Under the Stairs Closet turned Kids Book Nook

Good morning friends!! I am so excited to show you this reading nook/playhouse I have created for my kids in the closet underneath our stairs! I think it’s my favorite spot in our house right now! 
When we looked at this house and I saw the mini closet I immediately knew my kids would love that area and I was right. As soon as we moved in they started bringing in toys and books and playing down there. And since it’s right next to the kitchen started ordering room service! ha
My husband thought I was kind of nutty for creating this right next to the dining room, but I think it’s fun…
Welcome to “The Club” as my kids call it!
Right before we moved to Fresno I hustled to Ikea to buy this canopy for $10 knowing it would be great here… 
We love everything Dr. Seuss, so I wanted to incorporate some colorful Seuss inspired details.

The focal point is this bookshelf I stenciled with red paint and my Royal Designs Studio stencil. It did take me a couple hours to do this tiny wall, but I love the outcome! I did a tutorial with this very stencil on another project here.
I love the red and turquoise so much!
Last week I showed you how I made my Dr. Seuss wall art 
 by cutting up these dollar bin bags and wrapping them around square canvases.
They are so inexpensive and create such a big impact. The READ letters are from Joann’s and I painted them with craft paint.

My husband brought a random white board home from work years ago and I spray painted it along with this little holder from the thrift store. It was bronze before I painted it!
I brought a roll of chalkboard adhesive from Hobby Lobby with me and used some on the doors. 
(I already of Hobby Lobby withdrawals….ugh the closest one is 90 min away!) Boo..
Can you believe the window boxes are just one box cut in half and then spray painted?! They are hung with command strips. I had a few flowers already in the garage so this project turned out to be things I already had! Love when that happens….
Ok I am especially proud of these box shelves from Hobby Lobby. On my last trip there I found these for 90% off. So I paid $5 each. They are $50 full price!!!! They were however a little banged up so I used a red sharpie to fill in a few nicks,,,,
My daughter loves Oliva 🙂 
This was a fun project. I painted a canvas black then used a white paint pen to trace my Wimpy Kid image.
Here’s a fun post on how to draw him. My son loves these books and has started to draw him too! I’m glad they have their own special shelf…By the way I scored the set for a buck each at a garage sale. Yay!
Also the pencil bookends are from my childhood. Thanks mom for saving stuff like that!
I found a home for the rainbow wreath I made for my daughter’s last rainbow themed birthday….
The magnetic board is from Ikea.

This is her favorite area!
The seating are two chairs we had…I do hope to score a good deal on a bean bag soon..

Thanks for stopping by “The Club”…My daughter squealed “Is this all for us?”….So I think I impressed her a little. 🙂
I love this area because it’s a great use of things I already had and a few new bargains!
Have a beautiful day! Thanks for stopping by…
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35 thoughts on “Under the Stairs Closet turned Kids Book Nook

  1. Too cute, this is adorable!!! We have an area under the stairs but we use it for our "computer room" LOL
    I love that canopy! You did a great great job.

  2. Such a great use of space! It looks incredible. I love your simplistic approach to things. They all really pop when put together.

  3. Your kids must feel so super special to have their own space like that. I love the big READ letters too what a great pop of colour. I bet they keep quiet in there for ages 🙂

  4. Very cute! We thought about doing that with our area… but there is no carpet, nails sticking out of the walls and we are renting… Coming to you from the blog hop. 🙂

  5. Love it! It is so fun, any kid would love to go in there! I love the Dr. Seuss art-that was a great idea to use the bags.


  6. So spectacularly cool…my little nephew would love this! My favorite book as a kid was "My Secret Garden" and I would have been over-the-moon-happy with a Secret Garden version of this! Many thanks for sharing your amazing creativity!

  7. I came to visit because I saw your Santa post on FB, then your Holiday decor on SNAP and I remembered these cute Dr. Seuss posts you linked up at obSEUSSed. This reading spot is genius and so vibrant. I love the Dr. Seuss theme and the wall hangings you made. I have extra bags (I always buy too much at the Target dollar spot when they have Seuss) and that is such a creative way to use them. Thanks for sharing your ideas at obSEUSSed.

  8. Wow! The nook is adorable. I LOVE the Dr. Suess theme and how you use so much colour but pull it all together so well. I am a colour lover too. Great job!
    Krista @thehappyhousie.com

  9. This reading nook is seriously adorable. My kids love Dr. Suess. I saved all of my books from when I was younger. They would be thrilled if I created a space this unique for them. Great job:)

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  11. I am a kinder teacher and I love the Dr. Suess theme! I found four bags the other day at Target and made two! They are so cute and easy. Thank you!

  12. I LOVE the Dr. Suess theme for your book nook. I am a teacher and have always loved the Dr. Suess classroom theme. I am wonder what are the measurements of the canvas squares you used? I want to make some of these.Thanks for the great idea!

    • Hi! Mine are 7×7 inch squares but the target bags this year are smaller so you may need smaller canvases. Thanks! Lina

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  14. Thank you so much for posting! I am hopefully going to make for my kid’s playroom. They both love to read! Hoping to find those bags at Target this year.

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