This is our most recent DIY project for the lil man cave! I was looking for a rustic but chic feel and these bookshelves fit all of my expectations. I followed this link for a basic tutorial, but we ended up critiquing things a tad to fit exactly what we wanted. To make these shelves we purchased pine common wood boards and this weathered grey stain from Home Depot, can’t get enough of that place recently! We made each of the shelves 3 1/2 feet long to fit the space beneath the window, but you can get your boards in whatever size depending on the look/space you are fitting them to. After using the circular saw to make the precise cuts, we used painters rags to stain the wood. It has lots of fumes so I recommend wearing a good mask! My lovely husband took one for the team and had me sit outside the garage and watch so I didn’t have to inhale all those harsh fumes. We let the stain dry overnight to be safe, did a little bit of sanding with just a sheet of 220 grit sand paper for the “rustic” look (no orbital sander for this part) and anchored them to the wall beneath the window first thing in the AM! Once again, we used more anchors than normal on this project just for the child safety. All in all we probably spent about $25 dollars on pine boards, screws, and stain and about an hour of time overall on this project. Well worth it if you ask me!!! I have posted a few pictures above and below for your viewing.
I also love this pallet board bookshelf idea if that interests you more. Based on materials and the tools needed we chose to create our own “pallet looking bookshelves” but if you have the materials these are fabulous. If you’re looking to purchase bookshelves already made for you, I found these at Restoration Hardware which I also really love! They also have gorgeous vintage hand-carved display shelves if you’re looking for a more romantic chic look…If we were having a girl I would be super into these!!!
It is super windy and gloomy up here today and I am LOVING it! We have been blessed with some amazing sunny weather this summer but sometimes you just want to sit in your new wingback rocker in the nursery, have a hot cup of coffee with some homemade chocolate cupcakes, snuggle your puppies and dream of that sweet face that’s going to be in the crib next to you in TEN WEEKS! Eeeek 🙂 I hope you all are enjoying this relaxing Saturday as much as me!
Until next time,