For Christmas, Landon and I received a combined total of 21 books. Yeah, we're THOSE people. I had two bookshelves before we got married that I brought with me. My parents also gave us two particle board bookshelves from the old playroom in their basement. We bought a large bookshelf from IKEA about a year ago. But already we were bursting at the seams, disguising books as decorations in our living room, bedroom and kitchen; stacking them on top of already full shelves in other rooms, stashing them in baskets where possible. But the 21 books we received for Christmas were just not going to fit.
Luckily for us, Landon also received some power tools for Christmas (thanks Mom and Dad)! So, using the good old Bob the Builder mindset, we decided that we would build our own furniture, in the hopes we could find a place for our overabundance of books without breaking the bank.
Landon finished building it, and we tested it out. It worked! We were pretty excited about all of this.
We left it like that for a couple of weeks, because we got busy with life. But a few nights ago, we finally completed the last stages: staining and varnishing! Here is the final result:
What do you think? Our room definitely looks a lot better. We're pretty proud of our self-sufficiency. There is something so satisfying about building something from scratch, or taking something old and sad and making it beautiful. We just might have caught the DIY bug!