Bookshelf Project – One Room Challenge Week #2

Welcome to week #2 of the One Room Challenge!

Last week I shared my design board for Emmie’s room.

girls room mood board {athomeinthenorthwestblog}

The pink walls are now gray.,


So today I’d like to share my bookshelf project with you!

Below is a picture of her current bookshelf.

girls room at home in the northwest

It’s too short.  Can you see books shoved under the bookshelf?  Lack of space means it’s time to upgrade to a bigger bookshelf.

I bought this simple bookshelf at Target with plans to give it a facelift .



And after all my work,  here’s the bookshelf now!

BOOKSHELF 1  at home in the northwest

It was fun to watch the simple bookshelf transform. And as always, the project took longer than I’d planned.

First, I assembled the main structure.

bookshelf faceliftat home in the northwest blog

I left both the back and top off so that I could add my own decorative touch.

Lowes carries great wooden planks, which I cut to size and spray painted white.

painted planks for the bookshelf at home in the northwest

The bookshelf came with the cardboard type backing.  But by adding wooden planks, it made it a more solid structure as well as gave it tons of character.

planked back bookshelf 2  at home in the northwest

For the top of the bookshelf , I had a larger pieece of wood cut.  Then I cut crown molding (and re-cut it because I haven’t mastered cutting crown yet).

adding crown to a simple bookshelf at home in the northwest

Once I got my cuts right, I attached the crown molding with my nail gun.  {I’m not sure if the pro’s use masking tape to hold the crown in place, but it worked for me!}

Here is another closer look at the finished top:

bookshelf 3  at home in the northwest

I also added decorative trim to the base of the bookshelf:

Here is the before:

BOOKSHELF BASE BEFORE  at home in the northwest

And a glimpse at the after:

bookshelf 2  at home in the northwest

I so thrilled with how it turned out.  And am so thankful for more shelves to hold all of Emmie’s books and knick knacks!

Let’s take one last look at the after:

BOOKSHELF 1  at home in the northwest

Make sure you come back next week for more progress on my ORC!


To read week 1 of the ORC, click here.

linking up to:

ORCbanner linking


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  1. Super impressed! Looks great.

    • I was a day ahead of myself! Was thinking my post was due today, then realized it was for tomorrow! I’m not thrilled with some of the pics so will probably try to re-shoot some today before I link up tomorrow.

  2. The bookshelf looks fabulous! I love how you enhanced it with the planks. My ORC room is gray, as well and I am loving it…so crisp and clean. Looking forward to following your progression 🙂

  3. Wow! I am really impressed! The bookshelf is beautiful!

  4. It looks awesome! I love the plank backing and of course the crown. The base makes it look so much more finished too. i’m definitely going to have to incorporate this into some of my shelving!

  5. You did an amazing job with that bookshelf, and the pro’s might use masking tape :). Looks great!

  6. Great job on the shelves!!!! I should do it to my son’s too, but I’m too lazy already (yikes, and we’re not even halfway yet)! Maybe someday I will, thank you for sharing this, your mood board is beautiful and I can’t wait to see it all come together!

  7. This bookshelf looks wonderful. You did a fantastic job and your directions were so helpful. I’m not sure I would attempt mitering the corners on the crown molding but you were so successful with it. thank you for sharing!


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