When I moved into my apartment a little over a year a go, I searched every store in the greater Portland area to find good furniture and décor. One thing I quickly realized is that it’s really tough to decorate your space with no budget. For those lucky enough to have an IKEA in your hood, enjoy it. IKEA is great for cute, but affordable furniture and tons of great home décor options. Craigslist is another option, but then there’s the hassle of transport and buying someone’s used goods. That’s when DIY comes in handy for a good dose of apartment therapy.

I’m in the market for a new bookcase or shelving unit and the pages of Pinterest did not disappoint. If you’re looking for a fun, DIY project to create storage space or unique décor, check out these cute DIY shelving ideas.

For under $20, this DIY bookshelf is white and can be filled with photos, flowers and other fun décor items.


Go the extra mile and touch up the crates with some blue paint to brighten up the room.


And if you’re feeling extra crafty, why not turn that old bookcase into a bar? This past weekend, I visited some friends in Boston who had just moved into a new apartment. They had repurposed an old bookcase with some paint and wallpaper and added in glassware and mixing tools for the perfect bar.

book bar

Check out our Pinterest page for this idea above and other DIY bookcases. Happy DIYing!