I had a totally different plan for this, but when it turned out that it was completely unfeasible, this one worked out really well instead. When I first found out that Atlas was pregnant, I decided that the baby would get as a first Christmas gift from me a collection of my favourite children’s books. I’ve been picking them up second-hand at various thrift shops, and I aim to continue to do so whenever I find one that is right. But so far, I have a pretty good collection of Roald Dahl, some Doctor Doolittle, the Narnia series, and a few of the classics.
I bought the bookshelf at IKEA. I wanted to re-vamp a thrifted one but I couldn’t find an appropriate one and this one was inexpensive and the exact size I wanted.
I took off the back panel of the bookshelf and set it up against some nice blue fabric, which I cut to size.
Then I glued it onto the back with hot glue.
Because the fabric made the panel thicker, I used a craft knife to widen the slots on the back of the bookshelf.
So now it fit, and it’s all in place.
I’d originally planned a nice stencil here, with contact paper and spray paint, but I discovered that if you use spray paint on contact paper it peels back from the design and doesn’t work. So I ended up free-handing Izod’s name here with craft paint and it worked out really well.
And it’s all finished. I hope he has many adventures with some of my favourite stories!
5 thoughts on “Izod’s Bookcase”
I love it! What a wonderful idea to give some character to an otherwise boring bookshelf. That was one of the FIRST pieces of furniture we bought for our kids – bookshelves. Every child should have the opportunity to get lost in a book. Thanks for sharing.
Oh, what a cool idea! And some good finds in the children’s book department.
Yeah I got really lucky. Some of them have never even been opened!
It’s such a sweet and thoughtful idea to collect your favorite children’s books from used sources– there is so much character in those books. And the bookshelf is adorable too! Thanks for posting!
Thanks! He may not be able to read them for a few years yet but it’s a good start!