Monday, November 1, 2010

Crate & Barrel Knock Off Bookcase

I’m still in the progress of remolding my oldest son’s bedroom.  He’s in need of nightstands to go with his new bed set.   He spotted a nightstand he liked in the Crate & Barrel catalog.  The only thing…. the one’s he has his eye on are priced at $199.  Ouch!!!   I can make one for half the price but I’m wondering if there is  another way????  I’m keeping my options open for now and will definitely keep you posted on what I come up with. 

But enough dittle dattle……

While flipping through that very same catalog that my son was looking at, I found these sharp looking bookcases.  Of course my son turns to me and says, “Can we replace the bookcases in my room for these ones?”   Yeah sure.  At $399.  let’s do a whole wall of them.  Right?!?!?

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You know I looked at them at say….. “I could make them!”

My son already had two cheap laminate bookcase in his room.  With a little wood, molding, and paint,  I knew I could make them look just like the ones in the catalog. 

What do you think?

                 Before                                                               After

cheap-laminate-bookcase

Crate-and-Barrel-Knock-off-Bookcase

The bookcase had 5 shelves but I opted to just use 4.

Cheap Bookcase Makeover

My son had these bookcases in his room for about ten years.  Before the bookcases sat separated from each other.  I removed one shelf and nailed in between the two bookcases to create a desk and added a board and molding that stretched across the entire top to dress it up.

Double Crate & Barrel knock off bookcases

This time around we decided to push the two bookcases together.

Now to decorate and organize! 

Dressing up cheap bookcase

 

The total cost to revamp my son’s Wal-Mart cheap laminate shelves was…..

{insert drum roll please}

$38.00

I really want to create a tutorial to show everyone just how easy it was to transform a cheap bookcase into something that looks like you spent $399!   I created this downloadable PDF that could be printed off and taken to the hardware store and then straight to the workshop.

 

Crate & Barrel Knock Off Bookcase

 

42 comments:

  1. Wow! Your shelves turned out great! I've looked at those shelves at Wal-mart and thought about adding molding, but haven't tried it. Thanks for putting together the detailed directions. I'm excited to give it a try!

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  2. Wow! that's so incredible! They look great. And I can't believe you put together instructions too! You're too sweet!!

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  3. Those turned out great AND for only $38?!?! WOW!!

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  4. WOW! Looks so much richer. Love them. Way to go.
    Brooke

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  5. So much better! Great job. I just got done building some bookshelves of KOW. I am actually painting them today. Love the transformation.

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  6. Very inventive! They look great! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  7. That is fabulous! I love what you did with them! I have 2 cheap 'closets' in the bedroom I hope to finish out to look more like an armoire, wish me luck!

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  8. You are KIDDING ME? Those rock! Well done!! I'm looking for shelving for our remodeled basement (yikes!), and I think we could do this! Thanks for the details!!

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  9. This is outstanding! Thanks for linking! I'll be featuring this on BCD this Saturday!


    Becca

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  10. Those are great!

    I'm hosting a knock off competition called the Copycat Challenge and would love it if you entered this! It would be a great entry and the prizes are fabulous! You can go here for details:

    http://sewmuchado-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/10/copycat-challenge-details.html

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  11. Those are great! I've been wanting a bookcase for my living room but they are crazy expensive! My hubby said he'd build me one, but that probably won't happen for longer than I want to wait. Walmart here I come! You did a great job making those look really nice!

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  12. I just commented over at Blue Cricket, then realized you were guest posting, so I had to add my comment here too!

    Wow! I love this. I just painted a backboard for my son's bookcases and have plans to trim them out in moulding later, but didn't want to spend extra right now on moulding. This is cheap and great looking! Even my hubby is on board...looks like I'll be trimming them out sooner than later!

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  13. This is great and thanks for the tutorial! I've often wondered if those cheap shelving units could be prettied up a bit, now I know!!

    Tania

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  14. Very cool! Thanks to you I can now try to make the cheesy shelves in my LR look fancy schmancy! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

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  15. Very nice! I'm sure your son will fill these up really fast! The book shelves look fantastic!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  16. Just stopping by from Met Monday. Your bookcases came out just awesome! I love them and hope to inspire my husband to do something like that for our living room!

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  17. Well done! I'm big on repurposing old vs buying new. You did a great job and he must be thrilled. Jane F.

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  18. Turned out fantastic. Gave them much more of a substantial look to them.

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  19. Well, they look just absolutely fabulous. I'm always looking for more book cases and now I'll look at them differently!

    I found you on MM and enjoyed your blog. Hope you'll take a look at mine too :)

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  20. Your bookcases look wonderful. I've been thinking about doing the same to my Walmart bookcases - now it's on my project list for this weekend!

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  21. Wow, that is amazing! I've been debating to build bookcases from the knock off wood blog, but if I could find some bookcases on craigslist this would be awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. Carrie - you did an amazing job! I have been wanting to do the same with the ones in my office. I'm bookmarking your tips! ;) Thanks so much for sharing!

    Roeshel

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  23. WOW! Isnt it amazing that you can make something that is so so, look so so great!!!

    http://craftyheartswarmhome.blogspot.com/

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  24. I love this!! I have two of these upstairs and I was just telling my husband we needed to buy new ones I will definitely use this as a guide love the way it turned out!

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  25. Hi, I am coming back to this post because I had found it a while ago and bookmarked it, knowing I wanted to do this project! Thank you so much for writing up this tutorial! I think the shelves look great! My husband and I are going to attempt to do this with three bookcases. We just bought the cheap 5 shelf things at Target for like 29.99 each or whatever it was. Do you happen to have the exact measurements of the shelves before you remodeled them? I am wondering if I can use your tutorial's exact measurements for ours. Also, we have ZERO experience with this kind of thing, so any other tips would be appreciated! I'm not even sure what the molding is called...? I'm sure there are a few different types. Anyway, could you please email me at rvaughn33 at gmail.com? Thank you so much!!

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  26. Hey Carrie--Just wanted to let you know I just posted about doing this project. It was awesome and pretty easy! Loving the new bookcase and the cheap price that came with it! Thanks for doing the tutorial!

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  27. You should enter this in the Knock It Off Contest: http://733blog.blogspot.com/2011/01/knock-it-off-contest_31.html

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  28. I love this project! What type of paint did you use?
    shannon
    shannonqualls(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Hi Carrie! I've been meaning to drop by and let you know that you inspired me to fancy up my bookshelves with your project. http://lifeasdescribed.com/2011/kids/how-to-dress-up-cheapy-bookshelves/

    Thank you for the inspiration! Really enjoy your blog.
    ~Cathy

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  30. I'm shaking my head in disbelief. Terrific job. So all you did to the laminate was prime and paint? You make me want to learn how to use power tools!

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  31. What type of paint and primer did you use?

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  32. I hate that I have to pay Scribd to download... any chance you can post the pdf somewhere else?

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  33. Was that price per bookcase makeover or was it $38 to redo both?

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  34. These are wonderful! Nothing like a high end look for cheap! What amazes me is that the paint stayed on so well. I know that you sanded. Did you put a protective coating on as well?

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  35. I love that black bookcase. It's beautiful.

    lisa

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