Built-In Bookcase Tutorial


I have been wanting custom built-in bookcases for a few years now. And although I had no idea how to build them, I was tired of waiting to save up the money to hire a professional to build them for me. I figured it can’t possibly be that hard.

And it’s really not! It’s actually a pretty easy project! And I am here to tell you that you can easily do it on your own!


Materials: (I’m not going to go into detailed measurement because it depends on the size of the bookcase that you are building)

  • 8 foot by 12″ boards
  • 8 foot by 6″ boards
  • 1″ by 1″ boards (these are used to support the shelves)
  • wood screws
  • lattice- is used to cover up all the cracks, screws etc. Make it look finished and pretty. I think the ones I used were 2.5″ wide.
  • wood glue
  • finishing nails
  • level

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Why I’m Not So Good at Balancing Motherhood & Blogging


When Meagan approached me about participating in this blog series, Balancing Motherhood & Miter saws, I thought she was crazy.

I haven’t blogged in six months. So why would she want me giving advice!

Blogging is hard. Having a DIY blog means big projects. Like turn your daily life upside down kind of projects. Painting rooms, carpentry work, demolition, messy, time-sucking, expensive kind of projects.


I actually love a good DIY project. But I have a husband who does not. He hates the mess, and really doesn’t care if we have a plank wall or not.

And as for my kids, who are now 6 and 4, I’m finding it way harder to do DIY projects now that they’re older. Is that crazy. I thought it would get easier as they got older. Not the case. No more naps, still waking up at 6 am, and they now have a crazier schedule than I do. Between school events, sporting activities, birthday parties and play dates there is NO time.

I just blog when I can now.

This past weekend my husband and I decided to tackle a little project that I have wanted to do since we moved into our house 6 years ago!

We built a little closet fort in my son’s bedroom. It’s not done yet. Still needs a railing, some lighting, and I want to make some artwork for it. But it’s ok for it to not be perfect. My kids certainly don’t care that’s incomplete. They’ve already spent endless hours in their little closet fort. And they DON’T care about how pretty and put together the space is. They’re going to destroy it anyways!bedroom-reading-nook

Want to have a half complete closet nook too? Then check out my link here.

Now I want to see how all these other blogger moms do it!

Day 1 Mamas:

Jillian @ I Am a Homemaker

Bee @ Windgate Lane

Alice @ Thought from Alice

Charlotte @ Ciburbanity

Amy @ Her Tool Belt

Day 2 Mamas:

Danielle @ 2 Little Superheroes

Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness

Rachel @ Shades of Blue Interiors

Jen @ Migonis Home


#DIYmama Giveaway

Rusted Roots Show June 13 & 14, Hillsborough, NC

rusted-roots-summer-junk-market-2015-sidebarDid you make it to the last Rusted Roots Junk Market in March? If so I promise that this one will be much warmer! I think that’s a promise I can keep. Boy was it cold at the last show. But that didn’t stop those die-hard Junkers!

The next show is this weekend June 13 and 14 from 10-5. There will be lots of vendors from throughout North Carolina, food trucks, and live music!

Here are a few pictures from our March show.



Painted Picture Frames




Hope to see you there! And of course I’ll have lots of my signs for sale too.