Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ironing Board---> Cookbook shelf

I love this little project Tocco surprised me with one day after work. You know those long nooks that, back in the day, housed the ironing board? They're really sweet, and I love knowing that our house is old enough to have had such a quaint life- ironing in the kitchen, yellow counter tiles, probably some flowerpots on the windowsills, and some Patsy Cline on the record player or something.   

Less charming is the wild green paint, again. The previous owner had made this nook into the spot for her phone and at the bottom, a special holder for her yellow pages. She probably logged hundreds of hours on that phone, sitting at her kitchen table, like my Mom and Aunt Judy. ;) But since it's 2014 and we need neither a phone, nor the yellow pages, T got to work sanding, scraping and clearing away the old set up. 

Then he made these awesome little T-shelves x4 in his workshop... 

Secured them with special brackets... 

Nailed them in place in equal measures, and painted them white...

And now this old space that was a big eyesore has been transformed into something useful for us, and also so pretty. I really love how natural it looks, like it could have always been there, or that it's a custom built-in we had made from scratch. 

It currently holds my cookbooks and a wedding present from Tocco's mom, Brigitte, which we love. But I can see it changing out with a variety of objects over time.

Thanks Tocco!


  1. looks so great! the cookbooks as display items are MWAH (and also I'm drooling over every visible chair).

    1. Thanks Morgan! Those chairs are killer. We got most of them from our friend Charlie's shop -Mid Century Monger, in Oakland Heading back for the plywood one asap! (drool)

  2. WOW!!!! He continues to impress! Love it.