Site Visit :: Lucky Inspiration

Last week we gave you a rundown on the cost of custom built-in shelving. This week as a follow up, we’re sharing a book-loving Brooklynite’s renovation.This project was recently posted to theSweeten and awarded to Ecostruct; Amanda, the homeowner, was looking to replace her existing galley kitchen with a nook for storing her books. The new design is attractive and affordable, made from Ikea Lagan countertops and Closetmaid track brackets, it was inspired by a  feature in the March issue of Lucky Magazine. It’s such a cool yet simple idea that lots of people took notice, including Apartment Therapy & The City Sage.

Here’s the original photo from Lucky Magazine.

And here is Amanda’s after photo.

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Amanda explained,

“[theSweeten] took the guesswork out of finding the right person for the job. Jon of Ecostruct was trustworthy, reliable, easy to get ahold of and experienced with the kind of work we needed done. We are thrilled with how the shelves turned out. They look exactly like the inspiration photo we gave Jon, and totally transformed the room.”

Here’s a look at the whole process:

The house was originally a three-family dwelling, Amanda combined two of those units and didn’t need the second kitchen.

Bye-bye galley kitchen! The guys demo’d the space and prepped it for the transformation.

Clean wall, ready for the shelves to be installed.


The repurposed Ikea countertops look fantastic as shelves!

Amanda’s completed book nook, chic & affordable.

Big thanks to Amanda & to Ecostruct!

And don’t forget, we’re giving away $200 to RePOP in our latest Home School contest with Brooklyn Based — enter here!

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