I've been wanting to build some new bookshelves in Westin's room for awhile. My talented friend, Helga, made some for her playroom so I asked her to help me build some. She is an amazing decorator and I love her house! I didn't take step by step pictures but THIS tutorial is very similar to what we did. The only difference is we used screws on the back instead of nails and we didn't use wood glue.
This is the before. It worked well in his other room but in his new room he couldn't really access his books. It was hard to squeeze by the chair and pull out a book.
We used pine 1x2's and 1x3's. Cody and I actually located studs and screwed these in all by ourselves! If you know Cody, this is a big deal. Haha! When we finished he said, "wow, I can't believe I actually did that and it worked." :)
A close up taken with my phone.
While Westin was taking a bath I started putting his books up. He loved it! It was like they were all new to him again. He read about 15 books that night.
He has much more room now by the chair and he loves to sit back there in the corner and read.
Of course I couldn't just leave the shelves for books only. I followed Helga's lead and put some pictures on the top ledge since he can't reach it anyway. I found a bunch of frames at the thrift store. I liked the square ones.
I painted them black and used poster board for mats. I framed three prints from pinterest and a picture of Westin from 2 Easters ago.
HERE, the middle print is from HERE and the apple print is from HERE.
Much better use of the space.
Thank you, Helga for helping me!!
P.S. I'll have to post pics of her house sometime if she will let me. :) It's beautiful!