Thursday, April 26, 2012

decorating: children's library wall

remember the blank wall at the foot of kyler's bed?
well i wanted to make a library for the kids so their favorite bed time stories would be close by
my inspiration was a picture i found on Pinterest
i bought some picture ledges from ikea to make this inspiration a reality
i got the longer version to make a bigger impact and to fill the blank area
i think it will add a ton of color to the room and the kids love reading before bed
so it will be perfect
i worried about the kids crawling on the shelves so i used metal anchors that would work in either the drywall or the studs
it also will hold 40 pounds! 
they are so easy to use
all you do is mark the wall and use a screwdriver to push them into the wall
for those cheap plastic ones i usually pull out my drill
not this time!
so i attached all three screws lightly and made sure the shelf was level
when all was good, i tightened them to make sure this trouble maker wouldn't pull them off the wall trying to stand
i spaced all the shelves 15 inches apart since i wanted there to be enough space for all our favorite books
i lined the whole wall from the floor to the ceiling 
here is the stash that i am working with... and as i styled the shelves, i was able to find some of our family favorites
kyler loves this one!
its about evolution and how the world changed from the big bang to the industrial revolution
its nerdy and full of science
and has tons of pop ups to keep kyler's fingers busy
aspen loves this book called bubble trouble
its about a baby who gets caught in a bubble and floats around town as people try to save him
its a real tongue twister and the baby kinda looks like aspen!
this is how it looks all stacked up and i love how the books are pieces of art
it adds a lot of color to the otherwise plain wall
i put a little stool near the bottom shelf so the kids can reach some of the higher books 
but otherwise i think the final outcome is great!
what are some ways you store books for your kids?

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