I am a wannabe builder. If you follow me on Instagram you see all of the building projects I do. I love Ana White to pieces and admire her “can-do” attitude when it comes to creating her own furniture. I so desire to build my own furniture one day but my confidence level is low when it comes to this. All that measuring perfectly scares me. However, my friend asked me to make her some bookshelves, and she is so easy going I figured I would try my hand at making some custom bookshelves for her living room. If they aren’t perfect she would totally just roll with it. So I asked Ana if she would tweak the directions for the Kentwood bookshelves to be 2’ wide by 7’ tall. Here I am all hot, sweaty and proud of the bookshelves I made.
The inspiration for the shelves are the Kenwood Bookshelves from Restoration Hardware.
I spent about $60 in wood and screws for each bookcase, which was pretty good considering they are solid wood and fit the specifications I needed. I followed Ana’s instructions exactly when it came to building but here was my cut list.
CUT LIST FOR 83 1/2″ HEIGHT
2 – 1×12 @ 80 3/4″ (sides)
4 – 1×2 @ 11 1/4″ (side trim)
4 – 2×2 @ 82 3/4″ (legs)
4 – 2×2 @ 21 1/2″ (top supports and bottom shelf trim)
6 – 1×12 @ 21 1/2″ (shelves)
10 – 1×2 @ 21 1/2″ (shelf trim)
6 – 1×3 @ 26″ (top)
7 – 3 1/2″ wide planking or 1x4s @ 80″ long (back)
For those of you who build and don’t have a Kreg Jig it is a must have. You can get the basic one for about $100. It certainly made making this bookshelf so much easier than it could have been.
This is my third ‘build-from-scratch’ project I have done. I did the Laundry Dresser and the Raised Cedar Garden Boxes. I will say each time you learn something new and it gets easier and easier. The second bookshelf was better than the first.
Next I tried that tea/vinegar stain combo. It was really strange but it was fun to try. I am not sure I will use it again just because it is really unpredictable the color it will turn. But it was a fun experiment.
I started by first “painting” on some strong English Breakfast Tea. It changed the color just a bit.
Then I soaked a bunch of steel wool pads in white vinegar overnight. Then I painted over the tea with the vinegar/steel wool combo. It immediately turned into an ashy gray/brown stain. I thought it was pretty cool.
Then I took a hammer, nails, and sandpaper to it to add some character. My friend absolutely loves them and they look perfect in the spot we have them in her living room.
Do you have the building bug? Check out some more of the builds I have done…
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