After we determined so as to add a ceiling to our two-story entryway, we ended up with an oddly positioned further room the scale of a walk-in closet.
The room didn’t connect to every other rooms, and we spent a while pondering of what we might use this small area for. In the future it dawned on me—we might construct a hidden youngsters’s library with a Narnia closet entrance!
Clearly, this room is a showstopper and essentially the most distinctive room in our house, however the greatest profit has been an enormous enhance in studying curiosity for each my youngsters (ages 7 and 4).
In the present day, I’ll provide you with a tour of our secret library and clarify how we created it. By the way in which, in the event you’d prefer to see how our two-story entry regarded earlier than changing it, you’ll be able to see a photograph right here.
After we added the ceiling above the entryway (changing it from two tales to at least one), we had been left with this area that connects to a touchdown on the prime of our stairs. We determined to show it right into a Narnia closet with a hidden library for our kids.
First, I sourced an vintage armoire from Etsy. Subsequent, we had it built-in into the wall and the drywall patched. After that, we minimize a door into the again a part of the armoire to create an entry level.
You may see within the images beneath the way it appears to be like closed and opened. The brand new door is 5 ft tall, so adults must duck to enter, however it’s accessible for kids and adults.
Anytime we are able to’t discover our youngsters they are often discovered on this room studying and taking part in. It makes us so completely satisfied!
Let’s speak a bit of in regards to the lobby. It is a small touchdown area on the prime of our stairs. It has wall and ceiling wallpaper that creates an enormous look. From this area, there are doorways to the stairway, our predominant bed room, the hallway the place extra bedrooms are and this armoire.
Many occasions I’ve proven visitors the armoire and nobody ever notices something particular about it till we push open the hidden door inside. It’s true magic!
Talking of true magic, right here’s a video tour of our hidden library:
Sources: Wallpaper / Augustine Evans Artwork Print / William Cleary Artwork Print (each artwork prints are by Janet Hill).
The darkish inexperienced paint colour is a customized match. We took a swatch of the wallpaper into the paint retailer they usually matched the deepest colour for us to color the doorways and trim.
Wallpapering a ceiling is an efficient option to make a room really feel smaller, cozier and extra dramatic. This area had little to do vibe earlier than we added the wallpaper, and now it is among the most designed areas in our house.
Artwork sources: Star Chart Artwork / Harry Potter Customized Artwork / Handful of Stars Print, Moon and Stars Print, Shadow Puppets Print. The rose portray and the mirror are classic finds.
I discovered an Etsy store that makes these personalized wizard prints and my children suppose they’re hilarious.
When it got here to accumulating books for my youngsters’s library, this was the enjoyable half! Let me know in the event you’d be fascinated about an expanded publish on this topic. I collected a whole bunch of used books domestically.
For brand spanking new books, I targeted totally on collection for early readers since our 7-year-old is at present studying to learn. I collected all of the collection I liked most as a younger youngster in addition to new collection that buddies really helpful.
Thus far, my 7-year-old is loving the Elephant and Piggie collection (which she will learn on her personal), The Magic Treehouse and The Ramona collection. It’s been so inspiring watching each my ladies take a bigger curiosity in studying this 12 months.
Being the classic lover that I’m, I’ve additionally been accumulating Nancy Drew and I’m at present engaged on the total set of Goosebumps books.
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