Sunday, February 23, 2014

How To Make A Bookshelf for Around $25.00

Several months ago I was looking to buy a bookshelf. I must have looked at hundreds and found that most were either too big, too small, or too expensive - not what I was looking for. My teenage son said he bet he could make one that was just the right size - and he could make it for around $25. 

Challenge accepted. 

Materials List
Five 12" by 48" boards
36 Bricks

My son and I went to Home Depot. We looked around at the lumber and it was a little more than we wanted to pay. We then headed over to the plywood section and picked out a 4' by 8' piece for about $8.00. Plywood is not as thick or as strong as a board, but for this purpose, it was perfect. 

The employees cut the plywood to our dimensions right there in the store while we waited. Thank you Home Depot for this service. For those of us with small cars, cutting the plywood is a lifesaver.

We now had our five 12" X 48"  pieces of plywood. We were half-way through to going home. We then went to the brick section to see what they had. I had never bought bricks before and was pleasantly surprised at the price - only $.25 per brick. We picked out 36 bricks for a total of $9.00. 

So far we were up to around $17.00. We went home and stacked the bricks and added the plywood. I was so excited as I stepped back to admire our masterpiece and...I HATED IT. It was dull and boring and well, ugly. I was happy I had some shelves to put all my craft things, but well, it was not very appealing to the eye. 



We went back to Home Depot for paint as I wanted to pretty it up. I didn't care what color I picked as any color would be an upgrade. I was hoping to get either black, gray, or burgundy. My son and I always check out the misfit paints first. This is usually on a rack near the paint section. It is a rack where people either didn't like the color, or the color was incorrect. The store marks the price WAY DOWN. As someone who loves to save money - I LOVE THIS SECTION.  I ended up getting a quart of dark gray paint for $2.00. Yep - $2.00 for a quart a paint - pure awesomeness! 

We were about to leave when I spotted the Martha Stewart paint section. I wasn't going to buy any, just browse, but ooooh, some of the colors were so pretty so I had to take a closer look. Now, we all know what happens next - I ended up buying the Martha Stewart Cast Bronze Metallic Paint with a specialty finish. How could I not? I wish I could tell you how pretty this paint is. It looks good in pictures, but in person, it is just beautiful. 

***This is not a commercial or advertisement for their paint, but when I find something that is a good product, a good price, and looks great - I want to let other people know.  This paint looks like it has bits of metal and it shimmers. I am in love with this paint. The paint was $5.58 for 10 oz - it was worth every penny. Have I mentioned how much I love this paint???

We went home with our $7.58 worth of paint to pretty up the $17.00 of ugly plywood and bricks. 

I placed two plastic tablecloths down (I already had these so I am not including them in the total, but I bought them for $1.00 each at the Dollar Store/Tree) and started painting. 

 The plywood was easy to paint and I was done pretty quickly. I thought this project was almost complete - and then I got to the bricks. I have never painted a brick in my life. Not sure if I ever want to do it again. They are so coarse that I went through one sponge brush and one paint brush - the bricks just shredded them.

To save paint, I ended up only painting the four sides that would be showing - which was a good thing as one jar of the bronze was exactly enough.

Then I let everything dry for a few hours...

Once dry, I put the shelves back. I layered most of the stacks with four bricks, but two layers I used three bricks. 

I love how this turned out. So much better than what we had before. And, for $24.58 (tax not included) it was the perfect price! It didn't take very long and I love how big it is and how easily I can change it around. 

I didn't use a top coat on this, but I will probably add it at a later date. If I do add it, I will use Polycrylic. I didn't add this to the price as this is something I always have in my house, but it is usually around $9.00 - $17.00 depending on the size.

 I hope this post didn't sound like a commercial or advertisement for any store or product. But, I shop at Home Depot, Lowe's, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Store, and Dollar Tree probably on a weekly basis for my business, Deerwood Creek Gifts. If I use a product I love, or a store where I shop, I don't mind sharing that with others. 

This was a fun project to make. It was it easy, only took a few hours (waiting for the paint to dry), and was cheap in price. 

If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear them. :)

Cindy Breninger