Let's start with the finished product and get it out of the way.
John wanted to do a regular half-wall, but he knew I wasn't going to be down with that. It needed to be special and meaningful for our family and considering our massive book collection, the bookcase wall idea seemed like a total given.
We did this particular project quite a while ago, so my photos are pretty sparse, but I did manage to get a few. We began with a safety hazard.
That's it. Just a couple 2x10's nailed up. Scary. The boys weren't allowed to go up there without one of us, so I didn't have to worry about one of them taking a nose dive.
John then built some bases out of 2x4 lumber and screwed them into the floor.
And this is where the picture taking practically stopped.
Just to give you an idea, we built the frame of the bookshelf and I made a counter-like top out of PureBond plywood, which sanded and stained beautifully. I then put pine planks on the back of the unit and stained those, as well.
The next step was building shelves and I did them exactly like the sunroom/family room unit.
And this is what she looks like right this very moment.
Taken at night.
With a camera phone.
Yes, I know, I spoil you.
Apparently, I kinda gave up on styling the bookcase once I got to the end. Looks like I was just shoving books in there. Which is probably exactly what I was doing. I love all of the color and texture that it lends to an otherwise neutral hallway and yes, books are decorations to me.