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No Mystery Here! Daughter Gifts Mom A Restored Bookshelf Stuffed With Vintage Books.

a finished bookshelf with nancy drew books on the left, and a daughter smiling as her mother covers her mouth in surprise on the right

As parents, we do whatever it takes to make ends meet for our families, even if it comes at great personal cost.

Naomi Grabenhorst of Corvallis, Oregon grew up admiring her mother’s set of vintage Nancy Drew novels. Sadly, when the family hit hard times, her mother was forced to sell off the books she’d been collecting since she was a child. Over a decade later, Naomi was in a position to replace the books, and she jumped at the chance!

On her Instagram page, Naomi describes herself as “a very granola girl living in an 1898 farmhouse.” She’s into restoring old things, and for her very first vintage restoration project she chose to transform an old bookshelf into the perfect display spot for the new collection of Nancy Drew novels she purchased for her mother.

In a video, she showed the process she used to sand, stain, and redo the little bookshelf. She even matched the Nancy Drew theme by taking digital images of the books’ illustrations and using them as a background for the shelves.

Once the bookshelf was fully restored, Naomi carefully lined up all of the vintage books, turning out the one special edition copy that her mother had hung on to so the cover was on full display. The finished product is so adorable, we’d happily take it for our own homes, but Naomi had better plans for it.

In a follow-up video, Naomi presents the finished project to her mother. Her mom seems overwhelmed by her daughter’s creativity and thoughtfulness, and we don’t blame her one bit!

What a beautiful way to acknowledge her mother’s sacrifice! We’re sure she will smile each time she looks at her new bookshelf, filled with treasured childhood memories.

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