Do you ever have one of those projects that you put off for months or years, and when it's finally done you think "Why on earth did we not do this sooner?" This was definitely one of those.
If we are friends on Facebook, then you already saw some of these pictures, but here is a more detailed play by play. No, it's not a tutorial on how to build a bookshelf because I don't know how to build a bookshelf! My job was to document (and not very well I was told), and then putty, paint, and style.
Matt told me I didn't get close ups of how the pieces fit together so perfectly. He was proud. As he should be.
I don't have a close up of the craziness going on in the corner before, but here's a shot of that side of the room taken last year. If you look close, you can see that the corner does not meet at a 90 degree angle. Because of a support post holding up the roof, the drywall is actually at a 45 degree angle.
To build a bookshelf behind the TV meant we need to create a 90 degree corner so the bookshelf would have a side. A bookshelf needs to side pieces to attach the shelves to, right?
Since we were already having to box in the corner, we both had the thought that we could put a door on it and shove the modem and other cords into. And since the bottom shelf was going to be raised off the floor 4 inches, why not make it removable and run cords under there as well!
These are the kind of pictures Matt wished I took more of. Perfect joints. Most people do their best and caulk the rest (is that the saying?). But Matt's an engineer, so it had to be perfect. My dad asked how he knows how to build like this. Matt said, it's just geometry. It's so easy to him (not so much me). I don't even think he writes any of this down. It's all in his head.
The shelves are just screwed in from the outside, so no underneath supports needed.
This is Matt's technique for attaching shelves or even mounting cabinets. Stack things under it until you reach the desired height. Keeps things still and level. Great for those of us who don't have 3 or 4 arms.
Matt's job is done. He(along with co-workers who saw this photo) really wanted to leave it this natural two-tone color. It's interesting, but SO doesn't go with the rest of our house. It would have stood out in not a good way since all our trim is white.
I should also note that the reason the boards are so dark is because they are 20 or 30 yrs old. Matt's parents were saving them for the perfect project, which never came up, so they gave them to us to use. Some of them have knotty holes straight through, which really add a lot of character and make it look like a built in piece from an old house.
The plan was to put the stereo and printer on the shelves and run the cords through holes drilled into the side of the bookshelf. You can see one of the holes in the photo below. The bottom shelf is removable by drilling a similar hole into the far right side to stick your finger into to lift out. Under the shelf are all the cords for the TV, printer, stereo, and the cord thingy that connects a laptop to the TV (since we watch nearly all of our tv either on hulu or netflix).
And inside the door is the DSL line and modem.
And here it is finished and styled. We have plenty of room to grow and change it up as our needs change.
I'm completely in love with it. It's amazing how it's really replaced 3 pieces of furniture(bookshelf in other room, tv tray with stereo, small bookshelf with printer and books). And does it a million times better than those other 3 pieces ever did!