As much as I’d like to say that I’m the kind of person who follows one project through to the end before starting a new project, the shameful truth is that I’m the kind of person who completes one project about 90% of the way through, then starts another project, and another … until I’m left with a house full of almost completed projects. This is not frustrating to Emma in any way.
At the moment I’ve finished filling our Media Wall about 95% of the way (I still have two shelves to fill). Our Third Bedroom is about 85% complete (I still have to decide what to do with the giant blanket box, finish a little art project and come up with a side table … and maybe rehang the mirror since I don’t love its current height). With two major room renos already on the go, naturally I’ve decided to start working on the Second Bedroom (a shared girls’ room) as well.
While all three of our kids enjoy books, our girls in particular really LOVE books. They love going to the library and choosing “new” books. So that the library books don’t get lost among our own books, we always keep them in the big library bag which lives on the floor next to the bed. Classy.
I finally took care of this situation by whipping up some book ledges out of scrap MDF I have piled in the shed. I say I whipped them up, but in actual fact I labored away, cursing my table saw and it’s blunt blade until finally giving in and using my circular saw.
(Hopefully this doesn’t look too confusing – it’s my tried and true method of cutting a long, straight line using a circular saw. Make a mark where you want to cut then place your guide jig so the line on the jig meets the mark. Lay a straight edge saw guide (I’m using a scrap of particle board as my straight edge) so it meets the guide jig and clamp in place. Remove the jig and you’re good to cut.)
To make the book ledges, I cut a wide piece (the shelf for the books to sit on), a thin piece (to act as a lip so the books won’t fall off the front of the shelf) and a slightly bigger thin piece (a back that I can attach to the wall). Then I attached the three pieces together with wood glue and my beloved Kreg Jig, clamping them till the glue dried.
Once the glue was dry, I painted the shelves and hung them on the wall in the Second Bedroom.
The girls are thrilled at having the library books on display on their new book ledges. And I’m thrilled to not have a heavy bag of books on the floor any more – win win! Meanwhile, it’s anyone’s guess which room I’ll be working on next!
UPDATE: You can now see these book ledges in my girls’ shared bedroom reveal!
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