With that, the build was done, and the only thing left to do was to caulk around the edges to give it the true built-in look. After trying many methods with varying degrees of success and failure, we have determined the absolute best and easiest way to caulk. First, Handan taped the area.
After I applied a nice, even bead of caulk, Handan took over and smoothed it out with her finger. Yes, finger. Don’t be fooled by those fancy caulking tools. We started with one of them, first using it with tape, then without, and then we switched to the finger method. Without a doubt, the tape-and-finger method gives the best results in the shortest time.
Here is a picture of one of the bookcase sides before caulk.
That gap is glaring and makes the piece look like it was just plopped there. But with a little caulk…
And that was it. The project was finished! Handan and I looked with a little bit of awe at what we had created. Remember, this was the plan:
And this is reality:
I love it when a plan works out like it’s supposed to!
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Also, click on the image below for a larger version of the cut sheet diagram for your 3/4 inch plywood sheet. Note that two cuts should be done at the store. This makes for easier transportation, if you don’t have a truck. Also, a sheet of 3/4 inch plywood is very heavy and hard to handle, especially for one person.
If you would like to build this without the IKEA bookcases, then I would recommend getting 8 foot planks of shiplap and cutting them to 78 inches. This will give a 3 inch overhang on either side, as well as the overhang in front. You would also then extend the crown molding to the wall.