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« on: March 17, 2009 12:47:16 PM »

I made my first bookshelf! We needed something to put all the childrens' books into that keep amassing in our apartment. I planned this one for weeks, since I could only work on it when both the kid and the husband were out of the house (the kid doesn't like power tools and the husband doesn't like home improvement).

We had this old IKEA bedframe sitting in our attic. Really cheap, soft wood, on the heavy side but useless. We also had a broken chair that I wasn't comfortable fixing (sitting on something that I know is held together with screws and glue makes me nervous - I'd rather not know how my chairs are kept together).

So I combined these two and voila: New shelf! Onto the pictures:

Before: You can see the chair in two pieces and the wood already sawed into pieces (hence the crummy edges - I'm really no hero with a jigsaw). The stuff is lying on the kid's dirty paint/craft mat.

This is after, with all the books, the box with the musical instruments and the drawing materials already put into it:

And another shot of the whole reading nook with bookshelf, great fleamarket-find lamp (I made the lampshade!) and comfy chair:

Before, we had to get up from the chair in order to select books to look at. Now, we really enjoy picking out books from the chair and then reading them one after the other.

Next step is painting it. White with blue dots, maybe?

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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2009 12:51:55 PM »

Ooooo.  Nice job.  I can't wait to see it painted.

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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2009 01:07:31 PM »

oh that is brilliant Smiley I quite like the natural look actually, but I think if you did some subtle pattern, or print of some sort, it should look equally (if not better) good Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2009 01:09:26 PM »

Looks great! I would use red paint to match the lamp and throw. Maybe red and white zigzags of all different widths?

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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2009 01:12:19 PM »

Talk about the 3 R's! Way to recycle!*smiles* Grin
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2009 01:12:56 PM »

What a great idea! I really like the look of it and the fact that you took some furniture that had reached the end of its lifespan in your home, and turned it into something functional!
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2009 02:11:19 PM »

Fabulous!  Grin I think it would look great just painted white!
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2009 06:54:27 PM »

That's awesome!
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2009 03:50:23 PM »

very cool! I think it would look nice if painted to match the play mat. Or you could let the kids go crazy and paint it, maybe with hand prints?
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2009 04:06:45 PM »

That's really cute. It'd be great to put my record player on. If only I had a jigsaw........

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