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As a teacher, when we were planning our nursery, I really wanted to feature books in a way that would make them enticing and accessible for my son. After all, kids aren’t going to read if they can’t see the books. Out of sight, out of mind.
I also have grand dreams of filling my home with hand-built furniture, so this was a simple beginners project. These amazingly fabulous DIY shelves are a great way to feature books in a kid’s room and keep them front and center. If you’re painting the shelves like I did, you can even opt for the less beautiful lumber to save money. I only paid $20 to buy materials for 3 8 ft. shelves.
Here’s how we assembled them,
- measuring tape
- circular saw
- Kreg Jig
- electric palm sander
- white paint
We started by measuring our lumber. We bought it in 8ft lengths, but wanted our shelves to be 4ft. So we needed to cut them in half. Before making your cuts, remember to measure twice, so you only have to cut once. There is no worse feeling than wasting building material that you spent your hard earned money to buy.
After measuring, we used the circular saw to cut the boards in half.
After cutting the boards, I sanded all the rough edges. If you see numerous DIY projects in your future, I highly suggest investing in an electric palm sander. Using this orbital sander, it took me about 5 minutes to thoroughly sand each shelf. If I had been hand sanding, it would have taken me triple the time. Palm sanders are pretty inexpensive too. This Black and Decker orbital sander is under$30 on Amazon and Prime eligible. Don’t forget the sanding pads.
After sanding we used the Kreg Jig to assemble the shelves. Kreg isn’t even paying me to say this. I just really love the product. It really does make your woodworking projects super strong. Get it here.
The Kreg Jig creates pocket holes, where the screws are driven in on a slant. This is what gives the joints extra strength. The head of the screw is also hidden in the wood, which adds to the beauty.
After the shelves were assembled, I used the palm sander to round the edges for a more finished look. To round the edges, place the sander directly on the sharp edge and firmly rock it back and forth from top to bottom.
Here’s what the finished products looked like before they were painted. Notice the rounded edges in front.
Finally, we painted them white, hung them and filled them with cute books and pictures. They really pop against the gray wall in the nursery. I’m super happy with the result.
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