A Library for the Kids-One Room Challenge:Week 6

It’s reveal time! The six weeks flew by. There were a few hiccups along the way, but guess what? The room is officially done!

I wanted to turn an unused bedroom into a library/reading room for my three boys. The room had some undesirable aspects to it. It is 9 feet by 16 feet with a nonworking fireplace and a low ceiling. There was also a weird little unused space that wrapped around the chimney. Here’s a reminder of what it looked like.

Before

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Here is the finished room.

After

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  Brady built book ledges to hang on the wall with the dormer window and I painted them the same color as the wall to blend in. They are the perfect height for little ones to reach.

Brady built book ledges to hang on the wall with the dormer window and I painted them the same color as the wall to blend in. They are the perfect height for little ones to reach.

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  There is additional book storage on a bookcase (again made by my talented hubby) and in steele canvas baskets. The baskets are super sturdy and can handle the weight of the books. All sources will be listed at the end of the post.

There is additional book storage on a bookcase (again made by my talented hubby) and in steele canvas baskets. The baskets are super sturdy and can handle the weight of the books. All sources will be listed at the end of the post.

  My boys love marine life, especially whales. I searched for a whale wallpaper and fell in love with this pattern. It is perfect for this space and I love how it has a playful feel to it without being too childish. I talked    last week    about the problem I had with the wallpaper panels. I planned on wallpapering the whole wall, but had to settle for a partial wall and added a chair rail. It still turned out beautiful.

My boys love marine life, especially whales. I searched for a whale wallpaper and fell in love with this pattern. It is perfect for this space and I love how it has a playful feel to it without being too childish. I talked last week about the problem I had with the wallpaper panels. I planned on wallpapering the whole wall, but had to settle for a partial wall and added a chair rail. It still turned out beautiful.

  The two-story reading nook is my favorite part of the room. The cedar shingles and red siding add texture and color to the room. We had planned on doing steps instead of a ladder, but ran out of time. Brady added a hand grip to the top of the ladder to make it safer for the kids and I made two denim cushions so the boys will be comfortable when they are reading.

The two-story reading nook is my favorite part of the room. The cedar shingles and red siding add texture and color to the room. We had planned on doing steps instead of a ladder, but ran out of time. Brady added a hand grip to the top of the ladder to make it safer for the kids and I made two denim cushions so the boys will be comfortable when they are reading.

  Lots of pillows and a soft rug can be moved around the room for additional lounging.

Lots of pillows and a soft rug can be moved around the room for additional lounging.

  Each level of the reading nook has a plug in reading light. I like the fact that if the upper light is left on, I can turn it off without having to climb up into the reading nook. The sardine artwork is actually a tea towel that I framed.

Each level of the reading nook has a plug in reading light. I like the fact that if the upper light is left on, I can turn it off without having to climb up into the reading nook. The sardine artwork is actually a tea towel that I framed.

  Costumes are popular in our house and these hooks make it so easy for the boys to hang up their gear when they are done saving the day.

Costumes are popular in our house and these hooks make it so easy for the boys to hang up their gear when they are done saving the day.

  You may remember from    last week    that my youngest had knocked over this table and damaged it. I got out the wood glue, a clamp, and some leftover minwax gel stain and am pretty proud of my fix. The rounded edges of the table are ideal for a room used by children.

You may remember from last week that my youngest had knocked over this table and damaged it. I got out the wood glue, a clamp, and some leftover minwax gel stain and am pretty proud of my fix. The rounded edges of the table are ideal for a room used by children.

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  There was a hole in the side of the fireplace from when it was disconnected so I placed a “fairy” door over it. It’s a fun little detail for children to discover and the boys are already leaving little treasures by the door for the fairies that live there.

There was a hole in the side of the fireplace from when it was disconnected so I placed a “fairy” door over it. It’s a fun little detail for children to discover and the boys are already leaving little treasures by the door for the fairies that live there.

  This door will be replaced soon by a hidden bookcase door. Brady will be building the door and I’ll show you the whole process on the blog.

This door will be replaced soon by a hidden bookcase door. Brady will be building the door and I’ll show you the whole process on the blog.

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All of the final reveal photos were taken by Megan from One Blue Eye Photography. She is amazing to work with and takes such beautiful photos. Thank you so much Megan!

Sources

bookcase-made by Brady, billy the bass-vintage, marine figurines, wallpaper, lacing shoe, canvas baskets, chair-past season from Target, blanket, book ledges-made by Brady, rug, coffee table, stacking game, ceiling light, yellow recliner, wall hooks, rolling bin-made by Brady, police costume, superhero cape, sardine towel-H&M no longer available, sheepskin rug, sardina pillow H&M no longer available, denim cushions-made by me, wall lights, throw pillows-Home goods, dragon, fire, Narnia print, wood box-similar, jack-similar, hippo-TJ Maxx, reindeer, Copenhagen print, fairy door

paint colors: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt and Sherwin Williams Retreat for the walls and Sherwin Williams Cherry Tomato for the reading nook

Here are the links to all of the past weeks: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5

Please check out all the other amazing transformations for the One Room Challenge over here.

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