This project got done much sooner than I had planned on. We moved into our place and we had a huge wall of book boxes that were oppressive and dangerous. So in an effort to make at least some progress on the house, we threw up the old Ikea Billy shelves on the wall flanking the fireplace and quickly unpacked the dozens of boxes. Here's what the shelves looked like for the first couple weeks we lived here:
Then my amazing parents, who are always up for a project, came in to town and on a whim we decided to tackle the bookshelf wall. We raced to Home Depot for supplies - lumber, moulding and drywall.
Joint compound, drywall tape and a grouting sponge...
We worked to quickly frame out the bookshelves and the nook in 2x4s. And actually we put 4x4s underneath the bookshelves, so they would be lifted up off the ground.
I love how the white shelves and shelf backs contrast with the dark black trim on the face of the shelves.
Not bad for just the cost of some lumber and supplies and a few Billy Extender shelves! Now just to find a mirror that better fits that wall space!
And also, to make a sofa back table to help hide the fireplace a little more and to hold a pair of lamps.
I tried a new method for organizing books - one that's functional and pretty! I'm excited to share the how-to!
How was your weekend?