This DIY Kid’s Room Reading Nook was a really easy and inexpensive way to add some character to our daughters’ room. Read on for all the details on how we put it together including the Ana White plans we used for the DIY Book Shelves (which cost about $10!).
One of the many things I never realized parenthood would mean is how crazy awesome it is to watch your kids learn to read on their own. In this technology-crazy world, I hope we can find a way to teach them balance…too love books as much (or more!) than iPads and Xboxes.
Pieces of this room have been done a while. You can read more about how I created their Enchanted Forest Fairysale Room in this post (which includes links and details on the Wall Decal and the little desk/vanity area).
I bought my husband Ana White’s The Handbuilt Home for Christmas and I was even kind enough to bookmark all the things I’d like him to build. I’m a giver like that. 🙂
If you recall, we used her plans to build our Wood Tilt Out Trash Can (which has gone viral and been pinned almost 100,000 times…how crazy it that?!). Anyway, since that build went so well, I decided her book (which is less than $15) might be a great place for us to move up from being beginner builders.
We used the plans for her Gallery Wall Ledge Shelves. We just used them a book shelves instead! We made them a bit longer and painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Provence so they would match the rest of the room.
Earlier that day we had taken our kids to a local children’s museum and the reading area had books hanging from the ceiling and I fell in love with the whimsical look! So we came home and got to work!
While my husband built the shelves, I worked on the book display. Don’t worry we didn’t ruin good books. We ruined “bad” ones. Like Lance Armstrong’s autobiography that came out before the scandal.
All I did was cover them in scrapbook papers using spray adhesive. Then you just fold up about 75 of the pages in the middle so they fan open. I put a few hooks in the ceiling and hung the books with string.
I love that a lot of their books are now displayed for them to see (and up off the floor). What is it with 2 year olds needing to throw every book/toy they own on the floor?!
The little vanity is a perfect spot to sit and read.
The shelves cost about $10 or so to build and hang. The rest of the nook was already done or repurposed from about the house. So all in all, the nook didn’t come out too bad for a few bucks and a few hours work!
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