IMG_0695 I have a problem.  Have you heard those stories about crazy ladies who rearrange their furniture while their husbands are at work, and then their husbands come home at night, tripping and falling all over the lack of familiarity?  That’s me.

An entrance to my home is often followed by a long pause, a survey of what has since been changed.  I suppose it’s a rather inherent quality, OK I guess its more of a hindrance than an actually quality per say, but who’s keeping track.

The inoperable (for now) fireplace has been an issue since we moved into this 1920’s bungalow two years ago.  It was always the nerdy kid in the corner  watching everyone else enjoy the party.  With the door being just feet away, flanking chairs seemed bulky and awkward, but it was apparent that we needed something to fill the space.  We had always talked about built in bookcases, but aren’t things much more fun when done on a whim! So here’s the story about how my mom said, “You should do those built-ins by the fireplace,” and so we did…that weekend.  It all started with a trip to Ikea for some Billy bookcases.  Ohhh, did I forget to mention that these bookcases are totally removable, and for all intents and purposes, FAKE?! I know what your thinking, I’m a total genius, I absolutely agree. After another trip to Lowes for a sheet of MDF, and some trim pieces, the engineering began.  Well at least it did for my husband.  I come up with the brilliant ideas, he makes it happen.  That’s our system, however unfair it may be.  He has his gifts, I have mine, it just so happens mine involve a lot less physical labor.  So basically you sit the bookcase in your opening until you have a proportionate amount on each side.  We pulled ours closer to the front of the fireplace, to give the illusion of more depth. Then you box it in using your MDF for the sides and top, and add trim/molding pieces to give it a more finished look.

bookcases no ceilingThe great thing is that the top is totally removable, allowing access to the outlets behind that we did want to re-route, and should I ever one day tire of these fantastical beauties, all I have to do is slide them out.  All of the MDF, and molding is secured directly to the bookcase, making it one continuous piece.  Amazeballs, I know.  Obviously, I added new sconces,  roman shades, and did something a little traditional with the mantle styling, and the hot pink magazine files from Target are totally killing it, but more on that later.  In closing I would like to address that little white Spackle blob above the  right sconce.  I would love it if every time I shared a photo on our blog, it was this perfect flawless image.  But lets face it, everyone’s life is in need of a little Spackle, both literally and metaphorically.  So there.


Keeping it real in Ohio.


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