I’ve been checking out Ana White for months now and dreaming about all the furniture we could fill our house with. Trying to furnish a house over the past year – via trips to Goodwill, and thrift stores in addition to quite a few hand-me-downs, and trips to “real” furniture stores – is a lot of work!
I have had my eye on quite a few things to build but safely decided to start with something easy – the ten dollar ledges. They were pretty easy, but not without a few stumbling blocks. We started out screwing them together and then filling the holes with wood putty. After staining them – the supposedly “stainable” wood putty din’t look as good as I thought it should. So…change of plans and they became painted.
At this point in the process I think I got my first project ‘I told you so’ from Tim. And ughhhh, he was right 🙂 I put it in writing and everything! So a trip to home depot and $250 later I was the proud owner of a brand new air compressor and 3 nailers – what he told me I should have used to build the shelves from the beginning! But, with the other projects in the future pipeline, this should come in handy as a project investment.
We cut down the 8 foot lengths to do two sets of shelves. One set at 66 inches for above the couch in the living room painted ‘Wild Truffle’ by Behr; and a second set at 30 inches for the front guest bedroom painted white (leftover trim paint).
Living room shelves:
There is still a bit of space to fill in, but eventually it will be a haphazard gallery wall. Getting us started is the print we framed with a signing mat from etsy that we used as our guest book for the wedding (from the shop Stella & Hodge: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56608485/carved-initials-personalized-print-wall) and on the right is a old window I bought at a barn sale a few years ago for $10. I think I took a page out of the American Pickers’ handbook and bundled it with this great braided rag rug that we have on the back deck. That window moved with us – and then sat in the basement workshop for the past year, I just couldn’t part with it even though I couldn’t find a good spot to put it. I’m lucky Tim didn’t toss it when I wasn’t looking 🙂