Our Fireplace Bookcase: DIY Kids Bookshelf Makeover with Great Little Trading Company

October 23, 2018

Looking To Make A Fireplace Bookcase? Here’s How We Made A DIY Kids Bookshelf For Children’s Rooms

We’ve recently made a DIY fireplace bookcase! Here’s how we turned a fireplace into a bookcase, with help from GLTC Townhouse bookshelves. 

Fireplace bookshelf makeover with GLTC townhouse bookshelves

Renovating An Old Fireplace – An Easy Bookshelf DIY

As anyone who has ever moved into an old house will know, it’s likely to have lots of weird things in it, especially if the previous owners were a little odd, which they usually are, aren’t they? Everyone who’s taken on a ‘project’ house renovation likes to play the game of weird-house-one-upmanship…our entries include the hatstand screwed to the wall, the bathroom cabinet that had been built on top of another bathroom cabinet (like Inception, but with bathroom cabinets) and, also, the red fireplace. *shudders.*

Here’s the red fireplace in all it’s shiny glory! But basically, all you need to know is that there used to be a beautiful iron fireplace in this place, which was replaced at some point by the 80s glass…entity. Why?! We initially painted it with non-red tile paint and left it like that.

Our DIY Kids Bookshelf

Fast forward a few years, some building work and and one more child later, we moved into the loft and this room became Eliza’s, and the fireplace was used as a toy dumping ground. I hated the way it looked, and when E learned to read she had books everywhere, so I thought I could do something about both issues and use the space better by turning it into a bookshelf.

Great Little Trading Company Townhouse bookshelves

How We Made Our Fireplace Bookshelf

After a lot of careful thought about what we could do and different things that would work, I impulse-bought a really cheap set of shelves to fit into the space. These didn’t fit; I can’t measure. So we – by we, I mean my husband, obviously – ended up sawing the top off, while rolling his eyes.

They eventually fitted, though! And then we painted them white.

Children's room fireplace makeover - turning a disused fireplace into a rainbow coloured bookshelf for children's rooms #interiors #kidsrooms

I’m a member of the GLTC testing team which means I get to try out new products, but I’ve always loved the Townhouse range of shelves which are shaped like houses so really wanted to incorporate these in. I liked the idea of using them to display collections and treasures and precious things among all the books.

Plus, they look really fun to play with, don’t they?

Townhouse bookshelves from GLTC - fireplace makeover bookshelf

The set of three Townhouse bookshelves are really versatile as you can attach them to the wall, or have them freestanding. You can use them to store books, or things, and they would also work really well as dollhouses (or LOL Doll houses…which these frequently are…)

Fireplace bookshelf with GLTC

I think it’s still a work in progress – I would like to repaint the repainting in grey, and possibly the rest of the room…and I would like to tile the concrete base (or get someone else who can measure to do it, obviously.

But the fireplace to bookcase makeover has turned into a really good way of using the wasted space and creating a fun reading area that’s down at child level.

Fireplace bookshelf makeover with GLTC Townhouse bookshelves

Thanks to GLTC for sending us the Townhouse bookshelves, which cost around £36 and you can also get them in grey and multi-coloured .We were also sent the GLTC beanbag for a previous post. 

More interiors posts… our DIY wall stickers, washi tape rainbow cloud shelves and colourful doors. 

You can also follow me for more interiors ideas on Pinterest, I’m Gill_Crawshaw and read my post on kids bookshelf ideas.

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