I thought that by the time I turned 32 I would have things down. Things like, well, knowing where a shelf should go, what paint color to paint my boys' dresser pulls, or where the toy kitchen should be placed. I was very, very wrong. We currently have six large holes above our sectional downstairs, I am on my third paint color for the dresser pulls, and the toy kitchen has moved from downstairs to outside to upstairs all in a matter of a few weeks.
But this I can tell you with certainty-- a stair tread makes a wonderful shelf! I purchased a solid pine stair tread at Home Depot. I also purchased two metal brackets, bringing my total purchase to twenty five dollah. (If you are fortunate to live near an Ikea, I would suggest purchasing their wooden brackets, like the ones shown in this post that my dad used while building shelves for my sister's studio. It will further lower the costs of sturdy shelving!) I wasn't too keen on leaving the metal brackets white, so I spray painted them with a golden bronze finish.
If there's one thing that I've learned about myself lately, it's this: to just keep trying. I'm not talking about the pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps trying. I'm talking about the learning-to-love-the-process trying. And I'm realizing that that truth brings so much freedom and joy.
Retro flip clock here, except I purchased mine on Ebay for half the price! // my newest house plant is called a swiss cheese philodendron and I found it (the very last one!) at Home Depot // the firetruck was an early birthday gift for Jobie, purchased at Costco, and the best use of our money in a very, very long time. (smile)