Sunday, January 19, 2014

freshening up a bookcase is just the beginning

There is something about winter that makes me want to purge everything.

The ice storms we had this year, with the resulting days of not showering leaving the house, were the perfect time to sort, organize and GET RID OF the Christmas stuff in the attic that hadn't been used in years. Two big rubbermaid containers, plus lots of tiny doodads gone and oh baby it felt good. That lifted weight, that rush of freedom, the motivation to tackle other things that have cluttered up my brain with their I'll-get-to-that-someday empty promises. I was on a roll.
 




Our attic is a walk-in style which is a blessing and made the 1,277 trips back and forth with the Christmas crap less of a pain. However. The door to said attic is through the boys walk-in closet and I found myself getting irritated at all the clothes that were strewn everywhere that had to be stepped over. You know where this is going. Yep: Goodwill.  
Three huge lawn and garden bags full of clothes, not to mention the bag of trash full of broken hangers, halloween candy wrappers, and other random garbage that certainly must reflect on my ability as a mother.

What does any of this have to do with a bookcase?

Let's just say that the garage is next on my list, and there are too many unfinished (read: unstarted) projects that either will get done or SO HELP ME the supplies are finding a new home. Cue scissor kicks and cheering from my husband.


This old wood, hoarded from a neighbors bulk pick-up pile, had sat untouched {aside from this project} for almost two years. I dusted off my Type 3 proverbial hat and got to work on this guy.


{this photo was taken after a coat of black paint here, just weeks after we moved in.
As that was 2009(!), it was long overdue for a little tweaking.}




The hardest part, aside from the motivation, was hammering in the nails. If one had a nail gun, it would go infinitely faster. Of course, if I had enough money for a nail gun, I would take that money and use it to carpet below this built-in and just rip the whole thing out.  
But until that happens...




The challenge wasn't in the idea (old wood in a old bookcase) or in the execution (cut wood to the right size/close enough and nail) but rather in what it represented. Take an hour of your life, plug in the saw, and get crap done already. That's a rally cry my soul needs to scream more often.

Not only is there more room in the garage, but seeing this rusticy goodness from my bed every day makes me warm and fuzzy. Or maybe it's just the electric blanket? Either way. It's definitely a far cry from what we moved into.





P.S Stuff around the house isn't the only thing getting freshened up and relatively organized. See those tabs up there below the blog header? All (okay most...I got lazy towards the end) of the "projects" sorted by category, with a thumbnail gallery index so you can find what you're looking for super quick. Now if I can just remember to keep it updated...



Linking up over at Vintage Revivals Rock What You Got party.

29 comments:

  1. As I logged onto Blogger, I thought, "what would make my day is if Rebecca has posted". And there you were! Day: Made.
    Well done on "pulling your finger out" (isn't that a delightful expression?) and getting stuff done. We are in the throws of organising the new place, and boy does it feel good. Stay tuned for a post on my pantry. It's beautiful!
    And I love all the new fanciness of your blog. Bit jealous actually. If only I knew how to do the same on mine, I would totally copy!

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    1. Oh please! You're so dramatic.

      There's nothing fancy about the organizing of posts, just many hours staring at HTML, copying, pasting, getting frustrated that it was taking longer than my 10 minute attention span allows, etc. I used the tutorial here: http://www.laurascraftylife.com/2011/12/blogger-image-gallery-tutorial.html . I am still no expert and get SOOO frustrated with the design because ultimately? I'm limited to what I can figure out how to do. Which isn't much :)

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    2. Thanks love, I'll check it out :)

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  2. I thought it looked amazing with just the paint. Your updates - with the reclaimed wood - is absolutely amazing. Bravo!

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  3. So candy wrappers and clothes strewn hither and yon in my boys' rooms reflects on me as a mother? Hmmmm. Oh, and love the hutch redo.....I may need to paint something black. Except I own no black paint....so scratch that. I still say you're a Type 1. so there.

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    1. Of course it does. It reflects that I don't go upstairs unless absolutely necessary, and when I do it's mortifying. Every.Single.Time. Don't even get me started on their bathroom.

      I think we can work out a paint arrangement. You've got no black, I've got no pastels...it could work. If only you lived closer. And painted with clothes on ;)

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  4. Hi Rebecca! Love your blog (I found you through Pinterest). You have some many great ideas and you're HILARIOUS!! I was looking at your "before" picture from when you moved in and I was wondering if you painted your old wood hollowcore doors or if you replaced them??

