Bookshelf build for our new Office space

Apr 21 2024
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Building a bookshelf. I wrote a whole post about our furniture choices in here because I wasn’t planning on doing anything else for awhile but, once I got to this point (new light fixture, closet curtains, new sofa etc.) I mentioned to Lodi my future plans for a TV on the wall across from the sofa. I told him I was certainly not buying an unneeded TV for this space now though and Lodi said, “Hon, why don’t you just use Grandma’s TV?” I had completely forgot we already had an extra TV just hanging out in storage.

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

When Lodi’s Grandma chose to downsize out of her home us “kids” cleaned it out and were given free reign of anything we might want.

What could a bunch of 40 year old’s (who all already have too much crap) possibly need…

However (besides the obvious of heirlooms, photos, memorabilia and sentimental furniture) there were a few things that we all agreed seemed a shame to just give or throw away.

Such as: this little flat screen TV.

No one else wanted it though so we brought it home with us.

It works great and the fact that we have it means I’m comfortable moving forward on my vision for this wall across from the sofa.

Of course a TV wasn’t necessary but I was just way PASSED my limit when it comes to how much I’ve spent on this room which is already over $400 – TOO MUCH. I was feeling guilty lol so I was gonna wait a bit.

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options.

I looked on Walmart and Amazon and just couldn’t stomach purchasing a crappy particle board bookshelf at an exorbitant price. We already have out buildings full of extra furniture and enough lumber to build fifty bookshelves if I felt like it.

Again, we have enough crap, I don’t want to add more if I can help it!

But of course we don’t have anything even resembling what I want here lol.

I didn’t want to build from scratch but it was still a much better alternative than buying and certainly cheaper because the lumber I’m using was a gift.

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

So, this bookshelf cost all of maybe $5 in screws and sandpaper.

Even if I went out and purchased the lumber for this though it would still be a far better quality piece of furniture and a lot less cost.

These are rough sawn milled boards so they haven’t been planed at all which means they’re actual 1x9s.

And 9 inches was plenty deep for what I wanted here. Its still a small room and a large piece of furniture on this wall could have really killed how open it feels now.

I decided on a 4 foot tall by 3 foot wide shelf.

After building my rectangle I then added three shelves evenly inside of it. I used 3″ torque screws to hold each piece in place.

It turned out very solid!

I sanded the entire bookshelf but I was pretty gentle about it – I wanted those awesome saw marks to really stand out. After that I brought it in and used poly acrylic to seal the whole piece.

I’m really loving it!

When I first cut the boards I thought, “This is gonna be too small.” And then when I built it I thought, “OMG This is huge!” Then, of course, I brought it in and its just right lol call me Goldilocks.

Being as its only 9 inches deep I’m going to use a couple of small L brackets to attach it to the wall as its pretty tall for being so narrow and thus it is a little tippy.

This was such a fun and simple build and that pine was just gorgeous to work with!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

I want a shallow bookshelf here to put the TV on and give me some storage and décor options. Building a bookshelf for our game room!

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