A reading nook for the nursery

I’ve mentioned before on the blog that I am a huge bookworm…well, these days I’m getting ready to transition from historical fiction and pretty coffee table books on interior design to brightly colored baby books.  So it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite areas to tackle for baby’s room was the reading nook.  I had seen an idea on Pinterest of using IKEA spice racks as book ledges, which I loved for two reasons: 1) the books face out so as baby turns into toddler, he can see and choose books himself, and 2) we’ve kept everything in the nursery pretty neutral so I was looking for someplace to add a fun pop of color.

Ikea spice racks for books

Step One: Assemble the unfinished wood spice racks (easy enough)…


Step Two: Select a spray paint from the hardware store after the paint specialist assured me it would be easy.

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I’m still not sure if I got a faulty spray bottle, user error, or misalignment of expectations, but after carefully spraying multiple coats, I was really disappointed with the streaky, blotchy look I was getting with the spray.  So, I went back to what I know best, good old semi-gloss paint and a paintbrush…

Step 3: Apply several coats of Kelly Moore KMA13-5 “Orange Zest”, which I just happened to have on-hand from our front door.  After multiple coats with the brush (and ample drying time), I was finally satisfied with the look and they were ready to install.

Step 4: Install on the wall and the best part, start placing the books.  Thanks to wonderful friends and family, we already have quite the collection of books and the pop of orange is just what I wanted.


Step 5: Waiting for baby…