Merry Shelfmas!

Hope all of my readers had a wonderful holiday full of loved ones, good food, and lots of gifts under the tree!  We had a pretty low-key holiday…Rich’s mom came into town on the 24th and the three of us celebrated with a few delicious meals, lots of great gifts, and a few hours of demo.

What, you didn’t spend your holiday renovating?   You should try it, it’s a great tradition.  Since we were looking for a project to tackle on a day where pretty much everything is closed, we had to do something we didn’t need any additional materials for.  Shelf demolition fit the bill.  We started in Rich’s office, which had a set of floor to ceiling built ins.

These shelves were cramping the already tiny room in a bad way, so we got started with tearing it apart with hammers and chisels.

As we knocked the shelves out, we discovered an amazing history of colors.

And even another cool blast from the past…I guess this was Ronnie’s room.

After a lot of hammering and prying, we carried the last of the shelves out to the garbage, leaving us with this, it all its glorious six different colors of paint self.

Yup, those are lovely carpet scraps that were under the shelves.  We had to pry up old tack strip and staples…it made me very grateful that the rest of the carpet in this house had been pulled out when the place went on the market.

We got to break out our new shop vac to get all the wood shards and dust up, very exciting!

After a break for lunch, Rich and his mom decided to tackle the shelves in the master bedroom, while I baked a pecan pie. (What, I can’t do home improvement projects all the time, we have to eat too!)

These required a lot less manpower to get down, but a lot more power tools.  Each shelf was held up by a ton of L-brackets.  After a lot of unscrewing (and even more nail pulling) we had a scarred, but shelfless wall.  Our master bedroom is so ridiculously big now!

And yes, if you look close enough in that photo you can see what we spent our snow day doing on Monday!  If you can’t figure it out, here’s another hint!

Some people run out for bread, milk, and toilet paper before a storm.  We went with paint, spackle, and reciprocating saw blades.  I’ll have pictures of that later this week!

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6 Responses to Merry Shelfmas!

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Nice work! Your house really is the house of shelves! Can’t wait to see how good the paint job looks!

  2. Stephanie says:

    This is the last of the shelf demolition! The only remaining shelves are in the laundry room, and they will stay there until we completely renovate that room.

  3. Betty says:

    I so love your blog and your pre-storm shopping list. Keep up the great work!

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