For my Pinterest Challenge, I decided to tackle part of a larger project I’ve been working on which we’ll call Project: Liam’s Big-Boy Room. For months now I’ve been wanting to update his nursery. It may sound crazy (didn’t we decorate this room a year ago?!) but I was starting to feel guilty about how room looked and functioned for two reasons. 1.) We didn’t find out Liam’s gender before he was born so the room is very “gender neutral” and 2.) It was distinctly designed for baby care and not the brave new world of toddlerdom. I wasn’t planning a complete overhaul but wanted to make a few updates to make the room feel more fitting for our growing boy.
One of the projects I wanted to tackle was adding some bookshelves to display Liam’s books. Originally, I planned to add some Ikea spice rack bookshelves like I’d seen on IKEA Hackers. However, there was no IKEA trip planned in the near future and I decided I didn’t like how I was limited to the fairly narrow size of the spice racks which didn’t really work in the space. Instead, I decided to try making some rain gutter bookshelves. I love the educational philosophy behind them. Reading has always been a sensory experience for me. In our Kindle and iPad obsessed world, I still love perusing a book store, examining the covers and flipping through the pages, so the idea of “merchandising” books made a lot of sense to me.
There are lots of great blogger tutorials for them but I found this rain gutter tutorial from Raising Olives to be the most useful. If cutting the gutters makes you nervous (or you don’t have a hack saw) they will cut them for you at Home Depot. I did have to sand a little extra because their cuts weren’t totally straight but it was worth it to not have to deal with a saw. The hardest part of the whole project was finding time to do a project that involved power tools in Liam’s room. I do the vast majority of projects after Liam’s bedtime and with this one, that wasn’t a possibility so dad had to keep him occupied while I worked on them.
I’m really happy with how they turned out. I was careful to screw them into the studs knowing they would become Liam’s newest pull up toy and so far, they seem to be able to handle the abuse. I’m also loving the US map printable I framed above them. Yet another Pinterest find! The room is still a work in progress but this addition definitely helps make it feel much more appropriate for Liam.
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