Recently, on one of my Michael’s trips I came across the glorious wall of Krylon Colormaster spray paint. It beckoned to me in its glorious rainbow of colors, “Dannnnnnaaaa. Daaaannnnnnnaaa” and I knew then and there that something was going to be spray painted.
It didn’t take long to decide that my son’s old pine bookcase would be the lucky winner. I say it’s pine, but it’s actually Ikea “pine”. So plastic-y cardboard-ish woodstuff that looks like pine. Obviously I wasn’t born yesterday and duuhh, you can’t just spray paint smooth surfaces with no prep. BUT LOOK! The can said “paint and primer” (don’t have to use a primer!) and that it would work on plastic. Plastic! That’s practically what this bookcase is, right? Plastic. Surely if it will stick to plastic then it will work!
I bought a few cans of this really beautiful deep blue color that would tie in perfectly with his bedding (and he wants all blue everything right now). Considering my lengthy experience working with spray paint (read: I painted a picture frame once), I felt quite confident in my skills. I went home, threw a drop cloth over the back patio and got to work. I really didn’t do a half-bad job. There was a little drip down on one of the sides, but overall I was pretty pleased with myself.
I paitently waited for it to dry, and then I touched it. Uh-oh. The paint practically rubbed off on my hands like gritty powder. And then I bumped it and a flake came off. And then O drove his toy car across one of the shelves and it left pine-colored tire tracks behind. Excellent.
So now that I’m out three cans of spray paint, a (boring but perfectly good) bookcase and an hour or two of my life, O will have a nice, empty, spacious corner in his room. We just bought him a new bed and dresser set, which hasn’t even arrived yet, so to say I’m really not itching to go buy more furniture would be an understatement 😐
But! new spaces lend themselves to exciting possibilities, and a reading nook is something to daydream on for now.
Here, I compile what I think are essentials for creating a cozy reading corner. Pretty much everything is from The Land of Nod because their stuff is just plum (plumb? Does anyone say this? How do I know this?) amazing. The design is unparalleled and the quality is fantastic. So without further ado:
// The Makings of a Reading Nook //
1. A Good Bookcase // One that your mom didn’t ruin with her good intentions should do the trick.
I love the color progression of the blue shelves on this bookcase. Such a fun accent.
This would be perfect.
2. Good Lighting // Trying to read your space books in bad lighting is no fun.
This clip lamp reminds me of The Jetsons. I miss The Jetsons.
I’ve loved this pendant light for so long.
1. The electron! I would hang this thing over my kitchen island. But for the purposes of this post, it’d be great in a reading corner. // 2. We have this checkmate lamp in our playroom but sometimes I think about stealing it for myself. It’s a nice lamp.
3. Cozy Seating // Required for maximum book enjoyment.
I tried to choose one of these to post but COME ON. So stinking cute. O would probably choose the bear or the lion.
1. We have this pouf in our playroom and the kids love to sit on it, stand on it, roll it around the house, you name it. It also comes with a handy little key to lock the zipper so your “angels” can’t un-stuff it. (Aren’t quotation marks so fun?) // 2. Yes, please.
4. A Cozy Rug // Toes deserve comfort, too.
5. Books // This is obvious.
Here are some of our favorites (click pictures to get to site):
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.
But every story has its upsets.
Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.
But the power of story will save the day.
Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children’s literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate—and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.
A Home for Bird
While out foraging for interesting things, Vernon the toad finds a new friend – a small blue bird who is curiously silent. Vernon shows Bird the river and the forest and some of his other favorite things, but Bird says nothing.
“Bird is shy,” says Vernon, “but also a very good listener.”
Vernon worries that Bird is silent because he misses his home, so the two set off on a journey to help find a home for Bird.
The Sneetches and Other Stories
O and I have read this over and over. “The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches. And no kind of Sneetch is the best on the beaches”. Solid life lessons in those wacky stories.
City Dog, Country Frog
In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. “You’ll do,” Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog’s rock. In winter, things change for City Dog and Country Frog. Come spring, friendship blooms again, a little different this time.
// Just be prepared for your kid to look at you like you’re a crazy person while you sob uncontrollably.
// I’d love to hear what you would add to the list!