I've been trying to figure out how to get some book storage into my older daughter's new big-girl room, with limited success. It's a slightly awkward layout, with either a doorway or a window or a bump-out on every single wall, in a room that's not particularly large to begin with. Well, lo and behold, I came across the perfect book display at Pottery Barn:
Unfortunately, I fell in love only to discover that there's no way I can get my hands on one of these beauties. They're only available online through the US website, and the Canadian stores can't order one in for me. Booooo.
So, on to my next brilliant idea: let's make one! I searched online for inspiration and found a ton of pictures on ohdeedoh . . .
~ Image courtesy of http://mondocherry.blogspot.com/
~ Image courtesy of Julie, owner of http://www.etsy.com/shop/chickenjulie
~ Image courtesy of Helena Schaeder Söderberg, as viewed on http://ishandchi.blogspot.com/
So I sat down and did some sketching, then off to the lumber section of Home Depot I went, stepdad in tow for both expertise and heavy labour. We ended up choosing pre-primed pine for the frame and shelves for the books to sit on, and then some hand-jointed pine and hardwood dowelling for the finishing details. All in all, cost was about $45 for all the materials, so I saved more than half the cost of the Pottery Barn original.
Now comes the fun part. Picture a heavily pregnant woman trying to measure and cut lumber squished onto the front porch because it's pouring rain. Not pretty. So stepdad stepped in and whizzed through all the cuts in about a half hour!
We managed to assemble about 75% of the pieces on Saturday afternoon, and we're planning to finish tonight, followed by puttying the cracks and countersunk holes. Then a quick sand, some White Cloud paint to match the trim in Sophie's room, and we'll be ready to hang!
Stay tuned for pics of my finished product . . . hopefully by this weekend!!
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