Inglewood Craftsman Home

Restoring our 1906 home in Inglewood CA on a budget

Little Free Library Re-vamp

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IMG_0021Despite California’s severe drought, a slight amount of rainy weather occurred over the last few months. During the wet days, we noticed water damage on the Little Free Library, including some peeling paint and wet books on the top shelf. Since these found cabinets were originally used in a kitchen, they were intended for interior use with a countertop. I’d thought that using exterior latex paint and a heavy marine sealer adhering the library to the wall would be enough to waterproof it, but I was mistaken!

Jon took on the design and execution of the library re-vamping project (while I worked on the guest bathroom door project).

He scraped off all the bubbled paint, then built a peaked roof out of scrap wood. The roof extends past the edge of the library to keep the books dry even if someone holds the door open to select one while it’s raining. He added a slight lip over the door (made from a piece of quarter-round) in order to protect the door’s closure from any additional dripping water.


IMG_0030After re-painting the library with more exterior latex paint, Jon added ~1000 tiny dollhouse shingles. Yes, individually. They’re so cute! He sealed the shingles with a clear spray waterproofing sealant.

IMG_0025IMG_0026He re-mounted the library and sealed its edges with clear caulk.

And voila! Inglewood Little Free Library 2.0: Waterproof Edition!











Author: Morgan | Culture | Meredith

Morgan Meredith writes about mental health, travel, and tech, based on her own experiences. Morgan left her job at a tech startup in 2017 to travel the world, and hasn’t stopped! She’s passionate about making travel as accessible for people with mental health challenges as it is for those who are nerotypical. She is also an outspoken advocate for destigmatizing mental health. Morgan received an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BFA and BA at Bradley University. Hire Morgan for your project or speaking engagement at

One thought on “Little Free Library Re-vamp

  1. Hi Morgan and Jonathan: You folks are so clever. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on your projects. Love you, Gramma Jo

    Sent from my iPad



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