DIY Bookshelf

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As I writer, you have to be a reader, so I have found myself with a lot of books– too many for my current bookshelf.  And since I like to keep all the books I read and never give them away or pass on to friends, I knew I needed a solution.  There has been an empty space in my house that I thought would be perfect for a small bookshelf, but again, I lack the funds to spend $80 on one.  So as I was antiquing a few weekends ago, I discovered all these old wooden boxes that were being used to display various antiques.  I thought if I bought 4 or so of them, I could create my own bookshelf.  Awesome.  I found two boxes at a store in Indiana, and two more at a store in Michigan.  The boxes ranged from $3 – $14.  I was very excited to get them home and put my idea to work.  Here it is:



















I really got lucky that these fit so perfectly into this spot as I did not have measurements!


The box on the bottom left is my favorite– it is an old ammo box.  It has metal handles on the side and weighs about 20 pounds– it was one of the more expensive ($14).



















The vase is a Dollar Tree glass vase that I lined with a piece of scrapbook paper.  The branches I found on the beach in Michigan!

You may have also noticed that I grouped my books on the shelves according to color.  I got this idea from a Real Simple article and I really like the effect it gives.

All in all I am extremely excited about my bookshelves– I absolutely love them and the look they have!  I think they look a lot better than a run-of-the-mill, expensive bookshelf would look!  And we all know I love unique things!!  What do you think??


I am submitting this project to Do It Yourself Day over at A Soft Place to Land.



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  1. Yv on 2010.01.25

    Seriously, this is beyond awesome. I bow down before your rad DIY skillz. Loved every bit of it. Want to replicate, but alas, don’t have room. You rock.

  2. em on 2010.01.25

    I love it!! i just don’t have any more room in my house for more stuff!!!

  3. Es on 2010.01.25

    Thanks guys!!

  4. Leggs on 2010.01.25

    Sure you don’t want to reconsider your profession and venture into interior design?? You should totally be on that show ‘design on a dime’ on HGTV!

  5. Heather on 2010.01.25

    Shanky this IS awesome!!! I dig the Michigan touch too

  6. Heather on 2010.01.26

    The bookcases are great, but I love your vase! What a great idea to use scrapbook paper. I’m always on the lookout for ideas on using scrapbooking paper for things other than scrapbooking.

  7. sarah h on 2010.01.27

    holy cow, that IS awesome 😉 LOVE IT.

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