Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Closet turned book nook

Hello all!! I’m SO EXCITED to show you the fun little project I’ve been working on over the past week or so. Well, the space is little, the work was not. ;)

The idea for this project came to me over time…the first idea was to just replace the wire shelving in a closet off the playroom with wood shelves and then paint the inside a fun color. I picked out the paint forever ago to do just that....and it sat. And sat. 

As time went on (and I avoided building those shelves week after week), another idea came to me that I liked SO much better. I mentioned before that we weren’t using this closet anymore (thank you decrapification!) – so it was just calling out for something FUN.

And fun it is. :)

I have this thing about nooks – I just think they are the coolest. I think kids are drawn to small spaces too. I know I was growing up – a space to read, play, dream, whatever. We don’t have many nooks in this open floor plan house, so when I got this idea I was in luuurve with it before I even started.  ;)

I began with the help of an electrician – which we were going to do anyway because we have no lights in our closets. (I’m hoping to add them here and there over time.)

I saw the end result in my head, and in my head there was an adorable lantern/outdoor-type light. When I found the light that was in my head at Menards a couple of months ago, well…it was meant to be:

The fact that it was only $12 made it even better. ;) WHOO!

(I did some research and asked a few electricians to make sure the outdoor light would be OK installed inside – all said it was fine.)

Once the lighting was taken care of, I started the building process. I wasn’t sure where to start, so I did what any good DIY gal does –  I called Dad.  ;)

He talked me through it and then left me to try it. All by my lonesome. Did I mention I’ve never built anything like this (on my own)?

I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but I went for it! I started with a bottom shelf:

And once that one was done, I did the next one, which was the actual bench:

I was totally winging it, but it was working! And I was using only scrap wood from other projects. About half way in, I was challenging myself to keep it up and see if I could do the whole bench without buying anything for it. And I did. :)

The top was a bunch of scrap pieces:

Which was OK, because I was going to cover it with a cushion, which I threw together with scrap particle board and foam:

And finally, I created some shelves:

And when I was done, the cutie patoot book nook was born!:

book shelves in closet

Shut the front door – I LOVE IT. I think it may be my new favorite room in the house!

Well, favorite nook in the house:

closet book nook

I had planned on closing off the bottom part, and making it look like a built-in bench, but then I realized it could be great extra storage. And it works perfectly for those big honkin’ books.

I considered a curtain of some sort, but I’m leaving it be. I love having it open…for now. We’ll see how if it stays this organized. ;)

And originally I planned on making the board go vertically, but because I’m lazy inventive OK, lazy…I made them horizontal to hide most of the holes from the wire shelves:

bench seat in closet

I covered most of the holes with those boards. SCORE!

The bookshelves fit perfectly in the little recess inside the closet:

It was that little recess that started my mind rolling on this project. ;) (The door used to open out to that side, and I’m guessing that’s why there’s extra space there.)

You might notice the light changes a bit throughout the pictures – I had the electrician install a dimmer (first one in this house I haven’t put in myself!) so we could keep it low as a nightlight (since the door is staying off) or up high for reading.

I painted the walls and ceiling above the molding with a beautiful deep blue/green color I found at Lowe’s:

horizontal board and batten

I picked this color out months ago to work with the new drapes in the playroom, and it’s so so SO pretty.

I wanted to create a little space for the Bub to get away and dream, and I think I accomplished it:

book nook

The fact that it’s new storage for half of his books is just a bonus. :)

And I’ll admit it…I’m dreamin’ in it too:

BIG FAT SMILEY FACE.

:)

I’ll share the whole process of how I did everything in the closet later this week – the bench, shelves, paint, cushion, costs -- all of it. There were little things that tripped me up here and there and I’ll show you how I dealt with them.

We all love this little space so much. :) Hope you enjoyed the tour of our new favorite nook!

**To see the how-to go here.

**To see more kid space ideas, go here.

237 comments:

  1. This is one of the most wonderfully inventive things I've ever seen. I wish I had a closet I could nook like this. And your fabric and paint choices ROCK.

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  2. Shut the front door!!! You did not do that!! I LOVE it - I want one so bad!! This is so adorable - great job girlfriend!!

