Tuesday, May 3, 2011

DIY Book Nook

I can not take credit for a single second of this DIY. The Duck is a damn genius and a tool master. He has become "captain builds all" so quickly it's almost crazy to think he had never built anything more than Ikea furniture up until January THIS YEAR....like 2011,,, and so far he has built some pretty astounding things.
seen here, here and here.

When we re-built our kitchen we had this weird extra wall area that did nothing but annoy me....We decided to build a nook and one day fill it with built in bookshelves. It has sat there empty until today...WOOHOO! 


The Duck has built some really cool floating shelves and I will give you a little how to here:

Materials for one shelf...{then repeat the steps to make multiple shelves}

3/4 inch pine planks for the top of each shelf

1/4 inch MDF panels for the bottom...this gives the shelf an overall thickness of 1 3/4" 

3/4" square poplar batons...square pieces of wood you screw into the studs to use as support for floating shelves

3" screws

drywall anchors and screws

Wood glue

Dap painters caulk

Wood Filler and Sandpaper

How to Steps.....

We framed out the bottom to have the bottom shelf be the same height as our 5 1/2" moulding using 2x6" and a piece of moulding...Then the Duck found the studs and screwed the poplar baton to the wall using 3" screws. On the side of our book nook there were no studs so this is where the drywall anchors were used. The length of the side batons should be the width of the shelf minus the front and rear batons

After cutting the pine to the correct length, he attached a piece of the poplar to the underside of the front using wood glue and 18gauge finishing nails. 

This piece will then sit on the batons that have been screwed into the wall. He drilled 6 countersink holes in the shelf. 2 on each side and 2 on the rear. Using 1" wood screws he attached the shelf to the batons.. then used finishing nails every 2-3 inches around the shelf to secure it.

He then cut the MDF panel to size, clamped it to the front of the shelf and secured this using finishing nails. The shelf is now complete and in place. The front needed sanding to get the 3 pieces of wood flat. we used a finishing sander with 80 grit paper. Then we filled all the gaps, screw and nail holes with wood filler and sanded it all with 150 grit paper until baby bum smooth. 


I will show you pictures of what is looks like later today once the paint has dried and the books and Chachkis are on it....Sorry for the LONG ass DIY tutorial.. I get slammed when I don't give  your lovers enough info.


  1. I love it when husbands are handy mine put in wood flooring in my office this weekend.

  2. I love this... I am currently loving bookshelves and I am loving how they are styled even more! I can't wait to see what you do with these new and beautifully custom shelves!


  3. Custom bookshelves from a very talented husband! They look great already!

  4. I have a nook that I am planning on doing this EXACT SAME THING. I can't wait to see how he did it!

  5. Well done! Amazing that he just discovered his handiness. Pretty impressive.

  6. oh so awesome, i can't wait to NEED this tutorial! haha. i'll keep a mental log that it's here if I ever need it. seriously handy. anyway, just found you via a guest post and i LOOOOVE YOUR HOUSE. your style is one that i absolutely LOVE! new stalker. (:

  7. I love it! I wish my husband can also one day find this skill within himself!! I am also so in love with that art! Do you mind sharing where it's from? Thanks!

  8. Lucky girl! I can barely get my Husband to hang a picture ;)

  9. Love.
    My husband just taught me how to use all his power tools. I can take a hint!

  10. Want, want, want, want, want! Can not even wait to those puuurty shelves it all dressed up- good man you have there!

  11. I love good shelving almost as much as I love a handy man! Found your blog from Bijou and Boheme...am a follower now!


  12. My man surprised me too with his handiness after we bought our house. Cheers for awesome hubbys!

  13. Wow the shelves look fantastic. Mimi xx

  14. haha! We are pains aren't we? There is nothing better than having a handy guy around and you've got one!!

  15. What a good idea, and it turned out great :)

  16. Looks great! Can't wait to see it all styled :)

  17. wow those are some skills right there! very awesome. what is also awesome is that audrey kawasaki you've got hanging up right there! I've been trying to get one of her paintings for years now! They always sell out so fast! Very very cool.

  18. Amber, these are amazing! They look like they've always been there. Way to go, Duck!

  19. Looks so good! I want some too now!

  20. Absolute GENIUS right there!!
    x Sarah

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