You might have heard that my sister has moved out. It took a few weeks but I finally got excited about having the space she left behind. My Mom, knowing my heart's desire, footed the bill for lumber and my beloved, also aware of my secret longing, went to work.
First, it got a fresh coat of paint. Benjamin Moore's Smokey Taupe and Athens Blue.
Then, the work on the shelves began...... It took longer than I hoped and less time than I expected. Our library/music room project was firmly underway!!
Yesterday, I spent all day staining them with a walnut polyurethane.
(and my shirt and my neck and my fingers. ) And my wrist and arm were so sore that it actually woke me up last night. Probably due to the fact the every square inch of them, including the undersides, got done. Thank God for Biofreeze. Yes, it could have been done to the wood prior to putting them up but you'd have to see our workspace to know why that was simply not feasible.
First thing this morning, I cleaned and vacuumed and then, joys untold, it was moving day for my books. 7 bookshelves worth in the main living area, one in the upstairs hallway, 3 boxes and a chest full of curricula, a shelf from our bedroom, one from Jenna's and one from Rowan's room. Oh and the 4 boxes from the attic. Thank the Lord Mike wasn't going in to work until 1:00 or I would still be carrying books down the stairs. I don't know how long I had been working but my husband made us lunch and I was starving! Next thing I knew, it was 5:30 and I was all done!!!! I still have some micro managing to do but on the whole, I am pretty thrilled with them.
The holes are left for my Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation books that I have loaned out. The upstairs now looks like a hurricane hit it and I can't really finish the room RIGHT NOW like I want to because we need half the men in the church to move the piano downstairs and Mike needs to get a desk from a friend's house. So I can't rearrange anything upstairs yet and reclaim my living space nor can I move Mike's computer and Rowan's desk yet.
Maybe if I just take my glasses off I won't notice the chaos. :)