One of my very favorite DIY projects (and one that I have yet to blog about) is the custom window seat and bookcases that Tyson built in our last home.
When we first moved in, we were in desperate need of bookshelves. Coupled with the fact that the ceiling line in our formal living room flattened out, creating a “nook” around the front picture window… the space was begging for shelves and additional seating.
This was one of our first major DIY’s and we learned a ton in the process. Like a car jack and beam can be used to push your bookcases against the walls while you install a header.
Of course, this was before blogging and we have no photos of the process.
Regardless, the project transformed our home by anchoring the entire space and providing us with a ton of storage and seating.
However, as with any beautiful built-in, when you move, you leave your work behind.
And as we got settled in to our new home, we realized again that we were in need of bookcases.
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We considered several areas in our home for purchased bookshelves or built-in’s, (some of which may still happen) and ultimately settled on the master bedroom.
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Our home has huge 12 foot ceilings (which we love), but our bed was feeling a bit small in the space. In fact, if you go back to my hand-lettered pillow post, you will notice that there are no full shots of the bedroom. The scale was so off and the room truly needed something more than a cute pillow to help it out.
So Tyson designed two large bookcases to flank the bed and tied them together with board and batten paneling.
Once the designs were finalized and the measurements made, it was time to hit the hardware store.
The first step was building the two large bookcases.
Tyson wanted the shelves to be thick and chunky so each is double board thickness and faced with trim.
To prep the room, Tyson hung flat panels on the wall.
Once the bookcases were built and painted (more on that HERE), it was time to get them up two flights of stairs. These things are over 8 feet tall and as heavy as all get out. Thankfully no one was injured in the moving process.
Yeah… we make our bed even in the middle of a DIY.
After the bookcases were anchored, the trim was installed. We finished everything up with the tedious task of caulking and touching up paint.
Although the whole thing took us about 6 weeks to complete (with time off for summer travel and activities), we couldn’t be happier with the results. The bookcases and moulding create a beautiful focal point for the room while providing the storage that we need.
At this point, there is significant wiggle room between our queen bed and the shelving walls so that we can upgrade to a king size bed. We will also be adding reading lights and a custom headboard that will give the whole space a more contemporary feel.
After a year of living in our new home, it feels amazing to start customizing it in ways that meet our needs and style. I’m looking forward to staging the shelves and tackling even more DIY projects.
Have you taken on any new DIY’s this summer? What are you doing to create more storage in your home? Any tips for styling shelves? Let me hear what you think in the comments below.