Fancy Bookshelves with Crown Molding {Fabulously Feminine Home Office- Update #3}

*Asterisks denote affiliate links. Staples provided storage pieces for this makeover, but of course, all opinions are my own! For more information, see my disclosures here.*

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Hi, friends! It’s time for another update on the Fabulously Feminine Home Office! Now I must be honest– there is actually more completed than you are seeing here today, but I had to hold some things back for the big reveal, right?! I am so excited to say that the room is almost complete– I just have a few small finishing touches left– so look for the big reveal next week! Yippee!

But for today, I want to talk bookshelves! First of all, can I just say how much I love them? My friends at Staples were so sweet to provide the much-needed storage for this space, and I just can’t wait to fill all of those shelves up with goodies. What kind of blogger would I be, though, if I didn’t fancy them up a little bit? 😉 You already caught a glimpse of the wrapping paper backing I added in my first update, and today I’m sharing one more addition– crown molding!

Before we started on the actual molding, we used brackets to attach both bookshelves to the wall. {We wouldn’t want any little Cs wandering in there and inadvertently getting squashed by a shelf, would we? :)This actually was harder than it looked due to some inconsistent studs in the walls; they weren’t the usual 16″ apart. For whatever reason the electronic stud finder was not working, and the only way we located the studs was with this magnetic stud finder.* Hubby swears by this thing! We eventually got it worked out, though, and those bookshelves aren’t going anywhere any time soon! 

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Once the shelves were securely attached, hubby measured and cut pieces of crown molding for the fronts and sides of each unit, designing the molding so the sides would end flush with the wall.  The cutting was nothing fancy– he just used a miter saw to cut at a 45 degree angle. {If you don’t have a miter saw, you can use one of these inexpensive miter boxes* to cut perfect angles. They work well too!}

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Next we used wood glue to cover the edges of the molding and pressed them together at the corners. While the glue was still wet, hubby used a small gauge brad nailer to attach the pieces in their designated spots. {Don’t skip the glue step–  the glue is going to be more important than the nails!} If you don’t have a nail gun and air compressor, it’s almost as easy to use little finishing nails and finish them off with a nail-punch.

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Now we certainly couldn’t have all of those glaring holes and seams showing, so we caulked and patched everything up and then painted the molding a nice bright white.

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I mean truly– SO simple! We were able to complete both this project and most of last week’s pegboard project in just one morning, only having to finish up some details after waiting for paint to dry. I love it when an easy project like this one makes such a big impact.

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{Excuse our mess– you’re definitely getting the behind-the-scenes exclusives here! 😀 }

And now it’s time for my favorite part– the before and after shot!

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I’m loving it already, and the pretty accessories aren’t even moved in yet! Just because I love lists, here’s what we’ve completed so far:

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    • says

      I hear ya! We actually had two that day, and the bigger, more “technical” one failed us, so we swear by this little guy! :) Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  1. Renee Beaucage says

    The crown moulding turned out beautifully!! And I don’t blame you for wanting to lock yourself in there because I know I would. I love being in my office!

    Best of luck with the finishing touches!

    • says

      Ooh I love that idea for a bedroom! Donnie and I share a non walk-in closet in our room, so I’m always looking for ways to add more storage! Can’t wait to see how your bedroom turns out! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  2. says

    Abby I love the pretty paper you’ve used on the backs of your bookcases. Isn’t it amazing how quickly bookcases can go from average to fabulous built in look by adding crown! Love your bookcase unit and curious what’s going up in the center.

    • says

      Thank you, Marie! There will be a pegboard in the center to hold some more of my craft supplies– storage galore, lol! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

    • says

      Awww, thank you! You are the sweetest! I’m excited for the reveal– it’s coming SOON! Good luck with those power tools! 😉 Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Anu says

    I love this transformation!! I was hoping to do something very similar in our home office.
    My question is: when attaching the crown molding to the top of the bookshelf, where do you place it? Does it sit right on top of the bookshelf, or, does it overlap the edges a little bit?

  4. Stephanie says

    Abby, we are beside ourselves trying to figure this out. I got the shelves from staples and some crown moulding from Home Depot along with a miter box from lowes .. We cannot for the life of us get these corners to match with the miter box. I’ve scowered the Internet (Google, YouTube) for videos or how tos on cutting the corners to match but everything seems to be with a circular saw.. Not miter box and it just isn’t translating for us. We’ve tried the 45* angle on both sides of the box, holding wood upside down, right side up, backwards, forwards.. The front and side corners just won’t match up. Do you have a how to with a miter box!?

  5. Barbara says

    Love your feminine office update! Can’t crown molding make inexpensive bookcases look like a million bucks! Love that you wallpapered the inside backs of your cases. Great job!


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