I wanted my son’s room to be better. Just better. It was so sad, dark, gloomy and not exciting. You can check out the entire room HERE!
The one thing that I want my children to create a passion and love for is learning. I am not a big reader. I don’t just pick up a book and read it. Heck, I still have a book that I borrowed from my sister-in-law like a year ago that I have yet to finish! I know I suck. But, that being said, I love learning! I truly love learning. Did I already say that? I have my Master’s Degree not because I thought it would help me become rich and famous, but because I could not come to grips with the fact that I was going to be done with being a student. I am currently trying to think of ways that I can get my PhD. I have a thirst for knowledge and I hope that my children have the same drive as I do to learn things. I decided that in my house it is very difficult to get access to books. My children have one book shelf and it is always messy, it’s pushed behind a bed and it’s really difficult to get to. We find ourselves reading the same books every day, because we are all too lazy to climb behind the bed and change things around.
With Colt’s bedroom makeover I refused to have the same issue be in place. I was going to make sure that reading was easy. I want my children to have quick and easy access to books. I didn’t want them to have to worry about them all falling over when you grab one book. So I decided to get a little creative. I designed a book shelf out of a pallet!
A few months ago I was driving down the road and I noticed a pallet on the side and it was for free! Just somebody throwing it away?! I thought about how I needed it in my life. So I pulled over to the side and threw it into my van with my children laughing, “what was their crazy mother up to now?” They giggled as I tried to manever it into my vehicle.
Originally, this pallet was SUPER long and so I cut it in half. I then made it into an advent calendar. I had it above my fireplace, but I didn’t ever like it. I could never make it look “right.” So when I wanted to create a book shelf for my kids this pallet was just BEGGING to become a book shelf!
For the first shelf I cut the pallet like this.
I then flipped this piece on it’s side and grabbed another piece of wood to do as the base (so the books won’t fall out the bottom). I screwed two screws into the bottom to make the base.
I created two shelves this way. I then stained them a dark walnut finish. One thing that I forgot to do (and I feel like an idiot) is I forgot to sand them before I stained! Insert face palm! You have to sand our your little ones WILL get splinters.
Okay, back to business.
So in order to put them up on the wall I got a stud finder, a tape measure, a level, a pen and a screw driver.
I began by finding two studs. In the first shelf I found two studs that I liked the placement of which was about 32 inches apart. I took the level and marked the wall of where I wanted to drill a hole in. After drilling the holes I measured the length between them.
I then used that measurement to mark on the pallet. I then drilled holes in the pallet. I then picked up the pallet and used a hand held screw driver to place screws into the already existing holes. Try to be very accurate with these hole placements or you will have to drill multiple holes in your wall.
Do the same thing for the next wall, but don’t assume the measurements will be the same. Be sure to check the measurements again. My second pallet had holes that were only 29 inches apart.
And then in goes the books!
This project ended up being very simple! The longest part of this project was waiting for the stain to dry!
It was very simple, everything went exactly according to plan and it worked out better then I thought. My sons LOVE being able to easily grab and put back their own books nicely. I am so happy how this project turned out!