Thursday, December 23, 2010

[Transformation Thursday: Windowsill Reading Nook]

A couple of months ago, my husband and I decided to turn an odd windowsill into a little reading nook. We are hoping that this will someday encourage our children to read books. But until then, it is just a comfy place to sit with some added storage as bonus. :0)

So here is what the windowsill looked like when we first bought our house:

Looked a little odd to me. The small wall next to the window was being completely under-utilized. I think the only thing I had were a couple of framed art (shocking, I know) on that wall. Plus, I needed a cushion for the bench, but it was a little deeper than a standard size bench cushion. Such a dilemma!

So we (a.k.a. my hubby) decided to build this built-in bookshelf:

It has potential! Now all I needed to do was paint it white, make a cushion, and decorate. Such fun!

And here is what it looks like today:

Ahh...much better! It's still a work-in-progress though. I am still trying to decide on what color/pattern fabric I should use to make curtains and coordinating pillow(s). But thankfully the major part is finished.

[I bought this black & white fabric at Walmart (it was on sale!) and covered some foam pads, that I cut out, stacked, and glued to some scrap wood we had. Then I stapled the fabric to the bottom of the wood to make it nice & taut.]

[A little Christmas pillow to add to the holiday decor. It says 'naughty' on the other side, but I was feeling in more of a "nice" mood.]

[I bought these baskets from Walmart for $10 each. They are fabric lined so that anything you put inside it won't get scratched. I also attached a little chalkboard name tag with some white satin ribbon. You can find out how to make the tags HERE.]

[Yes, even Snickers the dog has his very own basket!]

[Just some magazines that I enjoy reading from time to time. I also bought these magazine holders from Walmart for $5 each and used my handy dandy label maker for the labels. Better Homes & Gardens for inspiration & recipes, and Parents magazine for keeping this mommy sane!]

Here's another look at the transformation:

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be linking this project up here.

Happy Holidays! :0)



  1. So cute! I love the shelves and the baskets are a wonderful addition for storage! Great idea!

    I hope you can join my vintage tag giveaway and link party, going on now!

  2. Great color scheme and fabric...Wish I had a nook like that!

    If you have a moment today, please link up your transformation at Creative Juice Thursday!

    nicolette @

  3. Oh my goodness! This nook turned out so cute!! I love it! And so functional too!

  4. You did a fantastic job! It looks great.

  5. Beautiful transformation
    Bon @ Drab to Fab

  6. Jen, I love a great before and after... what a change! Love the B&W cushion with the cute red pillow. I'm sure you love the functionality of that corner, now.

  7. Adorable!! I LOVE turning rustic spots into crafty and usable crevices! We had a similar situation in our FROG where we had awkward slanted ceilings to work with, but ended up building some great built-ins complete with cubbies, too! It is in my blog if you want to check it out--in any case, great work!


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