As I sit in my family room looking at a beautiful wall to wall, floor to ceiling bookcase, I let out a big


I’m also doing the happy dance!!!

We’ve been working hard for a long time, learning so much and having a lot of fun (that’s my word, not the LOML’s!) while building these built-in bookcases. 



We installed the beautiful sconces we bought from Lowes and we trimmed out the bookcases with picture frame molding. Then we caulked everything and what a difference it made. Everything looks so clean and finished.

The best part of my job is getting to decorate…..


The top shelf holds my collection of vases. Each one held a bouquet of flowers from the LOML. I will treasure each of them forever!! The picture above the desk you can read about here.

I also bought a chair for the desk.


Here’s how I decorated the bookcases for Fall.

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So what do y’all think??

I sit on the couch and just stare at it. It adds such class to the room. One of the boys said it feels like a museum. I’m not sure that’s what I was going for but I’ll take it. At least he noticed it!!!

Now here’s the Before & After (one of my favs!)

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Hope y’all are enjoying your weekend as much as I am!

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Love y’all,



  1. Picture frame moulding really makes a big difference when finishing out shelving!  I especially love the sconces you installed!  Fantastic job!

  2. I think it's fantastic!!!  You guys did a great job.  I love it.


  3. Wow, that looks wonderful!!  Great job!!  (Love the lights you added…it looks so classy!)

    • Liz~Thank you so much! The lights are my favorite too. You should see the lights on. They reflect off the vases underneath. It’s so cool!! ~Linda

  4. look awesome! can't wait to build some in my living room

    • Carissa~ Thank you so much. It was a lot of work but so worth it!!! We learned a lot and will know more for our next project. Good luck with your living room! ~Linda

  5. Your bookcases are stunning. Love how wonderfully they frame your collections.

  6. Wow! What a transformation! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

  7. The bookcases are gorgeous!  I also love the color of your walls!  BTW, I see that there is one vase cubby with only one vase in it – has LOML noticed yet??  LOL

    • Vickie~You are too funny!! And very perceptive! I’m gonna have to tell the LOML to get on that 🙂 ~Linda

  8. This bookcases look awesome!! Great Job!

  9. Wow, good things happen when you work together, maybe I should let myLOML use my tools:) What an accomplishment!! I just discovered the joys of a Kreg Jig, if you have a minute swing by and check out the storage bench I made with my mom.

    • I love your storage bench. And you are so funny! Love the last picture!!!! And we’re the oppposite in our house. The tools are HIS and I have to ask permission to touch them. Oh brother!! ~Linda

  10. Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!! I have been planning on doing this type of project myself….so I can't wait for my project "bank" account to get on the same page as my wish list….lol


    Great job 🙂

    • Thanks Christine~ I should have probably waited for the bank account to be on the same page as my wish list. I don’t have enough patience though. My bad!! Good luck with your project and thanks for coming! ~Linda

  11. Love the way this looks. Hoping to do something similar at my house. I absolutely adore the sconces though. They give a little something extra. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features this week and link up this post (and others)!

    • Thanks Becca! The sconces added a little class don’t they? Thanks for the invite. I’ll be there. Come back and soon! ~Linda

  12. Simply stunning. 

  13. I am drooling over this!!! It is so beautiful!  I've been wanting to do something like this in our office but have been scared to take the plunge-but this is making me want to get started on it today!  Thanks for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!

    • Thank you so much Emily! I was in your situation before I took the dive. I knew exactly what I wanted but I was so afraid to start. But once I got of my butt, it was a lot of fun. A lot of work but also a lot of fun! Take the dive Emily!! You will not regret it! Good luck! ~Linda

  14. Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic project on The Inspiration Board at homework. I featured you today! Have a great weekend.

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  15. Linda, they are amazing!!!  Beautifully done!  Thank you for sharing.  You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House.  Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog.  Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash!  Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. It looks great! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Amazing job on this bookcase! Just beautiful – love the white and especially the color behind the shelving. Great job!

    We've featured your post on the BeBetsy Brag About It No. 26 – thanks so much for visiting BeBetsy and hope to see you at our party tomorrow!

    Sharon and Denise ♥


    • Thank you Sharon and Denise for the feature and your kind words. Hope you’re enjoying your week! ~Linda

  18. i'm in serious LOVE with these shelves!  I'm sooo envious and want them in my someday studio!

