Bay Window Built in Bookshelf Makeover
My feature bay window was lacking some pizazz. Adding small built built in bookshelves and LED strip lighting made it a show stopper.
I started construction by opening removing the drywall and opening the walls on the sides. Since this is an exterior space we filled the walls with R19 insulation to cut down on energy loss and and noise insulation.
We filled the upper cavity with more R19 for energy saving and noise insulation.
We added tongue and groove paneling for the backs of the bookshelves to match the rest of the wood features of my 1914 craftsman.
After all the framing with beadboards on the sides and top we added accent shelves with trim that matches my doors and windows. We caulked all the seams and uses Cabinet rescue white paint for endurance. I used reclaimed heart pine from another project in my house that I planed down and made a seat out of for the window and coated in 3 coats of triple thick polyurethane to stand up to my cats using this as their own personal lounging space.
We added LED cabinet strip lights across the top and ran the wires behind the trim boards for a finished look. The lights plug in to the outlet under the window and come with a touch pad for various settings that is mounted on the side with it’s Velcro backing.
Those little suckers are bright! They are are also dimable for atmosphere on movie night.
The shelves are 6” deep and are the perfect depth to showcase my treasures.
They fit featured art work, books or holiday decorations as needed.
The end result was a versatile space that adds elegance and style to my room. The entire project took about three days from demo to painting. The entire project was made out of salvaged wood, scrap material and finishing supplies from other home projects. Cost - 0. Impact - priceless.