Despite 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.
After 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.
And voila! Inglewood Little Free Library 2.0: Waterproof Edition!