|Isn't this corner just ASKING to be prettier?|
The first thing I decided to do was install "bookshelves". I put them in quotations because although they will be holding books, they are sold at Lowes as gutters. Yep. I'm sure you're giving the very same look my husband gave me when I initially ran the idea past him. I got the idea as I was scouring Pinterest for ideas on how to better organize a play room, and saw this blog. I didn't pin it basically because I thought it would be a ridiculously expensive and/or time consuming project. But I just couldn't get it out of my head! Every time I walked into this room, I would look at this corner and think to myself, "Self... (pause for effect)... wouldn't it be grand to have a better way to store SJ's books so that she can see the fronts of them and be interested in them?" We do have one small bookshelf in the opposite corner, and it holds books for both Christina and Samantha. Every day Christina pulls every book off of the shelf in order to ensure each book gets it's due attention for the day. It upsets SJ, and she sees her books as more of a chore to clean up rather than a story to enjoy. So, I finally woke up this morning and answered myself, "Yes, self... (pause for effect)... I would be. Let's go to Lowes and get this project GOING!"
I decided to only make two shelves in case gutters were expensive, or difficult to install. Here's what I spent: (1) 10' vinyl gutter: $4.71; (2) left end caps for the vinyl gutter: $5.62; (2) right end caps for the vinyl gutter: $5.62; (6) gutter brackets: $15.96. So, for under $32 (before tax), I was able to build two 5' bookshelves! Here are the pictures I took... forgot to take pictures of my hanging them, but if you can hang a picture, you can hang a gutter!
|My 10' gutter. Decided on (2) 5' shelves rather than|
one 10' shelf.
|I measured 5', and put dots along the gutter. This is|
where I'll cut it. Christina was SO helpful here.
|Since the gutter has some pretty curvy places on it, I|
decided to put some painter's tape (because that's what I
had on hand) along my dotted line rather than drawing a line.
It was much more reliable.
|The first installed gutter.|
|These little babies are why I even have anything on|
my walls at home. No stud needed... it holds
|The finished shelves. My next blog will be about that|
table. Pretty, huh?