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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Land of Nod Knockoff Wall Book Bin

I know that many of us out there love Pottery Barn,
and we also love Restoration Hardware, 
and I am sure that we love Crate and Barrel.

Well, I absolutely adore Crate and Barrel's kids stare
Even the name is cute.

Their prices are fairly reasonable,
depending on what you are looking for of course.

For instance these shelves right here aren't too hefty a price.

They are $49

However . . . 
I made a knock off for a grand total of 

This is a serious savings!!!

So what did I do?

First I found this at the thrift store.

It is a Norman Rockwell plate rack.

It cost $2.25.
Woot! Woot!

Okay, then I ran to Home Depot and picked me up some white spray paint.

I was ready to ROCK!!!!

Here we go . . . 

First, I removed this lovely gold placard.
No longer necessary.

Then I grabbed some 300 grit sand paper that the hubs had in the garage.
There were some spots I had to smooth out. 
I also sanded lightly over the entire shelf.

Once that was all nicely done,
I got down to business and started spraying.

I think I did about 6 or 7 very light coats.

Next comes the molding. 
This molding was .59 per foot.

The hubs cut it and nailed it on, and then he did the touch up painting.

Next he hung it up.

Looking good, right?

Well, there was just the small matter of those little spots
in the middle where the metal placards had been.

I knew I wanted to put a quote there.
Then I remembered that for my MA Graduation invitations
my friend Jenna had found a great quote about literature from
my favorite author DH Lawrence.

If you are familiar with Lawrence's work you may be thinking,
"She put something HE said in a babies room?!?!?"

It's not inappropriate. PROMISE.
It says:
Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones.
It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside. Alas!

See. Not bad.
I like how it demonstrates the deep emotional connection that can be made to books.

I printed each sentence on cardstock and cut them down to the appropriate measurement.
5x3/4 inch

Then, after like three weeks of distractions, I Mod Podged them onto the book bin.

I had some trouble getting them to be completely smooth.
Any tips for next time?

(Yes, I say this at the end of most projects. Why not?)
Some of the books are different because it took so long to finish up this project.

Then I added those final decorative touches you see on top of the book bin.

First, these blocks.
 I picked them up at a local antique store.
They were $1 for the small ones and $2 for the large one.

I know that isn't exactly cheap,
but I only wanted these 5.
Also, I didn't feel like scouring the thrift shops for wood blocks.

I love the way they turned out.

Next, I placed one of our favorite books atop.
I Love You Through and Through

Have you read this one?
If you haven't, I promise it is cute and fun to read with the kiddos.

There you have it.

All done.

What do you think?
What thrifty transformations have you been working on?

*** I have entered this item in Seven Thirty-Threes Knock It Off Contest****
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  1. Super, DUPER cute. Love the quotation too. Love it!

  2. I have been looking to do a shelf like thise! I love the plate holder great idea. It came out really good.

  3. This would go perfectly in my baby's room! I am so going to do it. Thanks so much for an awesome tutorial; his books are always all over the place (which I love because that means he chooses them to play with, but I don't love because when you step on those suckers at night it's like going ice skating on carpet).
    gin @ Life as Topher's Mama

  4. I have been meaning to find something that I could turn into a bookshelf for the little ones room. I'll keep looking but let me know if you see anything up there too.

  5. what a great DIY project and I love the fact that you got it from a thrift store! I will be featuring this on saturday. Do grab a featured button!

  6. Great!!! Love this!!! That a way to show Crate and Barrel we won't pay those crazy prices!!! lol I love doing that. I see something that is an outrageous price and I think...wait a minute...I could make that!!! Then when it comes together so perfectly it is such an accomplishment. BRAVO!

  7. Found you through Nap Time Crafters ~ what a great idea! I'm going to have to look at all those old knick knack shelves with a different eye so I can envision what they *could* be!

    Laura @ Come Together Kids

  8. Great job. My husband built little shelves for books by our kids beds, and I love them. Nothing like having lots of books close by to encourage reading.

  9. I love this! I have had my eye on that Land of Nod book rack for a while now. Great idea!

  10. Oh, I love it! THis turned out SOOO great!

  11. You did GOOD! I love it! I used some rain gutters to display books for my kids, but next time I am stealing your brilliant idea! THANKS

  12. way to go! this turned out perfect!

  13. Next time try mod podging the paper to the piece you removed or something else very smooth. Hope that helps......not criticism, you asked. Love this idea and will use it in some form in the future for my Grands! Thanks for sharing, take care, VBg

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