Written By: Michelle Fortin @ Making Our Dream
Things are a bit crazy these days in my house. I have a 16-month-old son, Kenton, who only stops moving when he’s sleeping. I’m due in two weeks with his little brother or sister, so my own movements are limited to say the least! Also, my husband and I launched our new blog this week, Making Our Dream. So, crazy-busy, that is life at the Fortin house right now.
To get ready for the new baby, we are moving Kenton out of the nursery and into a “big boy” room. We are not quite ready to reveal the entire room, but one project is done and it turned out great. That’s what I’m sharing with the Her View From Home crowd today!
The bookshelves in his new room are made from rain gutters! They’re perfect because they are durable, inexpensive and super easy to install. So easy, in fact, a toddler can help.
We started with three, ten-foot sections of gutters – all available at any hardware store for around $7.00 each.
Then, we used a hacksaw to cut them to five-foot sections. (Note: the toddler did NOT help with this part!)
Then, we simply affixed the “shelves” to the wall. We used brackets and end pieces sold separately – but in the same section – as the gutters. This is where the project budget can add up a little bit – as each of those items cost $2.00 or $3.00 apiece.
Since we did three shelves, we used six end pieces and six brackets – two per shelf.
The brackets make it really easy to just screw the shelves to the wall.
From start to finish, this project was complete in less than an hour!
A perfect project for two parents with limited time on their hands and a toddler in need of entertainment.
Here’s how the shelves look with the little reading nook we added for Kenton. I’ll be revealing his full room soon on our blog. It’s a bike room with a nod to my husband’s favorite sporting event all time: Le Tour de France. A bit different, but fun! The bookshelves will help balance the sporty look with some academia (at least that’s what I’m telling myself!).