Materials: Two RAST 3-drawer chests
I have always wanted built-in bookshelves. I had intended to do the typical Billy Bookcase hack, but decided I wanted some closed storage and a bit more detail. I got on the IKEA website and found the RAST 3-drawer chest. Just what I needed.
First I made a small base out of 1×3’s for the chests to sit on. After building the chests, I built a small shelf out of 1×12’s to span the gap between them. I screwed everything together and secured the entire unit to the wall. I made a new top for the base out of stained 1×3 pine boards. I then made the top unit out of 1×10′s and trimmed it out with 1×2’s and 1×3’s. I dressed it up with a little bead board for good measure and added new hardware on the chests. After all that and a few coats of paint, I have a beautiful new built-in bookshelf with storage that is functional and takes up very little space in my small 10×12 room.