Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Regal Pair

I've been trying to get some spring rearranging done. I love to rearrange things to help motivate me to clean and dust. The shelves in our office/computer room are in need of a new look, so I emptied everything out. I've never posted about these, so I thought this would be a great time to do it. We made two of these handsome bookshelves from old doors cut in half. They flank each side of the leather love seat and our huge map on the wall.We made them mirror images of each other, with the doorknobs facing opposite the love seat. They're topped with big, chunky molding that's meant for the exterior of a home. They're tall and lean and the details are reminiscent of a castle turret. I love how they give such presence to the room.
Now, I'm off to find some wonderful items around my house to fill them up.

32 comments:

Sandy Toes said...

Have fun finding things...love the clocks above the map...it's great.

sandy toe

The Soladay Family said...

I love your book shelves! Love, love, love them! What fun to fill them up!

So glad I found your blog!!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Love tha...and I love the clocks!

Darlene said...

I LOVE those bookshelves....can't wait to see how you decorate them.

Songbirdtiff said...

These are great! They look very sturdy and I love the idea of using a door.

I just did some rearranging yesterday, for the exact same reason...to clean behind and under furniture. Besides, I needed to spice things up and give my living room a fresh look. It helps!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

So COOL. What kind of wood did you use for the shelves?

Sabrina said...

I love the clocks! What a great idea!

ceekay said...

Great bookcases, but I love the clocks. Great ideas!

Small House said...

well...one I like the large map and clocks. And the bookshelves are great. Love the door knobs.
Have a great day.
Sandra

Debilou said...

I'm in love with those bookshelves,, so cool!! And all the clocks on the wall!

Joy said...

Kimm,
We use plain old MDF and then put a piece across the front of the shelf to make it look thicker than it actually is.

Gardner Family said...

What a great idea for book shelves. We are overflowing with books and have been looking for a solution. I think I just found it. Thanks so much for sharing. I just love your site. So inspirational!

Frippery said...

I love those bookcases. So inventive! The rest of the room looks great too. More pictures when you rearrange, please? Thanks for sharing your space, Pam

Deb said...

You are way too creative girl. What an awesome way to create bookshelves, and much cheaper than buying some in a store. I'm sure they better built too. Great job!!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I am like a broken record-sooo beautiful!!! Really-I love everything you do!

Joanna said...

I just love the door knobs and that molding!!

Bonnie the Boss said...

I love them! I need to create something similar! You guys areso handy!

The Griffins said...

Hey how did you make the green balls on your mantel?

Candy Allen said...

This is so what I love! Excellent work on the shelves. Your clock and map display looks fantastic as well.

Ali said...

I really love love love this idea, I an totaly going to use it in my shop. I need bookshelves like you would not believe.Once I get them done I will post pictures. Sadly that will be after May, that seems to far away :(

Nancy W said...

Awesome creations!

The Charm House said...

I love this! I actually seen something similar in the antique store that I was in today! Wonderful!
I am having a Tour for Collectors on Monday, March the 16th. I want to invite you to participate by showing us YOUR favorite treasures and trinkets on that day. Just show up early Monday morning and sign up with Mr. Linky to join us!
Hope to see you there!
Thanks, Yvette

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Kelli said...

I love how you think outside the box. You're an inspiration.

Lincs and Ali said...

I wish I could ship something like these to DC...

Lynn said...

Love the door bookshelves... uno queston. Did you put the slatted backing on the shelves? Or is that your actual wall that they are leaning up against with no back? Thanks.

My best, Lynn
www.safebeauty.blogspot.com

Joy said...

Lynn,
The back of the shelves is a plywood that looks like pine colored beadboard.

Heather said...

Because you don't post pictures of you self..everytime I see someone w/ a killer find at the thrift stores...I think "That MUST be Joy!!".

~B~ said...

I really love these bookshelves. I love mine. I like to fill them full of books and mementos. When I do the books I arrange them in other ways besides tallest to shortest and straight, lay some down, take a hardback and open it slightly. Put some pictures of your family. I have my favorite cross in my relgious section. I am that big of a bookworm. I have sections.

thank you for taking the time to come leave me a comment. That just shows even more so what a wonderful person you. I am sorry to hear that you were doubting about keeping up the blogging. If you ever need a break you should know us readers will be here, Our beloved Heavenly father works in mysteries ways. I was just meant to leave you that first comment telling you what I see from you. =) Couple months ago I was meantt o find your blog. I am sorry that I made your beauitful daughter(I checked out her blog) and you cry.

Again thank you for that wonderful comment. You have a great weekend.

Love
Your fellow Sister
Bridgette

Kathy said...

I have been looking for a bookshelf solution for our den/library. Like others who have commented above, I think this is my answer. I saw some beautiful old panel doors at the Habitat Home Store last week that were really inexpensive. I guess I'll have to borrow my husband's truck and head back over there.
Have you thought about a tutorial?

Sturgmom said...

I think they're gorgeous! You did a fabulous job!

Carrie said...

Love the clocks and the framed map.

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