DIY Bookshelves

Rachel | mapleandgrey
by Rachel | mapleandgrey
9 Materials
2 Hours

I needed a place to store books in my son’s room and came across the idea for these shelves. We used mainly pallet wood and put them together so easily. I’m so happy with this storage solution on a budget!

First we broke up a pallet to get six equal pieces of wood.

We used two pieces this size for each shelf and they measured 10cm wide and 120 cm in length. The depth was approx 2cm. We glued them with wood glue to start with.

And then added nails for extra strength.

This picture shows the intervals at which we added the nails.

For the smaller pieces I bought strip wood from the DIY store. These measured approx 3.5 cm in width and 2cm in depth.

We cut this to size ready to stick and nail to the front of the shelves.

I left the shelves as two strips to start off with so it would be easier to sand the wood.

Before we attached the final strip of wood I sanded down the two pieces of pallet wood to ensure they were smooth.

This gave the wood such a nice finish, you can see the difference between the two pieces.

Then we attached the final piece to each shelf using wood glue and nails again.

I used a coat of Rustoleum chalk paint followed by a coat of watered down Annie Sloan chalk paint for a smooth final coat. The reason for using the two colours was purely because I didn’t have enough in Paris grey and the Rustoleum shade was a darker, more purple tone of grey.

I applied a coat of clear wax using a sponge and buffed well with a lint free cloth.

My husband attached them to the wall using plasterboard fixings and black screws. These will mostly be hidden by the books but I like the detail they add.

Here is the finished look! I’m so happy with how these turned out.

They will not only be so great for storage but I love the detail that they add to this plain wall. They were so easy to put together and so inexpensive to make.

Eventually I’ll turn this corner into a little reading nook. I brought in my outdoor cushions to style this space for now. I added the frame that I already had on the wall and also a pennant flag that I found on Etsy.

I’m so happy we can not only store books so that they stay in great condition to enjoy but that we can also display the nicer books that we are collecting!

I hope this post inspires you to create some book storage of your own.

To see more of this and other projects be sure to find me on Instagram!

~ Rachel ♡

Suggested materials:
  • Pallet wood
  • Strip wood   (DIY store)
  • Hammer and nails
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