Monday, February 21, 2011

Rain Gutter Book Shelves

books on the floor...not very pretty or practical!

On Thursday I posted pictures of the twin trundle bed we built for our little boy using plans from Knock Off Wood and in those pictures you could see some new additions to Handsome's wall.

You see, once we added the bed to his room and took out the crib, his already small room seemed to get even smaller than before (I didn't think that was possible!) and his little bookcase no longer fit in his room. This meant his books were on the floor and this was driving me crazy!

My husband really wanted to build some nice wood bookshelves but his project list is very very long and I pretty much was DONE with the books being on the floor. So I convinced my very reluctant husband that putting raingutters inside our house was a good idea. He read the tutorial from Raising Olives and then went to Home Depot for supplies. A few hours later we had two bookshelves on Handsome's walls and no more books on the floor!

Ahh, so much better! There even is room for us to put in some nice wide trimwork instead of that flimsy builder-grade stuff...when we finally get around to that project. Better yet, I don't have to move piles of books when I vacuum!

Doesn't the shelf next to his bed look cute? Having the covers facing out is so practical and I love the length of the shelf--it lets me display lots of books for him to peruse.
This is what my babies started doing about fifteen seconds after they saw the new bookshelves!

I linked to Inspiration Friday!


Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

I have wanted to do this since I first saw it. So, so cute and practical. The book covers are like art on the wall! And putting the shelf near the bed makes such a cozy reading spot. I need to do this for my son's room!

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

I bet my daughter would like those. It would probably help keep the mess to a minimum too! They look great!

Val said...

This is really such a wonderful idea.

At The Picket Fence said...

I LOVE this idea! I want my kiddos to be little again so I can put this in their rooms. Hey, maybe my 17 year old son won't notice if I put this in his room...might even get him to read more. lol

It turned out adorable! Thank you for linking up to Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence!


Sue said...

What a GREAT idea! Not too expensive either.