This was the first project in Hailee’s Living Room Makeover. Open windows in a wall are HARD. Visually they take up SO much space and leave you unable to do anything to them. I mean really what are your options?
Stack junk at the bottom?
Um…..that’s about all that I could come up with.
So while I was “soaking in the essence” of Hailee’s room I knew that I wanted bookshelves somewhere….but where? It took me about 2.3 seconds to decide.
BOOYAH! In the totally waste of space window! Hot dang, you know you didn’t see that coming. (unless you saw the reveal post…then you knew this tutorial was coming…so um yup, this is awkward.) Moving on.
This is what it looked like before:
The first thing that you want to do is evenly divide your space. I knew that this needed to be broken into a 3×3 grid.
Measure out your spacing and secure brace pieces to hold your horizontal shelves. These pieces measured approximately 1x2x8. They were secured to the wall using small nails. If you are not using vertical pieces you will probably need something stronger but because our horizontal shelves were also braced vertically we didn’t worry about it.
Once you have both horizontal pieces in place you can measure and cut your vertical pieces. Makes sure you measure for each piece before you cut it. Then using wood glue and finishing nails to secure each piece.
If you have an arch like this don’t worry about the gaping between your wood and the arch, you can easily fill it in with wood filler. (Just make sure that it is stainable!)
Then once everything is installed it is time to lightly sand the corners to finish them.
And here it is, all prettied up and ready to stain!
Such an easy project right!?! Total spent was around $30.00. It looks amazing and best of all made this gaping hole functional!
I will be posting in the next week or so the Anatomy of a Perfect Bookcase and talk about staging and arranging your new shelves!
You can see the rest of the tutorials for Hailee’s room makeover here