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How to make a bookshelf out of…a bookshelf and other playroom fun

So this is probably my weirdest DIY yet, yes – I made a bookshelf from…a bookshelf! Aren’t I clever?


A room with a couch and a chair

Ok, let’s back the bus up a second.

Remember these really cool ladder bookshelves?


A close up of a shelf

I loved them and was all: “Aren’t these amazing? They are such a great way to store stuff and would look way cute in our first apartment!” That was 9 years ago, when the Mr. and I were very first married and moving to Chicago…


Now I’m all: “Look at that death trap, the kids are going to climb it and break their necks!” Funny how your perspective changes once you have little ones running around.


So I decided to disassemble the whole thing (this is the part where I start to sweat half way thru and chant to myself “I’m not ruining a perfectly good, expensive book shelf, I’m not, I’m not!!”


Then I just flipped the little shelves up. lined them up, and screwed them into a 1 x 4 that I had already secured into the studs in the wall.

A close up of a box

So yes, I made a bookshelf out of a bookshelf, but this one is a lot less nightmare inducing more practical for our family.


A chair in a room

Remember my blueprint art? After living with them on the wall for a while I decided they were a little too serious for the playroom,  so adding the shelves with some of our favorite books (we love some old school Dr. Seuss around here but Skippy Jon Jones is pretty popular too) really added some fun to this wall.

boat art

I also added this Seussian inspired banner “Oh the places you’ll go” I made out of an old map.


oh the places you'll go

You’ll notice that the map is of Michigan, so clearly I don’t want them to “Go” too far away from me


boat art
boat art

Also I’m really excited to announce that I will be participating in 6 Days of Spring with these amazing bloggers:


We will all be posting really fun Spring inspired projects and ideas every day next week. Then Monday the 4th will be your chance to show us your amazing spring projects by linking up at our linky party. The best part is Pottery Barn has offered a $250 gift certificate to giveaway to a linky party participant (I know right?!?)!You can visit Jen for even more info on the linky party.


So get going on those spring projects :)

Linking up at Savvy Southern Style
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  1. This looks awesome! So funny how it’s bookshelves from a bookshelf but it truly is! And something I would have never thought of. Yes, I agree it would’ve been a death trap!
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

  2. I really like this idea and the other decor as well, especially the old-school (really) navy chairs! They’re awesome. Almost makes me wish mine – 26 and 21 – were little again…nah, not really!

  3. Looks fabulous Kelly! Great idea to re-purpose the bookshelves and I just love your playroom! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I will be featuring this tomorrow. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    Jenn xo

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