Well, it took me until half past midnight last night, but I finished my built-in bookshelves wall in my living room!! But only that wall, so promise that you won’t look at the two side walls, okay? 🙂
And if you’ll remember, here’s how that wall started out when we moved in…
I’ll wait a few days before putting anything on the built-in bookshelves, just to give the paint time to cure. But in the meantime, I love looking at my freshly painted DIY bookcases. 🙂
I’m really excited about how they turned out. There are definitely a few things I’d do differently next time, so it’s good that I did this first in the condo, so that I can get it exactly right when I tackle a project like this in the house.
My Built-In Bookshelves Process
Now if you missed any of the process, here’s a basic rundown.
I started with stock cabinets from Home Depot. I used upper wall cabinets because I only wanted them to be 12 inches deep, but I set the middle section out a few inches. In order to use the upper cabinets as base cabinets, I had to build bases to put them on.
So when the cabinets were set on the boxes and put into place, they looked like this:
Then it was on to building the countertop, which I made out of cedar 2″ x 4″ lumber using wood glue and a Kreg Jig to put it all together.
And then the built-in bookshelves on top were made from 1/2-inch MDF, and framed with 1″ x 3″ lumber. The basic DIY bookcase form looked like this…
And then once it was framed out, it looked like this…
And then once trim was added to the top around the ceiling, and then whole thing was primed (twice) and painted (three times), and the wall touched up, it looked like this!
It was a big job, but I’m so glad I tackled it! I’ve had this vision in my mind for years of what this wall could look like, and I would have been incredibly disappointed to move away and never see it finished like I had envisioned.