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  3. Wow!! I love this!!! You did an amazing Job. & such a great idea.. a little nook that can grow with your family. How cute!! -Liz

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  4. So cute and clever! Such a great space for getting lost in a good book. Love all the details and use of space. You and the Bub both look like you're enjoying it!!

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  5. What a great idea!!! and your little guy looks so cute in his little book nook! Very cleaver idea!! You rocked this one!!

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  6. This is soo neat. Just pinned it because my boys would absolutely love a place to crawl into and read. Actually, so would I!

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  8. So adorable! I love the shelving and the color, especially!

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  9. So adorable! And, I love the light fixture. We have friends who did several of those outdoor lights around their kitchen, and I've always wanted to copy it somewhere. Saw you at JoAnn's the other day, but didn't want to stalk you AGAIN. Actually, I was checking out and you were way across the store ;)

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  10. You are incredible! First time you did something like this!? AMAZING...
    Stacy @ www.conspicuousstyle.com

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  11. Wow, I love this!!! love the fabric you chose, the basket and the whole thing! it's adorable.

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  12. OhMyGosh! Cutest thing ever...if I had a hall closet, I'd so do that. Who cares if we have no kiddos...it could be my pups hideaway!

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  13. Oh that's adorable, and he's pretty cute, too!!!
    What a wonderful idea, Sara!!!
    Suzanne

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  14. Now that is just awesome! Great job girl it's adorable!!

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  15. What a great idea! I would have loved having this little nook when I was a kid. Your little boy is one lucky little guy!

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  16. I am in LOVE! Good job! I can't wait for you you tell how youdid it!

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  17. I LOVE this idea! What a great use of space. I wish I had a nook like this to read in =)

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  18. SO very cute! I love, love, love it!

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  19. This would totally be my favorite room in the house! I need a closet like this!!!! AH!

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  20. I love it! I wish I had a spot to do this! So fun!

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  21. What an absolutely marvelous idea. A perfect place to dream, draw or read.

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  22. What a great idea! Enjoy your special Book Nook

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  23. Oh goodness, I think this is my absolute favorite of all of your projects, hands down! I love it!!! I want one! Can't wait for the rest of the how-to!

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  24. Ooh I love it! I love stuff that is like a little kid's hidden escape! Score!

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  25. Oh my goodness...I have got to find somewhere else to put my linens...What a fabulous ideas. My boys would love to have their own reading nook.

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  26. That might just be the cutest darn little book nook I've ever seen...SERIOUSLY A-DOR-ABLE!! LOVE it!! And you built it all yourself? You are uber talented girlfriend!! That little light fixture is just perfect by the way!!

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  27. Thrifty... handy... and Cute?

    You're a triple threat kinda gal. :D

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  28. Hi Sarah-
    I would have LOVED this nook when I was growing up.I had to share my bedroom with 2 sisters and wanted a place to call my own badly. This is the perfect little space all the way down to the "nook" lettering.

    The bub is pretty cute :)

    My best- Diane

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  29. What a lucky kid! I want a book nook!

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  30. Ok, I seriously LOOOVE this! I am so totally impressed with the creativity and the handy-ness. Can't get over it really. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Jess @ makingoverthemartins.blogspot.com

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  31. Are you serious?!? This is so stinkin' cute I can't stand it! Bravo Sarah, this one will land in all the mags.

    Donna

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  32. Holy cannoli that is fab! I am so jealous that I don't have a hall closet for a book nook. And the horizontal boards- not lazy. Genius!

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  33. Love your new NOOK!! Such a great idea for a small, unused space :)

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  34. I LOVED to read as a little kid and this nook would have been a DREAM for me... can I hop on a time machine and you can build it for little me?

    We're working on our closet shelves right now and all the anchors are giving us a HEADACHE - hoping you'll shed some much-needed advice on the anchor subject! Thanks - love this project!!

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  35. Oh my gosh, how creative is that?! It looks great! I awarded you the Kreative Blogger award on my blog. http://thrifty101.blogspot.com/2011/05/kreativ-blogger-award.html
    ~Michelle @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

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  36. I absolutely love it! What a great little space. Now if only I had an extra closet to spare.

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  37. Ohmygoodness I absolutely LOVE this! I am so impressed! What made you think to do this? I love the letters spelling NOOK in green. That may be my fav part. Love it!

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  38. Two words- In. Love.

    Great job! It's so stinkin cool!

