Furniture

DIY Shelving Unit


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:



(5) 44 ½ inch x 12inch boards
(8) 12inch x 12inch square boards
1QT Kilz Primer (this primer doesn’t smell)
1QT glossy white paint
Foam roller brushes
Fine Sandpaper
Metal screws

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!

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12 Comments

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    JulieGong
    May 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    1. that is awesome. kudos!
    2. i love that chair and want it badly!
    3. it seems you have the kind of apt. i want to creep around in.

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      Mundania Horvath
      May 8, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      Julie, come over! You are totally welcome to creep around or you can hang out like a non-creeper.

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        Kristy
        May 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM

        Thanks Julie! The chair(s) were my grandparents from when I was a kid and they gave them to my mom…I inherited them years later because no one wanted them! And YES!, do come over!

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    Christian
    May 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Nice! A little bit of wood glue would help that out those screws a lot as well.

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      Mundania Horvath
      May 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      That’s a great point, Kristy didn’t want to put any glue on it because there might be a possibility of moving. If this happened we would have to take it apart.

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    JulieGong
    May 8, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Also… I keep old shower curtains in case I ever need to paint indoors.

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    Cenzo Design
    May 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Looks Awesome! You can come work for us! 🙂

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      Mundania Horvath
      May 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      Jeff, I have no building talents! Kristy built this in one day, I come home and there is a shelf!

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    Courtney
    May 8, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    That looks awesome! I may have to try it out myself.

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    amie
    May 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    OOH I like it! Tell Kristy to build me one. Also, I can only see one corner, but your new apt is way cuter than the loft I think!

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      Mundania Horvath
      May 9, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      This apartment is smaller but has more character, we really love it!

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    Paul Rosenblatt
    May 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Dane,

    I love finished bookshelf and how it fits so nicely into your room. Very inspiring. i also like the fact that you and Kristy figured out how to translate what you saw into what you thought you could build. using the cutting capabilities at Lowes was a good decision, minimizing your own work and making it essentially an Ikea-like kit!

    What is next to inspire us?

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