We stumbled into our library remodel.  Out of curiosity I called on a drywall quote for our water damaged ceiling in the library.  Once I found out it wasn't going to cost that much we decided to get it done before thanksgiving.  Once all he books were out of the room we started thinking about buying bookcases from Ikea but couldn't get the right combination to fill the wall right.  Then we decided that we (meaning Willie) would build our own.  


We had several things going for us that added to the success of this project.

1. Willie is a genius
2. We spent $30 on plans for the bookcase
3. Our generous neighbors let us borrow a table saw and mitering saw.
4.  Willie's love of books helped him keep up his project intensity.

Here are some pictures that recount the project story.  Like usual, it took way longer and cost more than we planned, but we really like it.  The rest of the room needs a finished paint job and canned lighting before it's all finished.  We also picture a framed butterfly and possibly a stuffed armadillo to complete the look. 

Willie is not only a respected man of letters but has morphed into a total handy man.  There won't be talk of any projects for at least the winter while we save money and built up our project intensity reserve.  It's time for the return of lazy weekends complete with hikes, watching movies and playing music.

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11 Comments:

  1. Ginger said...
    The bookcases look great! But can we talk about the quilts you are using as drop cloths???
    Sally DeFord said...
    Don't worry Ginger, those are two of my junky quilts (one is even cotton/poly) and they were just to help with scratching. Once we started to paint I actually put down proper drop cloths
    Brandy said...
    It is even better with the books in Sally!!!!

    Please tell Willie it is absolutely beautiful. It makes it so much brighter and really updates the area. I imagine the canned lighting will add a really nice light to it as well. It definitely makes me want to pull up a chair and read.

    Oh and I will neglect to mention to Dax that W did it or else he might want to buy a house simply so he can hire Willie to craft him one as well. ;)
    Kaymie said...
    Holy COW! That is beautiful. Seriously. That is the best before and after home project that I have ever seen. Nicely done Willie and Sally. Don't you want to do some extra work in UT? haha
    Kathy said...
    I just LOVE the finished product! It would drive me crazy not to be able to put in the can lights and finish things up! It's the perfectionist in me. You guys (meaning Willie) did a great job!
    Elsha said...
    Those look awesome!
    sara said...
    Fantastic!

    Willie is so macho.
    Hilma Bellessa said...
    I can't wait to see it in person. Your little home is getting to be quite fancy.
    starr said...
    Awesome awesome. We are definitely due for a visit. I am excited for your upcoming project-free weekends of laziness and adventuring. Hoping we will make it there someday too.
    Matt said...
    Gotta say that I'm highly impressed!
    Jewel Stratford said...
    The bookcases really set off that space perfectly! One can never have enough shelves.

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