Love the backing of the bookshelf would paint the actual bookcase a different color! DIY Country Decor: Pallet Bookcase Tutorial Maybe a way to sturdy up the cheap book shelves from Target and Walmart or Ikea.
I wouldn't use yard sticks. maybe a butcher block top, but I love the old sewing machine base! An antique Singer treadle sewing machine base finds new life as a table with the addition of vintage yardsticks nailed to an oak top.
I want this for foyer! door with seat storage.don't forget to look for benches that can be repurposed for this. I just got a door and a piano bench that is going to work great.sides of bench will be cupboard doors cut down.