The shelves are painted!

I'm afraid this blog is turning into one of those obnoxious "Here, look at the stuff in my house" blogs, so this post is the last of those. But I wanted to share some pictures of the beautiful shelves that we finally finished painting last night! It took 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint, and even though a few spots could probably use yet another coat, I'm sick of painting, so I'm calling it.

The light in these pictures is coming straight in the window, so they came out a little grainy, but I wanted to get pictures taken so I could start putting things away. Right now my house looks like someone turned it upside down and gave it a good shake, and the mess is driving me a little bonkers.





My dad, in all his genius, cut out a little notch in the bottom shelf to accomodate this outlet:



Did I mention that my dad built these himself? We designed them together, but he did all the actual work. There was a lot of measuring and a hell of a lot of cutting and slicing and a wee bit of cursing when things didn't fit. It took some ingenuity on his part to cut 45-degree miters without a table saw for those mouldings on the very top. Plus, the heat made working conditions outside less than ideal. I hope he knows just how much I appreciate it. Thanks, dad!

Comments

pamigelsrud said…
Wow! That is impressive! Seriously -- people hardly ever do things like that anymore. I am really impressed. What an incredible project!
annalu alulu said…
i noticed those mouldings, myself. Those are beautiful. Your dad's cool. I'm a little sad that you won't be showing more stuff about what's in your house, but I'm excited to see what you're going to blog instead.
Thorny said…
Wow. Those are /awesome/! Your dad's a total trouper. And wicked savvy with the carpentry, too!
Jenn Hacker said…
They're so pretty! I always wanted bookshelves like that, but I would put a bunch of pillows and stuff in front of the window to make a little window seat!
Suze said…
jenn et al: take note of the "spacers" at the halfway point in the shelves just underneath the window. my mom pointed out that there was NO WAY we were going to keep a little kid from sitting on that part of the shelves, so my dad cut pieces that slid in the middle, which really firmed it up. a green bay linebacker could probably sit there and it wouldn't so much as creak. i may yet put a cushion there.
Jenn Hacker said…
Cushions would be nice! Can I come over and curl up and read?!? I can just imagine curling up there with a good book (I'm reading Inkheart - again - right now) and a cup of your wonderful espresso! Sounds like heaven on earth to me!
Becca said…
Absolutely beautiful! I'm so jealous--it's exactly what I want for my den.

Will your dad come visit and build shelves for me?

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