This little corner is one of my favorite areas in our home. When I was pregnant with Wyatt, I would stand in the nursery while brushing my teeth at night and just imagine what it would be like to snuggle up for bedtime stories. I was very particular with how I wanted to design this area. For starters, I wanted the area to grow with him. I knew I wanted the books to be on display rather than lined up with the bindings out. While the playroom downstairs has board books within his reach, I wanted these up higher on the wall since many of them were special keepsakes. I also didn’t want to spend a fortune but still wanted that rustic feel.
Display shelving from Pottery Barn Kids ranges from $49-$69 a shelf and come in a few colors. Can you believe these shelves are actually IKEA BEKVAM spice racks and are priced at a whopping $3.99 a shelf?! And what’s more is you can completely customize the colors to coordinate with your room. To coordinate with the rustic woodland theme of the nursery, I used Zar Oil-Based Wood Stain in Moorish Teak. The process was very simple. I laid newspaper down on my workspace, then used a brush to paint the racks. Take your time and don’t rush! A little stain goes a long way. You will have to come back to the project a few times in order to paint each surface without touching wet stain. I did a total of two coats on each surface.
Next comes the DIY “read” sign for the book nook. This was another extremely inexpensive and fully customizable aspect of the decor. Choose thick cardstock papers that go along with your theme or color scheme. You can do all one color, or mix up coordinating patterns as I did here. My suggestion is to use the thick cardstock as the thin sheets don’t work so well with the Mod Podge adhesive.
I used 12 inch paper mache letters from JoAnn Fabrics, but choose the size that works best for you. Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Walmart and Target carry different craft letters. I love JoAnn’s since there are always coupons.
You are going to want to paint the edge of the letters so they look nice. You do not have to worry about the letter surface because that will be covered with cardstock. I had Ev spray paint the edge of the letters so I wouldn’t inhale the paint. After the paint was fully dry, I placed a large cutting board on my work surface, then placed a sheet of cardstock on top. Put the letter face down and use a small Exacto knife to trace the outline of the letter into the cardstock paper. Paint Mod Podge adhesive onto the letter surface using a brush, then carefully place the cardstock over the adhesive. For the best results, paint a very light coat of Mod Podge OVER the cardstock too, focusing on the edge so they do not peel or lift.
As the rest of the nursery comes together, I will be sharing more DIY posts here so keep checking back! For suggestions of books to fill your new shelves with, check out yesterday’s post.