Come see our DIY built ins – these built in bookcases work well for a homeschool area now and double as office space as well!
Our built ins are DONE and we are so thrilled. I really can’t tell you how happy I am about this, and how excited we are for this storage space. Also – let’s chalk this one up to the: “why did we wait this long to complete this project?” category.
Actually, I can tell you why we waited this long if I really think about it.
Our DIY built in bookshelves:
We did a lot of projects this summer, and we ended the summer with the “Phase 1” of this project.
If you haven’t seen how we built the base unit from stock cabinets and butcher block, you’ll want to check out this post.
By this point, we were just getting into the beginning of our homeschool journey. I wasn’t sure what this year would look like, but I did know that we were about to embark on a big life change.
I told my husband that we needed to take a break from projects for a few months as we adjusted to this new normal. And it’s a good thing we did make that promise because we really did need it! The last few months have been B-U-S-Y and to be honest? DIY and decorating just wasn’t high on the priority list. This is a little tricky when your business is being a DIY and home decor blogger 😬 BUT we knew it was needed even if we took a financial hit for that decision.
But as time went on, it was apparent that we needed more storage. The flat top of the butcher block was spacious, but often looked messy as it was just storing essentials for our homeschool days. While we still kept items to a minimum, it looked cluttered. And this space is really central in our home – so it made the rest of the house feel like it was messy too!
SO. It was time to built the DIY built ins, and we were more than ready to do so once we decided to tackle the project.
How we built these bookshelves:
You can see how we built these bookshelves in less than 30 seconds by watching this video. If you need me to write out more detailed instructions, I can do that! But it should be pretty self explanatory for this project.
@christinamariablogCan’t WAIT for this extra storage! Taking your time makes the end result sweeter 🥰 ##diytok ##learnontiktok ##builtin ##homeschoolingmom ##diyprojects♬ Stuck in the Middle – Tai Verdes
I didn’t put the finishing pieces into this video, but we put crown molding on the top to finish it off. We wondered about putting some decorative molding on the sides of the bookcases, but we’re kind of loving the simplicity for now. Who knows – maybe we’ll add it in later? But we might not either.
Final thoughts about the DIY built ins project:
Honestly? This project ended up being a LOT simpler than we thought it would be.
BUT. Sometimes I need a break. Sometimes you may need a break too. And in a season of life that is filled with so much unrest and uncertainty, it’s OK if all of the projects on your list aren’t getting done.
I realized we were able to complete these bookshelves earlier, but it would have just been too much for one reason or another. And recognizing our limitations? It’s something I’m working on.
Speaking of changes:
I’ll be making an “official announcement” sometime but I decided to hide it down here at the bottom of this post just to let the people who actually read the post hear it first 😉 Let’s consider this a “soft opening” shall we?
I started a new blog a little while ago! I have been making so much of my kids own educational content, and it didn’t feel right to just put it all on my DIY/home decor blog. Let me introduce you to: Teaching and Training Blog.
Wait … why?
So yes, if you’re counting…I now have 3 blogs. 😆 This one (my main blog & the only one that produces income), my food blog (Real Food for Real Families) and now Teaching and Training Blog.
Here’s the deal. By segmenting my blogs/social media channels like this, I am hoping to take the pressure of being a “lifestyle blogger” off of me. I realized that this was really hard on me, and I felt like I needed to have some kind of content of value to share every day. Whether it was “on brand” or not, I felt the pressure to share *something*. Now by segmenting these three topics, if I have something I really think is of value in either of these categories, I’ll share. And I am not just speaking to one broad audience, but to people who are truly interested in either of these topics (vs. just “life” content). But if I don’t have content that I feel is worth sharing, then I’m not putting pressure on myself to “fill the space”
Will that actually work?
The only problem with that? Social media algorithms really don’t like inconsistent posting/sharing. So, my stats and engagement really take a hit by approaching my sites this way. BUT it’s the only way I really know how to make this all work long term – so I’m just going to have to take that hit.
Can you do me a favor though? IF – and only if – you can find value in kids educational content I’m posting, would you mind:
- Follow me on Instagram and/or Pinterest for my new blog
- Visit my brand new blog! I’ve been putting quality content on there but barely anyone has seen it yet 😆 I’d love to have you come over there and see what we’ve been working on!
- I’m brand new to the world of TeachersPayTeachers so if you’re on there, I’d so appreciate a follow as well. I have a bunch of freebies listed in my shop there too if you’re interested in checking it out!
And just a reminder – this is what I am formally trained in! I used to be an elementary special education teacher, and then also worked as an Early Intervention Special Instructor for kiddos under 3. While homeschooling my kids is NOT the same as being a teacher in a classroom, I’ve found that by approaching their education in an interactive, meaningful way, I have found a sweet spot that has all of us excited for each week’s learning.
One last thing
And one more thing that goes alongside the new blog … I made my own kids workbook that’s sold on Amazon! I’ll be showing it more in my stories sometime in the next few weeks but I’d be so thankful if you checked it out if you have kids who are at the age of learning their letters and beginning sounds!
Check out my Alphabet Activity Workbook on Amazon here
Whew. That was a lot.
You thought you just came for bookshelves, huh? 😆
Thank you so so much for always being so supportive, and for being excited about my projects. This blog is not going anywhere – it’s just going to remain strictly “home” related. I hope that by segmenting things like this, I can alleviate confusion and it’ll help people find which site they really can get the most value from.
As always – any pins on this post would be so appreciated! It helps to save this content for later but also helps to share it with others…which is what can keep my content free for you! Thank you so much!
Ginger Cox says
Love every bit of this! Awesome!
Ah thank you so much Ginger!!
IVY Judge says
Such a beautiful organized space!! Great job! LOVE the green and wood tones.
ah thanks so much!!
Jeannie Wallace says
I am absolutely ecstatic to check out your teaching and training blog. My daughter is a little old for the content, but I have 3 great granddaughters whom it would be perfect for. Glad you’re branching out so you always have a place easy to find, and not all crammed together. Looking forward to enjoying that new blog as well. Keep up the fabulous work. I’m behind you all the way on this new journey.
oh goodness Jeannie that means so much to me! Thank you!! That is so sweet
You amaze me! I love your ideas and that you made a workbook that is sold on amazon and raise three wonderfull children! So awesome christina!
ah thanks Carol – that means the world to me!!
Kristen Fackler says
You are so creative in everything you do – whether it’s diy, parenting or teaching! So proud of you and your ability to be flexible and purposeful! <3
ah Kristen I love you and miss you!
This is so exciting! So happy for you! Can’t wait to check out your new blog!
This is great!! Breaking off into subjects totally make sense!!! I just love all you do❤️
Thank you so much!! It makes sense in my head – I’m glad it makes sense to other people too haha!
Congratulations on the new blog! I no longer has small children but know many parents will find it VERY helpful! Good for you putting family first!!!
Oh this means so much to me – thank you so so much!