BAM! 11 hours and 9 bookshelves later, we finally have ourselves a “built-in” library ;) And yes that’s a fireplace in there, haha… Not too shabby for a person lacking construction skills, eh? (I literally put everything together and then attached it to the wall – nothing fancy at all)
If you’ve been following me on Twitter recently, you’ll know I got the idea after obsessing over a few links from Ikea Hacker and other do-it-yourself sites. Apparently there’s about 1001 ways to use the Ikea “Billy” bookcases to spruce up your home any way you pretty much want (though I ended up going with Target’s “Room Essentials” 5-Shelf bookcases cuz not only were they 60% cheaper at $29.99 a piece, but I also LOVED LOVED LOVED the color they had – “Espresso!”), and as soon as I saw some of the libraries others had made, I knew I had to get one for myself. There’s just something so peaceful and comfy about them all the time you know? And I swear surrounding yourself with tons of books makes you magically a little smarter too ;)
So I just went for it! I had really wanted something more flashier and interesting than our original plans of random wall decorations and a sofa sectional (though we still need to find appropriate seating now), and this was the perfect way to get the most use out of an entire wall too.
And if you look at that right-hand corner of any of the pictures shown here, you’ll notice our ceiling randomly juts down LOWER in two different areas for some unknown reason. But these wonderful bookshelves fit under them PERFECTLY! With only millimeters between them! It was pretty freakin’ unbelievable – and there was no way I was about to do any extra demolition or carpentry to get this thing done either, so we got downright lucky ;) (Though I suppose I could have went searching around for others that would have done the trick too)
And after tons trips back and forth from 2 different Targets to keep picking up more units (I kept wiping out their stock! Haha…) and figuring out how to get the top pieces to fit together (I ended up just using the top halves of 3 brand new bookcases) we were all set. I literally did nothing else other than assemble them all together which took 30-45 mins a piece, and then fastening them to the wall – both rows – to make sure everything was nice and secure. And that was that!
Here was a picture before we got it all started: Pretty discombobulated.
Then once I cleared everything up:
And lastly, when it was built! (We’ve since got rid of the piano and other items…)
What do you think? HUGE difference huh? I think this might be the most awesomest thing I’ve ever done in our house, haha… the wife was pretty impressed that I could follow through with an idea so quickly like that ;) It only took a few days from start to finish once the seed had gotten planted! And it really didn’t cost that much either.
Here are the stats:
- Total time put in: 11 hours (Including going back and forth between stores – not including hours spent dreaming and planning ;))
- Total overall cost: $300.00 (including a few accessories like the fake plants)
- Number of bookcases used : 9 (6 full units on the first row, and 3 top halves on the second. I tried to use the bottom halves as well so nothing would go to waste (and it would cost $30 cheaper) but sadly that part didn’t work out as well…)
- Number of total shelves (as shown in top picture): 38
- Number of books that can be held: 800+?
- Number of times I hurt myself throughout the process: 15 (I’m a clutz!)
- Total percent of happiness increase: 500%
I’m pretty excited about it. The library totally changed the entire look and feel of the room, and it’s even MORE fun to come down and start blogging in it every single day. So it really helps all of us ;) We still have a lot more decorating and couch finding to do, but I think we’re on pretty good roll here so far. And check out that fireplace in there!!! How sweet is that? (Besides the fact it was $50 on sale the other month!) I still can’t believe it fit in there like it did – there’s literally NO ROOM in between the top and bottom areas of that shelf there. I just slipped it in there after taking out one of the shelves and cutting a part out of the back for the cords to come through, and it magically fit! And by far my favorite part of the whole project too :) Just wait ’till we find a place for the Santa painting to hang! The pimpness outta that room’s gonna be strong, haha…
How are all your DIY projects coming along? Anyone else trying something fun and cheap with their homes right now? I’ll keep ya posted on our additions here as time goes by, but right now I’m pretty happy with it all. Just goes to show a little hard work and some imagination can go a long way!