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This Australian Couple Wanted a Unique Bookcase. You Have to See the Jaw-Dropping DIY
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Jess & Sinclair/Facebook
  • When your house is overrun with books, it can be tempting to just stow it in boxes and other random places at home. But a true bookworm knows there is a different kind of joy that comes with putting your books on display for everyone to see and appreciate. And it's what this Australian couple did — they DIY'd a unique bookcase that wowed not only their kids but many others around the world!

    It all started when Jessica Breen, a wife and mom based in Brisbane, Australia, saw a photo of a unique bookshelf online. She was immediately inspired and decided to show it to her husband Sinclair.

    “When I showed [the picture to] Sinclair he almost had a heart attack,” Jessica shared in an interview with The Daily Mail. “We knew we had to try it.” The project also seemed like the perfect way to showcase their skills so they would be cast on the Australian reality TV show The Block, which follows couples who compete by renovating houses, so the couple decided to give it a shot. They documented the whole process through photos uploaded on their Facebook page.

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    Immediately Jessica and Sinclair got to work. After measuring the wall space on which the bookcase was to be placed, Jessica enlisted the help of a co-worker who specializes in graphic design. They put together a sketch of the bookcase, including all the precise measurements and angles.

    Next, the couple ordered custom-made panels for the boxes of the bookcase. According to the couple’s Facebook page, they had satin-white panels “measured and pre-cut” by a local cabinetmaker, who also pre-drilled holes into the panels.


    The couple then went on to put together the boxes and arranging them on a faux wall made of a series of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) panels. They traced the boxes onto the MDF wall, which they then attached to the wall. According to Country Living, Jessica and Sinclair made use of the fake MDF wall to make sure their bookcase would have enough support and stay in place. They also said in the caption of one of their Facebook photos that they had to create an MDF wall because their wall did not contain the framing that would allow them to screw the boxes into it directly.

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    From that point on, the couple began affixing the boxes onto the wall. They finished building the bookcase in no time at all! “We started creating the boxes from the panels at 8 a.m. on our 11th wedding anniversary—not our usual idea of fun!—and finished at midnight that day,” Jessica told Country Living.


    When the couple uploaded photos of their finished bookcase and its accompanying seating area on Facebook, they received resounding praise from their family and friends. The post also went viral on the Internet. But at the end of the day, it was her two sons who benefited from the bookcase the most.

    “My boys love the seating area and bookshelf,” Jessica told The Daily Mail. “The books along the bottom of the bookcase are all theirs — so they are quite happy to chill for a bit there, read and hang out.”

    Getting inspired to create your own DIY bookcase? According to Jessica, making sure you have the right measurements is key.

    “It’s really important that the wall space is measured first before ordering or cutting or buying panels,” she told Country Living. “Be very careful when measuring, ordering, cutting, or buying the shelving as every millimeter matters.”

    With a bookcase as gorgeous as that, who wouldn’t want to curl up and read books at home?

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