July 9, 2015

DIY Corner Bookcase (video)

The first big projects we tackled right after I had Anna were two sets of built-in bookshelves– one in the playroom, and one in the front room.  When I say right after, I mean right after, as in a few days after I got home from the hospital and we shot this video.

I just love built-in shelving in pretty much any space.  It adds so much character and makes your home feel so custom.  I had the idea to add a corner bookcase, or corner built-in, in the front living room in a sort of plain and awkward corner next to the front door.

Per usual, I designed it and Jon did the heavy lifting.  He’s just so great at making my whacky ideas come to life.  And this one is a project you can totally do yourself.  I give you our DIY corner bookcase tutorial.  It’s in video, naturally, which I think makes it so much easier to understand.

Video/Editing: James Young

No written words could express how excited I am to get these babies styled.  Styling is my jam.

Ya’ll, you know you’ve got an awkward corner in your home somewhere.  Go build yo self a bookshelf.



  1. emily

    July 18th, 2015 at 8:34 am

    very inspiring! looks like they were meant to be!

  2. Anna

    September 5th, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Hi there!
    Lovely job on the shelves. I was wondering what the dimensions are?

  3. Hannah Westphal

    June 1st, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Can you send me dimensions for this project? This is the exact layout of our living room and we are hoping to do the same thing. You could even text me if it’s easier. 270-392-4791 Thank you!

  4. Elissa

    February 24th, 2017 at 8:42 am


    I love this!! How much weight do you think these shelves could hold? I would like these in the garage and in my craft room. In the garage, I would like to store extra drinks, (Sams shopper). Like water, Gatorade, etc…..

  5. Jen

    March 23rd, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Hello! I think they would be strong enough for that. They are really really sturdy. We used the same method in our pantry.

  6. osheen

    September 14th, 2017 at 4:25 am

    How can we buy this?????????

  7. Jen

    September 21st, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Hi there, this was a diy project. You can follow the step by step instructions to make your own!

  8. Megan

    February 25th, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    How did you paint them? Spray paint? With a brush?

  9. Megan

    February 25th, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Very cool project! How did you paint this? Did you spray paint it? Did you use a brush? Did you use a paint sprayer? Thanks!

  10. Jen

    March 4th, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Hello! We sprayed it when we painted all of our shelving.

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