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DIY Built-In Shelves

The one thing my family has a hard time letting go of are books. Do you have this problem? My husband was the kid in class who read a book under his desk. Over the years we have accumulated so many books and our house had no place put them.

This week I’m teaming up with my blogging friends Tara (Grandma’s House DIY) and Chas (Chas’ Crazy Creations) to share dining room projects. Be sure to check out their dining room projects following this tutorial.

Our dining room had a giant blank wall that is the perfect spot for cabinets and bookshelves. I really wanted custom built-ins until I got a quote. Holy cow! Plan B was to “build in” my own. I say that in quotes because I’m not carpenter. I took a hybrid approach. Part Home Depot cabinets, part floating shelves.

Guide to planning and building your own shelving

To help you see how to build in your own bookshelves, I created a series of 3 posts designed to take you through the process from start to finish.

Each post includes both photos and a step by step guide so you can build and plan your own shelving.

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I hope you these will help you to build some storage for your books. Now take a look at a few other ideas for what you can do with a dining room.

dining room inspiration you should check out

Now that I shared my dining room book storage wall, take a look at these other creative projects for the dining room.

TARAH FROM GRANDMA’S HOUSE DIY – Spring Tablescape and some Updates to the Dining Room

Tasha shows just how many purposes one room can serve. Her dining room does more than triple duty and the transformation is pretty incredible.

Spring dining room update

CHAS FROM CHAS’ CRAZY CREATIONS –  How To Update Thrift Store Candle Holders

Chas can transform any thrift store find into a treasure. She is so creative.

Thrift Store candle holders

KRISTIN FROM WHITE ARROWS HOME – Summer Cottage Tablescape

Kristin’s tablescape makes you want to move to a cabin doesn’t it? She always uses so much red, which I love.


Mary always has such beautiful photographs of her tables and the flowers.

Peony themed Luncheon

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  1. Love your shelves and post Andrea – so useful. I love how yours turned out and I like that you have a series to help in planning these out for a home. Great share and thanks for hosting with us in our DIY Blog Hop!

  2. Bookcases in the dining room is s such a great idea!! I love how they look in yours! I am a total bookworm too!

  3. I am a firm believer that one can never have too much storage or too many bookshelves! I just can’t part with books, always thinking I will come back and reaad them again. You did a great job and provided some great directions and plans!!

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