Old books, new use

Recently, our youngest daughter, Eleni, who is 19 now decided to rearrange her bedroom.

By rearrange she meant the following: order new custom made shelving that Yiannos designed for her, throw away the old bulky IKEA shelves, move the bed on the other side of the room, get rid of a lot of stuff from her childhood, including all her children books, put some new rugs on the floor, and so on.

In the meantime, she likes to travel so things are not getting done. Result: a very messy bedroom waiting for its tenant to come back and make it liveable. She has an excuse though; her father, Yiannos, was very busy and he was very late in designing her shelves so the shelves were installed a few days ago but Eleni, is away.

Browsing on Instagram I found this brilliant idea on how to use your old books by @sledgecorner so I thought that this is great if you want to get rid of the books without throwing them out. I decided that all these children’s books that my daughter has, which most of them are inherited from her siblings, I wanted to keep or use in a way that if one day I want to read them to my grandchildren (!!!!!!!) I would be able to do so.

The result is these two little tables/poufs that are perfect for Eleni’s small lounge corner in her bedroom. I hope you like it.

Eleni, there is a lot of work waiting for you when you come. I did my part now it’s your turn.

(P.S. I love you)


Gather all your old books

Arrange them according to size and thickness

Measure the surface and make/order two pieces of wood or melamine or mdf exactly the same size.

On the one that is going to be used as a base put four wheels.

Put the books on the base, and put the second wood on top.

Make a cushion with a fabric of your choice (I chose these beautiful African prints) and put it on the top.

Tie them all together with two straps that you can buy from any DIY shop.

You can use them as a pouf to sit on or put a tray and use it as a side coffee table.

Christiana Anastassiou

Christiana Anastassiou


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