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this was super easy and super cheap, always a win win in my book. the whole thing came in at exactly £10, £9 for the ikea racks and £1 for the three sample paints. with a couple of coats of paint they were done and ready to mount on the wall. easy, well apart from the wall bit. we live in a new build apartment and the walls  are pretty much hallow. lets just say there was a little swearing on my part and a few holes left to disguise, but hey what you can't see!!

i'm loving that caleb has started to take an interest in books. he used to just chuck them out of my hand, or turn the page before i could read out the first line. now he takes a real interest and seems bemused by all the voices i do (you can take the girl out of acting....) i love nothing better than a cuddle and a book with him, it's one of the rare times he will stay still now. these racks are perfect for his growing collection of books, and i made sure to put them at his height so he's able to take them out himself.

anyway time to sign off, i've got the final episode of broadchurch on pause so i don't need to watch all the adverts. so excited! it's been a while since a tv series has had me this hooked. my money is on the detective's husband. ah it's an exciting life i lead ;)

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  1. Oh I love these!!! I may totally copy this, if you don't mind of course!

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  2. What an great idea. I love the paint colours you chose!

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  3. I love this idea! You did such a great job! Thanks for the inspiration!
    xoxo Skye
    www.decemberskye.com

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    1. thanks skye. it was really easy and finally caleb has somewhere to store all his books!!

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  4. We did this too! I love this project. It's really so cute and so adorable and couldn't believe the price! Nice addition with the bright colors btw!

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  5. This is amazing! Poor Harry has the SMALLEST room and no space for a big bookshelf so this is a great idea. Also, random q but how strong are they? If I put them up in the kitchen as a cookery book-shelf, would they hold the weight? Thanks! x

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    1. this is perfect for small spaces! great thinking with the kitchen cookery book idea, the shelf itself is really sturdy just depends on what your walls are like. we live in a new build (in other words - crap walls!!) so we have to use plug and screws. i'm tempted to use a bit of no nails though just to make sure it takes caleb's weight with him pulling himself up on it to get to the books.

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    2. Thanks so much! Yes, I think with babies you can never be too careful! I will get on with our cookbook-shelf project and let you know how it goes!

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    3. i look forward to hearing how it goes! :)

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  6. What a fun way to use the Ikea racks! :)

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  7. Hello hello sweet new friend! I'm a new follower from the Anthro giveaway! Yay!

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    1. welcome lovely cara! so nice to have you over here :)

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  8. Love this idea! Functional + decorative!

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    1. i am all for a simple yet useful diy!!
      thanks for stopping by :)

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  9. Cute little bookshelves. :) I especially love the fun colors!

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  10. Great idea, they look so colorful and functional.

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    1. thanks calli! they've been a hit with my son which is great!

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  11. This is adorable and such a great idea. You have a really nice blog, so many happy posts and cute makes. I'm your newest follower and looking forward to reading more. :)

    Jennifer
    http://thistlebearhome.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks jennifer! lovely to have you here, will be heading over to your blog :)

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  12. Looks great! I love the colours and how everything is arranged.

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  13. They look great, so sweet :)

    Thanks for joining us at Creative Mondays last week, featuring and pinning your post this week :)

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