It’s been a big week at this casa thanks to Linda and her One Room Challenge! I’ve been dreaming of a wall of bookcases for just about ever and the ORC was the perfect motivation to get this done. I can’t think of a better room to have in a house than one that is piled high with books. Never mind that our current abode has about zero character or architectural interest – it’s an empty canvas just waiting for the likes of me – who fancies myself as a carpenter despite having no real skills – to come along and bling it out.
First up – the wall I planned on putting the bookcases on – the one surrounding the French doors – did not work out.
I kind of ignored the fact that the huge armoire in our living room had to go elsewhere to make the bookcases happen on this wall. I envisioned the armoire in our finished basement, storing blankets and bedding for the extra teens and tweens we always have around the house on the weekends. Long story short – it weighs a ton and took 4 burly movers to get it in here in the first place, so moving it would not be easy. (I had blocked that out when I was dreaming of my bookcase wall.) SO. Plan B. Keep the armoire (that I actually like, it just takes up a lot of square footage) in the room, and reconfigure the bookcases.
We put those little furniture sliders under the feet and I pushed it onto this wall. I don’t HATE it there, and there is NO other place on this floor it can go to, so guess what – it’s staying. More on the armoire at a later date because if it’s staying it’s gonna have to earn it’s keep in here
(and can someone tell me why the blinds and armoire look so red in photos but not in real life?)
Down came my black & white photo wall on the wall facing the dining room – and up went three Ikea Billy bookcases.
I showed some of these last week – bookcases that span over a doorway. I am a huge fan. I think they look so custom and just AWESOME. What do you think about them?
Of course no project would be complete without a few issues to work out. That little wall to the left of the doorway is a funky size and I’m going to have to retrofit the final bookcase in there. That should be interesting 🙂
Next week I’ll show you what I did to customize the bookcase backs….it might be the part I am most excited about!!
Did you see the progress of all the ORC designers yesterday? So inspiring! Today is the day the ORC Linkers share our posts at Calling It Home, and wow is there some crazy talent amongst the linking participants! Check them out here.
Thanks for stopping by. The Mister and I are headed off for a very long overdue 3 day getaway tomorrow morning, and I cannot wait! I have the best parents in law and mom in the world taking our kids to their 27947 activities while we’re gone. #thankgodforgrandparents
Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead, my friends!