Apr 25, 2012

Corralling those chapter books!

So, this project doesn't feature any earth shattering new techniques, in fact, its really pretty simple.  But, none the less, I'm happy with the results.  Our youngest really enjoys reading at bedtime.  We've have been devouring many books lately.  Sometimes I read to him, sometimes its his dad, other times its an older sibling.  He can read on his own, of course, but really enjoys laying in bed and listening.  Wait, let me rephrase that...he really enjoys playing with all his little Fimo clay creations while someone else does the work of reading!  Well, all those chapter books need to be corralled and I have been on the hunt for something to do just that.  I finally found the solution.

I picked this up for $5.99 at Goodwill.  I would have preferred a half off sale, but since I have been hunting for awhile, I was ready to fork out the big bucks!  I brought it home and was tempted to paint it  a bright color, fill it with pots of herbs and label them accordingly, but I stuck to my original plan.  (It would have made a cute herb garden, though!)

The bedroom furniture is painted black, so the black spray paint came out.  I just painted, distressed a little, and labeled.  That was it.  I guess I could have made specific labels for each genre of book...mystery, adventure, etc.  I added a clip-on lamp for illumination because my eyes just aren't what they used to be!

The books are organized...now if we could just get the rest of the room in order!

And, here's a picture of just a few (believe me, there are MANY more!) of his Fimo creations.  He LOVES making things with clay and baking them in the toaster oven!  In case you can't tell, he kind of likes Link from the video game, Legend of Zelda.

(He made all of the above except for the orange one with the blue shield...an older brother made that one.)

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  1. Fun book holder. Wow, he's made a lot of little figures! Does he still make all the sound effects (explosions, etc) while playing with them?

  2. Love this idea. Found your blog from Organize and Decorate Everything's link party. I think I need one of these things for my son's room. I love any organization thing that keeps the floors clean. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a perfect find and great transformation!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. That's a great makeover! But let's talk about the clay figures.. Oh my! what talented boys you have! (and while I definitely see the Legend of Zelda connection, I keep hearing, "Oh No! Mr. Bill" in my head while admiring their work!) Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Excellent makeover. My son has so many books, this idea would work great in his room. I'm going to have to be on the lookout for a piece similar that would work. Also, I'm so impressed at his clay figures, he's got some serious skills!
    I host a Creative Party on my blog I'd love to invite you to come link up at if you'd like.
    Hope to see you there :)

  6. Totally Perfect!!! I'd love to have you share at my party...it JUST opened!!!


    XO, Aimee

  7. that turned out fabulous! we have so many books in our house, too, and my daughter is usually reading 3-4 at a time so i need to figure out a way to keep them organized, too! we'd love for you to share this at our Sunday Best link party. http://griffithsrated.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunday-best-42912.html

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    Hope to see you there! Thanks so much!



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