Growing Family: Bar Remixed to Baby Bookcase

Baby prep is in full swing! We've got the dresser & changing pad, cozy chair, and crib all set up... atop a simple and cute Button Rug from Ikea... pictures to come but there's still half finished projects all around the floor to clean up first!! 

One little nook of the room needed a little something though - and a while back we decided the best use of space was to add a bookshelf. I spent some time looking at leaning shelves, building something custom that would fit just so, and so on and so forth. But in the process of getting a new washer & dryer (happy accident right before baby!) we had to move our old Bar - built from Crates - out of the mudroom to make space. I had contemplated trying to sell this piece I made a few years back, or seeing if it would fit in the guest room. Then inspiration struck! I had nailed and glued the crates together, so why not take them apart and repurpose. We're all for resusing both for the dollar savings and environmental impact. And what a cool way to use something from our first home together. 

Painting the $7.00 crates in the Old Mission house with Archie!

Painting the $7.00 crates in the Old Mission house with Archie!

The 'Original' Crate Bar

The 'Original' Crate Bar

Originally I used 5 crates, a small bit of plywood on the bottom (to keep everything together) and two pieces of 1x6 on the top. Instead of busting the crates into individuals, I decided to keep those that were stacked together as so, and add the last horizontal  one to the bottom.

Hubby chops the crates apart!

Hubby chops the crates apart!

Design Decisions...

Design Decisions...

i'm so happy with how the project has progressed! I decided to paint the crates white to blend with everything else in the room, and pop just enough. Because of how the molding is on the floor Jon helped me add one little foot so that we could push the crates all the way into the corner. Right now we are planning on having the upper section (one horizontal and one vertical crate) mounted with a gap so it adds one more shelf, gets the stained wood to show more, and uses the most space up to the ceiling. 

 

Next up is to fill it back up with all the books and some other tiny treasures for the little one! (And figure out what to do with the other little piece of wall to the left, which will be behind the door!). This room is coming along, and as much as we are enjoying getting a lot of the big features completed we are also leaving room to change and develop as we learn more and knowing the little one is going to grow oh so quickly!