Photos courtesy of CB2
While living in a loft apartment, space wasn’t much of an issue for us but moving into a smaller place we had to downsize our furniture and possessions. We previously had a very large book shelf but in our new apartment, it was way too big. We searched around online and took a trip to IKEA but nothing really fit what we were looking for. Finally, I came across this beauty on CB2 for the low price tag of $500 which includes a few white white boards and some hardware. What a steal!
I have no problem buying furniture and spending a little money but I found the price tag on this to be a little ridiculous. Kristy mentioned that she might be able to make it and that it looked really simple. After some more research I came across an article on Apt Therapy where someone did build this themselves. So here is our version and directions:
We took a trip to Lowes out in the Waterfront and they were helpful about everything. We went for a slightly harder wood than Pine, I don’t recall the exact name. The guys at the store helped us go through the different options and cut everything perfectly.
Next, sand down all wood as smooth as you would like it. I left ours slightly rough so that noticing it was real wood would be easy. Since it was cold out, I was forced to paint indoors. For a drop cloth I just cut up garbage bags and it worked well.
I painted all the boards with two coats of the primer then two coats of white paint. Give the paint the allotted time to dry in between coats. (The fireplace made the paint dry a lot faster!)
I laid all of the pieces on the floor to find where I would like to put the support boards. To visualize where I would like them, I used chopsticks to give me a guideline before I drew the lines on with pencil. You can use any household item.
I measured two inches from the edge of both the vertical boards and horizontal boards to create pilot holes. Just be careful that everything matches up before you drill.
After drilling the holes, I put the bottom at a higher level (i.e. our coffee table) and placed the boards in one by one. The entire shelf cost us $95 total!