This was a project that had motivation, so it got done quickly - love that! Trevor's parents are going to be working at the Kansas City Temple once a month. They live several hours away, so they'll stay with us. My toddler's room doubles as our guest room - we just kick him out onto the floor of my oldest son's room. It works well for the occasional guest, but with knowing that we'll for sure have visitors once a month for several days, I wanted the room to be more guest-friendly. But still accommodate my toddler.
Anyways, in the corner of his room is this:
Reading Nook Hanging Chair when I was in SYTYC the first time - you can see the tutorial at that link. But that was almost 2 years ago, and times change. It was being used mainly to hold stuff animals, which would have been alright, but that's our smallest bedroom, so I needed to utilize the space better.
I came up with the Luggage Shelf Idea - it would hold books and toys but also be sturdy enough to provide Trevor's parent's a raised place to put their suitcases - perfect! I bought a sheet of plywood and had Lowe's cut it into strips (which Trevor later cursed because they weren't cut perfectly). And he assembled this and I painted it orange:
See, didn't it do wonders for the luggage shelf??
I'm sure you want a "before and after" (because everyone knows that - except Trevor) --
Here's that upclose view of the stenciled top. I sprayed it with clear spraypaint to seal in the stencil and protect it from scratches since suitcases will be set on top of it:
And here's what that corner looks like now...hopefully I'll do a post soon about the tweaks that I've done to the whole room to make it more guest-friendly (that is, when I get those tweaks actually finished....)