Wall of office built in bookcases REVEAL!


It’s reveal day! Not gonna lie, I am so proud of myself for completing this project 100 percent on my own. I have been dreaming about a wall of built ins in my office since before we moved in. I pictured them there from the very beginning and they are better than I even hoped. 
Let’s go back and recap the steps, shall we? If you are going to attempt this on your own, these will be very helpful. 
I have built a bookcase this size before, but my Dad helped quite a bit and I had help with lighting and the shelving as well. This time I was determined to do it all on my own and that I did. 
This is how my office looked after I had finished unpacking all of the boxes. It was my dumping ground for a couple weeks after our move: 
Office transformation with built ins
It’s a lovely spot that gets great natural light. I love working in here! 
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Last year I changed out the the light and a few months ago I pulled up the carpet and we had our hardwood floors put down
Office with built in bookcases before

 I get asked about those grids often — they are window grids I found at Goodwill years ago. 🙂

The first step in the built process was adding the kitchen cabinets as the bases:

Using kitchen cabinets to built bookcases
I use upper cabinets because they are just doors and they have a slimmer profile. They still hold a ton of stuff! Be sure to check out that post to see how I make them look built in.
Then I hung the peel and stick wallpaper — it’s still a favorite!: 
Cherry blossom peel and stick wallpaper
This time I broke the painting up into sections and goodness, it made it SO much more manageable! It also gave me an idea of how it would look, so I was much more motivated to get it done. 
I shared the pretty green color I chose for the cabinets here: 
Vintage Vogue Benjamin Moore
I’m falling hard for green lately! I just love it. 
How to build bookcase supports and header

After I got all of that painted I was able to get the lighting up. I saved a bunch by using this lighting trick without electricity instead of having them wired: 
Adding lights without electricity
And finally, I showed you the three steps to building the bookcase shelves here: 
How to build bookcase shelves
After that there was a lot of caulking and touching up to do. I added some trim to the header to finish it off as well. 
I was so excited to finally start decorating these after all that work! 
Dark green bookcase with wallpaper back

Decorating bookcase shelves
I used a lot items I’ve had in our storage room for nearly two years now! I was so thrilled to bring these back out: 
Bookcases with wallpaper on back wall
I did get a few new items from Hobby Lobby and At Home as well. 
I did a massive purge of our books after the move (wish I would have done that BEFORE packing them up) so the shelves aren’t full of them, which I prefer. 
When I was decorating the shelves I got to where I was nearly satisfied, then I removed a few items. I find that’s often the key when accessorizing!:
Step by step building bookcases
Tips for decorating built ins
I shared my tips on decorating bookcases in this post years ago. It still works now! 
I finished these up in less than two months — which is WAY faster than I took last time I did this. Overall the way I did things this time was quicker and more efficient: 
Dark green built ins with wallpaper in office

But I am worn out! 😂 I’m taking a break from big projects for awhile! 
Enjoy more pics of this space. I’ll share resources at the bottom: 
Thrifty Decor Chick bookcases
Floating desk in front of bookcases

DIY bookcase wall tutorial

How to decorate bookcases

Cherry blossom wallpaper

Wall of built ins office wood desk

How to build DIY built ins

Green built ins with wallpaper

Dark green bookcases
I hate to be that girl that shares so many pics of the same spot, but I’m dang proud of this so I’m doing it. 😉 
Now for my favorite part! The before and after picks. Here’s this room shortly after we moved in: 
Building bookcases in office before
And the same view now: 
How to build a wall of bookcases
And this view before: 
Wall of bookcases before
And the after!:
Vintage vogue BM green paint

I hope you enjoyed the process and will maybe try this in your own home! I kept a running list of costs at the beginning but stopped after a few weeks. I did estimate that I was going to end up at $1000 total for everything — that includes the lights, paint, hardware…all of it. 
I’d pay WAY more than that to have a this built for me. And it brings me great joy to do this stuff on my own! 
I have more plans for the other side of this room that I can’t wait to show you as well! I’m hoping to get that wrapped up next week sometime and I’ll be sure to share that. 🙂 


Here’s a list of the items in this room in case you are interested!

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Wall of office built in bookcases REVEAL!