I’ll take “Blog Neglecters” for $500, Alex….
In honor of getting back on the blog radar, I’m pulling out one of my biggest projects to date. When I first moved in to my townhome, one section of my living room looked like this:
Sooooooo, yeah. A wee bit sad (and blurry – apologies for the pre-blog photo tragedy). I know my electronics are completely old school, but I like them and didn’t want to spend money on new ones. But that part of the room was just asking for something to fill it – the ceiling is vaulted and that’s near the highest point, so the emptiness soared to tremendous heights, too!
What happens when a girl wants to fill a tall gaping hole in her living room with a place for her TV and stereo system from the Pleistocene Epoch but doesn’t want a just-begging-to-be-outdated entertainment center? She designs her own shelving unit (in Microsoft Excel, of all programs),
then she tracks down a welder to make the frame, and creates wood inserts for the shelves, of course:
Lots of my favorite things on that thar shelving unit, with a tiny bit of cat tail for good measure (bottom left)! I love the globe on the top shelf and the glass head on the bottom shelf just makes me laugh.
Now, lest you think we’re all basking in our post-shelf-creating bliss over here, let me tell you a couple things I learned from this process. 1) Welders are NOT cheap! 2) Measure, measure measure! Once the unit was finished I realized how large the space is and it’s a bit of a challenge to fill! 3) Drilling through your index fingernail may result in long-term loss of sensation.
The most astute of you out there will notice that something else has changed also (the floor, for the rest of you) – that’s a whole other post and a big part of the reason for my lengthy self-imposed blog exile! I’ll tell you about it soon!