We moved into our house 5 days before my daughter was born and 3 days before my mom & grandma came to help out. Guess what they got to do?? Yep, help us unpack. By the time I got out of the hospital, my mom had lived in my house either the same amount of time as I had…or maybe a day or 2 longer 🙂 I would NOT recommend moving while 9 months pregnant, but everything turned out ok.
One thing they did while I was in the hospital was to organize my son’s room, which was a tremendous help. Over the almost 3 years we’ve lived here, things have pretty much stayed the way they put them. While we don’t have a lot of closet space for the house (i.e. linen closets in the bathrooms, hall closets for coats, etc), the closets in our bedroom are pretty large & have nice storage space in them.
That being said…we still have a lot of “stuff” and I’m always looking for ways to make the kiddos bedrooms look cute & functional.
I found this project on Pinterest and fell in love. At first, I wasn’t sure how to utilize it in our home, but I quickly came up with an idea…and enlisted my hubby’s help 🙂
We didn’t put the shelf in the dining room, although I think it would be really cute! We put a smaller version under the window sill of each kids bedroom.
A couple of things we did differently:
Instead of buying a pre-made shelf, my hubby picked up a sheet of MDF at our local Lowe’s store. It ran about $30, but we only used half of it to make 2 shelves (so about $7.50 in wood/shelf) and he used the rest in his wood shop, so it was a win/win situation.
We also bought the cheaper supports for underneath the shelf. The decorative ones were nice, but cost around $3-$4, so we went with the metal ones that were a little over $1 a piece. So, each shelf probably cost about $12 or so.
We had leftover paint from when we painted the kids rooms, so we just painted them to match the walls. If you wanted to get really creative, you could paint them a contrasting color, but I wasn’t feeling it 🙂 The MDF took the paint very well, so no need to prime!! Plus, did you know that paint is still good after 2 1/2 years??? I was stoked when I discovered the paint was usable!!
My daughter calls this her “workbench”…her daddy just built one of his own. She loves it!! One day, when my son was sick & I was having to take care of him, she played on/with that shelf for probably 30-45 minutes…and she’s 2 1/2!!! I have visions of my son using it to work on homework when school starts.
I love it because they can sit at the bench and look outside. It also gets some toys up off the floor. We used wall anchors & tried to attach the shelf to the wall studs when we could find them. It is very secure, although I would discourage sitting on it!
From cutting to painting to installing, this project took us about 3 days or so. We didn’t work on it continuously…so don’t get worried. You could easily knock this out in 1 or 2 days, especially if you used a pre-made shelf.
My opinion: For the time involved, skill level and costs, I would say this is a great weekend project that not only dresses up a room, but makes it a bit more functional!! I think it’s a great addition to any kids room or playroom. If you have the space, why not try it as a kids counter in your dining room???