I’ve been working on the nursery now for a little over a month and am glad to say I’ve made quite a bit of progress, but one of the"wall mount bookshelves" things that I really wanted that I was having a hard time finding (at a reasonable price) was a set of wall mounted bookshelves. I was hoping to find a set at TJ Maxx or Marshalls, but after a few weeks of looking with no luck I decided that it was silly for us to buy a set when we could make one. So I talked to Jairus and luckily he was all for making our own bookshelves and as luck would have it we had just enough left over wood from other projects that we didn’t need to buy any, so we got off pretty cheap.  If you don’t have the materials on hand, you can get the wood you need at Lowes or Home Depot for less than $10.00 and they will make the cuts for you, so make sure to take the measurements with you when you go!

After painting the bookshelves I really wanted to give them a custom look, they were just a little to plain for a baby girls nursery, so I went to Hobby Lobby and found some pretty pink scrapbook paper and Mod Podged it onto the bookshelves for a customized look.  I loved the way the bookshelves turned out, in fact I’m actually using the same type of scrapbook paper to line the back of a glass bookshelf I have in the nursery.

This was such an easy DIY project; once the wood was cut it took about 10/15 minutes to put the shelf together, so it’s quick, easy and inexpensive. A MUST-try project!

Here is what you will need:

  •  1×8
  • 1×4
  • 1×2
  • Wood Filler
  • Sand Paper
  • Nail Gun
  • Paint
  • Picture Hooks

Optional – If you want to Mod Podge/Decoupage your bookshelf you will need the following

  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush

Determine the measurements that you want your bookshelves to be. Our bookshelves were 22″ W x 4″ D x 8.5″L

Step 1: Cut your pieces

  • Back of the bookshelf – The 1×8 is going to be used for the back of the bookshelf, so we cut the 1×8 so that it measured 22″ long
  • Bottom of the bookshelf and Front of the book shelf – You will cut two pieces of 1×4 so that they measure the same length as the back of the bookshelf (22″)
  • Side of Bookshelf – The 1×2 is going to be used for the sides, so we cut two pieces of 1×2 so that they measured 3.5″ long
"cut wood"

Step 2: Take the bottom piece (one of the 1×4’s) and place it perpendicular at the very bottom of the back piece (1×8); Nail it in place

"Nail Base into the Back Piece"

How it will look after you nail the Back piece to the Base piece

"Base nailed into Back Piece"

Step 3: Take the two pieces you’ve nailed together and lay it so that the bottom is flat on the ground then take the front piece (the other 1×4) and place it perpendicular on top of the edge of the bottom piece; Nail it in place

"Nail Front Piece to Base"

How it will look after nailing the front piece to the base piece

"After Nailing Front piece to Base piece"

Step 4: Take one of the side pieces and fit it in-between the back piece (1×8) and front piece (1×4) so that it is level with the top of the front piece (1×4); Nail it in place

"Nail Side in-between Front and Back Pieces"

This is how it should look after nailing the side piece in place

"After Nailing Side Piece between Front and Back"

Step 5: Take the other side piece and follow the step above

Here is what your bookshelf will look like once it’s put together


Step 6: Take wood filler and place it in the crack where the bottom and front piece meet, as well as any other areas on the bookshelf that need to be filled in

"Apply Wood Filler"

Step 7: Once the wood filler dries sand the areas that you applied wood filler

"Sand Bookshelf"

Step 8: Wipe it down with a damp cloth and then paint your bookshelf

"Paint Bookshelf"

Step 9: Take a picture hooks and nail it into the back of the bookshelf

If you want to Mod Podge / Decoupage your bookshelves to give them a custom look follow the steps below

Step 1: Start with the sides (they are the hardest part so it’s easier to get them out of the way first). Start by measuring the area you are going to Mod Podge

"Measure the area"

Step 2: Take the Measurements and draw them on the scrapbook paper and then cut them out. Lay out pieces the way they are going to go onto the bookshelf to make sure they fit before mod podging them on

"cut scrapbook paper for the side"

Step 3 Apply Mod Podge to the area on the bookshelf you are applying the scrapbook paper; then apply Mod Podge to the scrapbook paper and quickly apply the scrapbook paper onto the bookshelf

"Apply scrapbook paper to bookshelf"

 Step 4: After you do both sides move on to the front of the bookshelf. Take a full piece of scrapbook paper and fold it over the front

"fold scrapbook over the front"

Step 5:  Once you have a crease you can cut the paper to fit on the front.

"use paper cutter to make even cuts"

Step 6: Apply Mod Podge to the front of the bookshelf and then to the back of the scrapbook paper

"apply mod podge to back of scrapbook paper"

Step 7: Quickly apply the scrapbook paper to the bookshelf (then take a credit card and use it to get out the air bubbles).

"apply mod podge to front of bookshelf"

Step 8: continue the same process for the remainder of the bookshelf until you have it covered. Since we are putting the bookshelves in the nursery I wanted to add a few animal characters to give it more of a girly feel, so I printed off some cute birds and an elephant and Mod Podged them onto the front of the bookshelves

"Add Characters to bookshelf"

They aren’t perfect, but we were really happy with the way they turned and you can’t deny that they’re unique!

"DIY Wall Mount Bookshelf"

This is an up-close picture of the bottom bookshelf

"Wall Mounted Bookshelf"

This is an up-close photo of the top bookshelf

"wall mount bookshelves"

So…what do you think?

Until Next Time…..

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