Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Kitchen Bookshelf Pt. 1

Hubby is building me a bookshelf.  In my kitchen.  For my cookbooks and whatnots :)
Cutting the hole was very hard and probably would have been easier if he had the right tools. It didn't help that the walls were NOT drywall but concrete!  It wore him out and my poor baby's in bed already. 

Hubby is so good to me and loves to surprise me.  I was thrilled when he told me about his plans in building me a kitchen bookshelf.

Here's a view from the other side.  It's above the steps that go down to the basement.  He had another concrete wall to cut through.  The bookcase will only stick out about 4" at the most, so need to worry about bumping our heads.

**UPDATE - FEBRUARY 11, 2012**

Yay, we're making progress.  Still not done as you can see.  I couldn't wait and since I had to put my Winter Glass Tumblers out of the way for last weekends Super Bowl party, I thought these shelves would be the perfect spot and I can already tell how good they're going to look once the shelf is done.  Hubby has to replace the top strip as he ended up cutting it the wrong way.  Nothing comes easy, eh?  That will be his project this week.  I'm struggling with whether I want to stain the wood or paint it, I just don't know what to do.  My daughter suggests staining it a dark coffee or a chocolate brown color.  I might go that route, I don't know yet.  Hubby is also ready to drill a hole at the very top to install some recessed lighting that will be on a dimmer.  The two outlets on the wall were there from before.  The one will hold the dim switch.  The one below will stay as is.  I'm not sure why the previous owner put there and I'm not too crazy about it being there, but it does come in handy to charge my cell phone ;)

**UPDATE - FEBRUARY, 19, 2012**

I used Rust-Oleum's Ultra Cover 2x
Ivory Silk
Yes, it's spray paint for wood as well as metal, wicker and more and my favorite feature, it's fast drying!!
Hubby still needs to insert the top strip, then cut a hole in the very top for recessed lighting and then we'll call it a night!  Hopefully this week!!!

I shared this with:

FEBRUARY 25, 2012
Click HERE to see the final product!!
You're going to be surprised :)


  1. That's going to be a killer bookshelf! I wish I had the kind of space in or near my kitchen to do something like that. Old houses have too many windows and doorways. LOL

    I did get my dream pantry a few years ago though, so I guess I can't complain too much.

    Can't wait to see how it turns out!

    Have a great weekend!
    Mary (Mrs B)

  2. Oh what a job. So lucky to have a hubby who is handy. I know I worked mine while he was off after Christmas. He works so much that the household maintenance gets backed up. Can't wait to see the final product.

  3. Wow! What a project!
    I just know that it's going to be great!
    What a sweet hubby you have.
    Can't wait to see the finished project :)

  4. Thanks ladies. My hubby's retired so he needs projects to tinker with. I am indeed blessed though.


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