Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Because everybody's doing it

I keep seeing these rain gutter shelves all over the place.  They are SO cute!  I love this kids play room.  If I could I would make my shelf the length of the wall like this one.  Go check it out!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/zaluma2/2789930573/in/set-72157606909564340/
 
Check out bethcrabtreehunter.blogspot.com/2009/09/rain-... to see this post and other great post!
  


I love the idea of having them with bunk beds so the kids get there own space for their books!
Anyway,  I decided I really wanted one for my little boys room.  He has a lot of books and we just kept them in a really ugly cardboard box.  One day my husband was in the garage and found an old rain gutter the previous owners must have left.  Actually there was like 4 of them in there!  It took us a while but this weekend we finally got started on the project.      
 

         We gave them a really good scrubbing.  Some of the neighbors thought we were a little crazy...


 
  
  

Here is his room before.  The wall is a little plain as you can see.


  

Here it is!  All done!  I love it.  Although I wish that I could have put it lower so my little one could get the books himself,  this room has some awesome paneling on the lower half of the walls.  (Courtesy of the previous owners) So we had to put it up higher.  Also I would love to put in another one some day.  I think they are so cute!  Useful and decorative,  always a good combo!  I did decide that the wall above it still looked empty so I headed to the craft store!




  
 I got these big wooden letters...





We were a lowes the other day and they had this mis-tint for 50 cents!  So I painted the letters and sanded them down really good to give them some texture...



  
  
  
  

Wallah! The letters still need some tweaking, but you get the idea.  I really like how everything turned out!



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17 comments :

Lauren said...

SO CUTE! I love it!

HayLee said...

I really liked how everything turned out too! You are so crafty and frugal. looks like you found a new love :) Glad that there is something you do that makes you happy!

Aubrey said...

WOW!! That looks so cute! I love the letters too! I can't wait to see it for real. Seriously, sooo cute!

Andy Porter said...

That is so cute! I just may have to do this in my kids rooms too. It seems like the perfect solution. Your "read" sign is mighty cute too. I like the wall color as well. I guess I just like everything about it. Thanks for linking up to Creative Cats! I hope to see your talent again soon!

Misty said...
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Misty said...

I found you via P@P and had to tell you how great this is! My husband teaches 2nd grade and has these rain gutters up for his books. He loves them. All day today I've been trying to figure out a solution to our playroom that's being overrun with books that have no home, and I think you've answered my question! Don't know why I didn't think about it sooner, but I'm glad you inspired me! I only wish I had some old rain gutters magically appear in my garage ... maybe I'll go look one more time!

SUPER CUTE! (And I love that paneling in there, too!)

Magic Brush said...

That is adorable!!!!!!!

Funny, I found your linky at P@P and was scared to click on it because it only had your name (no project).... and there is just so many weird things out there. Then I linked up to the same party and forgot to put my project on to! So... hope others aren't afraid to click on mine! hahahaha

Your letters are my favorite! Stop by my blog sometime! Blessings.

Sandy said...

I so loved this idea that I had to Feature your blog on my site.. if you would like to come pick up my button telling everyone I spoke of this on my blog.. please do!
I had to send this to my daughter who homeschools and she will be so pleased!
I was blown away by this idea.. gutters!
thank you
Sandy
http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

Heather said...

Very, very cute! I love the idea of using rain gutters, your "read" sign is just the perfect touch. Thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

Great job...looks really nice

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Whaaaaaaaat - that is the coolest thing ever!

Condo Blues said...

I love the color combo! What type of bracket did you use to hang the shelves?

Shaunna said...

I can't believe I haven't seen this yet! I'm bookmarking you as a fav project! So innovative and super cool--and thrifty! So glad i found you through reinvented! Great job...thanks for the great project!

Laura Lofgreen said...

You are a brave mother and the room looks great. I'd love to have you visit me at www.mydeartrash.blogspot.com

"m" said...

These are so cute and yours turned out great!

Candy (Mama Lion) said...

This is such an amazing idea. I would have never known that's what they were if I wasnt told!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

So cute! Loved the way it turned out (and thanks so much for providing a link back with my pic :).