How To Style A Beautiful Bookshelf

By: Faith-towers Mar 10, 2015
How To Style A Beautiful Bookshelf
Photo: Zeke Ruelas

Bookshelves often end up being used more as a catch-all than a place to display beautiful objects and collections. But today we're going to share some simple tips and tricks that will help you turn a boring old bookcase into a stunning focal point.   Continue Reading

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DIY Decor Idea: Custom Bookshelf Liner Makeover

By: Capreek Sep 16, 2014

We're in the process of painting the front room of our 1920s home and I've been wondering what to do to make our built-in bookshelves pop. Well, it looks like I've found the answer!      Continue Reading

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Before and After: How To Style a Bookshelf in Minutes

By: Brittni mehlhoff Apr 29, 2014

I have an inexpensive IKEA bookshelf that has been completely neglected since the day we moved into our new place, back in October. So, I thought it was about time I tackle this area and put together another style tips post. If your bookshelf looks anything like this one, read on for five simple steps to a perfectly styled bookcase in minutes.   Continue Reading

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Make It: Easy DIY Rolling Bookshelf

By: Capreek Aug 29, 2013

This DIY idea is a super easy project and a fun alternative to traditional bookshelves!        Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Colorful, Art-Inspired Bookshelf Makeover

By: Capreek May 20, 2013

Decorating your home or updating a piece of furniture, but not sure where to start? Take this tip from Design Milk and use a favorite work of art as a springboard for color and pattern inspiration!     Continue Reading

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Make It: A Playful DIY Mountain Wall Shelf

By: Capreek Apr 17, 2013

DIY Wooden Mountain ShelfI love mountains, loooove them. I'm lucky enough to live in a place where I can look any direction and see snow-capped mountains, going back in seemingly infinite layers, year-round. They're just straight up majestic. And, turns out, they look pretty dang adorable translated into wooden wall shelves!     Continue Reading

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How To: Turn a Ladder into a Colorful Plant Stand or Bookshelf

By: Capreek Feb 21, 2013

created at: 02/21/2013

Give plants (or books!) a fun new place to hangout with this clever idea: retrofitting a ladder for wooden shelves! It's an inexpensive and unique DIY project that can work in a variety of spaces.     Continue Reading

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Make It: DIY Upcycled Leather and Wood Shelf

By: Capreek Aug 28, 2012

created at: 08/26/2012

Still have a few ill-fitting belts left over from that drawer pull project? Put 'em to work as part of a reclaimed wood bookshelf!    Continue Reading

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Make It: A DIY Skateboard Book Cubby

By: Capreek Jul 11, 2012

created at: 07/11/2012
How perfect would this little DIY book cubby be in a kid's bedroom or playroom?? I mean seriously. It. Is. Adorable. Also?? It's super insanely easy to make!    Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: Make a Steampunky Pipe Book Shelf

By: Diy maven Dec 01, 2011

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When I see stuff like these bookshelves, I am overcome with the desire to dismantle my office and steampunk it up. From Etsy seller Stella Blue Designs, the bookshelves are made of iron pipes and, in the case of the style above, Edison-type light bulbs. I particularly like howContinue Reading

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How To: Turn Any Bookshelf Into a Fold-Out Desk

By: Chrisjob Aug 31, 2011

I work from home, so I'm extremely grateful to have a dedicated office and craft room. But, I realize that's not always possible when space is at a premium. Luckily, if you have a space to store your books, you have space to create a custom, storable office, in the form of a fold-out desk.   Continue Reading

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Branch Bookshelf

By: Diy maven Jan 21, 2011

Designer Olivier Dollé created this gorgeous bookshelf using 'oak veneer on a hollow plywood structure'. The 'Branch' is available in other types of wood species upon request. Of course, my question Continue Reading

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DIY: Hardware Store Board and Cord Lighting

By: Modhomeecteacher Jan 18, 2011

created at: 01/16/2011

Hardware store lighting so simple, it's ingenius.  See more.Continue Reading

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DIY Pisa Bookshelf Prototype!!

By: Diy maven Nov 23, 2010

Remember the Pisa bookshelf from awhile back? Well, fellow Curblier, Craig (aka SpyStyle) got all fancy with his tools and made a prototype! Yesterday, he shared his pictures of the process and gave me a quick rundown of how he went about creating it. First, with the help of Photoshop, he made a plan. (Each square equals one inch.)

Using scrap wood--thus the orange stripe!--he used a jigsaw to cut channels that are 'material thickness'Continue Reading

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Build a Tetris Bookshelf

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 19, 2010


Odecom5 gets my vote for Dad of the Year. It sounds like he was able to 'help' his son with this school project and end up with their relationship intact after this complicated  build; not a small feat. His son even had a broken arm during the project which may have worked out better for both of them. Continue Reading

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Scrap Wood and Rope Bookshelf

By: Diy maven May 18, 2010

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Scrap wood saddens me. Those little bits too small to really make anything out of, but too big to relegate to the dustpan. They're the kind you stack up and save...for awhile anyway. Until you ask yourself, "What was I saving these for?" Well, now there's an answer to that question:Continue Reading

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'Slim' Bookcase Turns Books Into Art

By: Diy maven Feb 04, 2010



As the saying goes, you can't judge a book by its cover, but sometimes the covers are so pretty. For the amount of effort that goes into producing such things, it really is a shame to hide them on traditional book shelves. With the clear acrylic Slim bookcase, available at Yanko Design, we can now flaunt all those covers. Yes, it's a bookcase, but it displays titles in a way that transforms them into wall art. Continue Reading

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Using Photoshop for Good/Evil

By: Diy maven Jan 22, 2010


Curbly guest Craig spied an old post of mine, Attention Woodworkers: Make this Pisa Bookshelf and got all evil genius about it. Craig made a schematic of workable plans for the bookshelf using Photoshop. Here's how he explains how he made the plans:

I take a photo of a shelf which is always at an angle, and use Photoshop to rotate it so it's straight, then make a new layer and trace it, then resize it to actual, and in PaintShopContinue Reading

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Book Shelf Christmas Tree

By: Diy maven Dec 10, 2009


Finally--a Christmas tree that costs nothing, takes up no room, and incorporates books in its design...what more could you want? 


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The Letters Bookshelf.

By: Chrisjob Oct 25, 2009

letters bookshelf Letters Bookshelf by Pieter de Leeuw2009 has seen plenty of typography inspired design, from vintage sign lettering to bold alphabets in prints and wall decals. So, it certainly makes sense to take the trend full circle, and use letters to support literature, the very records of language. Designed by recent industrial design graduate Pieter de Leeuw,  the letters are made from expanded polystyrene and coated for wear and tear. A remake should be easy enough, provided you can getContinue Reading

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