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DIY Kentwood Bookcase

Happy Spring Break friends! I have been doing everything except taking a break!  My oldest three are visiting their grandparents, so I have used this time to get some serious crafting done… Woohoo!

First on the list to share with you…

A bookcase I made for my son’s room!

I told Ana that I needed a bookcase to go with the great bed and nightstands that she designed for me.  She delivered! I love it!

You can see the plans for this bookcase HERE, and here are a few tips from my build.

I used my Kreg Jig® to build this project.  I can’t say enough about how much time, sweat and sometimes tears 😉 this tool has saved me!  I was a bit intimidated when I first started using it, but now I won’t build without it!  You need one.  I promise.

I used 3/4″ pocket holes and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

And some more progress..

I used this great cheap paneling I found at Lowe’s to finish out the back.  I just glued and nailed it to the back.

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And here is my top planked with 1×3….

I used Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut.  You can buy it at Lowe’s.

Want to see it all finished???

What do you think??

This is just one of the many awesome plans you can find on Ana’s site!  This was a 2 hour project for me.  I started it just after I put the babies in bed.

If you like it I would so appreciate you pinning it below! 😉

And in case you are new to this room, here are some of the other goodies I have built him….

DIY Kentwood Nightstand

$20 Shelves Anyone Can Build!!

DIY Pottery Barn Platform Bed

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  Make sure you check out the plans for this great bookcase on Ana’s site HERE!!!

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54 Comments

  1. Jessica on March 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I’ve been itching to build some bookcases for my office but all the shelves have me completely overwhelmed. Seeing you mention that with the Kreg jig the project was so fast is really tempting. Thank you for sharing–this is really inspiring!

    • www.EasyWoodwork.org on May 4, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      I built my own bookcase using the plans at www. EasyWoodwork.org – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

  2. Robin on March 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Pinned it immediately! I just told my husband I want a table saw! What sort of saw do you use for your furniture cuts?
    I have been wanting to build something and just don’t have the tools!!!! I know you can have Lowes/Home Depot cut wood for you…hmmmmmm?

    • Barbara on March 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

      All you need is a Kreg Jig and a miter saw. Don’t waste money on a table saw! Buy the Kreg Jig Rip-Cut coming out in April for about $35. You can use it with your miter saw. I have made several things from Ana’s website with just these two tools.

  3. jessie@saavysavings on March 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    You do amazing work! I’m totally inspired to start building too! What are the few essential tools you would recommend in order to build larger projects like these? Thanks!

  4. debbie on March 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    love this shelf.. you make it look so easy. I have one of those jigs but hadnt gotten really good with it yet. Love the nightstand too.

  5. Jamie @ Roubinek Reality on March 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Love this!! ……and the bed…….and the night stand. My sons would LOVE it! Do you know what the cost ended up being for the bookcase?

  6. Bobbi on March 15, 2012 at 9:20 am

    What did you do about the Kreg jigs holes?

    • Shanty2Chic on March 15, 2012 at 10:07 am

      I used a q-tip to get the stain in them. You can barely see them! It beats filling the holes in my opinion! 🙂

  7. Debbie Faber on March 15, 2012 at 7:35 am

    What do I think? I think you are terrific! Good for you.

  8. April on March 15, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Did you do anything special when you applied the stain? I love the color variations.

  9. Cindy Sue on March 15, 2012 at 5:52 am

    It is such a pleasure to watch you create and the love you show doing it. I always come away with a smile.

  10. Kellie on March 15, 2012 at 5:12 am

    AWESOME! 🙂

  11. Lindy on March 15, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I love all the pieces in this room, but this is my favorite! Of all the pieces you build I’ve never heard/read a mention of finishing the pieces with a polyurethane. Why? Do they hold up well? Any splinters? I’m just curious. I’d love to stop sealing all my pieces. It’s such a mess, but I’m worried about the pieces in the long run. I’d love your thoughts. Thanks and keep on posting these fabulous pieces.

  12. Rasonda on March 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I love this!!! I am SO pinning it!!! Awesome job. Which jig do you have?

  13. Jaymee on March 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I wish my kids’ rooms weren’t so small. I’d love this in my son’s room with his Brookstone bed. I have to get a Kreg Jig. Just can’t decide if I want it first or the miter saw!

  14. Bree on March 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I love how his room is coming along. He is one lucky kid. That book shelf looks like it came from a high end furniture store. Thats great, that you can make such beautiful stuff. One question, where did you get those awesome wire baskets?

  15. Jodie Lynch on March 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    That looks so good. I just built the Channing. Ana White is the best. I haven’t attempted to stain anything yet. This is my second build with my Kreg Jig. Love the way you did the back. I’m going to paint the back of mine. I want to paint some pink in my craft room and thought the hubby might do better with that instead of pink on the walls. Love your blog. I’ve built 3 of your sconces.

    • Shanty2Chic on March 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      That’s great Jodie! I bet he would prefer that over the pink walls 🙂 I love staining… I have always been a paint girl myself, but I have found that I love staining even more! Thanks for your sweet message!

  16. Lolly Jane on March 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Such a handsome piece for a handsome room! Great job gals! XO

    • Shanty2Chic on March 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you!! 🙂

  17. Stephanie on March 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Beautiful!! I can’t tell from your finished pictures but did you fill all the kreg screw holes and stain over them?

    • Shanty2Chic on March 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Hey Stephanie! I am way too lazy! I got a q-tip and stained the inside of the pocket holes really well. You can’t even see them!

  18. Suzell Rodriguez on March 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Looks awesome! You are so handy! I wish I could do the work so easily with wood and tools. Congrats!

    • Shanty2Chic on March 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Thank you so much Suzell! 🙂

  19. Amy on March 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I love what you have built, I have been wanting to get one of those Kreg jigs they are awesome!

    • Shanty2Chic on March 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      They are Amy! It is my fav tool so far!! 🙂

  20. Rachelle on March 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I LOVE this room! You kick butt at making furniture. How did you get started working with wood?

    • Shanty2Chic on March 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      My stepdad showed me how to use a saw. I learned very quickly that it is much easier than sewing, and even more simple than assembling furniture from places like Ikea. It is so fun and rewarding! And you only need a few tools to build just about anything! Thanks for your sweet comment! 🙂 ~W

      • Bonnie on June 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

        I recently found your blog off of Pinterest and want to make just everything! I have never built before and was wondering what your first project was? Or any easy one to start out with? I don’t have any supplies so need to start my shopping list!

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