Sooo, do you guys remember how my husband set up this shelf for me so I could hang all of my traced patterns?
Do you see how I have a reasonable amount of stuff on there? …that’s because it was right after he put it up. When I have a shelf, I can’t help myself, I have to put everything I can possibly fit on it. It’s just in my nature you guys.
Long story short, I put way too much stuff on it and what should have been a perfectly stable shelf, uhm, may have ripped heavy duty anchors out of the wall taking large chunks of plaster with it. May have. Ahem.
So, after some reassessing of what sort of load the shelf should be expected to take and talking about the uses we wanted for this room thanks to this book, my Mr. has made me a way better set of shelves.
…I’m curious as to if he realizes that he’s basically teaching me that the way to get really nice things is to break the first one he makes me….
Anyhow, this picture is from part way through the cleaning spree I did to relocate all my fabric and craft supplies up off of the floor based shelves and onto these, so it doesn’t even remotely reflect how awesome it looks in here right now…buuuuut, I live in Michigan and it currently gets dark at like, 4pm, so I take pictures in the 3 minutes per day that the light isn’t horrendous, whether the project is utterly perfect at that moment or not.
As you can see in the picture, my Mr integrated puck lights into the shelf. They have 3 different settings so I can either blast them at full strength or, I dunno, set the mood with my serger. Speaking of lights and my serger… double awesome having the extra light from these shelves, because it definitely broke the light in my serger when the old shelf fell on it. (This is why I can’t have nice things).
So, you can see the lights, what you can’t really see is that that man of mine stained the wood to match the gorgeous old woodworking that’s already all over the room, and spray painted the brackets, hardware and the curtain rod for hanging my stuff off of to look like it had always been here too. Everything went into studs that we double checked the location of this time, so I was given the go-ahead to load them up as much as I wanted. I got rid of both the wire frame shelves I had all my craft stuff and fabric on, moved it all up above, consolidated everything else down and was able to get rid of an entire table. My light box is currently jammed onto my sewing table, which isn’t going to work as a long term solution, so we’ll be making it its own little floating shelf, but! with this new set up, this room now functions as office, sewing/hobby room AND has enough open floor space to be used as a guest bedroom again.
I’m really freaking proud of the results. It makes the room far more functional, and it looks huge!