DIY built in bookcase wall in the basement {The reveal!} from Thrifty Decor Chick

DIY built in bookcase wall in the basement {The reveal!} from Thrifty Decor Chick


DIY built in bookcase wall in the basement {The reveal!} from Thrifty Decor Chick

Hello there there and welcome to the expose of biggest bookcase build
I’ve at any time tried! I shared a couple months ago that I was heading to start out
making a Huge enjoyment device in our basement. I am going to get you caught up on the course of action very first and then will share the just after
pics. 

This is the wall I tackled…I have had an notion in my head since we moved in
for this place: 

long wall in Westchester Gray paint

The wall is a whopping 19 feet — I was filling 18 of that. 

I constantly use kitchen area cabinets for my developed ins. It truly is way less difficult, less costly and
more quickly than constructing from scratch. I started off by
making up my cabinets
so they would appear additional developed in: 

add bottom supports to cabinets for built ins

Just after I got them in put I installed them into the wall and into every
other: 

building bookcases with kitchen cabinets

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I’m kicking myself since I failed to get a pic of how I did the centre bench
section. I connected them to each and every other, and then included a assist (into studs)
behind them. Then I position supports that went from that to the backs of the
cabinets, in which I screwed them in. 

This just offers the bench some included guidance on the back part. It also retains
it open up back again there so we can access audio program components underneath. I
only screwed the top in, so if essential, we can acquire it off to entry factors
even less complicated. 

The centre and left facet bench cupboards are cut out in the back again, so we can
achieve by. When we get our seem system in location, I am going to have to cut the
center of the doors out and substitute that with a little something that will allow for
the fobs to function. It also allows the electronics breath — you can see how
I did anything comparable and
hid our Television set electronics listed here. 
I shared how I increase
the look of wooden counters for way less
a pair weeks in the past. Butcher block just isn’t outrageous highly-priced, but I understood we might
need a good deal for this venture. This is SO substantially a lot more inexpensive and seems to be
fantastic!: 
provincial stain on birch plywood
tweed peel and stick wallpaper

I obtain it substantially easier to hang this right before I put my supports up. If I
ever want to alter it out, I can lower it away from the shelves. 

I have observed it truly is additional workable to paint as I go — I used to wait right up until
the complete matter was performed and then start off. Accomplishing it in phases is SO much
superior! I painted the bases initial, and then set up the pretty new
components: 

brass hardware on gray cabinets

I knocked this entire challenge out in two weeks. I was on a mission! I expended
hrs a day performing on it and had an complete blast. It is like a puzzle
for me — I genuinely enjoy it. The only hiccups I had had been at the incredibly close
when I was setting up the cabinets: 

building shelves in bookcases

As you can see, I constructed the Really Previous shelf and then stepped back again and
recognized it was in the improper place. Argh! Story of my everyday living. 

I have cherished the seem of stained shelves versus painted bookcases and
preferred to integrate that into this develop. But pine is a finicky beast.
Occasionally it stains up fantastically, from time to time it seems terrible (even with
conditioner). I am going to go into extra detail about that in an future article.

This time, even with conditioner and employing select pine, it did not appear the most effective: 

select pine blotchy stain

So I had to switch gears. I contemplated having off the fronts and
changing them with a diverse wood, but I genuinely failed to want to spend
additional income (or get started all around yet again!). 

So rather I decided to paint the fronts and depart the real cabinets (on
top rated and base) the stained wood: 

pine stained in provincial stain

I totally Adore how it seems!! It turned into a delighted incident. Now the
entrance ties in properly with every little thing else, but you nevertheless see that wooden
tone on the cabinets. 

After that, I put in
the sconces, added some trim to the headers and touched up holes and paint: 
brass globe sconse on bookcase

Then it was time to embellish! I swear this element took me more time than it did
to make the bookcases! 😂 I experienced items in our storage area I’ve saved for
several years just for this wall. I shared my
tips on decorating bookcases listed here
— I normally include these when I’m accessorizing a spot in our
residence. 

And now the major expose! Here’s the in advance of shot from this angle a handful of months
back: 

DIY built in bookcase wall in the basement {The reveal!} from Thrifty Decor Chick

And now, a whole wall of designed ins!: 

wall of built in bookcases in gray

A right before shot from the entrance: 

bookcase wall before

And now!:

long wall of DIY built ins with TV

It is really specifically what I experienced in my head all these decades. Actually…superior! 

I experienced so considerably enjoyment operating on this venture — it arrived alongside one another so
beautifully: 

Decorated built ins with tweed wallpaper

gray built ins with wood bench under TV
I consider this might be my preferred undertaking I have at any time accomplished. My
kitchen area
and
rest room
renovations at our very last home are way up there way too…I’m so happy of
those people! But this one…I will not know what it is. It is just so me and matches in
perfectly in our residence. 

I am super very pleased of this…I like all of the aspects and how the
decor arrived together: 

DIY bookcases in Westchester Gray

I may possibly make an upholstered cushion for the bench…I am not confident yet. We’ll
need to have to wait around to see how major the center speaker is before I do that: 

Built in wall with wood bench under TV

We had bookcase speakers wired as nicely…I’ve concealed these holes guiding
the art. 🙂 All those will occur when the funds lets. 

I screwed the header in the middle segment in (in its place of nailing it) so
I can simply just take it down when we have the ceiling speakers put in.
(People are previously wired.) I assume we will target on the front speakers now
and deal with that portion later. 

When I glimpse at a task and imagine, “It should have usually looked this”
— that is a indication it turned out actually well! This fits beautifully in this
room!: 

Basement family room wall with bookcases around TV

This place is SO cozy and heat! We usually shell out a ton of time in the
basement in the winter, but we have been down there much more than at any time recently.
It’s the most effective spot in the residence suitable now!: 

Gray built ins with wood stained tones

If you don’t forget my drawing for this wall, you may well keep in mind we had planned
to incorporate a very long, electric fire underneath the Tv: 

drawing of large DIY entertainment center

Turns out there wasn’t ample home. Now I am kinda happy we didn’t try out to
fit in there! We are looking at a new spot for that rather. 

The truth matches my sketch really nicely, right?: 

Thrifty Decor Chick built in wall

The Television is just a bit off centre and it must slide above, but it truly is
not budging. We want to wait until we have an additional person to aid us —
ideally we can scoot it around a little bit far more. 

The closing value for ALL elements — wallpaper to stain to wooden
 — was about $1300. I would have paid out at minimum 3 instances that
to have somebody construct this for us! 

The walls in this space are having a minimal element quickly as
nicely!: 

matching walls and built ins in gray

We’ve had that mirror considering that the previous property and just comes about to match — but I might
like it did not. I’m considering about portray it…just have to decide
what color! 

You may perhaps notice that the lights in listed here is Much better now. I will share additional
about that quickly.

I hope this undertaking inspires you! If you have issues I failed to deal with here,
remember to enable me know. 

Resources FOR THIS PROJECT 

Wall and cupboard color — Westchester Grey by Sherwin-Williams (flat and semi
gloss)

Pillows — Interest Lobby

More about our sectional below

I experienced most of the bookcase decor presently. (They are a mix of thrifted and
generally HomeGoods merchandise.) 



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