Children's Book Display
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.