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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Build A Hallway Bookcase

If you love books, sooner or later you'll need lots of bookshelves.
The only place I could find in our house for a large bookcase was in our hallway.
We had built a picture rail using brick molding and trim for family photos. There was also small glass topped sofa table in that hallway.
 Out it came, and in came lots of shelves for books.
 We had to keep it narrow. The closet in that hall holds all my Tupperware and other containers.
 The door at the end leads to the laundry room and garage.
The shelves are only 8" deep. 
They are large enough for standard sized books.
Larry built 3 bookcases and joined them together. Each bookcase is 32"wide and 8' tall. He them trimmed the seam using 2" fluted molding. The shelves were trimmed with 1" screen molding.
The base was also trimmed.
Matching trim was added to the top.
We used 1x8 boards.
We added white beadboard paneling to the back.
Quarter-round molding finished the seam by the wall. 
I hung a set of floral prints in navy frames along the right side.
 I have the fiction sorted by author. The nonfiction is shelved together and sorted by subject. Baskets for storage and a few collections fill in the extra space waiting for more books.
I love looking at my books on my bookcase.
Cheers!

31 comments:

  1. Hi Rita! Oh, this looks fantastic! and filled her up too. Look at all of your books! :) Great job.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  2. That looks wonderful! I am absolutely unable to get rid of books. My master bedroom has a reading corner with bookcases, one of my guest rooms has another wall of books, plus a wall of them in the study...and scattered here and there on tabletops all through the house! I just love them. (stopping by from Between naps on the porch, and glad I did!)

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  3. Love your built in bookcases! Hubby did a fantastic job. We have tons of books too...both hubby and I are readers. We just de-cluttered our paperback library room...removed between 750 and 800 paperback books for Good Will. No worry though..the bookshelves are stilled filled. Before our SiFi books were two books deep.

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  4. wow...wish you would come do the same for me!! This is a great way to use wasted space - well done

    Stop by Pandora's Box to enter my giveaway!

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  5. I love a set of fresh white bookcases and your set is a set and then some! So jealous! Mine would be full in no time, too!!!
    Visiting from Dittle Dattle, Amaze Me Monday. Stop by and say hi to me at cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com

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  6. Great job on the bookcases, they look like professional built-ins. I've never understood why bookcases are a good 4 inches deeper than books. I just end up with cluttery knick-knacks in front of them. Have a nice week!

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  7. Brilliant idea....we could really use some more book shelf space!

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  8. That is a great place to put it! I really like the look of it down the hallway! Visiting from Dittle Dattle.

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  9. Great transformation and a great space for books. I envy you the space!

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  10. Love, love the built-in shelves! We've designed an extra large hallway in our beach house renovation just for bookshelves. When you're a reading family, having enough shelves makes such a difference!
    ~Amanda

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  11. Beautiful!!! I just love books and big book cases! I spy Longaberger baskets! :-) I'd love it if you would link this up to our Wicked awesome wednesday party this week.

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  12. Your bookcases are beautiful! I could use a few more in my home! Larry is a talented guy, kudos to him!

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  13. Your bookcase turned out great! I have a few built-in bookcases at Brambly.Like you, I was looking for spaces I believed could be better utilized with the addition of a bookcase. Yours really anchors the space. You have inpired me to organize my bookcases better. I try to keep my authors and genre together, but improvement is needed. Take care.

    Ann-Marie

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  14. Gosh, Rita, you and your husband really did a fantastic job with the bookcases. And I love how you have your baskets and other items interspersed with the books. What a great addition to your home!

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  15. I love your display of one of life's best things - BOOKS !

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  16. Oh my! Wow! Now I want to rip out the drywall going down my hallway! That is gorgeous!

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  17. This looks simply amazing! Makes me wish I had a hall! :)

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  18. Books and bookcases to me are like stacks of money! I feel rich with books surrounding me. You should do book reviews! I am trying to, but sometimes all I read are duds, and I only want to write about books I like. Who is your favorite author?

    Impressive bookcases!

    Pat

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  19. I really like this idea & may be able to use it in our new house. I'm a new follower & hope you might follow back. I see a lot of potential for more great ideas here on your blog!
    CAS

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  20. A great idea! Theres never enough space for books!yvette@twistedvines

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  21. Your bookshelves look fantastic! I'm having "book overload" lately, so I'm thinking about shelves & where to put them. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. You have a wonderful husband to not only make that bookcase but to have agreed to it. I have wanted to do that in this house since we moved here 11 yrs ago but my husband won't do allow it. YOur bookcases are gorgeous. The backboard really dresses it up, nice touch. Totally envious!

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  23. This is terrific - looks like it was meant to be there all the time - I love books - have to rotate out what I've got - looking for space!
    kathy

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  24. What a wonderful idea. It looks fabulous. I love it. Never thought of putting a library wall in the hallway, but it is perfect. You did a great job on the bookcases. Love it. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs Marty

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  25. it's a great place for books!

    found you via a beach cottage.

    michele

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  26. We just went through our books and gave 18 hardbacks away. Tried to read some of the authors you all read. I've just been introduced to Mary Kay Andrews's books by Cherry is in the garden and more..and are now reading Hissy Fit..and yesterday checked out at the public library The Fixer Upper and my first book by this Author was Summer Rental. Was great..just wished I had a comfortable chair to sit in my bedroom to read in..that's a new shopping goal, once I get rid of one piece of furniture and switch a chest of drawers out of my bedroom, maybe I will have room for a comft chair to read in.

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  27. I was just talking to my hubby this week about building or rather getting an narrow bookcase for the hallway. I wonder if they sell these anywhere--hubby does not have the tools or time!

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