before and after

Before & After: Window Nook Makeover

by Kate Pruitt

In every house, there are the main rooms (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, etc.), and then there are the secondary spaces — those little hallways, nooks, closets and crannies. These spaces are wonderful, and they certainly make a home unique, but figuring out how to use them to their full potential can be challenging. I love Before & Afters that confront these idiosyncratic spaces, and today we have two to share! First is this charming reading nook from Lora Neveu, who decided to build out this dreamy escape in her daughter’s bedroom on a rainy day last month. I love that the seating doubles as storage and that she used dozens of paper lanterns; it’s an extremely budget-friendly way to create a fantastical mood and makes far more impact than having just one. This is such a nice, cozy nook; it seems too difficult to leave! — Kate

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Time: One weekend

Cost: $165

Basic Steps: First we ripped out the original baseboards. Then we made a rectangle box with a divider and shelves on the front. Everything is held together by brackets, and the hinged lid rests on the plywood rectangle. We drilled finger holes, but you could easily have handles, as well. Then we replaced a portion of the baseboards (that were cut to fit) and added a piece of trim at the front to give it a rounded edge. We used some DAP to fill in the gaps where the boards meet inside the shelves, and we painted the whole thing up and on to the cushion. I got two pieces of foam cut (couldn’t get one the right size), and using an old blanket I had, I cut out and sewed a cover for it. We wired Xmas lights into the light source and hung lanterns that I got in Chinatown for a buck each. Those lanterns have followed me around for five years and through three moves and are still going strong!

We just got the paint color matched to the existing paint on the baseboards. I already owned the cushion-cover fabric, and the cushions are all from Ikea. The Alice in Wonderland quilt is vintage and something I have been saving for the right spot for years. The Xmas lights are just from a hardware store, and the lanterns are from Chinatown. The curtain fabric is a basic lightweight muslin available at any fabric store. — Lora

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