One Room Challenge, The Reveal: Built In Bookcases

Hello and welcome to the last day of the One Room Challenge!
A great big huge thank you to 
Linda of Calling It Home
who created the ORC, in which 20 design bloggers completely makeover a room in six weeks.
You can find links to all the room reveals here at Calling It Home – they are incredible!
Linda also opens up the ORC to anyone who wants to join the challenge by becoming a linking participant
 (hi!  That’s me.)  
Since I’m a rule breaker, a rebel, (a wimp), once again I decided to focus on part of a room for the ORC.
My challenge was to build a wall of bookcases in our living room – a room that has lacked an identity or purpose for the 4 years we’ve lived here.  
I wanted to see if it was do-able for ONE person, a non professional with intermediate carpentry skills, to tackle this project and make it look like it wasn’t a DIY.  
And guess what – it is completely possible!!!
Our living room has been a room of castoffs and I could never really decide how best to use it.  Here is a true before….
…..and for the past few years it’s been kind of a blank canvas.  (That armoire was just made into a bar cabinet, something that has come in quite handy in the last six weeks!)
This is loosely the direction we are heading…. 
{Bookcases:  Bliss @ Home}
To create my dream library wall, I used a combination of Ikea Billy bookcases and a made-from-scratch custom sized bookcase, you can read more about the comparison in labor, quality and cost here.
Then I built the four bookcases into the wall and tricked them out with all sorts of trim.
Keep in mind that this project is about 95% done. 
I still have a bit of painting to finish, and continue the baseboard and crown molding around the room, but I’m mostly done with this project and I did it almost entirely on my own.
Come see! 
The biggest challenges to this project were building the “bridge” over the doorway, and making the finish carpentry look professional.
It has taken me YEARS to figure out how to do things like miter the perfect corner, and I finally mastered it.
(I’ll show you how next week!)

I also learned how to install a base and frame out a header, cut “returns”, splice together trim so the seams are disguised and install crown molding.
I have never taken on a carpentry project this big on my own, and there was a lot to learn.  It took me the whole six weeks (and I’m still finishing it up) but it has been so worth the time and labor!
It’s CRAZY gratifying to create something with your own two hands.
The nitty gritty next week – for today – cheers, to getting projects done!!!
Thank you again to our fearless leader Linda of the One Room Challenge and Calling It Home for inspiring me to be courageous and try something waaaaaay out of my comfort zone!!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented here and on IG over the past six weeks.  You kept the momentum going and made the ORC so much fun, and I am so appreciative of all your encouragement!
Check out all the other ORC linking participants today and if you took it on, congratulations!!  You made it!