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  39. 1. Bub is adorable!
    2. Love the idea
    3. That color and fabrics =LOVE!
    Genius Sarah!!!

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  40. Totally featuring this on my early literacy blog Sarah. You had me at book. :)

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  41. That is one fabulous idea + makeover! I am swooning over that nook. When I was a little girl, I always, always wanted a reading nook and yours are perfect! From the paint color, book shelves and the bench. Love it!

    Do you mind if I do a feature on your nook sometime this week? I will credit you with your blog and links. My email: mixandchic@yahoo.com

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  42. That is too cute!!!! When my fiance and I buy a house in the future, I'm gonna have to look for a closet in the houses we look at so I can turn it into a little nook!! That is a brilliant idea!!!

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  43. So so so cute! I've actually thought about doing this in my son's room in a few years (he's only 6 mo. old right now!). Such a fun idea and special little space :)

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  44. LOVE THIS!!!! Okay...I have a whole unfinished basement that I think I am going to make a nook in!! thanks....Sandy

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  45. absolutely gorgeous. I couldnt do this as we don't have enough storage as it is but it looks fab!
    cheers Fiona
    http://lilyfieldlife.blogspot.com/

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  46. This is precious! I would love reading in there too! You are amazing!!!
    Sharlotte

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  47. This is amazing!! I love the panels on the wall and the fabric. I just finished posting on my favorite reading nooks about 5 minutes ago as I'm looking for ideas for my son's room and one of my readers directed me over here! GREAT JOB!!

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  48. jessica @www.hillcountryhomebody.blogspot.comMay 4, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    Oh what a perfect little spot for day dreaming! Great Job!

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  49. I love reading nooks & you've created a beautiful one! Great job!

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  50. I LOVE IT!!!!! Now if only I had my own house I could do something similar....

    Kelley

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  51. OH.MY.FREAKING.WORD. I love the sonofabejezus outta that thing. I NEVER say sonofabejezus...it's THAT good. WOW! Now I want one! And the NOOK against that paint...and the molding...great, now I am REALLY not going to be able to sleep. Ahhhh! It's seriously the cutest. Like, EVER. ;) Fantastic work, Sarah!

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  52. Love love love this! Every detail is amazing.

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  53. Oh my goodness!!!! I love, love, LOVE this!!! All little kids (and big kids) love private little forts. How fantastic! Now where can I find a reading nook in our house.......????? Hmmm......

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  54. Wow! Oustanding! You really outdid yourself with this one.

    I love everything about it, and would have LOVED to have a space like that when I was a little girl, as I was such a little bookworm! Everything about this space is perfect.

    Your little boy is such a cutie-pie and he looks so pleased to have a reading space!

    Best,

    Kimberly

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  55. holy cow, this is soooo cool! way to go, girl! I like that you did the boards horizontal, i think i heard somewhere that in art, horizontal lines mean calm and relaxed, and vertical lines mean action and energy.

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  56. Okay, Sarah. This is not fair. I don't know if I can be your friend anymore. I just cannot hang with this kind of greatness!
    Are you freakin' kidding me? That is the cutest thing I have ever seen. Possible my favorite project you have ever done.
    And you did it by yourself!
    I'm dying over here.
    Stop the madness!!!
    And the picture of Bub...ooh, I want to squeeze him.
    And the picture of you...well, a little creepy actually. JUST KIDDIN', GIRLFRIEND!!! You are just precious!
    Love this project. Sharing it on facbook!
    Love you!

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  57. I've been reading your posts for a while now and have been inspired so many times. This post, this project left me speechless. You are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Your family is SO lucky to have you. Thank you for sharing this post. Love it!
    -Kristin

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  58. You hit this one out of the ballpark! Wow, what a great transformation.

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  59. What a great reading nook! Way to provide inspiration to your young reader too!

    Your new hair cut is looking fabulous!!!

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  60. You have definitely been given the gift of "look at something ordinary and turn it into extraordinary" ... thanks for sharing such creative talent with those of us who only wish we had it! :)

    Kelley
    kelleybinko@gmail.com

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  61. I love that so much ... what an amazing space. It would have been a dream spot for me when I was a kid. Now I'm wishing we had a closet off our playroom!

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  62. great job!!!! I'm wondering if we can do this in our family room, off to check!!!!!!

