Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Bonus Room Chronicles: Step 5: Part 2: Window Seat & Built-In Bookcase

The Bonus Room Chronicles are back. You have seen step 1 through 5, but we are stuck on step 5. Last week, we checked out the first half of the window seat/ bookshelf building process. It is time to make our way into step 2.

Last week, I left you here:

The frame was built. The shelves were built, but they hadn't become buddies yet.

It was time to acquaint the cabinets with their soon-to-be buds, the shelves. 
The bookshelves are 4 feet wide. After building them we decided they needed some more support. So, we added some boards to the shelves that alternate- one board per shelf, two boards per shelf.

Then the frame for the top/ light box was built and put into place.
I am not sure why it looks like there is a snow storm in this photo or why Scott and his dad are doing such a thorough examination of the right side of the frame. But there it is- snow and exams.

More hammering. More snow.

A little fastforward... The bookshelves have been painted, the lights are installed. There is even some temporary staging of the bookshelves in place.
Hey Big Bear!

Time for the cover to go up on the top of the shelf.

To figure out what size doors we should get for the cabinets I made some door fakers.
Cardboard on top of cardboard.

The doors were delivered and we installed them.

We added some detail to the light box cover.

Detail was added to the window seat.

And that is where I am going to leave you. Step 5 has turned into a 3 step process. But I promise you that very very soon you will get the big reveal.

Bonus Room Chronicles Step Team in full force below:

The Bonus Room Chronicles Introduction Post

Step 1: Move in. Paint the walls. Put up curtains. Put up art. Paint orange design. Paint polka dots.

Step 2Put up wire display.

Step 3Put up wall of frames.

Step 4Move furniture around. Get rid of TV. Add bed.

Step 5: Part 1Part 2Part 3Build window seat and built in bookcases.

Step 6Change out the bifold doors

Step 7: Part 1.  Part 2Part 3Finishing touches


  1. You are really dragging this one out.
    The window seat and bookshelves really look nice.

  2. I didn't realize how much work that project was! But it paid off big time!!

  3. Looks amazing!!! good job DIYers!!!