May 16, 2011

Bedside Bookshelf

I love to read and I am thrilled that my kids have inherited my love of books.  We easily have hundreds (if not thousands) of children's books here at our house from my years of teaching and we make frequent trips to the library to get even more.  The problem?  Those library books often get mixed in with our other books and I inevitably end up with fines and misplaced books. 

Then one day, I was browsing on Pinterest (love, love, love that site!) and saw several people using an IKEA spice rack as a bookshelf.  Because the kids do most of their reading at bedtime, a narrow bookshelf that I could mount on the wall right next to their bed would be perfect.  What's even better is that the spice rack was only $3.99!!  I added a little paint and a name plate, and I had an awesome bedside bookshelf for less than $5.  With the money I save on library fines, this project will easily pay for itself in just a few months!  ;)

Isn't this perfect?  Right next to the bed, the books face out, but it's not in the way!

They were really easy to make, here's what I did:

1.  Make a trip to IKEA to get the spice racks.  ( Allow the kids to play in the Smalland children's area while you shop in peace and then grab some yummy swedish meatballs for lunch!)

You could totally just mount them on the wall just like this and they'd be fine, but I wanted to make them a little extra special so the kids would be motivated to always keep their library books on their new shelves.

2.  Assemble your shelves (took only minutes) and spray paint them white (or the color of your choice).

3.  Make the name plates.  To learn how to do great lettering without a fancy machine, check out my post HERE!

I found this pack of wooden slats at the craft store that were the perfect size and really inexpensive ( the pack of 6 was under $2 with a coupon).  I painted the wood pieces white, then added their names. 

4.  I hot-glued their name plates to the front of each shelf.

5.  Finally, just mount the shelves to the wall and add your books!

The kids love them and know that they MUST keep their library books in that shelf only.  With luck, this little project will eliminate any future library fines ( before I single-handedly finance a new wing for our public library! )

Sharing this cool little shelf at:
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  1. Cute! I've been looking for an idea to corral small stuffed animals too...a couple of this little shelves could do the trick! :)

    Jen V

  2. I am totally going to do this for Lexi & Ashelyn!! They constantly have books strewn all over their beds. LOVE THIS. Laura, you ROCK! :o)

  3. This is perfect for my boys room, thanks! Hope you'll stop over and link up on Momspiration Monday:

  4. LOVE this! Posted a link on my Facebook page. :-)

  5. Love this idea and it looks so cute next to their bed! I wish I had and ikea close.

    P.s. thanks for joining this months craft challenge.

  6. Oh wow, that's great!

  7. LOVE THIS!! I am also due for a trip to IKEA this week, so it's perfect!! YAY!!

  8. What a great idea! These would be perfect over a nightstand! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    Found you on TipJunkie!

  9. Awesome idea! There are so many things you can do with spice racks. I am going to give this idea a try!

  10. Great idea!! Love the price tag too :) I use an old magazine wrack in my daughter's room and an old spice rack for my thread in my craft room :) Spray paint works wonders, doesnt it?!

  11. This is such a fun and fabulous idea!!! I love the cheapness of it. I think I will make one for myself as I seem to be the one in the family who can't ever remember to get those library books back on time! :-) Thanks for sharing!

  12. I've done something similar with a rain gutter mounted to my wall. We LOVE it!

  13. Wow, great job! They turned out so cute. Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

  14. This is a good space saver :D Thanks for this.

  15. This is a great idea! My daughter has just started bringing books into bed with her and I've been trying to find some ideas on where to put books. This is perfect! It is easily accessible and cute. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Thank you!!! I bought one of these shelves at goodwill a couple years ago and couldn't figure out what it was meant for or a good idea to use it on... now you gave me one!

  17. Great idea of the bedside bookshelf because every kids like to enjoy reed story books in night and they will do this work by sitting in their bed in night and start reading the story book, the best soft and big size mattress topper of bed helps kids to read their story book easily by sitting on their bed they feel very cool on these type of bed mattress.

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