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    1. I WISH I could replace them! Most of them have some cracks in them, as they are original to the house and therefore about 45 years old, but you gotta make do with what you've got. Primer and paint, and then I try not to think about them too much :)

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  5. Great, hysterical post today! I love your redo with the reclaimed wood for the back. Before I started my knitting business, I had loads of time to do and redo projects. I was also quite a bit younger back then with tons more energy. Thanks for sharing.
    Best,
    Sheila
    http://sheilazachariae.blogspot.com/2014/01/diy-shawl-pin-with-buttons.html

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    1. I can totally relate! Since I started working a few years back, I feel like I don't get as many projects done as when I stayed home with kids. But then the energy seems to build up and I have weekends that feels like a whirlwind of suppressed projects get knocked out and I remember how good it feels to cross stuff off the list. Maybe if I was a slow and steady kinda girl it would be better? Too bad I can't force myself to be that way!

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  6. I love that hutch - the old wood is perfect. Don't you just love people that carpet AROUND things? The previous owners of our place carpeted around the legs of their pool table - and then took it with them. So we have four uncarpeted circles in the middle of our basement rec room. Berber carpet. Not so easy to patch.

    I know what you mean about stockpiling craft to-do's. I have to clear them out every once in a while. Like, did I really think I was going to make 24 mason-jar-on-candlestick apothecary jars? And what was I going to do with them when I did?

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    1. Oh no! I take back any complaint I had about this cabinet...circles would be SOOOOO much worse!! Please tell me that you've drawn some little faces in them?

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  7. Wow, what vision! I wouldn't have known what to do with it at all. Came out so amazing!

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    1. I know what I wanted to do: smash it into a million pieces. But since that wasn't an option, ANYTHING was an improvement, right? ;)

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  8. LOOOOVVVVEEEERLLLYYYYY! When I first saw that wood in your car I thought wait, no please wait, don't get rid of that, I NEED that! :) Your project is totally cool, your styling made it! Do you follow Mamie Jane's blog, you should, she has master repurposing skills you would love!

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    1. I am awful about keeping up with lots of blogs - I hoard my free time as much as my reclaimed wood! :) BUT I know that you have fabulous taste, so I'm going to look her up.

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  9. So do you remember, a long time ago you came out to Kerman with that toasty gray paint color? Well we loved you for it.
    Now we are in a new home and would LOVE for you to come visit and bring All things magical. No, toasty gray just did not work in this home, we tried.;)
    But the walls are a clean blank slate begging for you to come hammer a hole or 50!

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    1. Now that you reminded me, I TOTALLY do!! You wanted sleek and contemporary...what was that...10 years ago?? That's crazy. Last I remember you were in Twin Falls, but that's been awhile ago too. Did y'all move again?

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    2. I had no idea I was trying for anything, I just recall your magical touch!
      Yes, we moved a big 10 minutes, new home, new everything. (Well until we brought our junk in) we went craftsman and love it. So how about a vaca to Idaho!?!
      You know that is your dream spot!

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  10. Oh this is wonderful. Adding that old wood to the back was genius and it makes a great impact, but when I saw the original piece, I couldn't believe it was the same one. Beautiful job all the way around.
    The bug has bitten me too. Yesterday I got started on cleaning and reorganizing the office and even though I'm not finished, the difference is amazing. Once this is done, I need to tackle my clothes closet, my most dreaded project. I hate my closet and cleaning it out is the worst project ever, but it needs doing, so in the next couple days, it's going to happen.

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    1. Rock on, Kristie! I hate cleaning out my closet too - if I get rid of everything I never wear/don't like/can't fit into, there's about 3 things left. I've never been a lover of clothes shopping, so the prospect of having to replace anything I get rid of is overwhelming. So it just stays. Of course on the flip side, my husband can't participate in men's conversations about their wives spending all kinds of money on clothes and shoes - he can't relate :)

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  11. I LOVE this! Found you linked up at Vintage Revivals! Great project.

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  12. I love it! At first glance, the cabinet looks fine and I couldn't imagine what you had in mind with the old fence slats, but it really makes a difference.

    I've been trying to figure out how to put select subjects on top tabs too. Blogger has a tag system but it groups them all together, but I like the way you did it.

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    1. "The cabinet looks fine" <------ also a direct quote from my husband.

      Blogger's tab system pulls all the posts on that particular subject, and who wants to scroll through years of posts to find one thing? Not me. I'm assuming others are just impatient :)

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