This project had been bouncing around in my head for quite some time, so when the Hubs was in the mood for a project I decided it was the perfect opportunity to direct his motivation to this update. I’d previously had a ladder shelf in this spot holding all my crafting projects, but it wasn’t super sturdy and it didn’t really fit my style so I wanted to replace it with an industrial style rolling bookcase. I showed the Hubs this and this style to give him an idea of what I wanted and we talked through the pros and cons of the two. He took a few measurements and within two days I had this beauty.
I forgot to get a picture of it as bare wood, but I’m sure you can imagine it. This is what it looked like with two coats of the same grey stain I used on the barn wood frames he made me. He spray painted the metal corner brackets he’d picked up for the project and added those to complete the look. And here it is all filled and in use!
With the new shelves done I was finally ready to hang the “create” art I got forever ago. It looks great with the shelves and coordinates with the dark bed frame and baskets. Now that it’s up I’ll have to share the story behind it soon.
My often used paints and stains found a home on the top shelf for easy access. I reused the baskets I already had and filled in the extra spot with a gym basket I already had as well.
I’m still debating painting the screw heads on the corner brackets, so I’ll live with it for a while and if it bothers me in a few weeks I’ll make them match. The Hubs also got wooden dowels to make faux steel rods along the back of the shelves like the inspiration pieces had, but we haven’t added them yet. I really liked that detail, but because I’m using baskets rather than styling it with decor they wouldn’t be super noticeable, so it may not be worth doing. I’ll decide on that eventually. 🙂
This whole area has seen several updates since we moved in 4 years ago including revamping the shelves, painting the cart knobs, adding the craft paper roll, moving the day bed out to this space and adding the DIY frame. I’m loving how it’s all looking together. And how it compliments the wall-to-wall desk on the other side of the room, which has also seen several updates since this post. I’ll have to share that soon!
If you’re looking for more tutorials for these style of shelves, check here, here, here, here and here. It’s a popular style so there are many variations available out there. I hope yours turns out great!