I found this blog, Knock Off Wood, a few months ago. This girl who lives in Alaska finds furniture in stores like Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware, etc, that would cost a lot of money and draws up plans for the furniture for people to build on their own. Not only does it save money, but there is great satisfaction in making it on your own.
Anyway, if you know me this is right up my alley! I don't claim to be good at it, I just like doing it. So I saw this plan for some bookshelves that would go perfect in the kids bedroom. I've been wanting to build them for months, just could not find the right time to do it. So with Jack in TN for a few weeks and with Mary and Lydia's help with Lillie and Elliott the time was right! I went to Home Depot (I go to the HD in the Bronx, they were playing country music, it made me smile) on Wednesday bought the wood and by Thursday night I was finished.
Enjoy the process...
All the wood
Sides and Shelves
Front Legs and Top Supports
My little guy with his face smashed on the window watching Mommy.
(there was a smudge on my camera lens that I didn't notice till the picture uploaded)
I'm really proud of my first building project. I had 2 goals. One that everything would be level and straight and two it would be sturdy. It is very sturdy and everything is level and square. Oh and one more thing, my little cordless drill wasn't very helpful for this job so I went down to our superintendents "room" and found his power drill. My drill bits fit it so I borrowed it. He doesn't know, but this would not have been possible with out it! I may have to make a purchase of my own in the near future. ;)
I'm still working on cleaning the kids room. It's amazing how one little change can make such a difference for storage. I'm thinking about painting Jack's bed this same color. I just have to decide if it will match his denim bedding enough for me to like it. I think it would add a little more continuity to the room, we'll see.