Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bookcase Construction, Step One [You're The Expert] [My Real Life] [Projects]

Remember how I told you that we bought an older house and we're building it to be how we want it to be?  I showed you some pictures of the in-progress I Heart Monster office, (still not completed) and now, I'm sharing with you the process to build the shelves I've wanted for a while.  Monster is a pretty handy fella, so he's custom building me some shelves sorta like these ones:
So.  The first step in building them is figuring out what kind of wood and which kind of stain we liked best.

Do you think you can guess which one I picked?  Let me give you some hints.  Hint #1: I like modern decor, and I have a sorta glam/mid-century preference within that decorating genre.  Hint #2:  I like dark woods.   Oh who am I kidding.  Guessing would totally be impossible.  But... wait for it... I picked Walnut with Teak Oil.  It has a couple of benefits I'm excited about.  First, that it really looks natural in all kinds of light and shadow, and second that it does not require a clear coat and ends up being a lot less expensive (around $12) to finish the whole case.  But I'm curious... if it was you, which wood and finish option would you pick?

I'll post more as the project comes along so that you can see how it's done and what the process looks like.  You cannot buy these types of shelves, well, not that are sturdy enough to hold my megaton of books, so I think sharing this with you guys might both inspire and give you some heads up if you decide to tackle a similar project for yourself.

I know I've been rather absent on the internet lately, and sorry about that guys.  We've finally moved all of our belongings from Wyoming (where they sat in storage for THREE years) to Arizona, so I've been unpacking and organizing like crazy... including my mega-mound of books which has only grown since I snapped this photo. As you can see, I'm in dire need of at least one bookcase! I promise more reading-related updates are to come!  You guys rock, and thanks for sticking around through this I'm-so-overwhelmed-I-don't-know-what-to-do period!  ♥