DIY Reading Nook

by jordanfaeh

(I’m really annoyed that WordPress is uploading my photos so small, but I can’t figure out how to fix it. So forgive the dinky photos! If you want a closer look you can click on each one individually).

I create vivid designs in my mind of how I want our home to look, but rarely do they come to fruition. Lack of time, budget, or lack of resources usually become obstacles and it’s okay because I’ve learned that a home can be warm and inviting without having to be lavishly decorated. However, we *actually* tackled one of my house projects with a huge thanks to my brother-in-law. I’m excited to share our little DIY reading nook with you all!

It started out as a closet without doors. Our landlords left the doors off when they moved and after seeing that extra space, I knew we could do something with it instead of turning it back into a closet (June only has a handful of outfits, anyway…) This is the sad before picture:

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I found this tutorial on Pinterest and we purchased cheap wood from Lowe’s.

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I originally wanted to create a bench with cubbies underneath for extra storage, but decided against it since June will be crawling soon and I want to avoid anyone getting hurt. Plus, this option was a little cheaper. My brother-in-law created the wood base without a tutorial but if you want more specifics I can get them to you!

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I used this tutorial to finish the reading bench. Honestly, the foam was one of the most expensive items of our project. It originally sells for $47.99 a yard at JoAnne’s. My jaw about hit the floor when I saw that. Thankfully, I used a %50 off coupon but STILL. You can opt for thinner foam but that might not be as comfortable.

Because I feel passionately about supporting your local businesses, I visited Lincoln’s local fabric store Crafthouse. THE cutest fabrics to choose from. A little pricier than Hobby Lobby or JoAnne’s but I think it’s worth it to invest locally. And how adorable is this fabric!? You can’t find that at a mainstream store.

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So that’s our finished look! I found some amazing accent pillows at Society6 to add to the bench, but I’m going to pace myself. But seriously, how adorable are these?

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We have already been enjoying our little nook and I’m SO excited for when the girls can sit and read together.

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Cheers to actually getting things done and not just talking about it for forever!

Jord.

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