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These bargain built-ins devised by Conan and Katherine at Keep Smiling Home give shelter to a growing collection of books and introduce a note of culture in an otherwise bland dining room. The couple started by fastening a pair of ordinary particleboard bookshelves to the wall about six inches above the floor on either side of the window. To achieve the look of a custom build, the savvy homeowners screwed together simple bases using scraps of wood, and embellished the tops of the bookcases with trim and molding. Estimated cost: $390.
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