New Life for a Borders Bookshelf

I hope you will take a moment to view how I test drove my Dremel Trio. This is seriously a really fun power tool! Just be sure you are safe so as not to ruin the fun. Eye protection, face mask, and ear plugs. Check.

For those of you who like to skip to the end of the book and see the ending, here you go:


For the rest of you, here is how I created this cut out/back lit bookshelf that started life as a bookshelf from a closing Borders bookstore.


Tutorial for creating a cut out bookcase:
Almost any bookcase will work for this project, but the ones that have a thin wood (can be masonite) backing will work best. Set up a work area that you don’t mind getting dusty and dirty. Remove the shelves from your bookcase.

Cutting the endcap:

Materials:

  • circular saw
  • level
  • clamp
  • scrap wood
  • screws
  • drill

I cut the endcap in half lengthwise so I could use half for each end of my bookshelf, and to position it flush against the wall. To cut a straight line using a circular saw, I clamped one end of a level to the endcap. My level wasn’t long enough, so I drilled a scrap piece of wood on top of the level and into the end cap to support the other end.


I set the circular saw blade just below the depth of the endcap. By resting the endcap on two 2×4″ boards, I was able to creative a gap below the endcap for the sawblade to pass through.Then I ran the circular saw along the level for a straight cut. Straight as an arrow, and it met Pretty Handy Dog’s approval.

Cutting out the backing design and painting:

Materials:

  • Dremel Trio
  • Palm sander
  • Sandpaper (100 grit & 220 grit)
  • Scrap 2×4 lumber
  • Chalk or pencil
  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Primer
  • Paint (white and navy blue)
  • 3M Clean Edge technology painter’s tape
  • Newspapers
  • 2″ paint brush
  • Small paint roller and tray

Sketch out the design on your bookshelf (using chalk or pencil) before beginning.

Before using any new power tool, take some time to read through the manual.

To insert a bit into the Dremel Trio, you push in the blue (shaft lock) button on the front and use the enclosed wrench to loosen the collet nut on the tool.

Insert the cutting bit into the Trio. (The trio also comes with a sanding drum bit and a routing bit!)

Tighten the collet nut with the wrench.

Turn the blue handle on the side of the TRIO to raise or lower the base plate.

Adjust the base plate until the cutting bit extends slightly below the wood backing of your bookcase.

Lay the bookcase down on its back. Position 2×4 boards under the edges of the bookcase (or you will be cutting into concrete. I’m pretty sure the TRIO is not capable of that, but I could be wrong.)

Plug in your Trio and get ready to have some FUN! You may want to practice on a scrap piece of wood before working on your bookcase. The TRIO allows you to change directions quickly and easily. Creating fanciful cuts is a breeze!

Squeeze the trigger and when the bit reaches full speed you can plunge it into the workpiece. For the pin holes hold the Trio steady, insert the bit and then lift it back out of the same hole.

To cut trees and other designs, plunge the TRIO into the wood and then slowly move the tool through the wood to carve your design. Be wary of long “V” shape cuts as they will make the backing weaker.

When your design has been completed, use the power sander to sand the back of the bookcase (where the majority of the splintering will have occurred.)

Insert the sanding drum bit into the TRIO and sand any large cut out areas.

Fold a piece of sandpaper in half and feed it through the thin lines of the branches to sand any rough edges that can’t be reached with the sanding bit.

Set the bookcase upright and inspect the cuts for more splinters. You can preview what your design will look like when lit up. Lookin’ good, huh?!

Before sanding the rest of the bookshelf, repair any dents or holes with wood putty. (This is a post I wrote about repairing all types of holes if you need help.)

Use the palm sander and a fine grit (220 grit) sandpaper to rough up the rest of the bookshelf.

Apply a coat of primer to the bookcase, shelves and sides. (Still working on emptying that can of KILZ Clean Start primer! Love that stuff.

When the primer has dried, mask off the sides of the bookcase where they meet the back.

3M sent me this Scotch Blue Painter’s tape with Edge-Lock protector to try. I was skeptical, but when I pulled the tape off it did give me a clean edge. The only place I had a little bit of seepage was in the corners where I didn’t press the tape tightly into the corner. The key to using this tape is to firmly press the edges with your finger to engage the “Edge-Lock” seal. I haven’t tried it for painting walls, but you better believe I have a wall project coming up that I can try it on.

Paint the back of your bookcase. I chose a very dark navy blue. To save paint, I used a medium blue paint for my first coat to darken the back and hopefully save paint.

Then paint one coat of the navy blue.

Follow up with a second coat to eliminate any streaking.

When the navy paint has dried, tape along the edges of the navy blue backing, where it meets the sides. Slip pieces of newspaper underneath to catch any paint splashes. (Will you get a load of my lazy supervisor! You think he’s been working hard in the heat? Uh no, that would be me doing all the work and him snoozing away the day.)

