I’ve talked about the awkward space in my dining room in the past when I shared my Farmhouse Reading Nook with you, and again when I first shared my new bookshelf. I’m so excited with how this Rolling DIY Bookshelf is working for us in this space. I have had tons of questions on how to build it. I have to be honest though, I originally saw this design at Restoration Hardware, and then I happened to run across Ana White’s Plans on how she built her version. I did change up the plans because hers was more vertical and I needed something wider. I also braced mine a little differently, so I will talk about those changes I made, but you can find the easy to follow plans over at Ana White’s blog.
After you look through Ana White’s plans on how to build the bookshelf, the changes I made will be quite simple.
Changes I made:
– My shelves are 57″ wide (the spacing did stay the same)
– I changed the bottom shelf to where all pieces where the same length rather than having the middle piece come through the vertical supports.
– I attached my top shelf with pocket holes so they were flush with the vertical supports rather than adding the shelf on top of the supports.
– I changed the bracing on the back from horizontal pipes to metal strips.
How I finished the shelf
For the finish I was trying to obtain a weathered wood look without too much distressing, but rather just an old looking piece of wood. I started with Minwax’s Driftwood, but that ended up being a little too gray for me. It was time to pull out a favorite color of mine, Special Walnut. I didn’t want the wood to look too brown, so I applied the Special Walnut over the dried driftwood with a lint free rag. I rubbed it on very lightly and tried to spread it out as much as I could to apply the least amount stain possible. My goal here was just to warm up the color, not change it.
Changing the Bracing
I decided rather than doing the horizontal bars across the back of each shelf that I would instead add metal strips for diagonal support. This baby doesn’t sway side to side one single bit!
I purchased my metal strips from Home Depot. They were on the same aisle as all the screws and bolts. Then I attached the metal strips to the back of the bookshelf with sheet metal screws.
Overall I’m so pleased with how this bookshelf turned out. I had a lot of fun styling it, but I think eventually I will add some crates at the bottom for more hidden storage. I’m all about hiding my clutter!
If you are looking for a different way to finish the bookshelf you might want to take a look at my other tutorials: