I've been wanting one of these for the playroom forever:
We have eleventy billion books scattered all around the playroom at any given time and no good place to store them, so they end up stacked in haphazard piles on the playroom table at the end of the day. Which drives this type-A sort a little nutters. So, we needed a bookshelf. But a traditional shelf wasn't going to do - I've read that having the books stored facing outward (as seen above) encourages a child's interest in reading because they can see the brightly illustrated covers and not just a row of boring book spines. So I wanted that PBK bookshelf thing. Problem #1? It doesn't come in black. Problem #2? It's PBK. Cha-ching!
My mission was to find a cheap book storage system that allowed the books to sit facing out AND that cost, like, not very much at all. (Because seriously? Toddlers are weapons of mass destruction. If it's in the playroom, it will eventually be destroyed. Fact.) And it had to look at least semi-cute. And match the black playroom shelving system we already had. So where does a girl go to find a solution? The internet, duh! I found a mommy blog with a very neat idea......
Can you tell what our new bookshelves are made of?
I'll give you a hint. We went to Home Depot, spent less than $20, and were in and out before anyone could have a temper tantrum OR poop their pants. (I'm infamous for my Home Depot temper tantrums, yall.)
It's a RAIN GUTTER! We bought a 10 foot plastic gutter, cut it into 3 foot sections, painted the sections black in the backyard, and J spent 15 minutes hanging our new bookshelves. Voila - the perfect child (and budget) friendly book storing solution for our playroom!
I found the instructions/idea here.