Paint the rest of the bookcase, the sides and the shelves white. I used two coats of Benjamin Moore Impervo Semi-gloss white.


Once the paint has dried completely, re-assemble the bookcase. And screw the end cap halves onto either side of the bookcase.

I installed a light rope behind the bookcase (tutorial to come at a later date) and set the lights on a timer. The rope light comes on at dusk and illuminates all the cut outs.

There is a very soft glow emitted from the back of the bookcase.

It provides the perfect amount of light for my son who HAS to have a light on at night.

My only complaint about the rope lights is that they give off a strong plastic odor. But, after a week the smell has dissipated.

I had the foresight to purchase a few of the clear display stands that slide into the end caps of the bookcase. It makes it easy to display books to pique my son’s reading interests.

Oh look! There he is now! Mission accomplished, reading interest piqued. Yes, I think he is double-jointed and a teacher pointed out that both my son’s sit like that. Must be in the genes.

A few more detailed pictures of the bookshelf. This has to be one of my favorite projects I’ve created recently. And it wasn’t very difficult to complete.




 

 

 

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    Great seeing a gal be so creative and handy with tools! You inspire women!

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  10. Jewellie says:

    I follow Pretty Handy Girl on Facebook and LOVE it!

  11. Janet Johnson says:

    This is pure genius and just about the cutest bookshelf I have ever seen! I follow you on Google Reader and love everything that you do!!

  12. Great job! I follow you in Google Reader.

  13. Jewellie says:

    Shared this on my facebook wall…“I’m dreaming of owning a Dremel TRIO! Enter to win one here: http://ow.ly/5qano But, I hope PrettyHandyGirl picks me!”

  14. I’m now following Dremel on Facebook.

  15. That is beautiful! I love the soft lighting, great night light! Great redo! I would love to have a Dremel! Oh the possibilities!
    Susan

  16. Jewellie says:

    Dremel TRIO is a FUN and FABULOUS tool ‘cuz @PrettyHandyGirl says so! and she proved it with this awesome bookcase…so creative and what a good project to showcase all the cool things the Dremel trio does!!!

  17. I’m now following you on Facebook.

  18. Jewellie says:

    following Dremel on Facebook thanks to Pretty Handy Girl!!!!

  19. I mentioned the dremel giveaway on FB!
    Susan

  20. Oh my gosh, your bookcase is AMAZING!!!! You are so talented, thank you for sharing this with us!!! WOW!!
    I just signed up to follow you on Google Reader!

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  22. I also follow you on Facebook!

  23. I just “liked” Dremel on Facebook, too! The project I would do first would be a bookcase just like yours, only using a Batman superhero “night” scene.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  24. Sarah R says:

    I follow you on my Google Reader! Love your site!

  25. Oh, wow. I love this project. I would really like to have this tool. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    I follow you on my Google reader!

  27. What an AMAZING project! Love it so, so much. I am a follower via GFC!

  28. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    I’m following! What a cool giveaway!

  29. I follow you!!

  30. I’m a new Twitter follower!

  31. I tweeted about it! :) @christinasadven

  32. Does that really say 3 bookcases for $99? I am insanely jealous that I wasn’t there fighting you for them. What a great project!

    And, I’m a Google follower.

  33. This bookshelf is amazing! I love your little helper, too. :)

  34. I follow Prettyhandygirl on Google Reader. Would LOVE to win a dremel. We’ve done some projects in the past that required one and we always had to borrow.

  35. I follow you on Google.

  36. I follow you on Facebook now!

  37. All required steps for the give-away – DONE! By the way, my project I want to complete? Your bookshelf!!!

  38. Christina says:

    I follow you on feedburner. Amazing project fyi! I pinned it on pinterest. The masses need to see the amazing work you do!

  39. Christina says:

    I follow you on facebook!

  40. Christina says:

    I liked Dremel on facebook!

  41. What a neat project! I have recently started following your posts on Google and am so impressed!

  42. Deborah in Atlanta says:

    Holy cow! Did you come up with this concept? Never have I ever seen anything like this. And to imagine you did it with those bookshelves displayed in the first photo. Totally awesome!

  43. <em?I need my own tool independence! the Hubs hates it when I get into his dremel kit…Also love to loan my tools to my recent college grad daughter. I’m so proud of how she tackles projects in her new apartment. I frequently share your projects with her. Loved the backlit bookcase.

  44. The bookshelf is adorable! You are so talented and creative! I follow you in my Google Reader!

  45. But OF COURSE I follow you through Google Reader! Yours is one of the most original and exciting DIY blogs out there! I don’t think they’ve found an end of the earth to which I wouldn’t follow your creative imagination and excellent tutorials. :)

  46. 1. I put up the Dremel status on Facebook
    2 and 3. I follow you and Dremel on facebook. What a great idea to use the Dremel for a kitchen backsplash project!

    I have NO tools to my name, so I am really excited for this giveaway! Please choose me :)

  47. Jennifer K says:

    Following via Feedburner and Facebook. This bookshelf is so cute and simply GENIUS!

