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03 July 2015 @ 09:59 pm
insult to injury  

You know how in the last blog post I said there was insult added to injury regarding the bookcase?

It got worse.

I thought, well, I can’t possibly finish anything if I don’t put the new bookcase together, so I got ready to do that and I opened the first box and…both the long sides were broken clean through, a foot from the end.

I had noticed when we collected it at the store that one end of the box was floppy, but c’mon, it’s flat-pack. There’s weird packing in flat-pack all the time. I just figured it was a couple of short boards or something. But no. It was broken. Completely, irreparably, totally broken.

I was pretty well ready to cry at that point. But Dad came up from Dublin to help me, and instead of trying to find places to put things away he very sensibly said we should just clean up and put things into the garage if they didn’t have a place right now, because that way the house could be beautiful for the party and the rest could wait on shelving.

I literally would not, could not, have thought of that, because I’ve been trying *so hard* to just get all the boxes emptied. So that’s what we did, and I’m just so grateful, because the house looks nice now and I just wouldn’t have managed it on my own.

And the library (which is not wonky shaped, it’s just I took another panorama) is done in rough draft form:


I have ambitions of a love seat that folds out into a bed on the wall where the rocking chair currently is, and (obviously, she said with a tired sigh) at least one more bookcase in there, but I’m *particularly* pleased with how the day bed, which used to be Young Indiana’s bed (by way of Mom, who’d had it in her sewing room and who made the cool brightly colored cover for it!), fits into the bay window. There’s a radiator under the window, so it needed something not-too-close-but-close-enough, and something that would let heat pass through, and the day bed is just perfect. That, at least, really worked out.

And with the room emptied out–with all of the rooms tidied, if not entirely put together yet–I can again see how beautiful it’s going to be, and what wonderful spaces they’ll be, and that makes me a little happier too. So it’s getting there, bit by bit.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

guppiecatguppiecat on July 3rd, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it's a good solution for you, but I use these bookcases from Amazon. I use the little two-hole mending braces to stack them and then drill a hole in the top crossbar of the stack into a stud and secure it to the wall with a decking screw. It's not the cheapest option, but they all look the same, go up fast, and look pretty uniform.

Amazon US has started replacing them with much lighter and crappier wood, but it still works fine for bookcases.

Anyway, in case it helps.
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013: Libellula juliapameladean on July 3rd, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
It looks really cozy, lovely for a leisurely rainy day. I hope you do have one of those from time to time!

Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on July 3rd, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
Yay for Dad!

And the room looks lovely and comfortable. I love the way the daybed works.
Karenklwilliams on July 5th, 2015 05:28 pm (UTC)
It looks very nice. I like the day bed.