Looking for some simple DIY bookshelf projects? Here are 7 creative projects with DIY instructions ranked from easiest to most challenging.
I counted the other day and guess how many bookshelves I had in this house?
Can we still be bookshelf friends if I tell you?
That is a LOT of bookshelves.
One for almost every major holiday in the calendar year.
It’s also a lot of bookshelf decorating and bookshelf projects. That’s why I’m all about a really good bookshelf DIY. Here are 7 different DIY bookshelf projects that I’ve made to my existing bookshelves (some only take about an hour).
Let’s get started with the projects before I decide to shelve this discussion. 🙂
(ps I’m so sorry. Me, myself and I never met a corny joke we didn’t like.)
7 DIY Bookshelf Projects You Can Make
1. Add faux wood paper to the back of the bookcase
I’m going to start with the easiest to the hardest DIY bookshelf projects.
This simple DIY will take you MINUTES.
All you need is this paper that I found at Hobby Lobby.
Here’s a hint—it’s not in the craft section.
2. Paint the back of the bookshelf
This took less than 30 minutes.
Why not add a bold color to the back of a bookcase?
The key is adding accessories that make the color pop. Here, the color is dark, so I added white milkglass. If I had painted it a lighter color, bright colors would make this bookshelf pop.
3. Paint it a bright color
Why not paint it a brilliant color?
This was one of my DIY bookshelf projects that I painted blue.
One of my favorite painting secrets? I just paint the hardware the same color, too. It makes it look a little more vintage.
See some of my favorite blue grays paint colors here.
4. Tile the back of the bookshelf
Sometimes all you need for your bookshelf is a little DIY bookshelf tile project.
Especially if it’s leftover from another bigger project.
5. Add wood to the back of the bookshelf
This was so inexpensive.
I used wood shims for this project.
They come in a package of 15 for $1.75.
You can see the entire bookshelf DIY here.
6. Make a spool bookcase
Sometimes the idea for DIY bookshelf project comes when you find a spool in the middle of the home improvement aisle.
This spool was free.
We took it and made a bookshelf from it with metal piping and casters.
7. Make a locker out of it
I saved this one for last.
It was the hardest, but don’t tell the others–it’s my favorite.
It started life as a cubby bookshelf.
It’s a locker ready for school supplies and library books.
So many bookshelves.
So little time.
Next time you see a bookshelf at the thrift store or a yard sale?
Don’t just walk on by.
It’s just waiting for a world full of bookcase possibilities. 🙂
PS Denton just added this comment and I couldn’t resist: “Awww, I was hoping you’d have another joke at the bottom to bookend your post”🙂