Castle Bookshelf

Jess | Pretty Living
by Jess | Pretty Living
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2 Days

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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  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Aug 10, 2023

    This project definitely will make any little princess happy. I like how you made several different areas for books, hanging those precious necklaces, and space for those precious stuffed animals.

  • Lorraine Lorraine on Jan 15, 2024

    Love this idea..!! Can be made for newborn (holding diapers and supplies), toddler treasures and through teens ..! beyond perhaps? Painted blue could also work for your little Prince...