I know what you are thinking - what happened to my other creative momma? I am back with some new projects so please feel free to clap out loud and cheer, I know you've missed me!
This summer we are full of fun activities and projects around the house along with our annual friend and family camp out and a few mini-vacations planned. Luckily my husband gets two months off every year, he is a teacher. It is a time for us to catch up on all those forgotten home projects and more.
Kendall, my 17 month old, has the smallest of our three bedrooms. She currently has a crib in her room, a low and long dresser, a small chair for reading time and a play doll crib. Her crib also converts to a full side bed when she's ready. I wanted a space for her books, so I've been looking for almost a year for something that won't take up a ton of room and will be practical at holding her books. I am unable to keep books on her dresser because she can reach the top and sometimes still has a taste for them or is in the mood to hear the pages rip. I didn't want just another shelf, but I wasn't sure what I was looking for until I came across http://www.theshabbycottagehome.com/. It's a sweet little shop located in Oregon. On their website they have a small bookshelf with a drawer. I kept thinking how perfect it would be for Kendall's room, but I've never seen such a skinny bookshelf. She could use it for a nightstand and a bookshelf. That's when it hit me - nightstand. I think it's an old nightstand with a built bookshelf, perfect! Thankfully, I know an amazing wood worker/artisan, my Uncle Roger. I found an old night stand for $6, so with a little convincing to my Uncle and a photo of the project he was on the job. Here is what it looked like after my Uncle finished with it.
I put a spray paint coat of primer on it. Next I put an indoor/outdoor semi-gloss pink on, three coats of it! After all the paint dried I sanded the edges and corners to make it look old. Then I painted the handle with cream colored paint and did a little sanding on that also. Here is what I ended up with.
I also added a little decorative accent wood piece I picked up from the hardware store. It was glued to the top curved wood piece before painting.
I just loved how this piece turned out. We will put an anchor in the wall so it won't be able to topple over easily. I am very excited to load it with her books and treasures. It's a step closer to her shabby chic style inspired room!