Monday, May 16, 2011

GENIUS BOOK NOOK-Thrifty decor chick

Um, as SOON as I saw this post over at Thrifty Decor Chick I quickly emailed Sarah, to ask her if I could HIJACK her AH-MAZING DIY book nook!  

Ya'll, this is INSANE!
My husband says "why can't you be more DIY and less DIFM"

Story of my life.  
Prepare for jaw dropping.  

Hello all!!  This is Sarah from Thrify Decor Chick!  I’m SO EXCITED to show you the fun little project I’ve been working on over the past week or so. Well, the space is little, the work was not. ;)

The idea for this project came to me over time…the first idea was to just replace the wire shelving in a closet off the playroom with wood shelves and then paint the inside a fun color. I picked out the paint forever ago to do just that....and it sat. And sat. 

As time went on (and I avoided building those shelves week after week), another idea came to me that I liked SO much better. I mentioned before that we weren’t using this closet anymore (thank you decrapification!) – so it was just calling out for something FUN.

And fun it is. :)

I have this thing about nooks – I just think they are the coolest. I think kids are drawn to small spaces too. I know I was growing up – a space to read, play, dream, whatever. We don’t have many nooks in this open floor plan house, so when I got this idea I was in luuurve with it before I even started.  ;)

I began with the help of an electrician – which we were going to do anyway because we have no lights in our closets. (I’m hoping to add them here and there over time.)

I saw the end result in my head, and in my head there was an adorable lantern/outdoor-type light. When I found the light that was in my head at Menards a couple of months ago, well…it was meant to be:
The fact that it was only $12 made it even better. ;) WHOO!

(I did some research and asked a few electricians to make sure the outdoor light would be OK installed inside – all said it was fine.)

Once the lighting was taken care of, I started the building process. I wasn’t sure where to start, so I did what any good DIY gal does –  I called Dad.  ;)

He talked me through it and then left me to try it. All by my lonesome. Did I mention I’ve never built anything like this (on my own)?

I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but I went for it! I started with a bottom shelf:
And once that one was done, I did the next one, which was the actual bench:
I was totally winging it, but it was working! And I was using only scrap wood from other projects. About half way in, I was challenging myself to keep it up and see if I could do the whole bench without buying anything for it. And I did. :)
The top was a bunch of scrap pieces:
Which was OK, because I was going to cover it with a cushion, which I threw together with scrap particle board and foam:

And finally, I created some shelves:
And when I was done, the cutie patoot book nook was born!
Shut the front door – I LOVE IT. I think it may be my new favorite room in the house!

Well, favorite nook in the house:

I had planned on closing off the bottom part, and making it look like a built-in bench, but then I realized it could be great extra storage. And it works perfectly for those big honkin’ books.

I considered a curtain of some sort, but I’m leaving it be. I love having it open…for now. We’ll see how if it stays this organized. ;)

And originally I planned on making the board go vertically, but because I’m lazy inventive OK, lazy…I made them horizontal to hide most of the holes from the wire shelves:
I covered most of the holes with those boards. SCORE!

The bookshelves fit perfectly in the little recess inside the closet:

It was that little recess that started my mind rolling on this project. ;) (The door used to open out to that side, and I’m guessing that’s why there’s extra space there.)

You might notice the light changes a bit throughout the pictures – I had the electrician install a dimmer (first one in this house I haven’t put in myself!) so we could keep it low as a nightlight (since the door is staying off) or up high for reading.

I painted the walls and ceiling above the molding with a beautiful deep blue/green color I found at Lowe’s:
I picked this color out months ago to work with the new drapes in the playroom, and it’s so so SO pretty.

I wanted to create a little space for the Bub to get away and dream, and I think I accomplished it:
The fact that it’s new storage for half of his books is just a bonus. :)
And I’ll admit it…I’m dreamin’ in it too:

We all love this little space so much. :) Hope you enjoyed the tour of our new favorite nook!
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A HUGE thank you to Sarah for allowing me to share your post!
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  1. What a fantastic little nook, I love it!

  2. She did an amazing job. I even showed my husband with puppy dogs eyes hoping he would agree my son needs this exact same thing!

  3. Shelli, we love the same thing and featured the same project, how awesome is that? My version is

    Have a wonderful day, Shelli!


  4. that is such a cute idea! i love utilizing this small space in such a way!

  5. Love this! Thanks for sharing your find!

  6. Seriously? My jaw dropped! What a brilliant idea! I am completely smitten with it!

  7. LOVE this nook. Seriously. I am mentally inventorying (is that a word) the closets in our house and seeing how I can convert one. I think me and my husband in all our non-handiness could even do this.

  8. OH THIS IS AMAZING!!! I would love to have this in my son's room. WILL HAPPEN in our next house.

    Who makes that precious pirate fabric?

  9. oh my gosh that is incredible!!! love it!!

  10. That nook is adorable! I just wanted to stop by and let you know I posted a tutorial for the DIY upholstered bulletin board I made. Feel free to check it out!

  11. This is just awesome!!!! I love the fabrics she chose too. She rocks! Did you see the nook done by Pretty Handy Girl? It's on her main page- pretty fabulous too!

  12. This is beyond adorable! Love this little space and I am sure he does too! The lantern is to die for. Fab find.

  13. that nook should be in a magazine. fo. reals.
    so fantastic! thanks for sharing ;)


  14. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick