Recent Posts

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Storage Solution: Children’s Books

**Welcome to my blog!  If you are new here, please take a second to check out some of my other projects.  And I would LOVE if you would follow using the links in my sidebar!**


Well, it took almost a full year, but Adam’s dresser has gone from this:
bookshelf dresser before makeover
to this:
Ikea spice racks on dresser
I spent a good part of last summer/fall spray painting it and decided that I hate spray painting furniture.  I also stained the top.  And it’s been like that since February.
Then, I saw Ikea spice rack bookshelves all over the blogosphere and decided that I MUST HAVE SOME.  So, I had my Karen pick up 10 before she came to visit.
Ikea spice racks
They are only $4, but not available online.  I saw them on ebay for the ridiculous price of $12.  Karen just graduated from grad school, and I think she should get a part time job selling Ikea merchandise at an incredible markup on ebay, to help pay off her student loans.  Don’t you think that’s a great idea?
Anyway, Karen snapped them together so quickly that I couldn’t even get a picture, and then I spray painted them to match the dresser.

And then came the hanging.
I decided to put them on the dresser because I’m a chronic furniture rearranger, so I didn’t want to do anything permanent on the walls, especially since I knew these wouldn’t be the easiest things to install.
So, I made a mark at 12 inch intervals up the side of the dresser.  A foot seemed to be a good distance between the shelves.  Almost all the books fit that way, and the ones that are a bit too tall are on the top shelf.
Then, it got tricky.  The second screw had to be in exactly the right spot, or it wouldn’t work.  After redoing 3 of the 4 shelves on one side, I got smart.
I measured the distance between the two hangers.

img_9360
And marked it on my level with a piece of tape.  (side note: it doesn’t do a lot of good to use a level when the front legs of the dresser are on the rug and the back legs are not.  Oops.)
img_9366
Then, I made the mark for the 2nd screw.
Next, I predrilled holes, using a drill bit that was slightly smaller than my screws.  I used the 3/32nd one.  And I used #6 1” wood screws (The #8s had too big of a head, FYI.)
img_9369
Finally, I inserted the screws so they were still sticking out a bit and then popped the shelves on!
Ikea spice racks make a great bookshelf/dresser
These 8 shelves don’t even hold half our books, but it makes it really easy for me to rotate them in and out, and Adam can find what he’s looking for really easily!
bookshelf dresser with ikea spice racksimg_9644
To see the whole transformation of the dresser from start to finish read:
Almost Done (that was in Feb.)

And for most posts on Adam’s room, click here.

Any other creative ideas for the other kazillion books we have?  Please share!

Linking up at:
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Fridays
Perfectly Imperfect for All Things Furniture
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Fridays
At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Fridays
The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday
A Little Knick Knack for Everything but the Kitchen Sink
Fingerprints on the Fridge for Feature Yourself Friday
Remodelaholic for Remodelaholic’s Anonymous
Under the Table and Dreaming for Showcase Sunday
Primitive and Proper for Piece of Work Wednesday
Inspiration Board
Show us your Kids Rooms




73 comments:

  1. You are absolutely fabulous. Great idea!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Anonymous is Shaunna :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. that us amazing! what a genius idea, katie!

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a great idea! I'll have to pass this idea on to my daughter. She's the same way..constantly re-arranging furniture! (she gets it honestly!)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Good use of the spice racks. Worth it in the end. Well done
    Kylie

    ReplyDelete
  6. The dresser looks great! It was sooo creative to attach the shelves to it! Wow! I'm a chronic furniture mover too--I'm sure it drives my husband crazy!

    ReplyDelete
  7. That is brilliant! We have soooo many books! I actually have a winter, spring, summer and fall tub with books in each. We rotate them by season. It is kind of nice to have "new" books to read every three months! I love that on the chest!

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a brilliant idea! Projects that are pretty and useful are my favourites.

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a super idea! And it turned out so lovely, too! Good job :-)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Awesome idea! And all those sweet stories ready for view--I'm thinking this would look great for adults too (PB will steal your idea) love it.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This is a great idea! It looks very nice and organized.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow. LOVE. I saw the same spice rack idea but I never would have thought to put them on a dresser. But I love it!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow, what an awesome idea! I wish I had a dresser I could do this to.:) My sister is currently redoing her schoolroom so I must send her this post....

    ReplyDelete
  14. LOVE the spice rack idea! My sister is an IKEA lover and could use your idea for Karen to pay off student loans too. We use book shelves my great-grandpa built in our hallway to store books.

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a great idea! Those shelves will make it really easy for your little one to put his books away all my himself.

    ReplyDelete
  16. LOVE, love, love it! I need something like this for the boys! Also - where did you get the pic above the dresser??? I have it in a postcard, but I wanted a bigger one. Actually, I think I'm going to dress the boys like that (they live in OshKosh overalls) and do a remake!

    ReplyDelete
  17. What a great way to organize books and have them easy to pick up and put them away!

    ReplyDelete
  18. That's great! those spice racks really come in handy!
    Emily
    domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. This is too wonderful! :) I write a children's book blog, may I share one photo and a link back to your post? I love this idea so much! :)

    vanessa

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is not only a fantastic idea for little boys or girls room and all their story books, it's a great idea for a mom's craft room. Spools of thread / craft magazines and who knows what all else!

