Reading Nook … construction begins!

Don’t you just love how, when you are working on a project, it starts to take shape just the way that you imagined? That is how it is for me right now. We left the closet (AKA Reading Nook) empty of all it’s contents {here} and ready to construct a new inside.


Every builder needs a workshop … this is mine. It is simple and moves wherever I need it πŸ™‚

There will be no comments on my hair!

I got up and started working, when Mr Man snuck up and took a picture of me. Some days, construction women are not pretty!

I made a 2X4 frame, topped it with “Purebond” plywood.

I was worried about the bench part being sturdy, so you can see that I put lag bolts into the studs. This bench is going nowhere people!

Shopping for this space was easy!

I needed baskets for books, pillows to lean on, decorations, and a throw to snuggle up with while reading.

Oh, and a cushion. Oh, my goodness … I am going to have to make one! Can’t buy one the size I need, and a custom order would cost me a fortune.

I can do this …

I bought foam, batting, upholstery fabric, thread, and an upholstery needle for my sewing machine.

(Most was on sale and I had a 20% off entire purchase coupon. Yay me!)

I have to clear out the fun stuff and get back to work!

I like things to be rustic but pretty.

I like texture, and the wood in my garage could be put to good use.

I just measured the length and then randomly cut them. They are attached by Power Grab and finishing nails.

  1. I was half way up the back wall when I thought, hmmm … I should probably paint the top part first. Up a ladder I go. Yup, Mr Man with that camera again! You have to love my zebra socks πŸ™‚
  2. 1st coat of paint but will definitely need another. *Paint color – Calypso Berry in flat.
  3. Working the wood up to the color while it drys.
  4. 2nd coat of paint applied. (I will share later why I chose this color)
  1. Starting on the side wall and installing my first shelf. (The right has more room on that side)
  2. Spacing for a second shelf.
  3. Finishing up to the top.
  4. One more side to go! Woo Hoo!

Β This is who I am making this for … The other “Joy” in my Journey.

I better get back to work! Lots to do πŸ™‚


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8 Responses to "Reading Nook … construction begins!"

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  1. Bliss

    December 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    I have no doubt you will finish it before Christmas and thanks for the reminder….. I stopped reading after your hair remark to finally make the appointment I’ve been putting off. Have to do it before I find out I’m really all gray!


  2. Joy2Journey

    December 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Bliss, I love your support and so glad that I could help you remember your hair appt πŸ™‚

  3. JennyLynn

    December 16, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    It looks wonderful. I am sure you will have this done in time for Christmas. No worries about the hair…I got photo up on my blog of how I really look most days when I am at home busy creating something, if not cleaning.


  4. Joy2Journey

    December 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    You made me laugh. When I am working on a project the last thing I think about is makeup and hair … then Mr Man grabs the camera. Really?! I am working hard to get it done!!!

  5. DeDe@DesignedDecor

    December 16, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    This reading nook will look so nice when it is done! I am a new follower through linky followers!


  6. Joy2Journey

    December 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    I am honored that you are following along! I will run over and check out your blog too. The nook is getting there! I am working on a post right now showing the progress πŸ™‚

  7. Stephanie Lucas

    December 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    BJ, I love the color you chose and i love wood on the walls. You are the coolest, most creative grandma ever! I want to buy your house when you are done with all the “remodeling” extra’s. Have a Merry Christmas: you and Dan and your families. πŸ™‚

  8. Joy2Journey

    December 17, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Ahhh, Thank you Stephanie! It has been a fun journey so far πŸ™‚
    Merry Christmas to you and your families as well.
    Hugs sweet friend!

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