Finally, I can have the big reveal of what I have been working on for a couple of weeks.
My living room has always been a bit of a problem. It was dark and long and nobody hung out it in very long. Really, the only reason we went in it was to get to the TV room. (I did take before pictures, but I can't find them now! Arrrrghhhh.....)
Since Brian will be moving in soon and we both love books, we decided to make the living room a library.
The cost of built-in bookshelves was rather daunting, so I went searching in Blogland for an answer. I found lots of brave souls who had done "Built-In Billies." Billy is a rather inexpensive bookcase from Ikea. The idea is to make them look like they are built-ins by using molding.
I thought I would just do a short row that would anchor the couches, but as with all of Betty's projects, this one grew a bit. Brian lives near an Ikea so the poor man was contacted on a daily basis to get more Billies. More Billies, man. I need them. I decided to go with both 15 inchers and 30 inchers and we put extensions on the top. Evan was home for Spring Break and was thrilled to help his Mama build the bookcases!
Here they are, lined up like the homely girls at a dance about to be given extreme makeovers.
Thinking ahead, Brian wired the top shelves for speakers to be added later.
We had to put the shelves on one inch boards to make the molding fit just right.
Here are the boards that are at the top of each bookcase so the crown molding could be attached.
Here is Mr. Craftsman working on the moldings that will go over the edges of the shelves.
My friend Cathie and I used spackle on all the unused holes for the shelves. It was a big job but really made a difference.
Because we live in California, you can bet these suckers are bolted to the wall!
I had so much fun filling the shelves with our books and lots of other treasures. I am still not finished, but this gives you a good idea of what the shelves look like.
Ah! A library at last! I LOVE this room now!
There are a lot of great tutorials on-line about how to do this kind of project. I didn't give a lot of details here, but if you have specific questions, just shoot me an e-mail.
Now I really must go. If you need me, I'll be reading in the library.