    • Thank you so much! I was in your place about 3 months ago. I just got tired of looking at a blank wall so I threatened my husband to help me and TADA…the rest is history 😉 If we can do, anyone can do it! Have a great week! ~Linda

  19. Wow, you did an amazing job! I love the the sconces.

    • Cristina~Thank you so much! I love the sconces too. They add such class. Hope you’re having a great week! ~Linda

  20. Absolutely beautiful!!!!

    • Thank you very much Ila! I just popped over to your blog. It’s absolutely beautiful! New follower. ~Linda

  21. Fantastic transformation! Found you through Miss Mustard Seed & looking forward to checking out some of your work in progress posts

  22. Oh my goodness, I am in LOVE with your bookshelves!!  What an amazing project, thank you so much for sharing!!

  23. Wow and Wow!!  I looks amazing!  I am drooling and doing the happy dance for you!  Way to go!  Pinning!

    • Mindi~Thank you so much! I’m still doing the happy dance every time I walk into the family room 🙂 Have a great weekend! ~Linda

  24. WOW…just WOW! These are sooo amazing. Can you come start at my house not that youre done? Featuring you tonight!

    • Thanks Jocie! I would love to come build some bookcases for you. Can we wait until I recover from building these first. I still have sore muscles and splinters and a sore back!! I’m getting too old for this 😉 Thank you so much for the feature. I’m honored!! Have a great weekend! ~Linda

  25. Hi Linda! Thank you again so much for sharaing this amazing project at Best of the Weekend and I wanted to let you know I will be featuring it at tomorrow's party. Excited to put it in the spotllight! Hope you have a happy Friday!

    • Cindy~Thank you so much!! I’m really feeling the love thanks to these bookcases! I’ll be smiling on weekend! Thanks again~Linda

  26. Completely. Totally. Awesome. Congratulattions on a beautuful project.

  27. Love Love Love!  Come share at my new monthly linky party — Organization Ideas AND Room Reveals — it just opened!   XO, Aimee 


  28. The built-in looks fabulous!  I've pinned it to my built-ins board.  You did a great job!!

  29. These bookshelves are really wonderful, but they are missing something – books!  This is just my 2 cents, but it looks like a lot of stuff to me. I think if you pared it down to about half of the stuff balanced by books filling at least half of the shelf space, then it would be easier on the eye, and you would be able to appreciate the decorative items more. Again, just a thought, and I admit that I'm jealous of all that shelf space as I have many books just waiting for bookshelves:)

  30. Is amazing, Linda!!! wonderful. I need one!!!!!! i´m glad for you and your hard work!

  31. If you don't mind my asking, approximately how much did this cost?

    • Hey Heidi ~ I broke down the cost of the bookcases in a post for Hometalk.

      Thanks for reading ~ Linda

      • Hi Linda,

        I followed the hometalk link, but didn't see a price breakdown.  There's a big rebate sale going on at our local Menard's and I'd love to compare their prices with what the materials cost for your built-ins.  Also (this is TOTALLY a newbie question) did you install the cabinets directly on top of the flooring?  We have carpet and I guess we rip it back before installing the bast cabinets?  It must be obvious to everyone but me, b/c nobody mentions this in diy built-in project posts.  🙂

  32. WOW-this bookcase is stunning! What a wonderful project–congrats on the big accomplishment! 

  33. Absolutely Stunning!

    We would love to feature this on our Small House Plans Page.

    The House Designers

  34. I think your built-in bookshelves over the cabinets are absolutely awesome, and I could not begin to tackle such a project myself … I'm much more just an artsy person. BUT, I agree with Jeanine ~ why no books!?! At least some of the space should have books, and then your displayed items would gain much more importance, as well as notice! As it is now, everything ~ please forgive me ~ looks a bit cluttered! A nice blend of books, in just a *few colors* of your choosing (from half-price book stores or thrifts) would give you a whole different look … one of sophistication!

  35. You inspired our office built-in project I recently shared on my blog, thank you!

  36. Thank you so much for the feature. I’m honored!! ~Linda

  37. Thank you so much for the feature!

  38. Thank you Kim for featuring my bookcases! ~Linda


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