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Let the building of bookshelves commence!

I suppose that if you read the subject line to this here blog post, then you have some idea what my sweetheart and I were up to this weekend. You see, I already owned two Ikea Billy bookcases, in white. One of them is 31-1/2 inches wide, and the other is just over 23-1/2". (They do not make this size anymore). On Friday, we purchased another 31-1/2" case plus a 15-3/4" one. (We may end up getting another skinny case, if all goes perfectly well. We are literally talking about 1/4" making the difference between what the finished product looks like.

We are putting together a wall of bookcases that, if luck runs with us, will completely fill the available space along one wall in my writing room, giving me just under ten feet of shelves. The plan is to then "hack" the cases into looking like a wall full of built-ins through the clever application of moulding and trim.

I will share a photo of the book wall once it's finished. Meanwhile, I have two more bookcases to build for use as pantry storage inside our laundry room. (We considered cupboards, but they would have cost about $900, and the bookcases - with doors for the bottom halves - came to less than $300, so we loaded those cases onto our cart as well and have more building to do.)

And now, I believe I have some cases to build. And things to paint (at both houses). Wish me luck!

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Jan. 13th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
Good luck!

I had to give up a WHOLE BOOKSHELF so we could make room for baby. Alas! Man, a whole wall of books sounds so fine. I hope the painting and fixup work goes swimmingly. I bet your shelves will look incredible.
Jan. 15th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
I have never had this many bookshelves, ever. And I've gotten rid of so very many books, too -- but I'm pretty sure they will still be respectably filled.

A baby is a very good reason to have one less bookcase, in my opinion!
Jan. 13th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool! I hadn't thought of making bookshelves look "built in" by usint molding. I'm having an idea about my office and the little cubby-fort I wanted to make for GrandWilliam. :)
Jan. 15th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)

Google Ikea bookshelves hack and you'll be amazed at the ideas you'll find!
Jan. 13th, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
I've been looking at those Ikea Billy bookshelves for my office/studio, too. I like your idea of putting doors on the bottom for enclosed storage. That would work for some of my "messier" looking supplies. I'll have to consider this.
Good luck with the building tasks.
Jan. 15th, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
I got the doors to go on the black/brown ones we bought for the pantry/extra storage we plan to put in the laundry. Haven't built them yet, but it seems pretty straightforward. They have solid doors and various glass doors (clear and frosted).
Jan. 13th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
Please do a better job than did...
Enough shelves for books is always a challenge. Even when you appear to have a large house (as I appear to). And even when you think you're so clever and have a shelf built into a wall in the early construction days of your house (as I thought I was being). One always seems to exceed the book to shelf ratio (as I have). And are left with books that can't be accessed easily as they on shelves book in front of book.


I wish you luck.

Edited at 2014-01-13 09:19 pm (UTC)
Jan. 15th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: Please do a better job than did...
I have gotten rid of hundreds of books, Kevin. As in, close to a thousand. (No lie.) I still have boxes full of Jane Austen stuff, as well as boxes of other books (signed books by friends, picture books, and poetry collections, mostly, though there are other things in there as well). It's impossible to keep every single book and still have enough bookcase space, unless your house is solid bookshelves. And even then, I suppose you could run out!
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