Built In Bookshelves + Inspiration

Happy Friday, friends! It certainly feels like it has been a long week getting back into our regular routine after the holidays, the girls are back to school today after Winter break which is bittersweet. We are expecting to get snow here this weekend, and we could not be more excited!!! It seems like we get one snowfall each year, and it is something we hope for & look forward to so much!! The girls have their hats & mittens ready by the back door, patiently waiting for Saturday morning. This is exactly how I hope to spend our weekend, putting everything on hold to see the snow fall & finding just one more excuse to make hot chocolate.

One of our projects for the weekend is to finish up our built ins! Since we have moved in, they’ve basically been a junk-drawer on display, so I am so excited to finally have some storage below and some shelves to decorate! I wanted to share the progress pictures to show what we have done to them & how they are looking today. They felt a little out of place since they didn’t go all the way to the ceiling, and the trim felt unfinished. The existing structure was in good shape but the shelves were not, so we took most of those out, and had our carpenter come in and add some simple, clean trim work, add new shelves & build some custom cabinets for the bottom.

Brandon & I then filled all of the existing holes from the old shelves (hard to see them here because they were small, but there were approximately 200 holes!), sanded & primed. We still need to caulk some of the gaps, then we are ready to paint & add hardware! I also want to add a library ladder, I bought one at a thrift store before we even moved in but realized once these were built that my ladder is about a foot too short, so we will be on the lookout for another one! All of these updates have made such a difference & I can’t wait to share finished photos with you soon!

PS. How cute is this metallic woven basket?

 I wanted to share a few of my favorite inspiration pictures for built in bookshelves, and although I am about a thousand books short of ever achieving these looks, they’ve definitely given me some ideas!

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Cheers to finishing our first project of 2017 and BRING ON THE SNOW!!! XO



  1. Hello Jessica-So beautiful. Maybe in the past you have answered this but where did you get that Dahl Quote sign. Its perfect for something I am putting together. Also maybe the garlands you have with it. Thanks so much, appreciate your time.

  2. Built-ins offer so much storage. With cute bins and books, it can be a functional focal point. So exciting to see a project like this coming together. Can’t wait to see the finished photo. (I’ve always felt the rolling library ladder was appealing…)

  3. HI Jessica – just wondering if you can share the details of your carpenter. I live locally and need some built-ins and barn doors done – thanks in advance!

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