This easy-to-make bookshelf has been repainted four times since I made it several years ago, and is in need of another coat now. The present color works well enough in its new location, so I’ve not been in too big a hurry to add another project to my list. I’m not particularly excited about moving all those books again!
The majority of our combined library sits near two comfy chairs
This is an easy project. And inexpensive if you already have, or can obtain, some old louver doors and shelving boards. The wider ones work best. Mine has 12″ louvers. All you do is attach a set of louver doors to each other so that they create a “U” shape. You can add additional boards or louver panels in the back to increase the width (which is what I did). Secure the angles with “L” shaped brackets so it will be sturdy and retain its shape. Sorry there’s no picture of the back. It’s much too heavy to move with all those books on it.
Knock out opposing sets of louvers on the ends at whatever levels you prefer. I removed some louver sets farther apart than others to accommodate taller books. You can use whatever tool makes sense to you to remove the louvers. A friend of mine used a thin saw when she made her bookshelf. I just used a hammer and an big flat-head screwdriver. Of course, you’ll probably want to knock out a set of louvers near the floor so your bookcase will have a “bottom.”
Once the selected louvers are gone and the area sanded smooth, just slide 1 X 12″ boards through the holes to create your shelves. Make sure the boards extend a little farther than the edge of the sides so they will stay in place. Secure the top and bottom boards with screws to make the bookcase stable. You don’t want all those heavy books tumbling down on your head later! I didn’t secure the other shelves and haven’t had any problems. Once the books are on them, they won’t slide through.
I’m so excited that our little den is taking shape, but still needs work. One particular eyesore in the room has me stumped. I’ve thought about spray paint, but I’m afraid it may be disastrous. I’ve never painted a fan, or anything with moving parts like that, and am not sure how to approach it. Anyway, I’m sure you noticed the ugly fan in the corner of the room above the bookcase. Please, let me explain.
I have a bit of asthma and my hubby likes to smoke a pipe. My original plan was to create a “man cave” for Don and an art studio for myself, so he could smoke while reading and computing and I could “make a mess” to my heart’s content. To save money, we had to move the location of the laundry (long story) to the new “closed-in-carport-room,” so I lost a significant amount of real estate in there and had to combine our spaces. Rather than relegate Don to the porch to enjoy his smoke, I thought placing an exhaust fan in the room above his chair would be a good idea. I really needed for this idea to work, so we bought the strongest fan available at Lowes. It looked better than this little jewel, but we weren’t able to share the room for more than two minutes before my lungs caught fire. So it was useless. A friend of mine had this old RV fan in his garage and guaranteed it would work. “It’ll suck a toupee right off your head!” he promised. What the heck… I’m game for unique ideas.
It truly is ugly, but he was SO right about this thing’s “sucking power.” As I type, Don is sitting in that green chair with his pipe and I am four and a half feet away breathing clean air! Even when I’m sitting in the chair reading and Don is here at the desk (which puts me directly in the path of the jet-stream produced by the fan), I can only faintly smell the fragrance of his pipe, but can’t feel any smoke in my lungs. Amazing! The smoky exhaust ends up in the open-sided garage outside, so it dissipates quickly. It’s unfortunate that this little fan and I have such a love-hate relationship. I love that it allows us “love birds” to share our new space, but I hate its total lack of aesthetics.
Hmmm… I wonder if it will suck the paint outside if I let it run while I’m spray painting it? 🙂