I am excited to show you my first contributor post, A Repurposed hook shelf into a fun book shelf, that I shared last month. Here it is!
This is a project I created this for my daughters room...
It all started with a lonely old hook shelf that has been sitting in my shed collecting dust.
I started by putting two scrap pieces of wood together and cutting some "book ends" not sure what I should call them. I made two and then traced them on and cut two more.
I looked around my shed (which is a total mess right now!) and found some scrap bead board from when I did my Desk and Hutch Makeover. I also found some moulding and spindles from an old crib I had gotten off the curb. Here I am piecing it together to see how to build it.
I cut the bead board to how long I wanted and measured out the best length for the spindles, which is what will hold the books in place. At this point I decided to leave the middle open for a spot to display art work, my little girl loves to do art projects!
Here is where I notched out the bead board, I measured two inches up from the bottom then traced where to cut. I used my awesome jigsaw that I scored from the Restore for $5!
I also measured the moulding and cut it to size. Then I gathered everything up and headed into the house where it wasn't below freezing. Ahhh warm!
I set to drilling pocket holes into my book ends.
Using my spindle I was able to mark where the "book ends should go.
Then I used glue and screws to attach them! You could also drill in screws from under the shelf into the bottom of the book ends if don't have a pocket hole jig.
After attaching all the pieces I flipped it over and put on some glue. (They kind of look like shark fins, don't ya think?)
I put the bead board on and nailed it into the shelf and book end pieces. I also decided to add screws, better safe than sorry!
When I turned it back over I added the top trim, and then thought it would look good if the book ends were connected to the top. So I went out and cut some scrap 1x1's and slightly beveled the ends. Then I glued and nailed them on.
I filled in all the holes, and oops, I forgot my other spindles...
That's better! I wanted a spot for her tall books and one for her short ones, the rounded book ends make it easy to have different levels.
I used three nails from my nail gun to attach the spindles onto the book ends.
I decided to do all the hanging stuff before I painted. I used two D-Ring hooks on the back and hung them on screws that were secured to studs. When I saw it on my daughter's wall I decided it needed a 1x2 on the top. I used glue, tape, and clamps, because it was late, and cold, and I did not want to go out side and hook up my air compressor and nail gun!
I primed it and painted two coats of white paint.
To add some fun accents I grabbed my washi tape (which is removable) and slapped some on...
So cute!! It totally made a difference, and the best part is that I can change out the washi tape to a different color/pattern, or remove it altogether at anytime.
I also hot glued a clip onto the middle section so she can display here art work (this was just some school work I found in her room).
Here is a sweet drawing she got from a friend.
This project solved our hook problem and book problem, now she has places for both!
I love how something that I didn't use anymore can be transformed in to something special and very useful. My kind of project!!
I hope you enjoyed this hook shelf into a book shelf! And if you like these kinds of projects, repurposed items are Gail's speciality, you can always be inspired at My Repurposed Life!
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