Thursday, February 4, 2016

The New Bookshelves

Our January project is finally done and it was worth the considerable amount of time it took.   Eric built these shelves on the wall around the 'will be a bathroom someday' door.  [Right now that little room is full of salvaged doors and door frames that I picked up last year, plus the pile of tiles for the someday bathroom, plus a few rolls of tar paper for the floor, a pile of assorted wood, the drywall buckets and tools, etc.]

He used birch plywood, stained and shellacked to match the other doors and trim upstairs.  

They are beautiful!   I've started moving up some of our gazillions of books.  This will let us clear out the smaller bookshelves in other areas of the house that have been double-stuffed during the building project.    Since the girls both work at a library, they are graciously allowing me to do the first pass at organizing the books, then they'll finesse, and then I get the final OK.   We are one step short of putting Dewey decimal numbers on everything.   [I heard you laugh.   When I was a kid, I had a prodigious collection of books myself and I DID put faux library labels on every single one.]

Next project:  Installing the floor in the guest room [Feb], then the floor in the Big Room upstairs [March]. 

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful bookshelves! Good luck with your librarians. My oldest runs a lending library for the younger siblings...heaven help you if you mess up one of the books! But, it's so fun to overhear the conversations when someone wants a recommendation of what to read next!

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    1. Aren't you thrilled when your kids love books that much?! I heard them talking about which book collections they were going to keep - including books [like all the original Trixie Beldens] that I collected myself when a kid. I confess there may be some disagreements over who gets what. I may have to convince Eric to put some glass doors on some of those shelves so I can lock them away!

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  2. Those are stunning! Makes your house look like a grand mansion!

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  3. Yes, it does! I really love how the bare plywood floor, the blue painter's tape and the shop vac complement the decor. :) Sometimes I close my eyes and imagine what it will look like finished. One day I'll wake up and it really will be done. Can't wait! [The UPS guy keeps asking when we're getting the siding up on the outside... uh...2018?]

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  4. Beautiful shelves, so wonderful to see the luxury of hand worked and finely finished real wood as opposed to the pressboard quickies. Also wonderful to see such a love of books, once a very dear luxury themselves, and now, sadly, perhaps on their way to oblivion?

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    1. Kitten, I totally agree. I know that books are obsolete in some views, but I love them. Plus, they suit our homeschooling, prepping, can't-trust-the-grid lifestyle. At least we'll be well entertained - Lots of Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Eloise, Nancy Drew and Junie B Jones. You know, the classics.

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  5. Eric always does such pretty work with wood! I still love the banisters he built me...these shelves are gorgeous!

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  6. Hi Murph! You need to come see them in person! Those shelves are now almost full and I can't wait for the next ones [along one side of the stairway] to be built. We love woodworking.

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