    ReplyDelete
  21. That is an awesome idea! What a space saver! I really like the way you refinished the dresser, too.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Ok...this is a SERIOUSLY fantastic idea!! I'm just in awe of your creativity and it looks like a piece you would see at Pottery Barn or something. You did a fabulous job making that dresser into a custom piece! And I love that it is now dual purpose. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

    ReplyDelete
  23. Ah, love this idea! Brilliant! I had a hard time figuring out where to hang ours as well! I didn't want to put them somewhere I would someday want the bed. I think we found a good spot next to the closet. I love what you did with yours. Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Love this idea! We keep shelves up in the top of the closet and bought a storage ottoman that is my daughter's "book chair" and we will rotate books through there. But I absolutely adore this idea. Very inspiring! (new follower, too) and because this is sooo fabulous, I'm gonna share a link to it, too ;)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Genius! I love it! So practical!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Fantastic idea! And it's adorable, too. Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Very smart! Thanks for linking it up!
    Sherry

    ReplyDelete
  28. Great job! Way to stick with a project. Hysterical to read about using the level when the dresser was half on the rug.
    If you have a moment, I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/07/inspiration-board-link-party_19.html
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    carolyn | homework

    ReplyDelete
  29. I think that's totally ingenious! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Kate @ welcomedtempest.blogpsot.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. Love this! I am going to go to Ikea this weekend to pick up some of the spice racks. I want to spray paint them---did you sand them first or did you just paint them? katieholt@gmail.com Thanks so much!

    ReplyDelete
  31. You are full of fabulous ideas aren't you. That is such a clever idea.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Hello! I'm Kassandra from Coffee and their Kisses. I featured this here at my blog. I hope you'll come by and grab a featured button to show how awesome you are :o)

    ReplyDelete
  33. Katie, this is SO COOL! I don't think I've ever seen anything like this before. Functional and cute! Way to go!

    ReplyDelete
  34. You are a GENIUS! I am totally going to try this! AWESOME job!

    ReplyDelete
  35. What an excellent idea for the dresser. I love the way you've designed the side book shelves, very innovative. Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  36. I found this dresser on Pinterest. We just put those shelves up in our daughter's room, but on the wall. What a great idea to incorporate them into the dresser.

    ReplyDelete
  37. I love the idea of using them on the dresser! Great thinking!!

    ReplyDelete
  38. This is a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I love this idea, and have posted a link on my blog! Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Really great idea! We are overloaded with books around here and could use some more storage.

    ReplyDelete
  41. I love this idea! Great execution of an awesome idea! I featured it over at my Storage Geek Blog with full credit and link back.

    ReplyDelete
  42. I love this! I'm totally going to have to do this.

    By the way...I have been looking for a dresser exactly like that for a year! 6 drawers tall, all the same size. Where in the world did you find the dresser.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Thanks for the inspiration! I totally want to do this to store my clear stamp DVD cases in my craft room.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Thanks for this, I pinned it to my pinterest board with your blog address for instruction and so you get credit for this idea, and I have had 347 repins of your wonderful idea and instruction! Good job!

    ReplyDelete
  45. I love the dresser!!

    ReplyDelete
  46. You are so cleaver.I think in need to pin it.

    Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Fantastic Idea! I'm pinning it too but never let the instructions go off line because it'll probably take me at least a year to get to it! I'm going to use the idea in my art studio!

    ReplyDelete
  48. This would be great for all the stuffed animals our kids have and refuese to part with!!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Another fab idea! I'll be linking to this one as well. :)

    Aloha,
    Charlie

    ReplyDelete
  50. This is such a great idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  51. I love this idea, great Job! I'm linking it to my blog with a link to your tutorial.

    ReplyDelete
  52. This is such an incredibly genius idea! Love how you used the spice rack! And thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog! It always means so much to get feedback from fellow DIYers!

    ReplyDelete
  53. This is genius!! Have you posted on Ikea Hackers? (http://www.ikeahackers.net/)

    ReplyDelete
  54. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Hi! So remember your little tiff with Martha Stewart's magazine? I just noticed today on Pinterest that they pinned this from their own site and I posted a comment to be sure that people understood you get the credit :) Here's the pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/32088216065308464/ <3

    ReplyDelete
  56. What a great idea! I'm a new follower, great blog!

    ReplyDelete
  57. Really nice! I've been searching for a piece of furniture that would combine bookshelf, storage and have a spot for the TV on top, and you've really made me thinking how I can do it by myself! Thank you!!

    ReplyDelete
  58. We lived in some tight spaces when my kids were little--wish I'd thought if that!! LOVE IT! <3

    ReplyDelete
  59. I am so doing this to my son's room! He has a dresser for his clothes, and then a "parking garage" for his cars. I can put these on both and have plenty of room for all his books! thanks for this awesome idea! (plus we rent so these will easily go with us!)

    ReplyDelete
  60. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  61. I love your tutorial, I featured it on my blog in a roundup on DIY home decoration.
    I hope it's okay with you. (:
    http://thisblackbirdsnest.blogspot.nl/2013/11/home-decoration-diy-roundup-2-style.html

    ReplyDelete
  62. ikea should totally steal you for awesome ideas!! excellant idea, lets rub elbows!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...