Upscale Bookshelf

Add organization to any room with a pre-assembled bookshelf outfitted with custom doors, drawers and dividers.

Upscale Bookshelf

Add organization to any room with a pre-assembled bookshelf outfitted with custom doors, drawers and dividers.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials
(2) pre-assembled bookshelf with 13" × 13" cubbies (ours had 8 cubbies per shelf)
(4) 13" × 13" door inserts with attachment hardware
(4) 6½" × 13" drawer inserts (pre-assembled)
Wood-grain patterned contact paper
(2) ring pull sets
Phillips-head screwdriver
Flathead screwdriver
Scissors or box cutter
Drill
3/16" drill bit
(4) 1" × 12" × 3' oak boards
Worktable
Wood stain in desired shade
Dry rag
Tape measure
Pencil
Jigsaw
Circular saw

Steps

Adding the Doors

  1. Place wood-grain patterned contact paper face down on a flat surface. Trace the size of the door insert onto the back of the contact paper and cut, leaving 1½" excess on each side. Repeat for each door



  2. Peel and stick the contact paper onto the front surface of each door insert, and fold over the edges

  3. Design Tip: Cut a diagonal slit at the corners of the contact paper to make it easier to fold over the edges.


  4. Trim the excess contact paper

  5. Measure 6" from the top and 1" from the side edge of each door insert. Drill a hole where the ring pull will be added. Attach the ring pull through the drilled hole



  6. Install the attachment hardware that came with the door inserts
  7. Note: Attach the hardware through the precut holes on the doors.




  8. Match the measurements to the inside of the cubbies where the doors will be added. Attach door pulls to the bookshelf



Adding the Drawer Inserts

  1. Place wood-grain patterned contact paper face down on a flat surface. As you did for the door inserts, trace the size of the drawer insert onto the back of the contact paper and cut, leaving 1½" excess on each side. Repeat for each drawer insert

  2. Peel and stick the contact paper onto the front surface of each drawer insert, and fold over the edges

  3. Trim the excess contact paper

  4. Find the center of each drawer insert and drill a hole. Install a ring pull in each drawer insert

  5. Slide two drawers into each desired cubby. Repeat for remaining drawers

Adding the “X” Dividers

  1. Apply wood stain to the four 1" × 12" × 3' wood boards. Wipe away any excess stain with a dry rag or paper towels. Allow to dry

  2. Measure and cut 1" × 12" × 3' board into two 17½" pieces using a circular saw

  3. Draw a line down the center of one board horizontally



  4. Draw a rectangle measuring 6" × 1" from the edge of the board to the center of the board



  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 for the remaining 1" × 12" × 3' wood boards

  6. Use a jigsaw to cut out the drawn rectangle from each board



  7. Fit the boards together in an “X” formation



  8. Repeat with remaining boards. Fit the dividers into the desired bookshelf cubbies