DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Bookcase

Happy Monday guys!

I am so excited to share my latest furniture build with you guys today.  I have a blank space next to my couch in my living room that I am always trying to fill.  It sits next to a window, so I always feel like I am covering the window when I put something in front of it.  I decided an open bookcase was the perfect solution because it would let in the natural light and give me the height I was wanting as well. I teamed up with my good friend Ana White to bring you this Pottery Barn inspired bookcase….

DIY Pottery Barn Bookcase

DIY Bookcase

Isn’t it so cute?  I think it fits the space perfectly!  I will share some of my tips and tricks here, and you can check out the full set of free plans over on Ana’s website!

So… Here we go!

I made all my cuts using my Rigid 12″ Sliding Miter saw.  I recently upgraded to this bad boy from my 10″ saw because it cuts through much thicker and larger wood.  It is an investment, but it is the very best miter saw I have used.  I love it to pieces.

Ridgid Miter Saw


You guys know how much we love the Kreg Jig!  Ash and I did a quick explanation video on it HERE for those of you who aren’t familiar with it.

You can see here where I decided to put my pocket holes…

DIY Bookcase Back

The frame uses 1.5″ pocket holes.

Kreg Jig Pocket Hole

Kreg Jig Pocket Holes

This is the bottom of my shelf pieces.  I used 3/4″ pocket holes on this part.

Bookcase Shelf

After building the frames, I attached my shelf pieces.  I used 1.25″ pocket holes screws on this part.

Pocketholes under Shelf

I built one whole side like this before attaching the other frame.

How to build a bookcase

I faced my back frame to the back to hide the pocket holes.  Here is a shot of the top of the bookcase.  After building it, I filled all of the pocket holes with stainable wood putty.

Bookcase Top

And to attach my side trim pieces I used my Ryobi AirStrike Nailer.  I LOVE this tool.  You get all the function and awesomeness of a corded nailer without the cord.  Can’t beat that!  It also runs on the same battery as my drill.


This is what the trim pieces look like…

Bookcase Side

I used 1/4″ PureBond Plywood for the back of the bookcase.  You can find it at the Home Depot.  I had my Home Depot cut mine to size for me.  Then, I just used my nailer to attach it to the back.

Time to finish!

I used a new Rust-Oleum stain color called Wheat on this bookcase.  It is very similar to the Early American that they discontinued.   You just brush it on and then wipe off all of the excess stain.  After giving it one coat and letting it dry, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat sander to sand my edges and corners.  I love the look that it gives… Kind of worn and antique.

Ryobi Corner Cat Sander

For the hardware, I found these brackets at Home Depot.  You can get them in the roofing section.  They are super cheap.

metal bracket

I painted mine with one coat of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Canyon Black spray paint.

After letting it dry I attached them using some black drywall screws.  Look how cute!

metal bracket black

My final step was dressing it up and taking some pics!  Here are a few more shots…

Pottery Barn Bookcase DIY

DIY Pottery Barn Bookcase

Bookcase DIY

DIY Bookcase

Pottery Barn Bookcase How To

Hope you LOVE it as much as I do!

Remember to check out the full set of free plans over on Ana’s site!

I would love for you to share and PIN this with your peeps below!

Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂



  1. Cteam5211 on July 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I’m working on this now and struggling to align the front frame to the shelves and back. What steps did you take to align?

    • ⭐?⭐?⭐?⭐?⭐?⭐?

      ⭐⭐ I built my own using the plans at www. – 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

      ⭐ Head on over to www. if you want to learn more – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures!


  2. Elisa Cousins on June 13, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Hey there!
    I love this bookcase and I would like to build one sized to place behind my sofa…It’s actually an extremely visible and trafficked area of my house so it would look gorgeous there!!! Any suggestions on how to adapt from tall to wide?

  3. Rachel on April 26, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Could you post a link to the saw you’re using here? Thanks!

  4. Gregory Young on April 10, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Kim and I had to build this after seeing it on your site! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Mallory on March 24, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Hi Whitney-

    I love the bookcase and am hoping to make one. I just have a few questions on finishing it.. Did you sand the whole thing before using the Rust-Oleum Wheat stain or just stain it then stain? Also, did you use any wood conditioner or anything?


  6. Nora on February 3, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Hello –
    I am new to your site and loving all of your great projects. I would love to know where you got the 2 white storage boxes shown on the bookcase.
    Thanks !!

  7. Kayla McCune Cheadle on December 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Where did you find your big pine cones?

  8. Chantal on November 1, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Ziet er zeer mooi uit, en handig met de praktische uitleg erbij.

  9. Irene J. on October 31, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    What a fantastic looking bookcase! 🙂
    It looks like you bought it at a fancy shmancy store. Kuddos for using electric power tools 🙂

  10. lhamer on October 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

    It is so beautiful! I love what you do.

  11. Mindi on October 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

    It looks beautiful Whitney! You styling is perfect also!

  12. Janet Gatlin on October 29, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Whitney, you are an inspiration! Love everything about this! Can you please tell me where you bought your sectional or what name brand it is? Thanks!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you Janet! You are so sweet! I got it at a local store here in DFW. Are you local to the area?

      • Janet Gatlin on October 30, 2013 at 6:46 am

        We are up in the Texas Panhandle but I do have family in the DFW area.

  13. carlibee on October 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Eeek! Love this! Every time I read one of your DIY furniture posts I add it to my list of ‘to-do’s when we finally move into our new home. Thanks for all the inspiration ladies! Love these projects!!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Oh yeah!! Happy to help that list grow 😉 you are sweet! Thanks so much!!

  14. Grace on October 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Once I saw the closeups — it gives me courage to build this and not worry too much about not being able to find the perfect boards to build. It adds to the charm of the piece. By the way, your tray on the coffee table, do you have the plans?

  15. Kassie on October 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Love! My to build list is getting longer and longer every time I visit your website! Hoping to create a beautiful, warm and welcoming home like yours. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Shanty2Chic on October 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you Kassie! You’re so sweet… That made me smile 🙂

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