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  63. That is so creative and fun! I think every kid would love a space like that. LOVE your fabrics! Your little Bub is too cute for words, too!

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  64. Sarah. You genius. This is downright wonderful! What a great use of your space. I'm so impressed that you decrapified to the extent that you didn't need that closet. . . and even more impressed that you built something so gorgeous without spending much money! Way to go, girl!!

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  65. SO sweet..you're making me want to find extra closets to build a nook in! :) (but I'd really have to decrapify first!) :0) lol
    Hugs
    Missy

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  66. You did an amazing job!!! It is beautiful.

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  67. LOVE IT! I have an almost 10 yr old who is a huge reader....he and I have decided we need to find an alternative to his bookcase, since it's stuffed to the gills and he has piles all over his bedroom. He does have a very large closet....hmmm....if he didn't have clothes it would be perfect! OK, I guess we can't do that, but you have me thinking outside the box! PS Keep the Bub reading. It's such a great thing!

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  68. I absolutely love this. I've toyed with turning on of my kids' closets into a tiny little reading/play room because all of their clothes are in their rooms anyway. great inspiration!

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  69. This is freaking adorable! You have such a great sense of style. My only arguement for a curtain would be that, as a kid, I would probably love to go in there and pull the curtain closed and be in my own little world!

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  70. This is absolutely fabulous!! I don't blame you for getting in there too. Kids do love little nooks and secret places. We used to spend lots of time in the space under the stairs when I was a kid. Your son is lucky to have such a nice space to call his own (when you're not enjoying it yourself, of course!).

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  71. This is my favorite project of yours! I love love LOVE it! My daughter is a book worm and would love something like this.... now, I just need to find an unused little closet...

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  72. Well, this is too darn cute for words!! I loved reading as a kid. If I would have had a great mother like you who would have created a book nook for me, I would have been in seventh heaven!! This is a great way to encourage kids to read. Luurve!

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  73. I LOVE this! It is super cute and such a great use of space. All the playful colors really add to the NOOK!

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  74. AMAZING and it is so cute inside! What a fabulous idea!!!

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  75. This is amazingly awesome! Now I wish I had a place where I could put in a nook. Great job!

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  76. Shut the front door! It's my favorite room in your house too. You're brilliant, Sarah! And that last picture of you made me laugh out loud--in front of 30 students. :)

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  77. Sooooo cute! Where did you get the letters to spell "NOOK" ? Thanks!!!

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  78. Sarah, that is adorable!! I want a nook! My computer closet could be a nook, but where would we put our computer? Hmmmm....I must have a nook! Love it!

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  79. True story. I started to type "shut the front door" and saw that Justa beat me to it. So shut the back door too baby because this is just amazing! I love it!

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  80. This gives "coming out of the closet" a whole new meaning!

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  81. This is fantastic! I love it! :) I want one, but there is not nook :( Perhaps in a couple years when we do the overhaul on the house, we can create a nook! Thanks for the inspiration:)

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  82. I seriously think this might be my favorite project to date of yours! It's ADORABLE! I love it & I'm sure your little one is loving it too. :-) You're so creative :-)

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  83. I used to sit in my closet with a flashlight when I was a kid. This is soooo much cooler!!

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  84. A. OMG Love it!
    B. Who has that much scrap foam sitting around? LOL
    C. I am now on the hunt in my house for my own little nook :) I think I will use mine to eat ice cream in peace :)

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  85. Fan Frickin Tastic!!!!! You blog girls amaze me! I've got to get hoppin right after work,walk,clean,laundry,see the kids and hubby,then to the garage I'll go to start on a discarded bench from the side of the road. Wish me luck.

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  86. This is wonderful!

    I had a "book nook" in my bedroom closet as a kid, but it was no more than a random block that was built to hide plumbing/electrical that we put a cushion over.

    THIS space is functional and way, WAY adorable! Great job! :)

    Emily

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  87. So cute! It seems like it would make the room feel bigger too! I would've loved a book nook like that growing up! Lucky Bub!

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  88. Okay! I am going to find a closet in my house OR I will build one just so I can do this! We are a family of readers and I think this is the neatest thing EVER!!! What a brilliant idea! Love, love, love your blog and your beautiful home! Thanks for constantly pouring out the inspiration!!!

