My biggest bookcase build yet! from Thrifty Decor Chick

My biggest bookcase build yet! from Thrifty Decor Chick

Soooo, keep in mind past 7 days when I shared
the assignments I was hoping to deal with this year
and I did not mention this big one particular? Yeah. ? I prepared to start
this Enormous designed in challenge later in the yr, but then I understood we invest
additional time in the basement in the wintertime…so why not get it completed now? 

And when I commenced figuring out products I discovered we experienced income in the
budget to at minimum get this task heading. It served that the cabinets I
wanted ended up on sale! 

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I have developed a couple of variations of these
crafted ins making use of kitchen area cupboards
many situations before. I’m telling you…applying cabinets will make this SO considerably
much easier (and quicker) than if you ended up to develop those by yourself. They are

This aspect of our basement spouse and children home has appeared great for awhile:

u-shaped gray sectional

I feel I have only shared the other side of the room once mainly because it really is just a
loooong wall: 

long family room wall with TV

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I just hung a few factors up there two weeks in the past…and now I am going to consider
them down. Sometimes I seriously plan out when I will start off a challenge and
often I leap correct in. This a single is the latter. 🙂

The wall is SO extended, so I’ve known considering the fact that we moved in what I needed to do.
Sorry for the undesirable high quality, I didn’t have excellent light-weight when I took

long TV wall before built ins

The ginormous tv is courtesy of my husband. I would not have picked
it, but I do secretly appreciate it. 🙂 

When I acquired a bug to get started this job the other day, I sat down with my old
university graph paper to sketch out my plans (attempting to hold items

DIY bookcase entertainment center plans

Oh, how I Adore carrying out this! It is a person of my beloved areas of Do-it-yourself tasks. I
like sitting down with a pad of paper and mapping out my suggestions. This will be my
most significant build however! Before now the longest I have carried out is 12 toes. 

I only use upper cupboards to build designed ins for the reason that they do not take up as
considerably home, and they you should not have the drawers like most foundation cupboards have. You’d
be shocked at how considerably you can still in good shape in them! 

Prior to I could commence the create course of action, I had to get rid of the

How to remove baseboards

I’ll be making use of these once again, so I eradicated all of the nails and caulk: 

removing nails from baseboards

To make these additional tailor made hunting, you can want to get the cupboards off
the ground a little bit. You can do a toe kick like in the kitchen area, but alternatively I
like to wrap the fronts with the baseboard and tie them into the relaxation of the
room (this is why you want to save the foundation) so it seems like a customized constructed

To do this, you may will need increase wooden braces below every cabinet. I always use the
most standard pine for this element of the challenge. 

Just wrap the inside of of the foundation to raise up it up a bit — I nail them into
the front, sides and back of the cupboard. The measurement of the wooden will rely on the height of your baseboards. I want the baseboards to sit on the entrance of the cabinets instead of

prepping cabinets for built ins
braces under cabinets

I utilized 1×5 boards for that portion and it operates good! Btw, the only location I have
found the 5 inch top (which is truly close to 4.5 inches) is at Dwelling
Depot, but yet again, your dimension will depend on your baseboards. 

You can discover these unfinished cupboards at practically any huge hardware retailer. It is really
SO excellent that you can order on the internet now and they will deliver them out to you!
Are these the Very best high-quality? No. But they have generally labored beautifully for us
and they are straightforward to dress up with paint and hardware. I may perhaps make new
doors for this project…I will determine on that later. 

Right after the braces are completed on the bottom, it really is time to start out inserting your
cupboards! Immediately after you get them set in put you can determine out wherever you want to
make accessibility to the plugs. Evaluate the place your outlet is on the wall and then
mark people measurements on the back of the cupboard to cut it out: 

oscillating saw to cut into cabinets

battery-operated oscillating observed
will make quick work of it! 

I nonetheless have to drill a few a lot more holes and minimize the again off of one cabinet
(far more on that afterwards), but they are completely ready to be installed into the wall!: 

start of wall of DIY built in bookcases
It can be a BEAST! But this wall is prolonged so it needs anything substantial. You
can see how I’m pulling the middle cabinets out a bit to make a bench —
all those are the
18x30x12 cupboards. The many others are
the 30x30x12 sizing. 
I would have these set up and counters on by now, but we have to hold out
to have sconces wired. They will be at the major of crafted ins like I usually
do. I could do the
non-electrical lights
like I did in my business, but I’d like to have some thing a minimal brighter
that we can also dim though seeing Television set. If you have an outlet down below, it truly is
almost usually quite possibly to incorporate sconces over! 

As soon as these are wired I can set up the cabinets, get the counter tops
and baseboards on and then start out painting. Then this portion at least will be

Huge TV wall with bench and bookcases

I’ve by now had to switch gears on a pair things due to the fact I drew out my
system. You could discover that I had a fire that was intended to be
mounted beneath the Television. We assumed we’d have place, but with the Television set speaker
it just will not do the job. 

So I was equipped to use taller cabinets for the bench in the middle as an alternative
of the 12 inch versions I planned to use. This is a a great deal additional comfortable
top for a bench and the proportions just appear superior. We believe we located
a new place to do the hearth sometime, so I hope to share extra about that

I’m finding very good at this project! If I did not have to wait around for electrical
get the job done to be completed I could complete this up (apart from paint) in a week! But I am
compelled to be affected individual, which is much better for our lender account anyway.

My 1st Do it yourself bookcase took me about eight months and my Father served with
most of it. My business office took about 6 weeks…and this a person I believe will
consider about half of that. I am going to share a handful of of my previous built in projects
underneath! With any luck , I am going to have additional development to share with you quickly. 

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