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  50. Jennifer K says:

    Following Dremel on Facebook too. I don’t own one yet…. YET is the key word.

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  52. Jennifer K says:

    I’ve shared your amazing project and Dremel giveaway on Facebook.

  53. Fantastic project! You are handy and creative. ;)

    I follow you on google, and I have been wanting one of these Dremel Trios!!

    Andrea

  54. I’m a crafty gal and would definitely tackle one of my many craft projects….I follow dremel on fb

  55. What an awesome book case. You did an amazing job!
    I never would’ve thought to do something like this. You are very creative. I Love it.

    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

  56. I am a follower with Google.
    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

  57. WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! That bookcase is amazing! I can’t believe how fantastic it looks.
    Enter me for the Dremel! I love Dremels (I’ve burned through quite a few of the small ones). I follow you on Google.

  58. I am a Facebook Fan.
    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

  59. Oh, and I follow you on FB, but under my real name, not my blog name. ;)

  60. I now follow Dremel (again, under my real name, not my blog name).

  61. I follow your blog via google reader.

  62. I “Like” Dremel on Facebook.
    What an awesome tool.
    I could do tons of woodworking projects with this.
    Thanks for the chance.
    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

  63. I follow you on facebook.

  64. twelve30 says:

    I follow you thru Google Reader. This bookshelf is so cool. You have me on the look out now for a bookshelf that I (well, okay the hubs) could repurpose in the same fashion. Neat way to display/store books but I really love your design that lets the rope lights shine thru. Ok, need to go visit some thrift stores looking for a bookshelf. Thanks!
    twelve30{at}gmail{dot}com

  65. I mention the giveaway on my facebook status.

  66. I like and follow Dremel on facebook.

  67. Stephanie R. says:

    Pretty Handy Girl…you are pretty awesome, and I follow you on Facebook!

  68. I’m a follower in Google Reader!

  69. I follow you on Facebook!

  70. I am following Dremel on Facebook!

  71. I follow you via Google Reader. What a creative project! Loved it – I’m sure that you’re son thinks you’re awesome too!

  72. I follow you on Google. :-)

  73. And I follow you on FB!

  74. BTW- what an awesome project! Smiled the whole way through reading about it. I have a little bookshelf (only about 3 feet high. I wonder if I could do this on a smaller scale…

  75. I follow you on Google Reader.

  76. love. loVE. LOVE! this bookcase! (not sure there isn’t anything on this blog I don’t like!) and I would *REALLY* love this little tool! Of course I have tweeted, fb’ed, read the feed, and follow you everywhere possible ;-)
    Michele
    *~*~*
    owner, Talk For Tots Personalized Invitations & Announcements

  77. I follow you on both FB and Twitter.

  78. I tweeted about it… (Mommy2Joey)

  79. I posted it on FB

  80. I follow Dremel on FB but the project I would want to tackle would be your book shelf (but with a different design). I never would have thought of doing anything like that but I love love love how it turned out. So neat!!!

  81. Lidy Caldera says:

    This is one of the cutest things I’ve seen! I love your creativity. :)

    I follow you on Google Reader and I get your e-mails everyday. :) Also following you on facebook.

  82. I follow you via Google and Facebook. I absolutely LOVE this bookcase!

  83. Sandy A says:

    That bookshelf project is amazing! I would love to win this Dremel give away…

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    I follow your RSS feed in my google reader.

  85. Ruthanne (in Seattle) says:

    Follow you on facebook

  86. Ruthanne (in Seattle) says:

    following Dremel on facebook!

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  88. Heather says:

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  89. Heather says:

    I like you on Facebook.

  90. I subscribe via Google Reader

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  92. I like Dremel on Facebook

  93. I’m a follower! Think of how proud my husband would be if I won.;-) “Now THAT’S a giveaway!” ;-)

  94. I tweeted about the giveaway!

  95. Barbara says:

    Hi there, I read your blog on Google reader and enjoy it very much. You’ve inspired me to find some kind of woodworking class (preferably for Dummies) here in the STL area – then I won’t have to wait for hubby! Thanks!

  96. I follow you on google. I’m so impressed with what you did. Thanks for the chance to win this, and then maybe I will be creative, too.

  97. I follow via GFC – love your blog!

  98. i follow on google reader!

  99. i follow on twitter @desmoinesdealin

  100. what a great bookshelf! i just finished a cubbie bookshelf project for the children’s playroom ~ i had to have a friend help with the cuts (due to lack of tools) but i assembled them and they look great. i painted mine white with a turquoise backing. these tools really would have helped with that job!

  101. I follow you on google! What a great giveaway!

  102. Marina R. says:

    Now following you on google reader

  103. Marina R. says:

    liked on FB and follower on twitter

  104. Marina R. says:

    I tweeted about this fabu give away!

  105. Marina R. says:

    Now following Dremel on FB. I so want to work more with wood and this little tool would be wonderful!