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  89. Forget shutting the doors! Shut my mouth from dropping on the floor!! That is perfection!! You know a thousandmillion people are going to copy that because it is STRAIGHT FROM A MAGAZINE!! :O
    Way to go! You rock.

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  90. Love this transformation. I wish that we had a spare closet around that I could turn into a fun nook!!

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  91. I love it!! The bench, shelves, light, and paint are fantastic! I just bought some of the same fabric over the weekend to make pillows. Great minds think alike, I guess. ;)

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  92. That is adorable! When we have kids I'm definitely adding this to my list.

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  93. Pure awesomeness :)

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  94. You Flippin' R.O.C.K.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can not believe how AMAZING it looks! You have totally out done yourself! THE BEST PROJECT I HAVE SEEN IN BLOGDOM FOR A WHILE!!!!
    Looooove your blog. Thanks for sharing all of your projects. <3 <3 <3

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  95. I absolutely LURVE it! Wow! Totally going to search for a closet to go decrapify!

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  96. This is so cute. I've been thinking about doing the same thing in my son's rooms because he has two closets. But first, I have to get all my stuff out of the second closet :) It could be a while.

    You did a great job and can't wait to read about your process.

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  97. LOVE it! Love the letters "NOOK" totally completes it! Great job! And I love that light!

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  98. FAN-freakin-TASTIC!!!!!!! This is just AWESOME, you are just toooo creative for your own good...you should write your own diy book....

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  99. HANDS DOWN AWESOME. This is so good... eek, I can't get enough of your blog (I sound like a crazy person)... but you just have the best, REAL ideas! Enjoy your Nook!

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  100. That is too cute. I had to share on FB. AWESOME!!

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  101. I must say...what a terrific idea. My girls would love this! Pinterested this! Thank you!

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  102. YOU are so adorably BRILLIANT! I am LOVING this. Seriously. awesome.

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  103. This is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. As a child my mom would have had to drag me out of a nook like that. What a wonderful gift for your little boy! Thanks for inspiring!

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  104. This is so cute. I LOVE a quiet place to read. Great idea!

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  105. Sarah! You my friend are so creative! I love this little cute space. Great book nook.

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  106. Oh, my gosh, I'm flipping over this!! What a fun idea. Love it!

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  107. Wow! How adorable, completely wishing I had a spot to put one of those. Great job!

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  108. This is a great idea! I just love it. I need to find myself an unused closet. You're quite talented.

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  109. Completely, 100%, head over heels, in. love. with. this. I shall now go mourn the fact that there isn't an extra square inch of closet in my house to steal the idea.

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  110. So, so cute!!! I would love to have a space like this for my little guys. I admire your spirit of adventure for creating this space without any professional help!

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  111. I love everything about it and your son must be overjoyed to have this special nook all to himself. The fabric, pillows, light fixture, navy top section and green letters spelling NOOK; Luuuuuuuuuurrrrve!!!!!!

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  112. love. i would rent some space in that nook. adore!

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  113. LOVE IT! Oh, I want one of these!

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  114. WOW... Kudos for coming up with such an amazing idea and executing it exceptionally well.

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  115. you say "shut the front door" too!!! WHAT?! YAY! Sometimes people look at me funny when I say that! Some people even check doors because they think I am serious! I love what you created! It is darling and I will be making one when I have little kiddos!

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  116. Love it! I have been pondering on what to do with my son's closet in his bedroom and you have given me yet another idea to mull over. Thanks!

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  117. What a huge undertaking that paid off BIG TIME! I want to crawl right in there and read until I fall asleep! This is absolutely one of the most beautiful 'spaces' I've seen created!

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  118. I love this - I especially love the pirate fabric you chose -
    jennifer
    www.bigdandme.com

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  119. That is so clever. I hope you are really proud of your project because it is definitely worthy.

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  120. This is so freakin' cute!!! You are so creative. :)

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  121. This is amazing! I LOVE it! I remember trying to make something like this myself when I was a kid, but mine was not nearly as incredible as this!

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  122. Hello from Oklahoma!
    I stumbled across your blog this morning when Layla from The Lettered Cottage mentioned it on Facebook. I must say, I am sooooo glad she did. We have some similar ideas and tastes (i.e. cheap look-a-likes and dressers aren't just for clothes! I have one I redid in my living room too!). I have read your older posts back a couple of months!
    Thanks for sharing. I am getting more and more inspired to start my own little blog on my projects. You are very talented! Thanks for sharing!

