“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”
Eric was on vacation last week, and I did a lot of tweeting about the new bookcase we were building. You see, the huge bookcase we built last summer is already full, and I was starting to pile books up under the window in our living room. They were piled neatly (I’m a
little lot OCD), but every book needs a home, and the floor is not a satisfactory home for books–not in my house, at least. We’re also running out of room to put new bookcases (note: I think we need a bigger house), so I designed a bookcase that would fit nicely under that same window. Then we got down to the dirty work…
We have wood. And screws. And a sander.
I didn’t take a bunch of photos of our work this time, because quite frankly, I was too excited and I just wanted to get it built without a lot of interruptions. Eric did a huge amount of work, though, and I am very thankful to have a husband who loves to build stuff. You know men and their power tools–POWER TOOLS.
The lovely bookcase in its new home + obligatory photo of Rascal wishing he could get at those birds outside.
Ta-da! That was quick, wasn’t it? Not really. I’m just going to skip right over how I had to spend three days polyurethaning, which is the WORST part of building a new bookcase. It’s so tedious, and it makes my neck and shoulders hurt. Blah. But in the end, it looks great.
Books on books on books.
The books that were piled up on the floor are so happy to be meeting their new home. I’m pretty sure I heard them sigh in ecstasy. They almost started jumping onto the shelves on their own, but I held them back so I could sort them properly.
Done! I love it.
Amazingly enough (or not so amazing, if you know me pretty well), the shelving took about forty-five minutes. I kept rearranging until I was satisfied that they were properly sorted. I’m such a book nerd. Also, we had to leave a space open in the middle because there is an electrical outlet on that wall that we need access to, so we decided to make that the Kindle Charging Station–now we can stand our Kindles up in that space to charge them, and Rascal won’t be tempted to chew on the cords. Hallelujah!
Books sorted on the left side.
Yes, I sorted the books according to the challenges for which they are being read. I thought this would be the easiest way to keep track of the individual stacks they were originally in.
Books sorted on the right side.
That “finished books to be reviewed” shelf makes it look like I am pretty caught up with reviews. DON’T BE FOOLED. I have a bunch more on my Kindle that I haven’t reviewed yet. I need to stop being such a slacker.
So there you have it–the wonderful, beautiful, much-loved new bookcase. I think we did a pretty good job. It looks great in our living room, and my books are happy to have a real home. Thank you, Eric, for all of the time and hard work you put into this for me–couples that build bookcases together, stay together. You’re the best.