My little reading nook: Part 1

I am always day dreaming about what I can do with a space.

How to make it different.

I don’t think I will ever be truly “done” our house,

because once I thought I was at the end of my list I would probably

just start all over.

It’s just what I do.

As wacky as it sounds it makes me happy to have things torn apart

knowing what they will be when I am done.

I am like kinda like Sarah Winchester of the Winchester Mansion

without the fortune, ghosts, or mansion!

I love my house to always be under construction of some sort.

It’s like my drug I guess.

This is a small area between two bedrooms upstairs that indented 3 feet.

We never even walked there.

It was just the perfect spot to make a little nook of some sort.

So after a few years of obnoxiously begging and coaxing

my husband obliged 🙂

I showed him a few pictures of what I liked and drew up a little plan

and we just went from there.

This is when we started to frame the base of it.

I wish I had a better before picture than this,

but I always get ahead of myself and this is

when I remembered to take a picture and it’s only a half

picture at that.

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We just took a razor blade and scored the caulk at the top of the base board and pried it off with a flat head screwdriver.

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I thought I had a picture of the step before this, but apparently I don’t.

So you can imagine, we built 2 of the frames in the first picture.

We then wrapped them on each side with 1/2″ pressed wood,

except for the one against the wall.  It was only wrapped on one side

because the other side of it is the wall.

Those 2-2×4’s are turned different on the inside because I wanted to be able to slide pillows

and blankets in easier and turning them like that gave me an extra 2 inches of space.

I wanted thicker more sturdy wood on the top

so we used 3/4″ cabinet grade wood.

We measured and cut the top piece so that it would be able to lift up

and not hit the bookcases.

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We used our Kreg jig to make some holes to screw the 2×4’s on the inside to the frame.

Make sense?

(super crappy pic, sorry)

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We made sure that the wood sitting inside of the bookcase and the edge of the piece in the

middle were both resting on a 2×4 for support.

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Here’s a different angle so you can see it cut even with bookcase.

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To make the lid we used 2 long piano hinges.

One side is screwed to the lid and the other side is screwed to the frame.

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Now for the book shelves!

We just purchased some pre-drilled melamine at Home Depot.

They were already 11-3/4″ wide which is exactly what we needed.

I wanted shelves to be centered with the window so we built a top and bottom frame

that will just be empty space.

It also supports the sides.

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When we put the sides up we used a spacer so that we could

put the molding on after and not have it over lap the door frame.

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We did the molding the same on the bottom and top of the window.

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You can check out my Reading Nook inspirations on my Pinterest Board.

 To be continued…


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