Refurbish an Old Bookshelf
It's sometimes difficult to say goodbye to a beloved piece of furniture—no matter how weathered—so skip the fond farewell by refurbishing an old but cherished bookcase. Whether it needs stripping and sanding, a layer of lacquer, or a fresh coat of paint, a worn bookcase can be made as good as new with a little effort.
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Pipe Fitting Bookshelf
Assembled from a small stack of 1x8 boards and black plumbing pipes, this bookshelf is industrial in both strength and style—and putting the unit together proves that the electric drill is the tool that rules them all!
Suspended Rope Shelf
Rope is an excellent all-purpose craft material—it can be used in making stair railings, lampshades, and even privacy screens. A sturdy length of knotted rope is also great for suspending a shelf that lends a nautical charm to any room.
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Grand Piano Bookshelf
Mounted like a trophy on a den wall, this gutted grand piano makes a sturdy, curvaceous shelving unit. Possibly better suited to a music room or study, a wall-mounted grand piano is guaranteed to be a conversation starter wherever it's put.
Simple cuts of wood and rope work in concert to form a flexible DIY bookcase. Add or remove blocks to create a perfect fit for any space. Consider painting a few of the blocks for a trendier twist on this already modern shelving project.
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Some DIY projects take your eyes by surprise. Wood crutches—or a wood A-frame ladder—can be transformed into a rustic and airy DIY bookcase with the addition of shelving boards, readily available at any home improvement store or lumberyard.
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Corner Plumbing Pipe Shelf
Don't let a good corner go to waste. Instead, tackle this easy and affordable pipe fitting shelf project. Budding bookworms can rejoice in this simply constructed storage solution for the peskiest part of any room.
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The old and cumbersome wooden ladders of yesteryear have been all but completely replaced by today's lightweight aluminum and fiberglass versions. Give a wood ladder a second life as a DIY bookcase by mounting it sideways on a wall.
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Shipping Pallet Shelf
Use shipping pallets as the primary construction material in your DIY bookcase. Once you've assessed the quality and integrity of your individual pallets, begin the straightforward task of attaching horizontal shelves to the pallets' slats. Be sure to mount the pallets using drywall anchors for maximum steadfastness against the wall.
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Cinder blocks and wood planks form a more perfect union in this affordable shelving project, easy enough for even a novice DIYer to complete. Enhance the structure's style by painting the boards before inserting them into the cinder blocks.
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