For a while now I have shown you sneak peeks of this wall in my living room. Today, I want to show you how to build a bookcase built-in. Every home I’ve lived in, a built-in has been a mandatory feature!
This is the built-in I designed and added to our last house – the two story. I loved the large drawers on the left. We put heavy duty drawer slides and then crammed them full with children’s toys. I found it so much easier for my kids to clean up after themselves when they tossed their
junk toys in the drawers rather than lining them up in cabinets.
This is what we had when we signed on the line for our 1950s rancher house. The house had a very monochromatic style originally. The hardwood floors were this color as well, but we changed them to a great color just before moving in!
The built in must have been inspired by a doctor’s office with these cool magazine racks doing their thing at the bottom of the shelves. Cool, but it had to go. I like a bookshelf that blends into the background and leaves the impressing to my decor!
We took the bookshelf down to the bare bones then started re-creating. I knew that in the center I wanted to frame a space for our flat screen television. The boards below at the top were so securely attached that we actually cut them with a jigsaw right where they were!
Then we built the sides up framing the television.
We placed a board on top of the above mentioned boards to frame the top of the television. This board was anchored with a 1×2 board that extended flesh along the entire distance of the new board.
The original shelving had an old peg system made of metal to allow the shelves to be changed to fit the decor. We removed the metal pegs that were in the way of our changed shelves and then reused the rest! No use replacing material that’s still in good working condition!
We removed all of the hardware and trimmed the cabinet doors like we did when we created out dream kitchen on a budget.
Below the shelves, there were two cabinets doors on each side and in the center was an open space for the original box television set (my kids didn’t even know what the old style looked like —feeling old). The left and right sides of the built-in were raised a bit so we decided to keep that consistent on the bottom and built our own rises using old junk wood.
After building risers, we added a shelf.
Remember my last built in bookshelf!?! I loved having the texture of baskets on my shelves so much, I did it again! In the open space where the old box tv used to be stored, I had Stud build t-framed shelves to store my baskets and the bass for our stereo system. He did a great job!
When we finally had the bookshelf laid out as I liked, it was time for some paint! The power of paint is unreal – don’t you think! Here are my favorite Helpful Paint Tips. And as good as it’s looking here, I added some super fun touches that I’ll share with you tomorrow!
Sometimes decorating a bookshelf can feel like a daunting process. Here are some great tips for decorating a bookcase. Also check out these great bookshelf storage solutions. And be sure to check out my bookshelf final reveal!