DIY Bookshelf Project

My power tools and I have been buddies lately. I love them just as much as my sewing machine collection. To me they are very similar because they both allow me to make stuff with my hands. That’s all I want to do, really. Make. Stuff. The principles of making things are very similar across all my different hobbies. The only thing that changes is the medium that I use to create.

I think woodworking and quilting are the most similar. A lot of math and measuring. Which I absolutely L-O-V-E! I’m the child of an engineer and a drafter. What can I say?

So Allie turned three recently and I promised her a new bed and a new bookshelf. They are both done and now I need to find some time to get room looking like, well, a room.

Sherwin-Williams asked to create a video tutorial on how to paint a bookshelf. Turns out this was the perfect push I needed to make Allie’s new bookshelf. I did try to see if I could buy one that I liked but didn’t find anything with the simple silhouette, height and width that I wanted. And I’m not down with the pressed wood particle board stuff. I need real wood, even if it is cheap ol’ pine.

I found free plans for this project HERE. I made a few changes but it was just what I needed and the instructions were easy to follow.

I got to use my jigsaw to cut some curves into the top sides and the legs of the bookshelf. I was very happy with the way it turned out. Not bad for free-hand cutting!

Curves I cut with my jigsaw.
Making sure my first shelf was square and another shot of the curves.
Sanded the whole thing down before putting the pieces together.
The completed unfinished bookshelf. Yay!

Now I was ready to film the painting tutorial for Sherwin-Williams. I have included the video below for you to watch. Heads up! It’s in Spanish. That’s what they hire me to do. But it’s really easy to do. I promise. Especially since I added English subtitles, too. Even if you don’t speak español or want to read the subtitles you’ll still be able to see every step of the process.

To pick the paint color I used the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap App on my phone. It’s super handy! Give it a try. Paint color used: African Violet #6982.

Click here to watch the video tutorial!

Here is the finished styled bookshelf that I put in Allie’s room. She loves it and frankly, so do I!

If you need a new bookshelf give these free plans a try. I really enjoyed it!

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