As part of our living room remodeling, we had planned on putting up book shelves on a couple of walls to hold some of our totally ridiculous number of books. (When we both kick the bucket and our daughter inherits everything, she will be able to sell all our books and live for the rest of her life on the profits.)
We were discussing this with our friend and carpenter helper, B, when she made a suggestion that appealed to both of us. Why not build "book boxes" that would attach to the wall? This would provide us with built-in book ends (the occasional upright board used for stability) and would be substantially stronger than regular book shelves which tend to sag under the weight of all the books we put on them.
B went to work in her shop, built our "book boxes" and delivered them today.
Unfortunately, we had to take down about half the grid work on the ceiling and cut it to new lengths before installing the new book boxes.
Above are B and Papa Pea putting a piece of grid work back up.
This is the installation over the south windows.
And on the east wall shared with the kitchen. I know they don't look like much in these current pictures, but once the trim and finish molding is installed and they are filled with books, I think they're gonna be pretty special.
This unit is one we pulled out of the kitchen. It will now get a new top part set on the old base with the drawers. The new top will be made to look like the book boxes and will join with the one over it. Our TV and stereo will go on this piece in the living room eventually.
More good progress but once again I'm left with a non-livable living room.
I don't know, I keep trying new furniture arrangements . . . but nothing seems to look very good. What do you think?