Countless creative makers and experimental enthusiasts have undoubtedly found a DIY project on the internet and wished that they had the skills to make it. (Or else try and end up on Pinterest Fail.) Jessica Breen was one of these people, but she has a not-so-secret-weapon to help her achieve her decor dreams—her husband, Sinclair Breen. He works as a builder, so when Jessica spied a creative bookshelf design online, he was able to help bring the project to life.
Jessica’s dream DIY bookshelf was much more than your standard vertical design. It featured a series of cubes with their backs affixed to the wall and arranged in a starburst-like shape. “When I showed Sinclair he almost had a heart attack,” Jessica told The Daily Mail. “We knew we had to try it.”
Shortly after showing Sinclair the picture, the two got to work. They measured the wall space and then handed the dimensions and inspiration image off to Jessica’s colleague, a graphic arts teacher. “He magically came up with the sizes of all the panels that we got cut from a manufacturer,” Jessica explains. The panels came disassembled, and it’s when the arduous work of the DIY really began—they had to build all those cubes.
The project required precision, and to ensure that they would have it, Sinclair created a faux MDF wall. This allowed them to draw the boxes directly in place. “We had to fix the wall onto our normal studded wall,” Jessica recalls, “and then we screwed the boxes onto the MDF wall.” The assemblage and installation took about 16 hours, but they were able to complete the work over the course of one day.
“It was a huge process,” Jessica admits. “But it was so worth it.” The DIY bookshelf both looks great and is an area of reprieve for the couple’s young kids. “My boys love the seating area and bookshelf,” she explained. “The books along the bottom of the bookcase are all theirs—so they are quite happy to chill for a bit there, read and hang out.”