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Family reading area

When we first moved into our home the landing area upstairs was a dumping ground for all manner of stuff. We had a clothes airer here, boxes we still hadn’t unpacked, bits of toys and bags of outgrown clothes waiting to be put in the loft. A year later we decided to do something about the mess and utilise the dead space in a better way. And that’s when we created our family reading area.

Ikea spice rack bookshelves

These are some pictures I took just after we’d finished the space, so my littlest is still a crawling baby and not a climbing toddler (as she is now). But it’s not changed much since then, and it’s still a part of our home that we love.

In the mornings it’s used as another play area, where my toddler will play with her toys and her sister will read books while I get myself dressed and ready. In the evening we often do bedtime stories here, especially if both girls are having a story together. It’s a much-used space and far prettier than the state it was in previously.

Reading area

It was done on a budget, using things we already had around the house along with some IKEA purchases for the intention of hacking.

The shelves are the IKEA Bekvam spice rack (Β£3 each), the rug is also IKEA although I don’t think it’s available to buy any more.

The stepladder side table was discovered in our shed, sanded down and given an Annie Sloan chalk paint job. I mixed Pure and Florence to create a vibrant turquoise shade which works really well against the hot pink of the rug.

We found the chair in the loft, left behind by the previous owners. I’d toyed with the idea of painting, sanding or waxing it but in the end I just left it as it was. I like the distressed feel to it and the dark wood against our pale sanded floorboards.

Ikea spice rack hackprinters tray

You can take a closer look at the space and find out more about the printer’s tray I upcycled in this vlog over at Roost TV:


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A family reading area tour

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