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We're working room by room to create a comfortable and beautiful basement retreat. We are so proud of the powder room we built (from a closet!) - but it's beauty only exaggerates how blah the guest room is. So we're fixing that! We're adding character and colour and function.
What the guest room lacked was any sort of character.  A beigey-peach box is the most eloquent description possible for this super bland space. We are a family of bookworms - despite  our recent Kindle love - we have lots of actual paper books that we treasure.  We needed a dedicated space to display them. 
We considered adding a brick look tile - it's so beautiful!  But then we added up the cost - and considered the labour involved.  Cue the sad trombone. But on a trip to Home Depot we discovered their faux brick panelling.  Cue the happy piccolo!  The texture is wonderful!  The colours are...well...the texture is wonderful!
We used the table saw to cut the back bit of the shelf off - we cut right down the slot.  
This helps to give the finished shelf a cleaner look.  A side benefit was making the bookcase a little less deep - which is a perk for our tiny guest room. And don't worry - even cut down, all the shelves still fit without trimming and assembly steps stay the same.
Here is the finished product! This room is quickly becoming our new favourite in our house - it's cozy and textured and feels less like a basement with every project we do. 
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  • Becky Hammond Becky Hammond on May 16, 2018

    I'm in a rental. Any way to "temporarily attach" to a kitchen wall without doing much damage? Command Strips?

  • Paula Ray Brooks Paula Ray Brooks on May 25, 2018

    Where is the finished photo?

  • Kathleen Church Kathleen Church on Apr 06, 2019

    Do you have more pictures of this room with the white brick. I couldn't really tell if it brightened up the room or not.?

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