Built-In Book Case DIY and Big Reveal

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The book case of our youth finally became the book case of our adulthood. You know that spot in your house that gets under your skin every time you see it? But fixing it would cost major time, money, and effort? What if I told you that our spot was the first thing you saw when you walked into our home? Well, let me just say that revamping our library and going the DIY route for built-in book cases was totally worth the wait and effort. You have to see the big reveal!
When you walk into our front door, you stare straight ahead into this space. Before all of the additions were made to our home, it used to be a dining room (up until the 80’s or so). It’s more of a bonus room, and with all of Mr. Green Beret/Military Historian’s books, we immediately turned it into a library. But with our post-college book cases that survived way too many moves, it was time to have a grown up space.

There are a few things that neither of us liked. The book cases were mis-matched. The brown didn’t match at all. And as you can see in this picture, the book cases cover up a good foot of the window.
One day, Hubby comes home from work and is all excited. A new guy he works with LOVES carpentry work. My Grandfather was a master carpenter, and my Father was trained under him, even though he did it as a hobby rather than a profession. We formulated a plan and gathered the team together.

My job was to keep the coffee hot and their bellies full all day long as they worked. Done and done!
Our house was built in 1962 and is one of those houses that is plagued with being difficult and stubborn. There has not been one project we’ve done since we moved in 2011 that has been easy. This one was no different. We (well, “they”) removed the trim from under the window and it pulled off half the wall. Project detour.

And then of course I come in and I’m like… we need fresh paint on the walls! I love Palladium Blue by Benjamin Moore. It was actually similar to the original color. Another detour.
So here is the big reveal!  They built a nook in each of the corners for display pieces.

I am in love with our new space! Hubby loves to come home from work, change clothes, and sit here and read while I’m making dinner. You can see the WW1 trench art in the back. We enjoy incorporating historic pieces into our decor.
Do you want to see the entire reveal and all of the behind the scenes? Click on the link below to head over to the blog post. I would love for you to stop by and say hello and let me know what you think!

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  • Cheryl Biermann Cheryl Biermann on Nov 01, 2017
    Yes, love it! I wish someone would actually show some plans for something like this! I've been looking and all I find are pictures. I need details! Heading over to your line crossing my fingers for details!