Doggifying the Library

I accidentally took last week off from blogging, but I’ve been doing crazy things like buying paint samples and hanging pictures over the weekend, getting ready to bring you TWO exciting posts this week! It’s been a couple of months now since we hung up our sheet music holding Ikea Trones shelves in the library, and they’re working great as … Continue reading

Ikea Hack: Sheet Music Storage from Trones Cabinets

  Do you know how long we’ve been working on this seemingly tiny and simple project? I’ll tell you how long. ONE MILLION YEARS Or maybe like two months. But, at any rate, an absolutely ridiculous amount of time. And I’m not going to give you a step by step tutorial for two contradictory reasons: 1. It’s so simple you … Continue reading

Small Changes: A Tale of Two Corners

Today I’m showing you tiny changes around the house, because….well, because that’s all I’ve got! Abe has a lot of books. He has his Ikea Ribba book ledges, his squid-enhanced shelf, a bunch of books downstairs, and an overflow area in his closet, and there are STILL usually books all over the floor (and stacked three deep on his book … Continue reading

Hemming Curtains (without sewing), and Other Small Things

It’s super extremely mega plus cold here right now. I know that is true for lots of people. Maybe it’s even COLDER where you are than where I am. Although I don’t quite see how that’s possible. Anyway, so I celebrated the arrival of winter/record setting cold temperatures by finally hemming the curtains in our library. I love everything about … Continue reading

Life Beyond the Basement: Upcoming Furniture Projects

Sometimes it’s a little hard to remember that there will come a time–like maybe this weekend–when we’ll be working on parts of our house other than the basement again. But that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to BUY things for other parts of our house. One of the nice things about finishing the room in our basement is that I … Continue reading

August’s Doctor Who Party and Projector Thoughts

Awhile back I posted about Gus’ birthday party and my plans for it, and in that post I included all sorts of amazing inspiration pictures, and Gus’ party was going to be┬ájust like those. Well. Anyway, Gus had a lot of fun. First off, it was supposed to be an outside Doctor Who viewing party. Only the weather forecast called … Continue reading

Ikea Lappljung Rug: An Ikea Trip in Two Parts

Who’s ready for a post that’s not about Christmas?! If you’re like me, there’s not much that’s not about Christmas going on in your actual life right now, so it’s kind of a relief to read about something else on a blog at least. I usually blog pretty much in real time….we finish a project, and then blog about it … Continue reading

Gunlocke Library Chairs for the Library

As you may or may not recall, a couple of months ago we got a new loveseat for the library, and said loveseat’s diminutive proportions made our side chairs look somewhat ridiculous:   I sold those chairs (and our old chess table) to my mom the other day to sell at her shop. She gave me $70 for everything and … Continue reading

More About the Library

So yesterday I left off by saying I couldn’t yet tell you about my potential future plans for the library because I had to go watch Doctor Who (I didn’t mention that it was Doctor Who. It was). Today I’ve decided to do something extraordinary and actually write the future post I promised. Oh, first off: I realized I forgot … Continue reading

The Library Gets a Loveseat, or: Perspective Rears its Ugly Head Again

It’s been nearly a year since we bought a bunch of Billy shelves for the library. We’re still very happy with the shelves, but the armchair in there was always just a placeholder until we could get something nicer. We picked up the chair for $40 on Craigslist, and I think we’ve gotten $40 worth of use out of it. … Continue reading