I have a shed in my backyard that hasn’t been gifted with my whimsy yet, but this weekend, my Mom and I added whimsy to a seemingly useless closet in my library. AND IT WAS RELATIVELY EASY. Unlike Wiki-how, I don’t have a set rule of instructions, but my Mom got everything we bought on sale except for a cute coffee mug shelf ($9 at Lowes) and the shelves that we used as the seating area (Target).
So, here’s a (po’ man’s) instruction manual on turning a closet into a reading nook. Good for any age of imagination.
First, we painted the closet one solid color because it was dirty, and smelled of old coats. And we get enough smell from used books that we don’t need someone’s pocket lint looming over our experience. I had this creamy beige that I had left over from painting my living room so we used that. And since there’s no light in a closet, it brought out the natural light in the room. I painted above the shelf and the entire top of the closet, Irish Green because we got a $3 can of it at Lowes that someone had returned. My dad found this eccectic, antique globe lantern at the thrift store.
After that, my Mom bought $14 chevron wallpaper at Target and we wallpapered the back wall for a statement as well as the bottom of the shelf that was already in the closet. It was a sticky process, but it was a stick and re-peel, so every time we messed up we just tried, tried again. My Mom and I don’t have passed-down patience genes so it was pretty funny to watch, I’m sur. I recommend not getting wallpaper that’s geometric. I would love to make another one of these in my future that has like vintage stationary/vintage parisian wallpaper. I also painted the door using blue tape with a purple can of Valspar that was on sale for $1 and a can of pink that was on sale for $3. I wanted to make the door really funky fresh so it felt like you were walking into a different world when you went in. I think I was successful in that although we have like nine patterns going on.
My Mom had already picked out a cushion from Pier One ($19.98) to sit on. We tried to design around the pillow when we were thinking of what to do. Obviously, she let me just go insane with the door.
I had the feather pillows already and we just liked the way they fit. My Mom also picked up a pretty wall decal at Target and we put it on the wall that I would look at while I’m reading.
We put a few final touches on it, and overall it was a really awesome project to do together. There’s a corner shelf where I can put coffee and the bookshelves (2) we bought to sit on, we turned sideways so they would fit “stuff” aka “more books.” I’ve stacked my TBR pile in there and one of my favorite elephants from my Dad. Here is the “almost” final reading nook.
This also is an exclamation that there’s no limit to your bookishness folks. There are no caves too damp, or clouds too light for your bookish flavor. It can always grow.