Let us pause for a moment and remember the end game here. Deep breath. There it is.
Because here’s what my living room currently looks like (now that M and my dad manhandled the furniture and the bookshelf components out of the way so that we could actually begin work.
So this is what I see each day when I come into the house. Add that to the previous month of seeing the same pieces in the opposite corner of this room. On the flip side? There’s now some room to move around in there – so if it still looks like this come Christmas we should be able to manhandle a tree into one of those blank corners.
The mantel has been removed, and the trim will come down shortly. Then the framing will begin. We’ve got to furr out that current bumpout so that sometime down the road we can install the fireplace you see in the rendering at the top of this page. Then we’ll build a platform to elevate the shelves and the cabinets above the baseboard trim, and after that’s done we can start to install the cabinets / countertops and shelves. Oh, I almost forgot – we’ve got to move the outlets to a height about the new countertops. The baseboard trim will go back on the front of the shelves, and the picture rail goes back on the front as well. If we come across a cool library ladder and rail system one day we may replace the picture rail with that. And then we’re guaranteed that F will store her very favorite books – those daily must-reads – on the tippiest toppiest shelves. There’s not a ladder / fence / slide she’s intimidated by. Any open invitation to climb is welcome.
M and my dad also got the horizontal piece and the vertical pieces hung for the shelving system in the back room. Time to take some measurements and get those white laminate shelves made and restore some order to the chaos around here.
Slow and steady, but at least it’s progress…