I gave myself a real challenge to build these tower shelves (in a custom size and layout) just to see if I could do it and I think it’s safe to say judging from the picture that I can.
So that picture above was slightly altered, here’s the real deal:
The story is my sister-in-law B and her husband P have a new baby, Lily, in a one bedroom apartment in NYC and although there is plenty of space, it was the use of the space that got me going. And of course all the inspiring pictures of other things people had made on Ana White’s blog which made me think I could make something great too.
1- 16″ x 48″
3 – 16″ x 80″ (although one came out at 15 1/2″ – nominal size thing again – but that was okay because I used that for the actual shelf pieces)
I also bought 10 (1’x2’x8′) #2 pine boards ($3 each) and 2 (2’x4’x1/2″) sheets ($33 each) for the doors. I had the beadboard for the backing from another project and I had 1/4″ for the door stiles from the kitchen renovation. I also had the closet rod leftover from previous owners in the basement.
For hardware I bought 1 box (50) 2″ (#8) wood screws ($5) , 6 hinges ($7), 2 sets closet rod assembly kits ($5), 2 wooden knobs ($2), and 2 door magnets ($3). I had 2″ finish nails, 1 1/4″ brad nails and 5/8″ brad nails.
So in all I only spent $186. And that includes the (4) pink woven bins ($10 each at Homegoods) which I did buy prior to constructing the shelves because again I wanted to make the most use of each shelf with no wasted space so I needed the height of the bins in order to determine the shelf height. Good thing I did because I was able to make four shelves instead of just three.