First Build: Grace's Bookshelves

Submitted by alifrancis on Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:36

These bookshelves were a great first project, mainly becasue with the affordability, ease and great look......I was able to convince my husband I was not crazy for wanting to build furniture.  After all I was a Construction  Management major in college, wood shop was my favorite class in junior high and I spent countless summers in Mexico building homes.

Well he is now convinced!  This was the perfect addition to our playroom for our two kids.  As they have transitioned out of the preschool years we need to update the look.  These bookcases are the perfect size for most basket and cubbies. 

The one lesson I have since learned and would do if I build these again is to make sure the guy cutting my boards at HD cut them all the same width. 

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used
I learned a lot in finishing this. I used a Kilz spray primer and sanded it after the primer dried. Painted it with two coats of a Kelly Moore paint (color of the trim in our house) followed by two coats of Minwax Policrylic in Satin Finish.
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project