  106. SuzyMcQ says:

    Hi and Thanks….

    I follow your posts via FeedBurner!

  107. Sarah T. says:

    Awesome!
    I follow you on Google Reader :)

  108. I am a follower

  109. I like you on facebook

  110. I like dremel on facebook

  111. I tweeted this

  112. I posted this on face hope keeping my fingers crossed

  113. I follow you on google reader
    the bookshelf is gorgeous. I can never find anything around here to redo. I don’t know if people just trash their stuff or what. Great find!

  114. Louise in NE OK says:

    Would really, really love to win this!

  115. Elizabeth says:

    I follow you in Google reader. I am so impressed, I can’t believe you made this out of a Borders bookcase! Wonderful job, my girls would love something like this. Sort of kicking myself we didn’t buy one of the shelves but I think they were sold by the time I checked.

  116. I now follow you! Can’t wait to get started on my refinishing projects!!

  117. Melinda KE says:

    This bookshelf is adorable! You are so creative, I wish I came up with ideas like that!

  118. I follow you with Feed Burner.

  119. I follow on Facebook!

  120. Mentioned on Facebook

  121. Liked Dremel

  122. Tweeted about giveaway

  123. Entry 1:

    Subscribed to your blog via Google Reader. (Way before today, of course.)

  124. Entry 2:

    Liked you on Facebook, :)

  125. Entry 3:

    Followed you on Twitter. :)

    And the bookshelf conversion totally rocks–the lights, the end caps, the painting. Wow.

  126. I follow you on google!

  127. I follow you on FB!

  128. I follow you through Google Reader.

  129. That is AMAZING! A-MAZING!

  130. jennifer peck says:

    I follow pretty handy girl on facebook- I can’t wait to see more creative ideas!

  131. jennifer peck says:

    I liked Dremel on facebook!

  132. jennifer peck says:

    I reposted the the giveaway on my status on Facebook.

  133. Cindy S. says:

    This project is unbelievable—where do you get the ideas?
    I follow you on Google. Would sure love to win the Trio.

  134. Hiya, I live in Australia so I’m not entering. Just wanted to say WOW!! I think you did an amazing job on the bookshelf, it looks unreal :)

  135. Follow you on feedburner

  136. Follow PrettyHandyGirl on Facebook

  137. Tweet about this giveaway @jusmytocents

  138. Facebook – Mention this giveaway on my status update

  139. Follow Dremel on Facebook and I would like to tackle the bookshelf, because my daughter has a lot of books.

  140. I posted the giveaway on my status. I love tools and would love to have this one. I love the bookshelf you made.

  141. VintageBeachgirl says:

    I have been thinking about a Dremel Trio of my very own since I first saw them advertised. It looks to be more fun than any tool I’ve seen lately, safe fun though……ear & eye protection, check….face mask, check…..good to go since I’ve read the manual!!!
    I follow your posts via Feedburner and I love this one! Wish I had a young one to build this project for, it is too adorable! Good job Pretty Handy Girl!!
    Take care, VBg

  142. Barbara Noland says:

    oh, I have been dreaming about owning this Dremel. so many projects….so NOT the right tools! I would LOVE to win this. thanks

  143. I follow you on Google Reader! You rock!

  144. I follow you on Twitter!

  145. Sharon Sink says:

    I have a a dollhouse made by my father and grandfather that needs the Dremel touch.

  146. This is so cool. Pre-lights it’s a great project, but with the colored lights showing through at dusk… it’s freaking fantastic. I think I’m going to have to make something like this for my nephew.

    Oh, yes, I follow via GFC. :)

  147. I tweeted! But I kinda used my own words. Had to mention the bookshelf, not just the giveaway.

  148. Yup. I follow you via Twitter.
    Pretty sure I follow via FB too, but I’m going to double check and correct that error now if I’m not.

  149. I follow you!!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  150. I liked PHG on F-Book! I wasn’t sure how to follow, but I assure you that I do!!!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  151. I liked Dremel on Facebook!!!
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  152. Deann Carpenter says:

    I follow you on feedburner

  153. Deann Carpenter says:

    I follow you on facebook

  154. Deann Carpenter says:

    Dremel on facebook!

  155. Shirley says:

    I follow you on Feedburner. What a fantastic job you did, you are so creative, I just love your blog and enjoy rereading them all the time.

  156. I follow you via feedburner.

  157. I also follow you on fb.

  158. Also started following Dremel on fb.

  159. Balerie Brown says:

    I now follow you on Facebook :)

  160. Balerie Brown says:

    I am now following you on Twitter :)

  161. Balerie Brown says:

    I tweeted about your giveaway :)

  162. Balerie Brown says:

    I like Dremel on facebook :) I would like to work on a piece for my big blank wall in my living room :)

  163. What a great project! As a current Borders employee, I am glad to see the bookcases put to such good use! The fact that they still house books – and for a child – makes my heart sing! Thanks for sharing all your projects – you are amazing!

