From Prefab to Post Fab: Customizing Bookcases Part 2

Prefab to post fab customizing bookcases enhancements for that just built-in look as promised.  Yes, you can build a better mousetrap (bookcase).  Customizing a bookcase with moldings, trims and embellishments takes an average, plain and otherwise boring bookcase from prefab drab to post style fab.

decorative molding

Crown and trim moldings easily punctuate the custom look.  Most basic prefab 5-shelf bookcases are approximately 6′ tall, but not all ceiling heights are created equal.  Decorative furniture feet will take the bookcase to new heights.

 

furniture feetWaddell Bun Foot ||  Square Bun Foot   || Pumpkin Bun Pine Foot

The art of customizing bookcases is further enhanced by adding ornamental appliques and onlays.  Ornamental appliques and onlays applied to the front, side or back panels take the ordinary to the extraordinary.

decorative appliques

 

Large Hillsborough Center   ||   Growling lion’s face    ||   Scroll Center Onlay

 

decorative moldings

 

Resources:

1. House of Fara 1/4 in. x 1-3/4 in. x 6-3/4 in. Birch Accent Molding from Home Depot

2. Ekena 3/4 in. x 1 in. x 94-1/2 in. Polyurethane Alexandria Rope Panel Crown Molding from Home Depot

3. Ekena 3.125 in. x 5/8 in. x 3.125 in. Monique Rosette from Home Depot

4. Kelleher 1 in. x 2-3/4 in. x 2-3/4 in. Primed Pine Rosette Corner Block Molding from Home Depot

5. Ornamental Bow 15.7” H x 2.4” W x .9” D  from Wish I Had That

6. Ekena 1/2 in. x 1-1/2 in. x 94-7/8 in. Polyurethane Swindon Chair Rail Molding from Home Depot

 

Molding Installation and Applique and Onlay Application Recap:

The bookcase has an assembled height of 71.25 inches. Decorative molding will have to be cut as it is usually sold in 8 ft lengths.  Measure the selected area of the bookcase where the molding will be placed.  Keep things as simple as you can by marking the area on the molding to be cut with a pencil. Carefully make the cuts on the molding using a miter saw. Sand each finished cut with sand paper to smooth edges.

For Top Crown: Nail the crown molding into place at  the top and sides of the unit. Fill the gaps with caulk and allow to dry for approximately 30 minutes before paint application.

For Appliques and Onlays:  Determine desired placement of applique or onlay.  Apply small beads of Liquid Nails Paneling and Molding Construction Adhesive or a preferred wood glue to the applique or onlay and put in place. Small bead applications of adhesive or glue will help to prevent it from running out from under the sides when pressure is applied.  Apply pressure for a few minutes to ensure tight adhering.

 

Porter divan Hickory Chair furniture Company

Decorative furniture hardware remains one of the most inexpensive and dramatic accent updates known to decoristas.  The St. Germain arm chair from Baker and the Porter divan designed by Mariette Himes Gomez for Hickory Chair Furniture Co. both incorporate decorative pulls into their design.

Inspiring design features are ripe for replication.  A strategically placed decorative pull(s) or door knocker on a front trim, side or back panel takes the piece to custom built-in statement piece status.

decorative hardware

Old World Beaded Ring Cabinet Pull in Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish ||  Armac Cast Brass Ring Cabinet Pull   ||  Restorers Iron Lion Head Door Knocker

 

 

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