Rustic Kentwood Bookshelf

Submitted by wthalin on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:09

I wanted to build as big of a booshelf as I feasibly could so I altered the sizings in width and height to create this monster. The planks in the back did not fit perfectly in the new sizing so I spaced them a little bit and I think it turned out nice. The spacing gives it more of barn-like look to it. I also alternated stains on the planking between American Walnut and Dark Walnut because this thing took more than a can of stain and I thought the look was neat. The majority of the piece is in American walnut which turned out a little redder than I hoped, but overall I am happy how this turned out.

As always, thanks for the plans!

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Varathane American Walnut stain, Minwax Dark Walnut stain, Vermont Natural Coatings PolyWhey Satin clear coat
Recommended Skill Level



Mon, 07/27/2015 - 17:09

You did a great job on this bookshelf!  Love the plank back and the barn-like look it gives, and the alternating colors for the back.  Looks beautiful!


Wed, 11/02/2016 - 00:14

Hello, would you be able to provide the exact measurements you used to build this beautiful piece? It would make my life a whole lot easier lol Thank you :)


Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:29

Final dimmensions of the bookshelf ended up being 51"W x 16.5"D x 81.5"H. I would suggest measuring out the space where you would like to put the shelf and see how much room you have.

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