The agent gave me an odd look, nodded and finished showing us trivial things like the bedroom and kitchen, but this nook was what stuck with me.
Finally about two weeks ago we purchased $100 dollars worth of cheap lumber and made my OCD bibliophile dreams come true.
Here's the structure. There are four fixed shelves (including the header and footer) that are attached to slats that serve as wall anchors. The rest of the shelves are adjustable.
This left cubby holes above and below the header and footer which I knew exactly how to use...
When I was a kid, my dad brought home a mint condition copy of Superman #100 that he found inside the wall of a building he was helping to tear down. I thought this was the coolest possible way to date a bit of construction, so Alice and I collected some offerings to tuck into the cubby holes.
- 1 ivory-handled curved pocket knife
- 1 wind-up cow
- 1 Photon iron-on patch
- 1 back issue of Trunk Stories
- 2 wooden nickels
- 2 mysterious keys
- 1 screwdriver charm
- 1 Korean medallion
- 1 Terry Schiavo pin
- 1 2007 penny
The molding is what really kicked this up a notch, and says HOMEOWNER rather than shiftless rental transient.
Here's me (in my heavy construction pajamas) tacking on the footer molding strip. The bottom-most piece of molding is attached separately because floors tend to be uneven and you can use it to cover up the gaps.
Finally here's the finished product pre- and post- smutty paperback inundation.
We used a semi-gloss paint on the outside and nearer to a matte on the inside (because things tend to stick to glossy finishes...as I learned building the DVD shelves in the background) then buffed the whole thing with furniture wax.
Alice and I agree it's the most substantial thing we've ever constructed and it came out so inexplicably beautiful that I'm posting these pictures to prove we actually built it.