Building a Bookshelf with Crates, a Cabinet, and a Drawer

It is a work in progress.

Caution: Work in Progress. *smile*

Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and explore the randomness of my home renovation and decorating. This time around, I am not focusing on a project list or a must-do-this-now list. Nope. I want styling this house to be fun–to be inspired. No plan. This time around, it is not just a house that the hubby and I are flipping–it is our home. Our home. And we want to decorate it with soul. I am on a mission to conquer the odd corners and awkward spaces at Hathorn Hall–starting with the bedrooms. Both of the guest rooms upstairs are similar in size and shape. Both have a wall of windows, tall ceilings,and the character of a house built in 1920. I really don’t want to do “period” furnishings…and I do not like everything to be all matchy-matchy. I adore junk…old junk. But…I do not want my home to look like a flea market…or one of those flea market finds magazines. Nope. I want my home to have a soul. And in order to accomplish that, I must incorporate personality, family treasures, and functional art pieces.

Lately, I have been on a mission to find old crates. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I knew that I wanted them. I used one in the "bookshelf" that I "built" for the guest room--which the hubby and I named Winston, after our home county in Mississippi.

Recently, I was on a mission to find old crates. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I knew that I wanted them. I did use one in the “bookshelf” that I “built” for the guest room–which the hubby and I named Winston, after our home county in Mississippi. The others will find a special place soon. *Old crate from Sampson Mountain General Store, owners Jeanie Braden and Greg Cash

I also had a collection of new crates that I got from Home Depot last year. I was using them in the master bedroom closet because I have no idea how I want it to look or be organized. The crates were basically working as laundry baskets. Believe me, the master closet is a hot mess...and it is really a hot mess since I took some of the crates for Winston's bookshelf!

I have a “collection” of new crates, which I was using in the master bedroom closet because I had and have no idea how I want it to look or be organized…the crates were basically working as laundry baskets. No real purpose. Believe me, the master closet was and is a hot mess…and it is really a hot mess since I took some of the crates for Winston’s bookshelf! I digress. As stated earlier, I do not like matchy-matchy, so finding different pieces to make the bookshelf was important. *New crates from Home Depot

At first, the hubby and I were going to build traditional bookshelves for the room. We had priced lumber and paint–the total for what we needed for the space was just over $250. Not bad…but for ordinary bookshelves…it seemed a bit much + I wanted more for less. So, I went shopping in my basement, other rooms in my house, and Sampson Mountain General Store in downtown Johnson City for pieces to create a bookshelf + display for my childhood treasures.

At first, I had all crates--different sizes and ages. It was pretty awesome looking, but lacked a wow factor. I took the crates down. No photos were taken. I should have taken some to show y'all--but when I am creating, I am in the zone *smile*

At first, I had all crates–different sizes and ages. It was pretty awesome looking, but lacked a wow factor. I took the crates down. No photos were taken. I should have taken some to show y’all–but when I am creating, I am in the zone *smile*

I am not sure how many times I stacked and re-stacked these crates. I just could not get the look I wanted…so, I went to my go-to place for junky treasures–Sampson Mountain General Store, which is literally two or three minutes from my house. Too close for the hubby’s comfort *wink* At the General Store, I found salvaged kitchen cabinets. Perfect. The one I used in my display still has the old cup hooks! I could not bear to take them out, so I just slid books in between them.

I wish I could give y'all great tips about stacking crates and cabinets, but I don't have any. The truth is it was trial and error. There was also a lot of standing back and thinking...shaking of the head...rubbing of the forehead...walking away. In the end, you just stack and re-stack until you are in love with the result *smile*

I wish I could give y’all great tips about stacking crates and cabinets, but I don’t have any. The truth is it was trial and error. There is also a lot of standing back and thinking…shaking of the head…rubbing of the forehead…walking away. In the end, you just stack and re-stack until you are in love with the result *smile* P.S. Do you see that cute, little clay house? It is by Beth Macre from HeartHomes on Etsy. I love all of her darling clay houses and owls…well, I love everything in her shop *smile*

This is a drawer from a dresser that the hubby converted into the vanity for the master bath. He had to remove a couple of interior drawers in order to get the plumbing to work. I will tell y'all about it on another day...anyway, as I was hunting in the basement, I stubbed my toe on this drawer. I took it as a sign to include it *wink*

This is a drawer from a dresser that the hubby converted into the vanity for the master bath. He had to remove a couple of interior drawers in order to get the plumbing to work. I will tell y’all about it on another day…anyway, as I was hunting in the basement, I stubbed my toe on this drawer. I took it as a sign to include it *wink*

All of the crates, the drawer, and the cabinet are in their original states. I did not paint, stain, or even sand. If I did, I would be removing their souls, their marks and their histories.

All of the crates, the drawer, and the cabinet are in their original states. I did not paint, stain, or even sand. If I did, I would be removing their souls, their marks and their histories.

I have enjoyed filling the crates and the cabinet with my favorite things. Good news is I still have space for more treasures and books!

I have enjoyed filling the crates and the cabinet with my favorite things. Good news is I still have space for more treasures and books; however, I am not sure if that is good news for the hubby *wink*

I am still debating on wall color for the Winston room. It needs to be a sweet and rich color. Something to bring out the whimsy in the room. I also want to add art above the crates...not necessarily paintings or framed pictures...but something that reminds me of Winston County and my childhood....

I am still debating on wall color for the Winston room. It needs to be a sweet and rich color. Something to bring out the whimsy in the room. I also want to add art above the crates…not necessarily paintings or framed pictures…but something that reminds me of Winston County and my childhood….

Each and every item on display has a meaning and a story. These little things keep me connected to my roots. They make me smile. And that is what decor in one's home should do *smile*

Each and every item on display has a meaning and a story. These little things keep me connected to my roots. They make me smile. And that is what decor in one’s home should do *smile*

I did not nail, screw or even glue these crates together; however, the "bookshelf" is sturdy. I like to change things up too much.

I did not nail, screw or even glue these pieces together because I like to change things up. During Christmas, there will be a tree in this corner…shhh, don’t tell the hubby *wink* Even though there is nothing holding the shelves together (except laws of Physics…I think it is the laws of Physics…Newton, perhaps, mentioned something about things sticking together…or was that Einstein…)–where was I? Oh, yes! The “bookshelf” is sturdy.

My collection of paper dolls.

My collection of paper dolls.

IMG_6824 Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about building a display/bookshelf from crates + cabinet + drawer. I encourage all of you to get creative with your furnishings and create something with soul. Now, I am off to work on my writing area. It is definitely a work in progress!

So far, I have decided to use a vintage ironing board as a magnet board. I also found an old window frame and a louvre door...but I am not sure if they will make the final cut.

So far, I have decided to use a vintage ironing board as a magnet board. I also found an old window frame and a louvre door…but I am not sure if they will make the final cut. P.S. I cannot wait to tell y’all about that lamp–it was a fabulous find!

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2 thoughts on “Building a Bookshelf with Crates, a Cabinet, and a Drawer

  1. bmacre says:

    Love the shelves and the special things that you put in them! We like to put old and new things together too. Looks like you have room for more houses! 😉 Thanks for the shout out! Can’t wait to see what you do with your writing desk area!

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