When I made our living room built-ins, then realized the bottom portion (which eventually will have doors) was better suited for toy storage than our videos, I knew I needed to be creative about how I store videos on the open shelves so as to keep our living room classy (ha). I already showed you the herringbone shim storage box I made, which houses almost all of our VHS tapes (all but the huge Disney kids movies). I still needed something for our DVDs, which is what I’m sharing today. I gave you a sneak peak when I showed you my herringbone storage box, actually. Does this reminder help?
I present, an upcycled book storage box!
This project was completely inspired by a pin that caught my eye so long ago on pinterest.
Here’s my take on the project. First I cut down a sturdy cardboard box to the right height (in retrospect I wish I would have built a wooden box so it would last longer, but this box should last awhile since it doesn’t get heavy use).
Next I searched for used books with nice spines at our local Goodwill. I ended up paying about $.50 per book. I don’t love all of the spines, but I wasn’t in the mood to wait to make this any longer! I can always switch them out later.
For each book, open the cover and use a utility (or exacto) knife to cut a slit between the spine and the pages. For most books, that was all it took to get the spine free. For a few I had to carefully pull because the spine was glued to the pages. Next I cut off the front and back covers of each book (except for the books that would be on each end).
Lastly I used some cut up pieces of discarded book covers to act as a shim of sorts, between the spines and boxes. Here’s a shot of a couple of spines I didn’t end up using so you can see what I mean.
Make sense? Once I did that for each book, all I had left was to hot glue my ready-to-go book spines onto the box.
I don’t think you’d ever know it was there if I didn’t tell you.
Load the faux-books with some DVDs I want to disguise and I’m finished.