Woodworking DIY: Kentwood Bookcases

by Melissa

Here are the bookcases that we have been working on, for the office, in all their glory. I can claim 95% (ok 90%) of this build so let me say I really really love them, even more so now that I’m getting to finally put pretties in them (which will be a whole separate office makeover post later).

You can see the plans for this bookcase here if you would like to build your own. I love Ana and her plans. 🙂

We pretty much followed her plans to a t, minus a few tweaks here and there. If we had to do it over we probably would have went with the nail gun and glue 100% over using the Kreg Jig. We do love that little jig but don’t prefer to use it on some builds. This was one of them.

We used EverTrue plank paneling for the backs which was somewhat of a pain. You can buy it (@ Lowe’s) in packages of 6 planks and just hope you get something good in those packages. If you are going for perfect looking panels this is NOT for you. I, however, like the knotty look. 🙂 Also note that it will take 7 panels for one bookcase but the 8′ pieces will allow for your last panel to be pieced with leftovers. That is a-ok in my budget friendly book.

The stain used was Minwax English Chestnut.

I didn’t keep up with the exact total cost of this project but it was right around $120ish for both bookcases, which isn’t bad at all for solid wood.
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Kristin April 27, 2012 - 4:10 PM

Wow those are amazing. The wood is absolutely beautiful. This makes me want to buy some real tools..

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Melissa April 27, 2012 - 7:18 PM

Thanks so much hun! 🙂 I’m pretty proud of them, even if they tested my nerves a few times. haha

I love my power tools…. errr hubbies power tools. 😉

xoxo,
Melissa

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Michele April 27, 2012 - 8:22 PM

You all did a fantastic job. Those are some good looking bookcases.

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Melissa April 28, 2012 - 2:28 PM

Thanks so much Michele. 🙂

xoxo,
Melissa

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Ellie April 28, 2012 - 1:44 AM

Wow, the bookshelves look fantastic! Great job!

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Melissa April 28, 2012 - 2:29 PM

🙂 Thanks Ellie

xoxo,
Melissa

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jaanika April 29, 2012 - 1:54 AM

i have a award for you on my blog!:)

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Melissa April 29, 2012 - 3:04 AM

Thank you so much hun. 🙂

xoxo,
Melissa

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SweetPepperRose May 1, 2012 - 2:32 PM

Great looking bookcases, which I need more of in my craft room, I bought a flimsy plastic one for $35 – wish I had seen this post first. Nice job!
JoAnn
sweetpepperrose.blogspot.com

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Melissa May 2, 2012 - 2:00 PM

Thanks! 🙂 That was part of the reason we started building stuff. After this last military move we had several furniture pieces to get damaged. They paid for them in full but I didn’t want to go back and purchase the same thing when it would most likely just happen again. All the solid wood stuff held up great so now we are building our own pieces.

xoxo,
Melissa

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Katie May 2, 2012 - 11:16 AM

These bookcases are awesome! Love the color and the rustic look!

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Melissa May 2, 2012 - 2:01 PM

Thanks so much hun! 🙂

xoxo,
Melissa

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Garage Sales R Us May 2, 2012 - 5:15 PM

I love it! Can’t wait to give it a try! I am a new follower! I found you throught the whatever Wednesday link party. I blog over at http://www.garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/ Check us out when you get a chance!

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Melissa May 2, 2012 - 7:10 PM

Thanks hun! I would love to see your results if you decide to make one or two. 🙂

Also thanks for following, going to go check out your blog now. Love garage sales!

xoxo,
Melissa

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Alison @ Oopsey Daisy May 8, 2012 - 4:01 AM

WOW!! Your book cases turned out incredible! 🙂 I’m so jealous. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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Melissa May 8, 2012 - 2:31 PM

Thanks hun! 🙂

xoxo,
Melissa

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Alyssa May 15, 2012 - 4:53 PM

This bookcase looks so good, I really like the panels that you used in the book, I like the look it gives the whole bookcase. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday! I hope to see you at the next party!

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Melissa May 15, 2012 - 8:26 PM

I like the way the backs turned out too. My hubby tried to talk me into just doing a straight wood but I stayed firm that it wasn’t what I wanted, even if it was easier. haha!

I will definitely link up again.

xoxo,
Melissa

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Shelly Ann August 6, 2012 - 12:22 AM

Those are handsome book cases! I really like them.

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Infarrantly Creative September 15, 2012 - 4:31 AM

Love em love em love em! Great job. I love the two toned stained you used!

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Melissa September 17, 2012 - 2:57 PM

Thanks hun! 🙂

xoxo,
Melissa

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Rayana Botelho March 8, 2014 - 4:05 PM

Love how these came out! great job 🙂

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Melissa Coleman March 8, 2014 - 5:04 PM

Thanks Rayana! 🙂

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Kristi Eller August 15, 2014 - 5:34 PM

I love these book cases. The place where you are supposed to be able to click on for the plans doesn’t work. Any ideas or do you still have a copy? Thanks.

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