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  123. Oh, my, my, my... That is close to perfection! What a fantastic idea!

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  124. A-FREAKIN-MAZING! This is awesome...so much inspiration!!!

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  125. Ummm...this is BY FAR THE cutest idea I've ever seen!

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  126. I just love that you have shots of both of you! Such a great space...the lighting really finishes everything off. Great work, Sarah!

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  127. Absolutely LOVE it. It's my new favorite thing:) What a creative mind you have! Fabulous place for little (or big) ones to escape into imagination. Thanks for sharing, as always!

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  128. That is awesome!! I just wish I had a little extra closet somewhere now!!

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  129. That is so stinkin' cute and a half! I kinda need my closets for storage right now - it's a small house - but someday when I have kids and a bigger house, I will totally do this too!

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  130. i love this idea ~ super cute!!! our nursery has two closets, so this could be very doable for us!!! thanks for the idea!

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  131. Hello,
    I read your blog almost daily, but I have never commented. I guess I'm one of those "lurkers"! I just had to comment on this one and say that this is AWESOME. Great job!! Someday soon when I buy a house, I will attempt all of your projects! Keep up the great work and wonderful ideas!!

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  132. I LOVE it!! What a great space to sit and read a book. :)

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  133. oh holy awesome! This is seriously the coolest thing. What I wouldn't have given to have this all for myself growing up.

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  134. Are you KIDDING me? That is the cutest thing, EVER. Your little boy looks Goose Bumps Good in that photo. What a lucky little boy he is to have you in his life. You are AWESOME.

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  135. Beautiful job!!! You should be proud.

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  136. L.O.V.E. this! So cute! I'm on the hunt now for a nook in my house!

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  137. I love it! It's wonderful! And I like the look of the horizontal boards too...even if it was inspired by "being lazy". Works for me!

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  138. Super cute! I love little nooks and they are so great for kids! It makes your house seem magical to them.

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  139. This is the cutest thing ever!!! I've actually linked to your blog from mine. This nook is such an inspiration I'm planning on doing something similar for my son.

    ~Sarah at Ugly House Lovely Home
    http://uglyhouselovelyhome.blogspot.com

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  140. The cutest thing ever! Being a book person I am doubly in love with it! Won't fit my 22 yr old "baby" boy; but perfect for future grandchildren. Hey, if I build it, will they come?!? I also have your airplane room plans set aside for future grandchildren as my son-in-law is in AF pilot training. Can't wait!

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  141. You keep amazing me with how creative and talented you are. Seriously.

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  142. What an adorable little nook! You did a fabulous job - so creative!! I love everything about it...it's like the perfect little reading hideaway.

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  143. I love love love love this.....I am so envious. I have told my husband that I want a reading nook.....I need to show him this.

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  144. What a great use for that closet! I have a closet under the stairs that it might be fun for and I would LOVE to get rid of the big bookshelf the kid books are on right now. You did such a beautiful job!

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  145. Fabulous, creative, inventive!!!! Love it!

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  146. Wow! I love it!! I would have loved having a reading nook like that as a kid! Fabulous Job!

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  147. I love this idea! I want one. I'm I too old at 25 years old?

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  148. A-MAZING!! Seriously, LOVE this! I'm sooo in love with nooks, have been since I was younger, I want one like this only maybe three times bigger for my size! :)

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  149. O WOW! I can not believe you did that yourself!!!! you are amazing!!!

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  150. That is so neat...I've never seen anything like it before! I LOVE the transformation! Fabulous job!

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  151. Okay you rule, this is amazing. I am totally in love.

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  152. Ok, now grab your tools, paint and creativity and come over to my place. I TOTALLY need a nook! This is AWESOME...I'm speechless. Really, I think this is one of my favorite projects to date. I love to read and try to encourage it in my son, he would love a space like that...maybe when we get our new house...someday.

    Oh...and love those Pigeon books...just remember Don't Let the Pigeon drive the bus. :-)

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  153. Sarah, I love your reading nook! You look so cute sitting in it. I'm sorry that my house has no extra closets. I admire you for having one!

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  154. I love this!!! You are so clever. I would love for you to show a floor plan of your home. I am always wondering where some of the rooms are and their proximity to other rooms.

