Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Book Nook

Our living is really short on wall space so I've been keeping an eye out for a tall narrow bookshelf for quite a while. I found one a few weeks ago at a nice secondhand/antiques store. We also have had a cabinet which I picked up at a garage sales a few years ago that was in need of some re-purposing and a makeover. So before the snow flew last week, I got to work painting these. I did this in our kitchen because it was the only place suitable with enough warmth and good lighting to do a decent job. I had recently removed the cupboard doors.I painted both pieces with part of a gallon of Oops Paint in a color called Oriental Silk (Behr), which happens to closely match another piece of furniture in our living room. After allowing plenty of time to dry, my kind husband secured them to the wall with shelf brackets to prevent any tipping accidents.With plenty of room for books, curriculum, puzzles and even tractor parking, the new combo is a hit! I used an extra old bed pillow and made a cover to coordinate with the room with some fabric from my stash.

bookshelf - $19
oops paint - $5
shelf brackets - $2
cupboard - $3
Total - $29 for a great new addition to our living room.

Proof of enjoyment:

Small successes make me happy!


mer@lifeat7000feet said...

You did GREAT! And I love oops paint!

Sylvia Little said...

Hi Rachel,
Great job! Your creativity always seems to amaze me. Can you recreate my office? :-) Hope you have a wonderful Friday. Thinking of you!

Mom2Drew said...

What a difference!!! I need to know which antique/second hand store you visited. Is it in town? I need to find a little cabinet to repurpose for all of our electronic stuff and refuse to pay the BIG bucks.

It looks GREAT Rachel and you're right, that oops paint matched perfectly.

Chelsea Isaacson said...

I LOVE it!!! It looks awesome Rachel. I'm sure all of that stuff you use on a daily basis so why not have a space for it!! I also like the pics of the kiddos "trying it out"! So cute!

Heather said...

I had never heard of the OPPS paint, will have to check it out! I love your reading nook! Did you make the pillow?

Kimberly said...

Rachel, that is awesome!!! I am in need of that exact shelf! If you find another will you shout my way? I love your blog background. Off to read more on your blog! ;-)

Karen said...

That's great! You are so thrifty and talented. I love the photos of seeing the kids enjoying that area. Thanks for the inspiration!