  164. Wow, I would so love to win this. Thanks for the chance. I follow your great posts via feedburner

  165. Following Dremel on FB. LOVE this tool…so many possibilities. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  166. Just found you and am following on FaceBook. Where have I been? Love the site!!!

  167. Liked dremel on FaceBook said you sent me! Under Theresa Lucas

  168. I posted your giveaway on FaceBook- but I hope I win! Thanks!

  169. Also following you via Google Reader, so I am sure not to miss anything!

  170. I follow you on GFC!

  171. Following you on Twitter too! under Scarlettred41816

  172. I definitely “Follow Me to the ends of the earth and back!” Hoping to win this fabulous DREMEL TRIO!
    Thanks for the chance!
    Debbie Barker
    debbiebarker41@hotmail.com

  173. I follow PrettyHandyGirl on Facebook!

  174. I just did this: Facebook – Mention this giveaway on your status update: “I’m dreaming of owning a Dremel TRIO! Enter to win one here: http://ow.ly/5qano But, I hope PrettyHandyGirl picks me! “
    I really hope I am picked!!!!!
    Debbie Barker
    debbiebarker41@hotmail.com

  175. This has to be one of my all-time favs of yours, Brittany! Happy to tweet and post it. Plus – it’s going on Pinterest! (just in case that counts as an extra entry :D)

  176. Michaela says:

    I follow you via Feedburner!

  177. Jerri C. says:

    I love your posts and receive them through Feedburner. Love the giveaway too.

  178. Jerri C. says:

    Following Pretty Handy Girl on FB & “liking it.”

  179. I follow you via feedburner.
    Thanks so much–what a cool bookcase. You’re kids are uber lucky to have a handy Mom like you!

  180. I don’t have a facebook or twitter account. Can I still enter?

  181. I follow you by Google Reader! (And I LOVE LOVE this project!!!)

  182. I follow you on Facebook and Twitter!

  183. I posted on Facebook!

  184. I’m following Dremel on Facebook!

  185. Andrea Skeens says:

    I follow you

  186. Now I wish that I had gone into my Borders when it was closing! It looks great!

    (Btw, I am attempting some contact paper on the back of a bookcase this week- per your contact paper tutorial!)

    Oh, and I follow you! :)

  187. JennaLis says:

    I use BlogLovin as my reader to ensure I never miss a post! Love the format of BlogLovin, as it allows me to still enjoy the beautiful layouts of all my favourite blogs!

  188. JennaLis says:

    Follow you on Facebook! Surprised I hadn’t done that already!!

  189. JennaLis says:

    Follow Dremel on Facebook now :)
    I didn’t know you could use the Trio to cut tiles! We have lots of custom tile work in our home, done by our landlord. I would love to do more tile work and create my own pieces to go with it!

  190. Bonnie P says:

    I follow you by email :) don’t do any of the others :( just one entry. Please pick me LOL

  191. Love all your projects!!!
    Would love to win!!!!

  192. Hi! I am a google reader follower. I’ve always wanted to try a dremel – the dremel trio looks like SO much fun. Love the bookshelf, too!

  193. Stephanie C says:

    I read your posts through feedburner, I’m not a facebook person.

  194. Cindy S. says:

    I follow Pretty Handy Girl on facebook!

  195. debra hamill says:

    I love your blog. I have actually been receiving it by email. I would love to have the Dremel trio.

  196. I follow u on facebook …Love your work….Great job!!!

  197. debra hamill says:

    I am now a follower by google.

  198. debra hamill says:

    I am also a facebook fan.

  199. debra hamill says:

    I shared this Dremel giveaway on my facebook page.

  200. debra hamill says:

    I have become a fan of Dremel on facebook.

  201. I Follow you on Google Connect :)

  202. Jennifer says:

    Such great giveaways. Thanks for the opportunity. I follow you through Feedburner.

  203. I follow you on FB

  204. I also follow Dremel on FB :)

  205. Melissa Walton says:

    Follow you on Facebook

  206. Jennifer says:

    I ‘Like’ you on Facebook and I follow you on Twitter.

  207. Jennifer says:

    I Tweeted about this giveaway. jrosencr

  208. Jennifer says:

    I ‘Like’ Dremel on Facebook.

  209. Im def a Facebook follower and just joined you google wise =)

  210. I left a facebook status!

    Ooohhh I hope I win! :)

    Heather @ A Table for Ten, Please
    heatherluke.blogspot.com

  211. I totally follow you :)

  212. Allison says:

    I follow you on google and would love to win the Trio!

  213. Follow you on facebook. :D

  214. Let me clarify. My friend Heather posted the contest as her status. That’s how I found you. LOVE this site! Posted the contest as my status and “Liked” your page on FB.

  215. Oh yeah this is an awesome give away. I follow PHG via email feed burner.

  216. I follow PHG on Face book.

  217. I mentioned this on my status update.

  218. I follow Dremel on Facebook

  219. 1. I follow via google reader. Love seeing another local building and refurbishing.

  220. 2. Following on facebook and twitter. @jennydas

  221. 3. Tweeted the giveaway. We have a sucky low class dremel. I played with this one in the store a while back, so much nicer than the bottom barrel one we got years ago. Buttery cuts, smooth and fun.

  222. 4. FB shared the giveaway. http://www.facebook.com/Dremel#!/jennifer.l.scheidt

    I’m already dreaming up what I’d do with this dremel knowing how much more fun this one is! Really hope I win.

  223. 5. I FBed Liked Dremel.

    My birthday is coming up. Maybe I’ll ask for the dremel trio as my chances of winning are super low.

  224. ugh! I’ve been drooling over the dremel for a while now. I’m following you on google reader :)

  225. I’m a follower. Love the bookcase! I have wanted a dremel for so long, would love to win.

  226. I follow you and love all the cool stuff you do!
    trishaplatt@yahoo.com

  227. Cindy S. says:

    Liked Dremel on facebook. Oh, so many projects to contemplate! I have some plaques to do ASAP as gifts, and I think that’s what I would tackle first.

  228. I’ve been following your site for some time now!

  229. I also follow on Facebook!!!

  230. Posted the Giveaway on Facebook for my friends!

  231. Posted the Giveaway on Facebook!

  232. …and my last chance (I hope I win because I need a Dremel) I follow Dremel on Facebook! ….phew….I did it! You are now exposed!! :)

  233. I’m a follower! Just amazed at your talent… the bookcase is fantastic! Thanks for sharing the steps on how you created this masterpiece – it helps some of us more than you know! Appreciate the chance to win. AJ
    queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com

  234. I’m following you on twitter and facebook! Thanks for the extra chance to win. AJ
    queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com

  235. I retweeted about the giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. AJ – quenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com

  236. I love this bookshelf! My older kids (5 & 3) loved looking at this tutorial with me. Would love to have a Dremel one day. If I won, I would use it to finish up a cabinet I’m repurposing for a helpful friend who needs a craft area for her kids. She watches our dogs when we travel, watched our big kids when our baby was born, but won’t accept our money.

  237. I follow you on Google Reader… amazing bookshelf!!!

  238. I get your posts through feedburner! That is an awesome bookcase! If I win the trio there is no way my husband is touching it!!

  239. I follow you on facebook!

  240. I like Dremel on FB!

  241. I like you on facebook!

  242. I posted it on facebook.

  243. Christina P. says:

    I follow you through Google. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

  244. I like Dremel on Facebook. I would love to attack several projects in my new house with this set! :)

  245. Allison H says:

    I follow via google reader

  246. Christy says:

    I follow via Google (and RSS).

  247. Christy says:

    And am now following on Twitter.

  248. I follow you on google reader!

  249. Kimberlee says:

    I follow you on FB

  250. Kimberlee says:

    Oh, following you on Twitter too.

  251. Megan E says:

    I follow you on Google Reader. Would love to win this.

  252. I’ve been following through my google reader. Thanks for all of the inspiration!!!

  253. Valerie Teeling says:

    I already follow you on Facebook. I also have you listed in my Everyday Favourites.

  254. great project!
    I’m a follower.

  255. Christina says:

    I follow you on google reader. I sooooo need this!

  256. Stacy Moore says:

    I follow you on Feedburner!!!

  257. I am a follower of your blog and am in awe over this bookshelf project. Great job!

  258. What project would I tackle with a dremel? Making a wood slat headboard for my guest bedroom and make leaf shaped cutouts in the wood slats, similar to what you did here with the bookshelf.

  259. Hi Britanny!

    I follow you and Dremel on facebook! :)

  260. I would love to use the Dremel for a kitchen backsplash project!

  261. great giveaway! i follow you on my google reader!

  262. Following you via Feedburner~ ♪

  263. And following Dremel now, too, hoping I can modify some shelving in my house and build some decorative cat towers for my four-legged bosses. ♥

  264. Feedburner – Great idea!

  265. Ericka H. says:

    I’m a follower!

  266. Ericka H. says:

    I follow on Facebook too!

  267. Oh I’d Love this tool! I’m a follower on GFC.

  268. Already follow you on FB!

  269. Just liked Dremel on FB. I’ve got the little tool and it’s great, not as powerful as the Trio though. It does my four dogs’ nails like a breeze! It also sharpens lawn mower blades and does all kinds of other things.

  270. Jan in Kentucky says:

    I have shared this on facebook and follow you everyday on google. I love your blog and this dremel gives me unlimited ideas. I have a feeling that bookcases like yours will be popping up all over the country!

