Every house has something that you just have to live with. For us, it was this shelf structure in the Nursery that had to stay. The base of the unit covers our staircase below, so it wasn’t going anywhere.
We had a number of ideas for how to address this unit, first, we had a door concept (add doors to the left hand side of the structure, creating a closet). But that idea went out the window when we put in a daybed, and the daybed got in the way of a door opening. (Glad we did the bed first, and not the doors!)
So we revisited what to do. We had already installed a makeshift shelf at the top, not really caring how it was installed as it was going to be (past tense) hidden by doors.
So Aubrey and I stared at the shelf for a good 1/2 an hour talking out ideas. Do we leave the existing shelves? The issue with that is that whoever built them, did an awful job at them. So if we were to add on, our new side would look awful as well.
First things first, we took out all of the existing shelves. We left the ladder structure, that was in good shape & the height of each shelves was 100% perfect already, fitting the Ikea baskets for great storage.
We went to Home Depot and got MDF boards and brought up our table saw (borrowed from Aubrey’s Moms house – thank you!) into the room, and Aubrey cut away. Since we haven’t installed carpet, or done anything fancy to this room, we didn’t mind getting this room dusty.
It took Aubrey 1.5 days cutting the shelves. They had to “notch” around the existing pillars, and like all things in old houses, nothing was ever “square” or perfectly straight, so it took him extra time as he tried his best. (And did a great job)
Nighttime came on Day 2 of this project, and I painted the shelves out in the Benjamin Moore’s Aura line, in the same colour as our trim – Chantilly Lace in Semi Gloss. (It’s awesome that there is a paint that pregnant ladies can use!) But then it came time to fill some gaps, and I wasn’t going anywhere near the DAP, or the putty (I have a feeling it’s not safe for pregnant ladies) so Aubrey stepped in and filled the holes.
And the shelves are complete. 🙂 This structure that I once threatened to tear out in fits of hate, now is what I love about this room. I’m glad we did it properly and removed the old shelves and that Aubrey took the time (thank you) to build new, better shelves. I also love that the height of each shelf allows for the Ikea baskets, which I know will be handy when I’m trying to find storage for baby stuff.