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In which we buy some bookshelves

August 25, 2012

When we moved in, all the book boxes were piled in one corner of the living room. That corner’s gotten so out of control that I wouldn’t be surprised it we were hit with a literary avalanche. It’s high time this little home was outfitted with some proper bookshelves.

I started the search at the usual places: Target and IKEA. All my options were either too cheap or not cheap enough (you know who you are). What I really needed were a couple middle of the road bookshelves with enough DIY potential that I wouldn’t loose too much sleep over painting them.

Mike and I ended up at TOPS on the way home after a run one morning where we found what I thought would be a perfect fit–two super cheap tall veneer units. The plan was to paint them a crisp white and add a pallet backing ala this photo from Over the Big Moon:

I was so pumped for this plan—We’ve got an endless supply of pallets from the nearby mattress stores and all day to drive to Home Depot to buy the rest of the supplies. But first we had to take those suckers apart to fit them in the car. Unfortunately, they didn’t survive the break down and we uncovered some massive water damage to the shelves that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

Plan B involved driving over to the downtown TOPS location (because daaaang, they had a TON of stuff for really good prices) and came across these little gems: Spoiler alert, we brought them home with us.

Care to take a guess at how much we paid for these beauties? $30. It’s like we hit the bookshelf lottery! (I mentioned earlier that I’m a legitimate adult now. That means my excitement from here on out will revolve around  1). Getting a good deal, 2). Low gas prices, or 3). Removing tough stains). The larger two were $10/ea and the matching little buddies were $5/ea. No too bad, right? And these were A LOT nicer/made from real wood than the other set we almost brought home. (Did I mention how amazingly inexpensive they were? I’m still in shock).

The only problem is we’re now torn into two camps in our happy little home: Team Paint and Team Stain.  I still want to stick with the original plan to paint and pallet and Michael wants to let the original wood shine through in all it’s glory. It’s an argument as old as time, right?

Where do you all come down on this? Do you have a soft spot in your heart for wooden craftsmanship? Or do you let your love for modern and clean lines win over?

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