How to Add a Custom Look to a Nook


I hope everyone’s week is going well! It’s been a difficult since we had to re-home our dog a couple nights ago and it’s been hard. Poor thing, but it was for the best. Still feeling bummed, but what better way to cheer up than writing a tutorial on a makeover! A few months back I changed a nook that was in our hallway that was ugly plain in my opinion and I wanted to make it something worth noticing. Hopefully you can take some ideas to transform something similar in your home!

There are a few steps you need to take to make the transformation, but here’s what you need to transform everything I did..

  • (2) 1/4″ Thick Tempered Glass Shelves 36 L x 10 D
  • 4 Floating Glass Shelf Hardware
  • Stencil
  • Paint
  • Stencil Paint
  • Stencil Sponge
  • Cabinet Transformation Stain Kit from Home Depot
  • Paint Brush
  • Drill

Start by painting the space whatever color it is that you want for your background color. I used the color Zen from Benjamin Moore because I have it on an accent wall on my main floor. I used Muslin White which is my trim color, for the stencil color. I bought the Moroccan Stencil on Ebay for a reasonable price and it’s a bigger stencil than you find in the store.

My daughter had to be in the picture!

My daughter had to be in the picture!

When stenciling, make sure you don’t drag the stencil otherwise it will spread the paint all over!! It’s harder than it looks to not mess it up. 🙂 Take your time and tape it up to the wall if that helps and always make sure the lines line up. Here’s how it looks once you start. I wanted a full stencil in the middle so I did a row and worked outwards from there.

The glass shelves were special ordered from a glass company nearby. Make some calls and see where you can find a good deal. I paid $30 a piece for tempered glass with an 1 finished edge. Depending on what you want to put on your shelf will determine the width you want. The glass experts can help you decide the right shelf width for you plus any extras you want to add on. I love the floating glass shelf look so I needed special brackets to secure them to the wall to give the floating effect. The brackets were from Ebay and they support a lot of weight when installed correctly. I believe they were only $12 for a 2 pack and I needed 2 packs since I had 2 shelves.

Install the glass shelves however you like them. Think about what you are putting on them and the height of the objects. I spaced mine out evenly, leaving more space underneath for a tall vase. Follow the directions that come with the brackets to ensure that they are secured correctly to the wall.





The cabinet below was originally the builder grade oak that came with the house. I am in the process of switching all of it to espresso stained wood with a kit from Home Depot called the cabinet transformation kit. It includes the stain, poly, and stripping liquid. Remove the doors to the cabinet before you start the process. Once they are removed, start by stripping off the original poly that is on the cabinet. Clean the cabinet before starting the staining.

Please ignore the mess :)

Please ignore the mess 🙂


Use a paint brush to apply the stain color of you choice and apply 2 coats to cover evenly. Once it is dry, apply the poly coat to protect the finish. Do not set anything on the cabinet for at least 24 hours to let it set. Put the doors back on and you are finished! Talk about a makeover!

I hated all the white and now I have a statement piece. I hope you guys like it too! The awesome part is the nook could look very different with other paint colors and stencil shapes. And I love the shelves!

Here is the before and after! (I’m not the best at staging shelves so I just threw what I had laying around on the shelves 🙂 )



Have a great week and thanks for visiting!


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