DIY Bookcase/Table Wall Unit

We had this awkward wooden table that had absolutely no use, but we didn’t quite want to get rid of it either because of sentiment, and an old pinewood bookshelf (if you could call it that) and decided to convert the two pieces into a one-piece bookshelf table unit that could stand against a wall out of the way, and actually have some storage use. I’m impressed with how it turned out! Pop into a used goods store, see what you can pick up for a good price and give it a try!

You’ll need:

  • A wooden table, any shape (ours was oval)
  • A wooden bookcase, with more or less the same width as the table and +- 1, 4 m high
  • An electric sander (or lots of sand paper if you’re tough and rugged)
  • Heavy duty electric saw or strong hand saw
  • Wood sealer or protector (optional). Some varnishes already have a wood protector in them. Just read the back of the products before you buy them
  • Any color varnish or wood paint of your choice (We used a dark brown varnish and wood stain)
  • Paint brushes
  • Tape measure

Here’s how:

Step 1:  Measure the width of the bookcase. Saw the edge of the table so that the sawed off edge is the same length as the width of the bookcase. This is to ensure that the bookcase will fit on top of the table against a wall.

Step 2:  Thoroughly sand both the shelf and the table, removing any old paint and smoothing the rough edges.

Step 3:  If you’d like, you can purchase some wood sealer and treat the pieces before you start varnishing.

Step 4:  Now you can start varnishing or painting both pieces. You might need to give it 2 or 3 coats so make sure you let it dry thoroughly before starting with the next coat.

Step 5:  Once both pieces are completely dry, move the table against the wall where you’d like the unit to stand.

Step 6:  Lift the bookcase on top of the table against the wall. The heavy books will help with keeping the unit sturdy.

*Do your measurements of how high you want the unit to be in case you need to saw off the legs of the table to make it lower. This automatically makes the table look less awkward and more like a bookcase unit.

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July 8th, 2013 by