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Building Bookcases for Bedroom - Part 1

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I've been absent for a whole week, I wish I could say I was vacationing, or taking time to relax and re-invigorate, but no, big NO!   I was working really hard.

As soon as I finished installing the beams on the ceiling, I began working on the bookcases.  Two bookcases with a fireplace in between them.  This is the wall I chose, in between the two windows.  For my inspiration pics, click HERE.

All this week I was trying to finish them up, my husband happened to be traveling and I wanted to surprise him with the shelves all done.  But no, It didn't happened.  Anyway he was impressed with my progress.  

Trying to finish that project was not the only thing I was doing, since I transformed our bedroom into my own shop, the whole room was full of tools, pieces of wood, and lots of dust.   All day Monday was dedicated to clean the room and Tuesday to clean the whole house before he arrived on Wednesday.   Fuff, it was exhausting!

OK no more complaining.  Let's talk about the bookcases.  First thing, removing the baseboard on that wall. 

Then, grabbing the biggest folders he uses, as a guide for the final measurement, I decided to build them at 12" deep without frame.  The carpet and pad were then removed.

I'm not good making my designs in the computer, I need to learn one of those programs, I simply drew lines on the wall to visualize how they would look.

I got 3/4" plywood cut to my dimensions at Lowes.  I usually buy trim and stock wood at a lumber center but for whole sheets of plywood or MDF where I need multiple cuts I go to the big stores, they don't charge the six bucks per cut the lumber center does!

You can watch this next video while they were constructed.

Using a circular saw I cut the shelves and supports, then I drilled the holes for the adjustable shelves and put the whole thing together using Kreg tools at its best!
¼" plywood for the back and they were ready to be installed.
Making sure they were level, they were screwed to the studs on the wall.
Two simple carcasses were now standing there and I couldn't wait to continue dressing them up!
All this part was kind of easy, drilling the holes for the adjustable shelves was the only thing that was a bit boring after a while.
 Check the Second Part HERE. For the final part, the Reveal, click HERE.


  1. Holy Cow Cristina! Amazing! You are such a superstar. I know I've said it before, but it's true. You go girl! Can't wait to see what's next!


  2. You are amazing, Cristina! You are on a roll too. Love them and I can't wait to see your next steps.

  3. You are such an inspiration Cristina! You handle that wood like you've been doing it forever.

    Which leads me to this question for you: Where did you learn your skills? Through family, at school, self taught? I would really love to see a post about what brought you to this place.

    I would love to do this too and there is no reason I can't, when I have such a great role model in you :)

  4. that's amazing! way to go! It's going to look SO COOL!!

  5. Looks so good! Can't wait to see them finished

  6. You make it look so easy! You make me want to start building, drilling and cutting! Your awsome!

  7. Impressive! Can't wait to see them completed. I think drawing on the walls is perfectly acceptable. Have you tried Google SketchUp? It takes some getting used to, but it is free. You can also import backgrounds from Google earth, but I haven't tried that.

  8. Looking good, can't wait to see the rest of your posts!

  9. I'm so impressed! I only pretend to start doing woodwork when my husband says he won't do it. He's secretly scared I'll maim myself so he takes over. Ha ha! I can't wait to see it finished!

  10. Well, no wonder you were away. You have been a busy girl. You are an amazing inspiration! I love what you are doing but I bet you are anxious to get done and be able to start "playing" Great job so far,Cristina! xo Diana

  11. I wish I had all of your energy! The beams are looking good and I can't wait to see the bookshelves finished.

  12. I remember when we built our Library built-in bookcases and it was tough. Good luck!

  13. You are my hero! And the video was so so so so awesome! I have never seen one of those pocket hole clamps...I NEED ONE! I can't wait to see the finished product! You inspire me!

  14. Cristina, you are amazing!!! They should nominate you as the queen of the power tools! :) You have done an incredible job with this project. I can't wait to see it finished. It will be gorgeous!!!

  15. You are truly amazing! Seriously. I cannot wait to see your final masterpiece!

    :) Linda

  16. Cristina,
    Fabulous! I am so excited to see the next post! How did you determine where the fixed shelf is?

    Great job!
    Nancy W.

  17. You are so handy! I am always impressed with your projects. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

  18. Wow!! This is a major project and you are doing an awesome job!! My husband is a part-time builder, so I can truly appreciate what you are doing!! The measuring is always such a iffy thing and I just have to say Impressive!!

  19. Excellent work. You are the female version of Norm Abrams! I too wait for hubby to be out of town to start my projects. He finds the dust and mess a little overwhelming. LOL

  20. Great job! You are one of a kind.job well done.

  21. Great job so far!

    #83 at Met Monday

  22. Love it. Such a great idea to add bookshelves to that area, can't wait to see them all done. Great job. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  23. oh wow cristina! you could have your own home-improvement show yourself! you make me feel i can do it even when i used to think i couldn't...


  24. Can you come to my house? You are my hero, tackling all these huge projects! I need to get off my rear and get some stuff done around here :)

  25. Women who woodwork...love it!
    Homa style is having an Inspire Me link party that just started!
    I would love it if you linked up:)
    Here's the link

    I do my best to market the inspiring projects through my social media sites and follow too:)

  26. You blow my mind...so amazing! Can't wait to see the fireplace now!

  27. That will look so nice with the fireplace. I love the built in and wish I had some now too :)

  28. Terrific tutorial! Please share your project at www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com each and every week and check out what other creative divas are up to.

  29. Awesome directions!! I am sure they will look great! Would you consider linking this and any other projects that you may have up at my Pinterest party? I would love to have you share with my readers!



  30. You make it look so easy! Can't wait to see more! Looking great!

  31. Absolutely amazing! I'm still chuckling that drilling the holes was a bit boring! (double pun)

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