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  155. Wow, I LOVE it!!! I wish I had somewhere to do this!

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  156. I remember reading somewhere that Mary Englebreit's mom fixed up a closet 'nook' for her when she was a little girl so that she had her own art studio space. This is so inspiring!

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  157. That is an absolutely fantastic idea! Love it!

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  158. LOVE this! Who knew a standard closet could be so versatile!!! Nice job!

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  159. Pure brilliance!!!!! LOVE. IT!

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  160. Cutest closet EVER!!! I have a closet in my little girl's room that would work perfectly as a reading nook - you've got my wheels turning now! Thanks for the inspiration!! ~Aimee

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  161. This is amazing. I only wish I had a spare closest!

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  162. I absolutely love this idea and I have not one but two closets in our playroom that would be perfect!!

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  163. Your book nook is so fun and as a teacher I think anything you can do to encourage a love for reading at a young age will be a lifelong bonus for your Bubs. Loved the fabric that you used. Wonderful project!

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  164. This is AMAZING! I'm so jealous-already trying to find a space in our home that I can convert into a reading nook as perfect as yours! Great job!!

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  165. cutest closet-turned-nook i've ever seen!

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  166. Sarah,
    This is so original! What a fabulous idea! I am wondering where the fabrics came from? I would love to share it on my facebook page if you don't mind!

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  167. I laugh to think how many of us were frantically scanning our homes today in the hopes of finding an eligible closet!

    This is just fabulous. Probably my favorite project of yours ever. Love, love, love it!

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  168. I love this! We are currently turning our closet into a mudbench area - so it is fun to see another closet redo! Your's is awesome! I am featuring it on my site tomorrow - even though I am sure all my readers read your blog already and if they don't - they should!

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  169. That is so cute! What a great use of space!! It's a magical little spot. Love it!

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  170. Beyond the obvious, totally precious and clever, there are a few more aspects to this project on which to commend you. Reading to our children, fostering the love for reading in them, and having them see us love to read is one of the most crucial underpinnings we can give them. Toys are great, gotta have them, but DOING something for them like this is a wonderful gift. And finally, doing it with something you had, at almost no cost, is a message that we all can hear and from which we can benefit. But then that is why you are the TDC, right? Lov ya!!

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  171. I NEED one of those spaces!!! NICE job!!! So creative and beautiful!!

    ter

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  172. Holy Canoli! I love it! What a great use of space! I am so envious!

    I have 2,000 unused blankets, quilts, beach towels and mismatched sheets in the only space I have that would possibly house something like this. And, you know...everyone needs 2,000 of those rather than some cozy ol' nook, right?

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  173. I am just amazed with every project you do...you are just so stinkin talented! No pressure:) Ha!

    My dream home wish list keeps growing...ahhh....someday

    Thanks!
    j

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  174. What a great idea! Dad's come in so handy don't they? My dad has passed away, but I remember calling my dad about everything and every project. You did a wonderful job, and the colors go so well together. Enjoy!

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  175. oh my goodness! this is so cute! i wish i had the skills and place to do it! :) i am now your new follower :)

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  176. You are totally amazing. Just featured this on Craft Gossip http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/from-closet-to-book-nook/

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  177. Oh my gosh. I love it!! And that $12 light is amazing!! I am visiting today because Mandi told us we could schmooze the judges if we wanted to, and I'm all for it;) jk! I am in the top 15 and hopefully will make it to the top 5!! But really, have been following your blog for awhile now and just love it!
    <3,
    adri
    Www.dreambookdesign.com

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  178. That is the cutest thing ever! LOVE!! Great job, you really are so very talented!

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  179. I just found you via CraftGossip. I am in LOVE with this nook! Great idea and great job!

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  180. ack! this turned out incredible!!! You did an amazing job Sarah!
    This is inspirational, wish I had a small closet somewhere in the house! =)

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  181. Shut the front door indeed!! I love this Nook in a way that words can never express. It will be mine. I WILL find a way to make this magic happen in my home, by golly. I'm feeling a deep sigh of contentment just spilling out of my soul at the mere prospect. You might have completed me...you just might have.

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  182. I'm in awe of the genius creation. Wow! What a way to repurpose a space. Absolutely fabulous!

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  183. SO CUTE! My daughter wants one. :)

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