Ballard Design Bookshelf Knockoff

Submitted by marenras on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:09

I fell in love with the Ballard Designs Turin bookshelf. But it was way too expensive and not the right size for my space. So I made up my own version!

Made from plywood with a poplar face frame. For the side panels I just nailed on poplar rails & stiles, then routed a simple cove molding with my router. The base molding and crown molding I bought by the foot from HD. I routed the fluting on the face frame with a hand held palm router and a small U-groove bit.

Estimated Cost
$100
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Plywood, poplar, hemlock molding
Finish Used
Custom color milk paint. I used Old Fashioned Milk Paint in oyster, soldier blue, and tavern green, in a ratio of 3:1:1/2. First, I stained the piece in dark walnut. Then I rubbed on furniture wax in the areas I wanted the milk paint to resist. I applied the milk paint, lightly sanded to distress, then waxed everything.
Recommended Skill Level
Advanced

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