Built In Bookshelves
Have you ever had one of those jaw-dropping moments when you see something and think to yourself “Oh my gosh why didn’t I think of that?” That’s how I felt when I saw this pin on Pinterest. The pin is from The Accent Piece and the minute I saw it I knew I had to somehow make this project happen in our family room.
The problem was that I clearly could not do it myself. The complete tutorial to do that is found on The Accent Piece. It’s in four parts but they are all linked together. Here is Part One. What I had to do was call my home improvement guy and tell him what I wanted. I had to wait a few months until he could fit me in his schedule so it gave me plenty of time to save some money.
Here is the before picture of the back wall of our family room. The french doors lead out to the deck and back yard.
Not bad but not great either. This end of the room tended to attract all sorts of clutter and never felt organized. I have always wanted to streamline it some how but could never come up with the perfect solution. Until now.
Just look at this.
Wall to wall built in bookshelves installed around the french doors. For the first time since we moved into this house, I can look at that wall and NOT wonder why the door is off center. That has bugged me since day one. Since we had more width on the right side than the left, we divided the right side into two sections so it actually looks balanced. It’s beautifully trimmed out on the top…
Styling the bookshelves was a bit of a challenge. I referred to my Pinterest board of bookshelves for inspiration when I got stuck. My only new purchases were the four baskets from Pottery Barn.
This project is a true reflection of my husband which is what I wanted. He never had anyplace to display all his “stuff” but now it’s all in one place and actually makes sense. You can pretty much tell who he is by just looking at these shelves. Bobbleheads and all.
I can’t tell you how happy I am with the way this turned out. It really did transform the whole space. Sometimes I get in the mind set that if I can’t do it myself, it can’t be done. In this case, hiring a professional was the absolute right thing to do. Of course if you can DIY this, I say go for it. You will definitely love the end result!