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You can use 2 x 6 for the bookshelf riser, but I find a 2 x 4 is a reasonable size (Remember, 2 x 4 is the “nominal size”. Measure your bookshelf, but in my case, with a 2 x 4, I was able to use 5.5″ tall baseboard. If you have a * FULL size nail gun (like the kind framers user, not a finish or brad nailer), you could attach the boards that way. Pre-drill and drive two, 3″ wood screws into each end.
To attach the riser to the bookshelf you will need pocket holes.
Once I decided to build a Pottery Barn knock-off desk for my husband, I knew the desk would be lonely without a pair of classic bookshelves.
Its hard to find good bookshelves people, especially tall ones.
“Yeah, but it just looks like I nailed a board to the top of my bookshelf, It doesn’t blend.” This is where trim comes in.
Next, I wiped them completely down with a damp cloth and then wiped them a second time with Mineral Spirits to make sure they were dust free.
You can also use liquid TSP to clean them, I just used what I had on hand.
Then, I flipped the bookshelf on its side and attached the 1 x 2 with glue and finish nails. Since I used a 1 x 4 riser, I chose 1 x 4 boards to add height to the top of the bookshelf.
In order to attach the boards, I needed something to nail them to. One, slightly shorter than the width of the bookshelf and 2 slightly shorter than the depth, minus 1.5″.
When I updated our office last year, two of the bookshelves found their way into my living room space. We talked about selling them, but we have books that needed a home. They will probably end up in our master bedroom, but for now check out the photos of this Beautiful Bookcase Makeover below. They definitely needed a little help and the reddish brown color wasn’t working with my home decor any longer.