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Children's Book Display

  • April 1, 2015

nealc
nealc
nealc
nealc

We just bought our first house a couple months ago, a cabin in the mountains. So now we're trying to figure out how to outfit our little house to decrease our move-in clutter and make it more livable.

One of the main things we have scattered around is books for our five-year-old daughter. So I decided I'd take on my first ever furniture building project to make a book display case to house the stacks we haul home after each library trip. If it gives you a sense of how new I am to building, I actually googled "how to use a drill" before using my brand new Ryobi One+ 18-Volt Lithium Drill kit, which is also the first power tool I've ever owned. So, expert I am not.

I liked the texture of OSB panels, so I used that as a backing for the book display, and painted on a few of my daughter's favorite subjects to read about (mermaids, unicorns, castles, outer space). Most of the hours on this project were for painting. I measured, and measured, and measured again. And still cut some things wrong that I had to re-do. I used simple 2 x 3 studs as the frame and shelf pieces, sanded them really well, and used my Ryobi drill to put them together, and attach them to the OSB. I used some quarter round molding for a lip to hold the books in.

Since the display is very shallow, it fits behind my daughter's door without impeding movement in and out of the room, and finds a use for some of that wasted space. And the rustic, simple look of the display fits our rustic, simple house.

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    • Project Information

      • Difficulty: Easy
        Categories: Other
    • Materials Used

      • 3/8 INCH OSB
      • 5 2X3 STUDS
      • QUARTER ROUND MOULDING
      • BLACK ACRYLIC PAINT
      • SANDPAPER

Comments (16)


  • Nice! I like the painted scenes on the back panel. I also love that she has maps, dinosaurs, and National Geographic up on her walls. :)
    By coffeemike, on April 1, 2015

  • Great job. Can't wait to see it close up.
    By StevenBLarson, on April 4, 2015

  • I love it! Great job!
    By Enelo, on April 7, 2015

  • Good work. Don't listen to the 5-year-old when she says it should have 15 more mermaids.
    By llcall, on April 7, 2015

  • I love the idea of using space behind the door. Her room looks great! You can never have too many books....
    By sharonlarson, on April 7, 2015

  • Please let me know your rates! Lots better than me with my two left thumbs.
    By ryobidude, on April 7, 2015

  • I love that you used the space behind the door. I've always wanted some better solutions for that area. Make me one!
    By birdforbeans, on April 26, 2015

  • Love this!
    By walk3, on April 26, 2015

  • Love this!
    By walk3, on April 26, 2015


  • I'm standing in line, along with birdforbeans, for you to make me one. Neal, Beauty plus Function=Brilliant. Kudos.
    By simply.here.now, on April 27, 2015

  • Awesome
    By Garage, on April 27, 2015

  • Love it, Neal. You are talented. Good luck. Dream setup for the library books.
    By hollyjjensen, on April 28, 2015


  • WOW...very cool & love the artwork!
    By dadofdivas, on April 30, 2015

  • Very creative use of space with multiple levels of learning to chose from. I can't tell from the pic, but it looks like there is texture too (an added bonus)!!
    By rdailey, on May 1, 2015

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Children's Book Display

by nealc
Apr 01, 2015

We just bought our first house a couple months ago, a cabin in the mountains. So now we're trying to figure out how to outfit our little house to decrease our move-in clutter and make it more livable. One of the main things we have scattered around is books for our five-year-old daughter. So I decided I'd take on my first ever furniture building project to make a book display case to house the stacks we haul home after each library trip. If it gives you a sense of how new I am to building, I actually googled "how to use a drill" before using my brand new Ryobi One+ 18-Volt Lithium Drill kit, which is also the first power tool I've ever owned. So, expert I am not. I liked the texture of OSB panels, so I used that as a backing for the book display, and painted on a few of my daughter's favorite subjects to read about (mermaids, unicorns, castles, outer space). Most of the hours on this project were for painting. I measured, and measured, and measured again. And still cut some things wrong that I had to re-do. I used simple 2 x 3 studs as the frame and shelf pieces, sanded them really well, and used my Ryobi drill to put them together, and attach them to the OSB. I used some quarter round molding for a lip to hold the books in. Since the display is very shallow, it fits behind my daughter's door without impeding movement in and out of the room, and finds a use for some of that wasted space. And the rustic, simple look of the display fits our rustic, simple house.