  271. Yes, I need one of these. I have had a dremel in the past, but couldn’t negotiate the jargon. The booklet needs to be written by a woman. The “collet” talk stopped me cold. Thanks, Ann

  272. I follow you on FB.

  273. I follow Dremel on FB.

  274. Brittany, this project – WOW!! Also, I would love to win. :)

  275. I follow your blog through Google Reader!

  276. I “liked” your page on Facebook!

  277. Donna Hollingsworth says:

    I am following Dremel on Facebook. I would love to win the Trio and try my luck at making a bookcase that rocks!

  278. Donna Hollingsworth says:

    I follow Pretty Handy Girl on both Feedburner and Google Friends Connect. PHG is awesome!

  279. I followed Dremel on Facebook under my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/jkhomestead).

  280. Donna Hollingsworth says:

    I like PHG on Facebook and let all my friends know about her awesome blog!!!

  281. I follow you on FB, I like Dremel, & I posted a status update on FB.

  282. I like Dremel on facebook. Actually, I <3 them.

  283. I had fun spicing up my page while posting the FB status update. I really like the book shelf. I mostly use my Dremel with diamond bits for glass.

  284. Dede Warren says:

    Seriously… this is the best makeover ever!
    FaB-U-Loso!

  285. Dede Warren says:

    Opps… I forgot to tell you I follow you through Google Reader. So… I follow you through Google Reader :)

  286. I have just one thing to say….WOW!!

  287. I am following you on FB

  288. I am following on Twitter

  289. I now getting hot tips via feedburner =)

  290. I tweet’d!

  291. I FB’d! whewwww I think I did them all! =)
    Thanks!!

  292. I follow dremel on FB. What project *wouldn’t* I tackle? I’ve got a few thrifted furniture pieces that definitely need some sanding, and I want to build some shelves for my bedroom.

  293. Lisa Ingram says:

    I follow you on FB. And i love your projects. I feel so inspired. Even shared your blog URL with friends I was so impressed with your creativity.

    Have a blessed day!

  294. Lisa Ingram says:

    P.s. will be following Dremel tonight on FB – can’t connect to FB at work.

  295. Lisa Ingram says:

    p.s.s. – have also added your blog to my igoogle rss feed.

  296. Wow. You.Are.Awesome. I learn so much from you every time I pop into your blog. Thanks for teaching me! I follow you everywhere!

  297. That is AWESOME! My son saw the pic and now wants me to do one for his bedroom in space theme!

  298. renee diorio says:

    I follow you (I’m obsessed actually) and tell everyone about you. This dremel would help me repurpose most of my house!

  299. I follow you through Feedburner — you are a constant inspiration!

  300. Of course I follow your fun blog!

  301. Liked Pretty Handy girl on FB

  302. I like Dremel on FB too

  303. HollySharp says:

    I follow your blog … and love it!

  304. Holy Guacamole would I love to win that! I can’t afford to buy my own tools right now. I followed you on Twitter!

  305. I follow you on GFC!

  306. I like PHG on FB!

  307. I follow you using google.

  308. I like Dremel on facebook.

  309. I’m following you in google reader.

    carissamarie at gmail

  310. Following you on Twitter (Carissa_Marie)

    carissamarie at gmail

  311. Message tweeted! (from @carissa_marie)

    carissamarie at gmail

  312. I follow you via Feedburner (I need to lok into Google reader – not sure what that’s all about!)

  313. Posted about giveaway on my FB page!

  314. I’m already a PHG FB follower!

  315. …and now I’m a Dremel FB follower!

  316. Allison says:

    I follow you on Google Reader!

  317. Michele says:

    I’m following you on Twitter now!

  318. I follow you on Google

  319. I follow you on Facebook.

  320. I’m following Dremel on FB!

  321. I now follow you thru google reader.So glad i found you through TLC . That is the cutest bookcase I have ever seen. Perfect for my grandsons nursery!
    Thanks for the tutorial! I love using power tools too!

  322. I follow via Feedburner.

  323. Following on Facebook too!

  324. Liked Dremel

  325. Posted on my Facebook status “I’m dreaming of owning a Dremel TRIO! …”

  326. Michelle L. says:

    I follow you on GFC (Michelle L.)

  327. Michelle L. says:

    I follow you on FB

  328. Michelle L. says:
  329. Michelle L. says:

    I mentioned the giveaway in my FB status update

  330. Michelle L. says:

    I follow Dremel on FB. I have a ton of projects, but the 1st will either be a bookcase or faux crown moulding or… :D

  331. I follow Dremel on facebook. I would use the Dremel to help me re-invent and re-style an old podium for my classroom.

  332. I am a follower of p.g.h. on facebook.

  333. I am a follower on Google.

  334. I shared link about giveaway on my FB page.

  335. I follow your blog through google.. love it.

  336. also shared on my facebook

  337. I have now become a devoted follower to your blog, on Facebook and I shared this on giveaway on Facebook. Wow! I would love to win because I want to give an old bookshelf an update!

