Who doesn’t love a cozy little nook, hidden away in a special place where you can curl up with a good book and cup of tea, and waste the day away?
For this post, I’m going to show you how we created our cozy reading nook, which has incidentally become my favourite spot in our home.
I love to read, and one day when I was scrolling through pretty pictures on Pinterest, I found these, and became instantly “hooked on the nook” concept.
Here’s a pic we took before we moved in of the “Under the stairs” storage area. Isn’t it beautiful? Lol.
We were lucky enough to have ample storage space in our new house, so this storage closet under the stairs became somewhat of a wasted space.
My Handy Hubby took a reciprocating saw to the wall and removed the door. The rest was up to me to build the bench with 2×4’s (with storage underneath), and to complete all the dry-walling. Ugh…I hate drywalling, but knew it was necessary to get the look I wanted. So much dust!!!!
The total cost was approx. $500. The most expensive item being the foam mattress, which was purchased at Ikea for $89, and cut to fit the space. The fabric for the foam is from Fabricland and I have a massive crush on the fun geometric pattern.
Some of the big ticket items were the wallpaper, purchased at Lowes for $40, and the light fixture, which is from Home Sense at $29 (on clearance of course). The bulb is an Edison bulb, which shocked me with a cost of $14. I love it though, and how it gives the space a vintage, world traveller type vibe.
Most of the items on the shelf were found at thrift stores or purchased on clearance.
The pyramid was a school project my oldest daughter had to do with sugar cubes. Once all the cubes were glued in place, we spray painted it a sand colour. She got an “A” on the project…. #proudmomma. Prior to finding its new home, the pyramid was just sitting in a storage room, until one day it occurred to me that it would work perfectly in the world traveller’s themed book nook 🙂
The artwork for the little gallery wall was mostly just things I found online and printed out. The giant optometrist’s eye chart had to be printed at Walmart, because of its size, and the mustaches are just scrapbook paper found at Michaels. The giant ceramic buttons were purchased at Fabricland for $3 each on clearance. The little feather wreath is from a thrift store (#score!!!).
This pencil drawing of a smoking gorilla is the coolest thing in the nook. I think he’s absolutely hilarious 🙂
That’s it for today folks. Happy Reading!!!! Thanks so much for checking out my book nook. See you next time everyone 🙂
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