laying them out & moving them around until I was happy with the layout.

Once all the pieces were cut to square, I screwed the structure together and then sanded all the rough edges and corners.

Now it was ready to paint! I chose to use Rust-oleum chalk paint in all hope that I could then avoid priming (big mistake - read on to see why).

Once the paint (two coats) had dried, I positioned it against the wall and attached it using some small wall brackets to keep it in place.I then added some little hooks for jewellery.Next I wrote the words ‘Madison’s Castle’ on the front centre using a metallic gold marker and some glitter paint.

Hooks for jewellery

I thought I was now finished, the bookshelf looked great and my daughter LOVED it, but unfortunately a couple days later I noticed some ‘marks’ appearing in some sections of the paint. I soon discovered that is was wood stains bleeding through the paint.

Wood stains bleeding through paint

To fix this, I had to sand back the paint, apply a stain blocking primer and then repaint. (I won’t be skipping that step ever again. 😅)Finally it was finished, a castle shaped bookshelf with multiple purposes. 👌🏻

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  • Mary Laughlin Mary Laughlin on Apr 22, 2020

    Is there a link for the cut list and how to assemble? Great idea!

  • Janet Janet on Jan 16, 2022

    What are the measurements for this project?

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  • Robbie Robbie on Apr 19, 2023

    I saw this a year ago and used your idea for my granddaughter’s bedroom. She is not old enough for jewelry but is an avid reader. I painted her wall, made her matching valance and dust ruffle, made the quilt and painted a picture. Your one little idea took on a whole new life! Thank you.

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