Children's Numbered Bookcase

By: Regina Davis from
Childrens Numbered Bookcase
Children's Numbered Bookcase
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Create a fun DIY bookshelf for your kid! This tutorial for a Children's Numbered Bookcase will teach you how to build a cute bookshelf your kid is sure to love. Crafters who enjoy woodworking projects as well as DIY furniture projects are sure to like this tutorial; and, advanced crafters can choose their own paint colors and add their own personal touch to this bookshelf. Your children will love storing their books and toys on this bookshelf. Plus, you can customize it for your children; so, they will feel special having their very own bookshelf made just for them.

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniqueFurniture Projects



  • Americana Decor® Chalky Finish Paint
    Relic (ADC28)
    Vintage (ADC17)

  • Americana Decor® Stencils
    Olde World Numbers (ADS09)

  • Americana Decor® Varnishes
    Ultra-Matte Varnish (ADM04)

  • Water Container

  • Paper Towels

  • Sandpaper

  • Ruler

  • Pencil

  • 2" Flat Brush

  • Cosmetic Sponge

  • Power Saw

  • Electric Drill

  • Screws (Pocket Hole)

  • Kreg Jig

  • Wood Boards (9: 1" x 4" x 6')


  1. (NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.) Cut six 1" x 4" boards that measure 32-1/2" and twelve 1" x 4"boards that measure 34".

  2. Connect three of the 32-1/2" pieces using pocket holes and screws. Repeat for the remaining three of the same size. (These will be the shelves.)

  3. Drill pocket holes into each end of the remaining six 34" wooden pieces and set aside. (These are the sides of the shelf.)

  4. Connect three of the 34" pieces using the same technique as step 2. Repeat with the another three 34" pieces. (These will be the top and bottom of the shelf.)

  5. Lightly sand all wooden pieces, focusing on the pocket hole areas.

  6. Paint all pieces, including the shelves, top, bottom, and sides of the bookcase, with Vintage. (The only part that is not necessary to paint is the bottom.)


  7. Once the paint is dry, start with the bottom piece and attach three of the loose pieces to the side. (Make sure the pocket holes are inside the bookcase. For the bottom piece, have the pocket holes on the bottom.)


  8. Repeat with the other three loose pieces on the other side.


  9. Insert the shelf into the U shape and make sure it is equally spaced on all sides. (This one is 12" from the bottom.)

  10. Repeat for the next shelf.


  11. Connect the top piece using the same technique as the bottom piece. (See step 7.)

  12. Position the Americana Decor Olde World Numbers Stencil on the front left of the bookshelf. Using a cosmetic sponge, apply Relic to the stencil. Lift the stencil; allow the paint to dry. Repeat to number the other two shelves.


  13. Lightly sand the entire bookcase, focusing on the stenciled areas.


  14. Apply Ultra-Matte Varnish to the entire bookcase.

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Great tutorial on how to build a simple bookcase. I would love to build a bunch of these and finish them in a distressed fashion for my vintage booth. I think they would sell well. The only thing I would change is I would add a bead board back for more of a farmhouse look. I may also add feet to the bottom, maybe some bun feet would look cute too.


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