I DID IT!
Helen opted for a mix of storage to gain the organizational benefits (see it, reach it, put it away) and surrounded-by-books feel of a library.
Take a page from this DIYer and organize a reading nook with library style.
Inspired by ideas on Pinterest, Helen designed and built a book bin with three sections. Ready-made table legs attach to mounting plates. Painting the bin was the hardest part because Helen didn’t want the knots in the pine to show through. “I thought a couple of coats of semigloss would do it, but I should have used a primer,” she says. An alternative to pine: medium-density fiberboard, which takes paint well.
Helen created more space for books by mounting ledges— the kind used to display art and framed photos—on one wall. The shelves (Mosslanda; ikea.com) nearly fill the space between the wall corner and the window frame for a built-in appearance. To make a similar set, see BHG.com/ PhotoLedges.
Helen kept the wall display kid-focused by showcasing the boys’ masterpieces in a casual arrangement of frames, also painted by the young artists. For ease, the boys painted the frames using sponges instead of brushes.
For fun, Helen finished the book bin by lining the inside with removable wallpaper (Dalmatian Spot; livetteswallpaper.com).