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Friday, August 6, 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different; or, Home Improvement

I've been talking a lot about the work we've been having done in my apartment the last two weeks, and I thought it would be nice to show you some of what's been going on (and it's always fun to give a little peek into my secret life). It is taking much longer than I thought it would, but I believe that's a hazard of this kind of project so I'm trying not to get upset over it. As long as things are mostly taken care of before we leave for Scandinavia a week from today, I'll be fine.

First, we had a built-in bookshelves/media center constructed:

I really love the way this turned out! Being a literature student, my book collection is out of control and constantly growing, so we really needed some additional book storage space. Having this built allowed us to remove one tall bookshelf from our living room and to get rid of a crappy dvd stand Lawyer Guy bought at Cost.co or something years ago. This is so much more streamlined and adult! I love the staining of the maple and the wavy glass door (so we can use the remote without opening anything). The glare to the left is the morning light coming in our bay window, and to the right you can see our teeny-little fireplace. Oh, and the painting hung over the mantel is a wedding gift from some friends of my parents. It's a watercolor of the chapel at my high school where Lawyer Guy and I were married.

Our second project is a complete overhaul of our storage/utility closet. We have a large and rather deep closet near our bedroom that was being completely wasted. There were two little metal shelves in the back, and that was it. We piled crap on the floor willy-nilly. It was terribly unsightly and also impossible to locate anything we needed.

This is how the closet looks as of this morning:

Very much a work in progress, as you can tell. We had a second storage compartment cut into the space above the closet doors (the closet extended all the way up past the doors to the ceiling, but that was basically unusable space before). The drywall installer has been impossible-- not showing up when he's supposed to and taking far longer to do everything than he implied he would--so getting that hole cut has been the primary time suck of the last week. And his tools are what you see sitting at on the floor in there (all the crap that usually resides there is currently hanging out in the second bedroom).

After he's done sanding and painting (which, pray to God, will be Monday), our woodworkers will install shelves in a U-shape to make a pantry and storage space and doors on the cubby above. We'll have all our random crap so much better organized and will also be shifting non-perishables from the kitchen cabinets, freeing up storage space there as well.

So there you have it! A little glimpse at my tiny, space-free apartment and a run-down on the activities that have kept me confined to my home for the last week. I will be so excited when all these projects are over.

(I've also got to mention--for completeness's sake--that I finally got my peak reading this morning. So my doctor was right and that follie was ready to blow. LG and I are off to Shelter Island to stay at some friends' rental place for the weekend. I'm hoping we get a bedroom with a lock on the door!)


  1. Oh I love the new entertainment center! I am a huge book lover as well. I love seeing home renovations!

    Yea for a peak reading! Make use of this weekend away!!! ;)

  2. Can I just say that I was absolutely giddy to see pics of the inside of your apartment? God, that sounds so creepy, but you know what I mean. I love getting a glimpse into my bloggie friends' real lives!

    And the peak reading-- Get to it, girl!! If there's no lock on your bedroom door, use the bathroom.

  3. Love the entertainment center and the utility closet will be so useful when it's complete.

    Also - hooray for peak reading! Have fun this weekend ;-)

  4. What are you doing online reading this? Go grab LG and get busy! ;)

    And hooray for the sense of settledness that comes with feeling adult and being organized.

  5. I love the built-in bookshelves! They look great. And woo-hoo for a Peak reading!! Have a great time (wink, wink) on Shelter Island.

  6. Good good good stuff! I looooove the built-in bookshelves.

    Enjoy your mini vaca to Shelter Island and the prime time you-know-what. xo

  7. What a great built-in unit! I love it!

    Have fun on Shelter Island--hope you get that private room you're lookin' for...

  8. The bookshelf looks really amazing. And I was admiring the watercolor, even before you brought it up. I immediately thought, "Ah HA! I KNEW Sloper would have classy art!"

    I hope the closet turns out well, too. I know all about the jumble. Once E and I had a storage shed, and well, I don't even KNOW what was in there, but it was about 4 feet deep and you couldn't walk into the shed at all... So shelves will be a huge improvement there.

    I hope you get a really romantic room at Shelter Island!

  9. Those shelves/media stand are fab. I am insanely jealous of the closet project, and have a plan now to do that for one of our useless closets. Enjoy your weekend and I say to hell with the lock! Secret nookie is the best kind. Just imagine you are a teenager with an incredible future who is going to be devastated by getting knocked up. That seems to work in real life. :) seriously, enjoy the weekend and I am looking forward to hearing all about your adventures in Scandinavia!