  338. Cool project…makes me (almost) wish my boys were little again….almost!

  339. mary bourner says:

    Would like to make the patio bench and have the opportunity to use the Dremel. Men have used them for years

  340. mary bourner says:

    Just found you on facebook, looked at your various projects and would like to win the Dremel tool and put it to use on several projects.

  341. Already a loyal follower

  342. Following you on facebook, twitter and pinterest

  343. Following Dremel on facebook

  344. Twitted about the giveaway

  345. Wrote about the giveaway on my facebook page

  346. I would love to build some builtin bookshelves in my house. ( I have too many books)

  347. I like you on FB!!

  348. I follow you on Facebook! and I would REALLY love the Dremmel!

  349. I follow you on google and winning the Dremmel would be so awesome. I love your can do attitude and the story of how you learned from your dad. My dad, as much as I love him, is not a handy guy. So, I have a learning curve, but am willing.

  350. Shawna G says:

    I follow you on Google!

  351. Shawna G says:

    I posted this on my FB Status!

    I’m dreaming of owning a Dremel TRIO! Enter to win one here: http://ow.ly/5qano But, I hope PrettyHandyGirl picks me! “

  352. Shawna G says:

    I follow Pretty Hand Girl on FB

  353. Shawna G says:

    The Dremel on FB page is giving me a Page Not Found message….Will try later.

  354. Shawna G says:

    The Dremel on FB page is giving me a Page Not Found message….Will try again later.

  355. Christine says:

    all I can say is WOW! I’d love to win the dremel, boy would I love to do a similar project!

  356. I found your blog through Ohdeeoh, and now I follow you on Google Reader! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  357. I’m following you on Facebook now!

  358. Just tweeted about your contest!

  359. I posted a status update about your contest on Facebook!

  360. I’m following Dremel on Facebook, and the video on using their tool to install a kitchen backsplash makes me want to go out and buy one now! Couldn’t be more timely!

  361. Julie Wilson says:

    Wow! My son would love this bookcase! He is also a night light guy. Dremel love!

  362. Jane Gilmore says:

    Dremel is the bomb! Nice job on this project.

  363. Liz Brueseke says:

    I follow Pretty Handy Girl on Facebook!

  364. I don’t have a FB page (and I can’t hijack my dh’s blog), so I tweeted.

    I would LOVE to build something like this for my son (who also has to have a nightlight, but stays awake if he has too much light).

  365. Liz Brueseke says:

    I follow dremel facebook!

  366. Liz Brueseke says:

    I posted a status on Facebook too!

  367. Sami Drake says:

    How incredibly awesome. I found this site off apartment therapy. It’s just me my daughter and grandson so have been searching for things I can do for him ourselves.. Thank you awesome tutorials I have spent half the evening on here!!!!!

  368. As a designer of children’ furniture I am beating myself up for not buying up some Borders bookcases. But next time a bookstore goes out of business (hopefully not, but) I will be there with a dolly. Thank you for this tutorial & inspirational redesign.

  369. Hey Girl! I couldn’t wait any longer to feature this amazing transformation :D. It posted today fyi. Thanks for always being such a great inspiration!

  370. have you thought of using your new dremel to cut a notch out of the back at the bottom? if you size it for the baseboard, then you can snug the bookshelf flush with the wall. it’ll be more stable and you’ll have less light leakage from the sides.

    • Amy E.,

      Actually I did think about that. But, I decided not to after my son saw the glowing light that came outside the edges. He likes the added light. Plus, the bookshelf has a backwards slant in design, so it is very stable. ;-)

      Maybe if he changes his mind at a later date we will do that.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Brittany

  371. This is the best DIY project I’ve ever seen! So amazing! I’m inspired :)
    Stacy @ Conspicuous Style

  372. wow! amazing! and what a bargain, but i personally am so sad for borders. :(

  373. I found you while trying to sort out using my Dremel Trio :>) You saved the day.

  374. I follow on fb! Love this post!

  375. Love this project! I just found your site from The Lettered Cottage and am looking forward to browsing around. I just had to let you know that my 5 year old son sits that way too. Our pediatrician called it “W” sitting. Strange. I have three kids and he is the only one who does it. :)

  376. Wow! This is handy!!
    Great idea and tutorial, thanks!

  377. This is amazing!! I don’t have a Borders bookshelf, but I’m sure I could find something that would work just as well!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  378. I’m doing some catching up (obviously) and this has to be one of my favorite projects. The world can never have enough bookcases! ;-) What a great find at Borders and more wonderful instructions. Sheesh; I can see another tool in my future.

  379. You are TERRIFIC!! What a creative and novel project, plus your “how to” was simple and easy to follow!! Thanks for sharing . . . I know what I want for my birthday :))

  380. A. Dowsett, RN, MS says:

    The book shelf is lovely, but I am concerned about the sitting of your son in. That is called “W” sitting and should really be discouraged as it it is not good for the hips, knees or ankles. People are not “double jointed” but rather have very flexible ligaments that hold the joints together. I suggest you consult your pediatrician.

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