Friday, October 29, 2010

Two for One!

My project for today actually turned out to be two projects in one (sorry for such a long post)!

It is my first real woodworking or building project completely from scratch. It's only a very simple bookcase, but it's something I needed and building it has given me the confidence to try my hand at woodworking again. Here's how it came together.

First, I assembled my materials.

And I gathered my tools, most of which were purchased at yard sales.

And then it was time to saw, hammer and nail. I attached the sides to the back first, and then the top and bottom.
Look, now I have (drumroll...) a large box!

And now for the moment of it level?

Time to put the shelves in!

The next step was painting...white, of course, and then I added some vintage ephmera to the back. I only taped it in place so that it would be easy to change. Finally, I added some wheels for easy portability. Here are some close-ups of the shelves. The first shelf features the cover from a piece of 1920's sheet music.

Here it is after I added some decorative objects. The little blue box also serves as storage for my plate hangers.

On the second shelf I used some vintage sheet music, a remnant of scrapbooking paper, and a vintage style postcard.

It holds some books, a family photo, and a vintage flower brooch. The book covers are made from aqua wrapping paper to coordinate with the room.

For the third shelf I added some old book pages and a piece of vintage sheet music. I really like the title of this song, "Why Must I Dream".

Here's another storage box; this one holds my plate and photo easels. I put the toile container on top because I like it, but I'm certain that it will soon become the stash place for something!

I put some additional sheet music on the bottom shelf, along with more old book pages, one of which, has photographs.

More books and a little milkglass sherbet for the bottom shelf.

Here's a photo of the finished bookcase, pictured with some other recent projects.

After putting it where I'd planned, I realized it needed something else. The front was facing the dining area, but the back was facing the guest/project room and looked rather blah. (I'll show you the bookcase in its permanent spot when I do the room reveal a little later.) At any rate, I decided it would look nice semi disguised as a column, so out came the pencil. I did a few practice sketches of columns on paper to find a design that I was happy with. Then I penciled the sketch to the bookcase.

I "painted" it by going over the outline with a wide Sharpie marker. Gotta love those little Sharpies --- one of my favorite "tools" anyway!

Here's the finished result.

So now it's a bookcase on one side and a column on the other.

Again, sorry for such a long post, but I just had to share my first absolutely from scratch furniture project.

Until next time,


  1. Morning Sheilla ~ Oh I love your finished project ... and the column is so very clever! You are obviously a woman of so many talents and now you can add woood-working to your repertoire! I hope you have a fabulous Halloween Weekend! Take care ~ Lisa

  2. Wow How sweet is that!!!
    I wouldn't even know how to do something like that but would be nice if I could. Great job!!!
    Thank you for sharing

  3. Sheilla, this is just inspired in so many ways! I have built things for outdoors but have never gotten brave enough to build some for inside the house where I am more particular. You rocked this one! Love the idea of using the vintage sheet music covers, too. I was thinking about book pages in the back of the bookcase in my art room but wasn't toally on board with just black and white. I think this might just be in the inspiration I was looking for. Thank you for sharing!

  4. I love using vintage music and advertising papers! Great job on the shelf/column.

  5. You're a DIY girl after my own heart!
    C'est ravissant!

    ♥Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog! ♥


    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

  6. Your bookcase is amazing! I am so impressed that you made it yourself! I wish I wasn't afraid of power tools! I adore the addition of the vintage sheet music, and you've pulled it all together perfectly with all of the aqua accents! Love! The column is such a great idea, too:)


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