DIY Built-In Bookshelves with a Hidden Bookcase Door

DIY built-in bookshelves with a hidden bookcase door and color blocked book styling. A fun way to add character and book storage to a room!

We finally did it! I’ve wanted built-in bookshelves for FOREVER. I mean, really. Like 10 years or more. I came up with the idea a long time ago. Then over the years, I would occasionally say it again to my husband.

Then I came up with one of the coolest parts of our built-in bookshelves and that’s what sealed the deal and got my husband on board right-away!

We wanted to have a door from one room to the other next to the built-in bookshelves, but we weren’t sure how we wanted it to look and then one day I said, “Maybe we should make it a hidden door…”

My husband thought that was a great idea! So much so, that he then convinced me we should get started on these bookshelves the next week! That’s right, after 10 years of saying…”Don’t you think it would look good to have built-in bookshelves here?” All it took was a hidden bookcase door, our very own Scooby-Doo door to get him on board and fast!

This was our first “real” carpentry project, so we decided to start with a BIG one! We’ve always done a bunch of DIY house projects, but we’ve never built even a small table or anything. But, with YouTube and the internet we decided to build our built-in bookshelves and our hidden bookcase door, kind of on a whim! So, if we can do it, so can you!



It’s been a crazy year in 2020. COVID has made this year unlike any other. It’s also the year my first picture book, Wander New York: Fitz in the City, came out–which has definitely made the experience different than I expected & planned for pre-COVID. It’s about traveling to New York City. Traveling isn’t the best idea right now, but traveling there by book is conveniently the safest option currently!

I was lucky enough to be contacted for an article in Publishers Weekly about my publishing journey. You can check it out here.

Wander New York Book Birthday!

Today is my first ever book birthday! It’s been a long time coming. I’m so happy to finally be able to say that my debut picture book, WANDER NEW YORK: Fitz in the City, is officially available to order.

Little foxes are already giving it 5 stars!